Articles: Pit Bulls

June 11 2018

Red, White and Blue, Adopt a Pittie For You

Dogs we call pit bulls (because they have a certain “look”) are today’s All-American dog, and there are a lot of them. Likely there are far more dogs we call pit bulls than the American Kennel Club most popular pure bred dog, the Labrador Retriever. For many reasons, there are lots of pitties in animal…

April 7 2018

Sgt. Stubby An American Hero

It’s a movie about a war hero, a true story about the most unlikely war hero ever, as he happened to have four legs. Sergeant Stubby saved countless human lives, and his story is told in the motion picture “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero,” opening April 13 at theaters.  And incidentally, he was the only…

December 18 2017

WGN Radio Dog Adoption: Get Pippen Home for the Holidays

Help to bring this puppy home for the howlidays. Susan Russell, executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control, along with myself, attempt to adopt Pippin on Tuesday, December 19, at 9:05 a.m. on WGN Radio. Listen at 720AM or here. Six-year-old Pippen arrived at the shelter in October. Pippen, a real live Chicago dog,…

October 28 2017

Fatal Dog Attack by Pit Bulls, Is BSL Next?

How do you report on the death of a little boy caused by two family dogs? There can be few greater family tragedies. I’ve known about this for some time, but I was waiting. I was waiting for the inevitable, because the dogs involved in the attack were identified as pit bulls. I suspected the…

October 5 2017

Pit Bull Ban Passed in Springfield City

In some parts of Missouri, lawmakers are more concerned about dogs that resemble what we call “pit bulls” than they are with shuttering puppy mills and penalizing the operators of those mills. In a highly emotional meeting on October 2, the City Council of Springfield City, Missouri, approved a ban on dogs referred to as…

October 2 2017

Chicago Canine Rescue Mutt Strut to Raise Dollars for No Kill Shelter

Chicago Canine Rescue’s (CCR) Anna Johnson on WGN Radio’s Steve Dale’s Pet World Listen HERE, as Anna talks about how CCR often takes dogs no one else will, and greatly from open admission facilities, such as Chicago Animal Care and Control and Animal Welfare League of Chicago. They are heroes. The dogs (and a pawful of cats)…

August 21 2017

Two Dogs Save Two Children from a Deadly Snake

When you hear that two dogs saved two children from a copperhead snake, you might think the heroic dogs were gallant German Shepherds or brilliant Border Collies, but instead they were dogs identified as pit bulls. Both dogs took severe bites in defense of the children in their Florida backyard near Hillsborough River State Park.…

August 1 2017

Pit Bull: Battle Over An American Icon

Bronwen Dickey talks on my national radio show Steve Dale Dale’s Pet World about her book Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon.  First of all, what is a “pit bull”? Listen HERE as Dickey says that today we know that most dogs identified at “pits” only have a certain look to them. Genetically they…

May 20 2017

One Pit Bull Ban Begins, Another Ends

A new ordinance passed in Caraway, Arkansas, and is set to ban dogs called pit bulls. In order to prompt such legislation, there’s often an incident in a community (and apparently more than one incident in Caraway), and a dog called a pit bull is held responsible. So, the response of public officials and some…

April 15 2017

Free Willy: He Needs A Home on WGN Radio

I am pretty sure our dog adoption number is at 15, meaning 15 successful consecutive dog adoptions on WGN Radio with Steve Cochran. Listen Monday, April 17, at 9:05 a.m. CDT on 720AM or here as we hopefully adopt number 16. Monday will be a challenge, so we need help to spread the word. Older dogs are…

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