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Naperville Considers Ban on Pet Store Sales of Dogs and Cats

Naperville, IL is considering banning dogs/cats sold at pet stores, as  hundreds of cities have done in the U.S. and Canada. Naperville has tried this before without success, but a group of determined citizens persevere because of where dogs and cats sold at pet stores are sourced, commercial breeders and puppy mills. I was on…

AVMA Excellence in Media Award: Honor of my Life

(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) January 19, 2020—The American Veterinary Medical Association has announced that Steve Dale is the winner of the inaugural AVMA Excellence in Media Award, which will be presented this August at AVMA Convention 2020 in San Diego. This new award was established by the AVMA to honor the achievements of an individual who has…

Naperville’s Opportunity: Ban Sales of Dogs and Cats at Pet Stores, Here’s Why

Naperville, IL is considering a ban of sales of dogs and cats at pet stores. Hundreds of cities have already banned the sales of dogs and cats at pet stores in both the U.S. and Canada, as well as the entire states of California, Maryland and Maine. Naperville, located West of Chicago, is more than…

Opposing Declaw, Banfield Hospitals & AVMA Make History

I’ve been adamantly opposed to declaw for many years. Yesterday, I was talking with a cat behavior consultant colleague who edited Think Twice Before You Declaw a handout, which we co-authored with several others back in 2006. Since then, we know much more: Not declawing doesn’t mean more cats will be given up to shelters…

She Was Only a Dog

Thank you for the many hundreds of comments in social media, as well as the email and other notes regarding the sudden loss of our dog Ethel, as a result of hemangiosarcoma (cancer that arises from the cells that line blood vessels of various tissues of the body. The tumors invade and erode blood vessels,…

Ethel: We Loved You

Ethel came into our lives 13 years ago. We loved her all we could. She loved us back ten-fold.  She expressed her love nearly every waking moment of every day. And that love wasn’t only expressed with a wag of a tail or smiles, she said so in her eyes. Indeed, that love was unconditional.…

NFL Commissioner Doesn’t Care How Fans Feel About Michael Vick

I’ve made it abundantly clear that Michael Vick should be the captain of nothing. The National Football League decided that the now retired quarterback should be honored as an honorary captain at the upcoming Pro Bowl game. No way, I say – forgive him if you can – I cannot as he personally physically harmed…

Questioning Ethics of Declaw, Not to Mention Deleterious Impact on Behavior

Dr. Robin Downing is Boarded animal rehabilitation, and is a renown expert on pain/pain management of companion animals. She and I are speaking together about declaw in cats at the FETCH veterinary conference on Friday December 13 in San Diego, CA. Downing can look at videos of cats and identify lameness that is so subtle…

Suggesting Michael Vick Deserves Pro Bowl Status

Following a viral post I authored supporting the notion at former NFL quarterback and convicted felon Michael Vick doesn’t merit being the ceremonial National Football League Pro Bowl Captain, I did receive some push back. Being that my social media is followed and liked greatly by animal lovers, it’s no surprise that overwhelmingly most people…

Michael Vick as Pro Bowl Captain?

Should Michael Vick be named as a National Football League (NFL) Pro Bowl captain? There are two relevant questions. First, on the field, football pundits suggest his career hasn’t been consistently stellar for a length of time. Which brings me to the second and far more important question, his career was interrupted by a jail…

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