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Refuting Story: Michael Vick Deserves Our Forgiveness

Several Facebook friends and “fans” have suggested that I reply to Chicago Tribune writer Steve Chapman’s story, Michael Vick deserves our forgiveness. He begins the piece noting Vick’s personal involvement in the strangling and beating of dogs, and drowning them. Chapman (and others in social media) seem to suggest that losing millions in endorsements and…

Deranged Man Breaks into Cars Using Ferrets

In an incident police in North Yorkshire, England called “disturbing,” a 25-year old man allegedly used a box he kept live ferrets in to dent cars, and even break some windows. He damaged a dozen vehicles. The man was arrested for both the damage he did as well as for animal cruelty. An RSPCA spokesperson…

Dr. Mary Gardner Helps Out Animals in the Bahamas

Dr. Mary Gardner is doing something to help following the devastation in the Bahamas as a result of Hurricane Dorian this past September. Lots of pets remain missing (and presumed dead), and many street dogs and cats no doubt didn’t survive. Gardner says the shelter she knows best, Humane Society of Grand Bahama Island lost…

A Lot of Pet Stories to be Thankful For

I am thankful to all of you who read my blogs, hear me on the radio and/or see me on TV and in videos….And thankful if my work has made a difference, both legislatively and to individual pet owners. It really is the reason I do what I do….Here’s a snapshot of how I have…

De-Stressing Pets on Thanksgiving, And Keeping them Safe

Thanksgiving is fun family time, or it can be. Here are tips to de-stress pets, to ramp up fun and to keep them safe and out of the pet emergency room. Dumpster diving and counter surfing is dangerous sport for dogs – turkey and chicken bones can be a choking hazard. These bones can easily…

Bolli: A Coat Created for Walking the Dogs

How could I pass this by? It’s a coat made by Bolli for walking the dog.  Really, this coat was specifically designed for dog owners in mind. It comes with a pouch for treats, of course. There are 15 zipper pockets. There’s room for everything from a clicker to your phone and keys to even…

Alligator Robb’s Secrets to Catching Chance the Snapper

Frank Alligator Robb is the Chicago Animal Person of the Year. Hear Alligator Robb talk about his experience,  catching Chance the Snapper, which made national news headlines, on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World Show. When volunteers from the Chicago Herpetological Society failed to catch the stray alligator swimming in the Humboldt Park Lagoon,…

More Tips on Training Cats to their Carrier

Q: “I finally got a method down that works and is super chill to get my cat in a carrier. I put the carrier in the bathroom at least a few days before a vet appointment. If it’s more of a last-minute thing, I take the time to put treats out in the opposite side…

Rare Chance to Chat with Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Karen Overall on Twitter

Participating in the North American Veterinary Community Institute with boarded veterinary behaviorists Dr. Kersti Seksel (who turned me on to kitten socialization classes) and Dr. Karen Overall was the greatest learning experience I’ve ever had. And Dr. Overall is hand-down the best teacher I’ve ever had. Dr. Overall also participated in the book Decoding Your…

PACT Act: Why Should We Even Care?

Comment regarding my post on PACT Act — which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture, bipartisan legislation which passed the House of Representatives in October and the Senate November 6, and did so unanimously. “We don’t need this. We already have laws about it. What about people cruelty? You’re all more concerned about animals…

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