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The Complicated Issue of Dogs in Iran

Like all in the Middle East, issues are complicated – even the topic of ‘man’s best friend.’ Here’s a story about saving dogs at an animal shelter just outside Tehran. In fact, it’s may be the only animal shelter in Iran, a nation of over 70 million people. No one knows how many homeless pets…

Everyone Loves Betty White

I spoke with Betty White just after she was recently honored by the Morris Animal Foundation for over 40 years of devotion as a member of their Board of Directors. Highlights of my interview with Betty White are seen in a video, and here’s my print story with Betty White from my Tribune Media Services…

The Tail of Two Species: Patricia McConnell Explains Why We Love Dogs

I’ve been asked many times who my favorite people are to interview. One day, I’ll figure out that answer, but I can tell you certified applied animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell is totally in the top-10. I love her books, I love the way she puts things. I’m a fan. And if you haven’t read “For…

War Heroes Return Home to Furry Comfort

The need for service dogs is at an all time high. It’s because more people are aware of what dogs can do, but greatly because of an influx of returning war heroes (I think anyone fighting for our country is a hero) returning with physical and mental scars. As his first action of business as…

April is Adopt-A-Greyhound Month

Comet may have the winning-est Hollywood smile of the thousands who entered the Petroxdex Superstar Smiles Photo Contest. Comet was undoubtedly honored to win. But what really is nice is that Comet’s smile now shines the spotlight on Greyhound adoption. I wrote about Comet’s back-story and his life today as an ‘Ambassadog‘  for my national…

Camp Dogwood Gallery

I had David Eisendrath of Camp Dogwood on my WLS Radio show, and also Camp Dogwood was featured recently in USA Today. We attempted to describe the experience on the air, but seeing the pictures might give you a better idea. At this place, it’s all about the dogs – and they seem to know…

America Loses A Great American Pet Writer

Profound, that is how I describe Mordecai Siegal’s influence as a pet writer. After suffering declining health for several years, the venerable author of 33 books just passed away. In 1970 when Morty and dog trainer Matthew Margolis teamed up for their first of 10 books together, “Good Dog, Bad Dog,” and as a result…

Chicago Blackhawks Help Homeless Pets

I visited Urban Outsitters on Randolph St., where Lake Shore Animal Shelter has lots of adoptable dogs. The Chicago Blackhawks TV crew joined me there, and also at Tree House Humane Society. The result will be our debut video on Sunday at the UC which will be shown between periods of the Hawks’ game. Here’s…

Dogs Look to People for Answers; Wolves Do Not

A wolf won’t look at you the same way as a dog. According to a Hungarian study (from Current Biology, 2003), dogs do far better at understanding people or even making the attempt, compared to socialized wolves.  Wolf These days, for reasons I don’t quite get – some are equating dogs and wolves. Sure, they’re…

Dog Camp: Where Dogs Can Be Dogs

Sending your kids off to camp this summer? I mean fur kids. Camp Dogwood gives your dog a chance to be a dog. There are now camps for dogs all over America, but in Ingleside, IL, Camp Dogwood is Chicago area choice. Dogs can swim the old fashioned way, just by their people tossing toys…

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