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SPCA Puerto Vallarta, A Spa or a Shelter?

“The street dogs and cats in Mexico are the lucky ones; at least they can find food in the trash, and maybe beg from tourists,” says Janice Chatterton, founder/president of the SPCA Puerto Vallarta. “I wanted to find a way to help dogs kept tied up on rooftops where I’ve seen the ropes cut into…

Go Daddy Super Bowl Commercial Is a Huge Fumble

Shame on GoDaddy. How did this commercial, intended for the Super Bowl ever get made? First, a cute as can be Golden Retriever puppy is tossed unceremoniously from a pick up truck (it’s illegal in many states for dogs to be placed in the bed of pick up trucks). The poor puppy is apparently ok,…

Alderman James Cappleman Understands the Social Value of Pets

Alderman James Cappleman understands the community value simply of people being outside simply walking their dogs. Cappleman is a licensed clinical social worker, so he’s actually researched the issue. Listen HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World to hear the Alderman tell how one woman wouldn’t die until she could said ‘goodbye’ to her dog. And interestingly…

Metra Taking Puppy Step to be More Dog Friendly

Metra may finally be more pet friendly as customers who want to bring their pets along for the train ride may soon be able to do so, at least on weekends, at least on one route. It’s a start, I suppose. The agency said Friday(January 23)  that if its board approves, it expects to begin…

James Cappleman: Alderman with a Heart, and Pet Love

Alderman (46th ward) James Cappleman is on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio,  Sunday January 26, 6:30 AM CDT. Listen HERE or 720AM I am about to prove what was thought to be impossible – some public officials have great heart. Cappleman comes from a family of compassion, so perhaps it’s no surprise. He’ll tell…

Autistic Children Benefit With a Pet

A University of Missouri researcher recently found that children with autism have stronger social skills when any kind of pet lives in the home. When compared the social skills of children with autism who lived with dogs to those who did not, the children with dogs appeared to have greater social skills, according to Gretchen Carlisle, research…

Pets' Year in Review: Steve Dale's Columns

More than anything else, I hope my newspaper columns helps families, afterall pets are considered members of the family. 2014 included columns on many topics I was proud to elevate to a public platform. Journalist Julia Szabo spoke with me about her book,  “Medicine Dog: The Miraculous Cure That Healed My Best Friend and Saved…

United Airlines Provides Comfort Dogs: Does It Work?

Using comfort dogs at O’Hare International Airport to help to de-stress travel at Christmas – did it work? Listen HERE to Steve Dale’s Pet World, a conversation with Mark Krollick, managing director of Marking and Product Development at United Airlines on WGN Radio. The dogs were also used at George Bush International Airport in Houston. In Chicago, the…

New Year's Resolutions for Pets

New Year’s resolutions aren’t any longer reserved for ourselves; we now make them for our pets too, and sometimes express our hopes for all pets. My Facebook fans (feel free to join my Facebook Fan page) chimed in from around America, even around the world with their resolutions for pets for 2015.  Here are some…

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