Articles: pet behavior

Choosing a Pet: It's OK to be Different

So, what type of pet do you get? Dr. Nancy Soares of the American Animal Hospital Association answers….and she LOVES the idea of adopting via a shelter or a rescue. And how do you best integrate that new pet into a home? “t doesn’t happen overnight,” she says. And the joy that rescued animal brings,…

Adopt A Dog, Bark in the Park

Ginger sweet senior is a ready-made pet, and she deserves a loving home even if she is 9-years old.  Tuesday (April 25) 9:35AM CDT on WGN Radio, Steve Cochran and myself will attempt to find Ginger a home from Anti Cruelty. Listen at 720AM or HERE. She loves to hangout and snuggle. She likes a…

Big Night Is My Night: Hope to See You

  Friends of Animal Care & Control President Kristin Lanigan  and event volunteer Susan Russell are excited about Big Night,  October 8, 6 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street. Listen HERE to these ladies cheer the best of what we can all do to help the Chicago city pound – not…

Help Us to Help Cats

How worried is your cat about going to the veterinarian? Some cats seem to become anxious even as you make the appointment for a routine exam, weeks before the actual visit. Other cats don’t get distressed at all, or seem to – and even enjoy the process of getting into a carrier for a car…

Your Questions Answered for 20 Years

After 20 years of writing this column and answering, on average, four reader questions weekly, that’s 4,160 answers! My fingers should be ‘dog-tired,’ but instead I’m invigorated because each month (sometimes each week) I receive letters and emails saying my answers motivated someone a visit to a veterinarian, or even saved a pet’s life. By…

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…

Steve Dale at Total Pet Expo: Stop Selling Dogs & Cats

I was the keynote speaker at the Backer’s Total Pet Expo Awards press luncheon on September 20. My topic:  ‘The Importance of the Human/Animal Bond in Pet Retail.’ Backer’s Total Pet Expo TV host Kristen Levine, from Kristen Levine Pet Living,, emceed the awards and gave me kind introduction. Here’s what i said. These weren’t…

Katherine Heigl, David Backes: Pets Not Adopted Matter

“Let’s also remember the orphans who are euthanized,” says Mike Arms, CEO and president of the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Arms created the annual “Remember Me Thursday” (on Sept. 25 this week) as a day to light real or virtual candles in memory of the millions of animals euthanized in America…

Pet Radio Show Covers Pitbull-type Dogs to Italian Ice Joint That's Also Like a Dog Park

Listen HERE, as I begin Steve Dale’s Pet World by talking with intrepid newsman Dave Schwanneee, and ask him if I look like a grandpa. We also reminisce about our days with radio legend and friend Fred Winston. Jeanne Kensik, owner of Extra Innings Wrigleyville Italian Ice – great Italian ice and also a dog…

Amending Ban on Pet Store Sales of Dogs, Cats, Rabbits on WGN

Puppy mills are not a good thing. FACT. Many dogs sold at pet stores are from puppy mills, others are from commercial facilities that mass produce dogs. FACT Purchases made at pet stores are impulsive, and unlike a private breeder or animal shelter or rescue, – which wants to insure you are the right family…

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