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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…

Chicago Blackhawks Scoring For Shelter Adoptions

The Chicago Blackhawks shot a video supporting pet adoption at the Tree House Humane Society, and here at Urban Outsitters on Randolph, where Lake Shore Animal Shelter dogs are. Soon, the finished product will be shown between periods at the UC. When that happens, there will be no stopping the Blackhawks.

Smiling Dog Contest – Who Do You Think Won?

At least, 2,000 people submitted photos of happy dogs with pearly whites waiting to be discovered in the Petrodex Superstar Smiles Photo contest. However, only one dog won. Here (in this gallery) are the ten finalists. Look at all 10 first, and then click on this Superstar Smiles site, and a cartoon mini-me will tell…

Deaf Dogs Are Fur Angels

Deaf dogs make quality pets no different than dogs that aren’t hearing impaired. Sure, screaming the dog’s name doesn’t help, so hand signals are required. The truth is that dogs are better at following our body language than our voice commands, so training is easier. And for safety, deaf dogs need to be kept on…

Global Pet Expo

I was at the largest pet trade show, the Global Pet Expo March 27 for a press conferences (to name the dog with the best smile – more on that in a blog post to come). Here’s are highlights:

American Humane's Field Trip 'Cross Town to Denver Dumb Friends League

Denver Dumb Friends League CEO and President Bob Rohde calls his facility a ‘little old shelter in a cow town.’ Not hardly. This is a Hilton among animal shelters. I’m on the Board of American Humane, and our Board of Directors and members of senior staff took a field trip to the shelter on Saturday…

Flea and Tick Products; Grief after Loss; Our Fascination with Animals; and Lady Gaga for Dogs on Steve Dale's Pet World on WLS

I think this may actually be worth getting up for. Steve Dale’s Pet World, on AM 890-WLS (or www.wlsam.com)  Saturday (March 27), about 9 p.m (post basketball), a bevvy of guests: Lots of questions from you about the EPA expressing concerns about fea and tick products. Should we use these products? Is there a safety…

Doggie Gaga

You need a poker face to take this gallery seriously. Pet photographer Jesse Freidin created the Doggie Gaga Project, dressing dogs like Lady Gaga. The result – a viral epidemic. Of course, the question remains – ‘why do that?’ Is it because Jesse just wants to be taken seriously as a member of the paparazzi? …

Is a Growl a Growl Still a Growl?

Is there hidden meaning in your dog’s growls? In the April issue of Animal Behaviour, scientists report on dog what dogs are trying to say, including an experiment in which they put a pooch in a room with a juicy bone. As the animal approaches the bone, the researchers play a recording of a dog…

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