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April 11 2010

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…

April 11 2010

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…

April 8 2010

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…

April 6 2010

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…

April 4 2010

War Heroes Return Home to Furry Comfort

The need for service dogs is at an all time high. It’s because more people are aware of what dogs can do, but greatly because of an influx of returning war heroes (I think anyone fighting for our country is a hero) returning with physical and mental scars. As his first action of business as…

April 4 2010

April is Adopt-A-Greyhound Month

Comet may have the winning-est Hollywood smile of the thousands who entered the Petroxdex Superstar Smiles Photo Contest. Comet was undoubtedly honored to win. But what really is nice is that Comet’s smile now shines the spotlight on Greyhound adoption. I wrote about Comet’s back-story and his life today as an ‘Ambassadog‘  for my national…

April 4 2010

Camp Dogwood Gallery

I had David Eisendrath of Camp Dogwood on my WLS Radio show, and also Camp Dogwood was featured recently in USA Today. We attempted to describe the experience on the air, but seeing the pictures might give you a better idea. At this place, it’s all about the dogs – and they seem to know…

April 2 2010

Impulsive Rabbit Purchases Make Shelters Hopping Mad

       You’d think that after all these years of stories just like this one – making a point that a pet bunny is not an awful impulsive purchase – the message would have sunk in. “I can’t say why the message hasn’t (sunk in), but it really hasn’t,” says Toni Greetis, vice president of the…

March 31 2010

Dogs Look to People for Answers; Wolves Do Not

A wolf won’t look at you the same way as a dog. According to a Hungarian study (from Current Biology, 2003), dogs do far better at understanding people or even making the attempt, compared to socialized wolves.  Wolf These days, for reasons I don’t quite get – some are equating dogs and wolves. Sure, they’re…

March 31 2010

Dog Camp: Where Dogs Can Be Dogs

Sending your kids off to camp this summer? I mean fur kids. Camp Dogwood gives your dog a chance to be a dog. There are now camps for dogs all over America, but in Ingleside, IL, Camp Dogwood is Chicago area choice. Dogs can swim the old fashioned way, just by their people tossing toys…

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