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He's Headin' South on Lake Shore Drive with a Pooper Scooper

You are NOT a Chicagoan if you don’t know where this is from: “There’s a road I’d like to tell you about, lives in my home town Lake Shore Drive the road is called and it’ll take you up or down From rags on up to riches fifteen minutes you can fly Pretty blue lights…

Dogs Can Get the Flu Too, And It's Nothing to Sneeze At

It’s flu season for you – maybe – and potentially your dog, for sure. The Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) is now prevalent in New York City, and it could happen in the Chicago area too. In fact, CIV did have a sort of mini outbreak around Chicago a few years back. Dogs most susceptible to…

How a Cat Says, "Oh My God!"

Actually this could be a flehman response -sort of moving fascinating scents into the vomeronasal organ, also called the Jacobson’s Organ. Getting every possible bit of ‘smell.’ Lots of animals do this. Often a grimace is associated, this isn’t typical. Or maybe the cat just read Kitty Kelly’s book about Oprah.

Check This Out: Chicago Blackhawks Score for Shelter Adoptions

The Chicago Blackhawks recently produced a video starring Tommy Hawk and lots of adoptable pets. Please enjoy this video and share with those who may be interested in adopting a pet, or a hockey player.

Family Day at the Shedd Aquarium

Took the family (mom, sister, brother-in-law, two nieces and wife)  to the John G. Shedd Aquarium, and spent several hours. Totally one of the premiere Aquariums in the country. Still, in case you haven’t been for awhile, check out this fishy gallery. Beware, I make no claims at being a fish expert, and sit at…

Britain's Got Talent, and Also A Canine Fred Astaire

A non-human could win Britian’s Got Talent: Here is Gin a dancing dog…(post compliments of Facebook Fan Pat L.)

Great American Dog Writer Exits Stage Left

Mordecai Siegal passed away April 1. He was the most influential and prolific pet writer, authoring many top selling pet books. Here’s the tribute piece I just wrote about Mordecai Siegal’s career for my Tribune Media Services column. Morty authored 38 columns for Good News for Pets, and Lea-Ann Germinder has made those available. I…

FIP Resources (Updated)

Feline Infectious Peritonitis is the one disease you don’t want your pet to have. There’s no cure. Tragically FIP most often happens to kittens. Also, according to longtime FIP researcher Niels Pedersen from the University of California, Davis, FIP is more common than previously thought. I argue, despite it’s complexities if FIP (or a disease…

Everyone Loves Betty White

I spoke with Betty White just after she was recently honored by the Morris Animal Foundation for over 40 years of devotion as a member of their Board of Directors. Highlights of my interview with Betty White are seen in a video, and here’s my print story with Betty White from my Tribune Media Services…

The Tail of Two Species: Patricia McConnell Explains Why We Love Dogs

I’ve been asked many times who my favorite people are to interview. One day, I’ll figure out that answer, but I can tell you certified applied animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell is totally in the top-10. I love her books, I love the way she puts things. I’m a fan. And if you haven’t read “For…

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