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Day at the Dog Beach

What a better way to spend Father’s Day, Robin, Lucy and Ethel took me to the dog beach in Chicago (commonly called MonDog, just north of the Montrose Avenue beach for people). It was cloudy Sunday morning, and even began to drizzle but it was a fun hour for all! (Do read the gallery for…

Pets and Children: I'm Awestruck At What It CAN Be

Perhaps is the right gallery for Father’s Day. No, this adorable little girl isn’t ours – though Gabby lives in our building…the relationship she has with our animals is exactly what it should be between kids and pets. Yes, most dog bites do happen to children…but FAR less likely when there’s mutual respect and mutual…

Natural Balance Recall

Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog food has just been voluntarily recalled, 5 lb and 28 lb. packages manufactured December 17, 2009 with a “best by” date of June 17, 20011. A random sampling tested positive for Salmonella. Mysterious to me, the FDA pet food recall site has no listing of this (though…

Dining with Dogs, And Taking Off the Pounds: Steve Dale's Pet World on WLS

There are now many dog friendly restaurants in Chicago – places that welcome canine clientele. One of those restaurants has been in the news a lot lately….it so happens that Bobby Hull watched the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup at Harry Caray’s Tavern, Navy Pier. Bobby Hull, just after watching the Hawks clinch the Cup…

Just a Dog: There is No Such Thing

I’ll quote myself: “There ARE angels here on earth – we call them dogs”“Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative,” my friend, Mordecai Siegal. (thanks Chris Walkowicz for the post idea)

Outdoor Patios for Cats, Catios

While I feel strongly against allowing cats to freely roam neighborhoods, encouraging cats to walk on a leash and harness or creating protective outdoor environments can be terrific. Cats can also ‘go for walks’ in super luxury kitty strollers. For many (not all) cats – such experiences are wonderfully enriching, and safe! The New York…


Featured recently in the the RedEye, rats are actually nice starter pets. I often suggest rats before sometimes moody gerbils, Guenna Pigs, or solitary hamsters. Rats are actually more interactive, and arguably more intelligent. Here are 12 facts about pet rats – and a fact or two about not-so-pet rats.

From Service Dog to Surfing Dog

This has been around the Internet….the story of a dog trained to be a service dog teaming up with a paraplegic teenager . . . One lesson here (among several) – dogs make their choices too. .

The Wizard of Dogz

Your familiar with the story – well, maybe not told like this…click and you won’t be in Kansas anymore. 

Tio the Chihuahua Sings to His Nana

You might need cotton in your ears for this one…but I will say our cat was enthralled. And one of our dogs was fascinated too. I wonder what the Chihuahua is really saying here? Play this, and pump up the volume with your pets in the room – let me know if there’s a response.

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