Articles: horses

December 3 2020

Applauding New Rules for Animals In-Flight: Must be Service Dogs

I agree with the airline industry and U.S. Department of Transportation, animals designated as emotional support or comfort animals should no longer be allowed on airplanes, only legitimate service dogs. Having said that, the airlines – who are partially responsible for this issue in the first place – must offer alternatives for pet travel beyond…

June 22 2020

Human Animal Bond: Little Girl Sings to Horses

The sweetest thing ever: The Human Animal Bond right here!!

April 28 2020

Horse-Drawn Carriages Off Chicago Streets; What’s Next for the Horses?

Horses have had their day in Chicago. After years of wrangling,  City Council has pulled the reins on Chicago’s horse-drawn carriage industry, effectively banning them from operating in the city starting next year. This is huge victory for the welfare of horses was led by Jodie Wiederkehr, executive director of  Chicago Alliance for Animals (CAA),…

April 24 2020

Chicago City Council Says Whoa to Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horses have just had their day in Chicago. After years of wrangling, even without debate, City Council is pulling the reins on Chicago’s horse-drawn carriage industry, effectively banning them from operating in the city starting next year. This is a huge victory for the welfare of horses, led by Jodie Wiederkehr, executive director of  Chicago…

February 4 2020

Chicago Police Memorial Celebrates K9’s and Equines; Naperville Banning Sales Dogs/Cats at Pet Stores on WGN

Chicago Police Department Chaplain Robert Montelongo and Bridget Shuda from the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation reveal HERE on my most recent WGN Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show the new space being provided at the Chicago Gold Star Families Memorial and Police Memorial Park just east of Soldier Field for fallen K9 and Equine members…

November 14 2019

City Working Horses Require More than Enrichment

Do horses belong in traffic on busy streets of cities like Chicago? Aside from some cities allegedly working the horses too often and in weather that is too hot or too cold, and regularly breathing in exhaust fumes, according to a recent study, horses show behavioral signs of poor welfare while housed in box stalls,…

October 30 2019

Should Chicago Ban Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides?

Chicago Alliance for Animals leader Jodie Wiederkehr and myself join John Williams HERE on WGN radio to talk about the latest with the horse drawn carriage rides. There are likely enough votes in Chicago City Council to ban the horse rides, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot may not allow there to be a vote. What!!!??!!!! HEAR…

September 2 2019

Stop Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Should horse-drawn carriage rides be working in Chicago? On WGN Radio’s Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show listen here as I talk with Jodie Wiederkerhr of Chicago Alliance for Animals about the possibility and hopefully likelihood of banning the horse-drawn carriage rides in Chicago. For several years Wiederkerhr and other volunteers are have documented example after example of…

August 30 2019

Whoa to Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse-drawn carriage rides have been common in cities around the world for decades. One problem is that we live in a different world today. And another is that Chicago, at least, carriage drivers are allegedly frequently not adhering to the safety and comfort of the horses first, or even Chicago’s current ordinance. Here’s what I’m…
Steve Dale on destruction from California wildfires

November 13 2018

Pets In California Wildfires

The most devastating California wildfires ever. Over 7,100 structures are gone as a result of the Camp Fire in middle of the State of California. So far, media reports 242 deaths but well over 200 people and many more animals remain missing.  Officials suggest the death toll will continue to climb, and perhaps significantly so.…

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