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February 9 2020

Valentine’s Day for Your Pets

How do you tell your pets “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day? Of course, you can buy a special treat (naturally, not chocolate). If you have a pet lizard, maybe Valentine’s is the day for fattening but yummy mealworms. Ferrets might enjoy extra playtime and the same is true for Labrador Retrievers or your kitty…

November 24 2019

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,…

September 22 2019

DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles on WGN Radio

A funny thing happened to me in Buffalo Grove while waiting for my sister. I met Dave DiNaso’s reticulated python; I was very impressed with his snake and told him so. And he recognized my voice. Next thing you know, Dave Ninaso of DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles can be heard HERE on my Steve Dale’s…

April 14 2019

ReptileFest; Saving Pets from Fires in Kennels and Anti-Vaxxers on WGN Radio

I begin my Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN radio show HERE about Illinois House Bill 3390 which just passed the Illinois House of Representatives. This bill, which was supported by Illinois State Representative Diane Pappas (D-45thdistrict) with co-sponsor Allen Skillicorn (R-66th district) and created with Marc Ayers, Illinois Director of the Humane Society of the United States will…

April 13 2019

ReptileFest

ReptileFest is the largest education show about reptiles in America. The show is today (April 13) and tomorrow April 14 at  Northeastern Illinois University at the Physical Education Complex, located at 3600 W. Foster Avenue, Chicago. Hundreds of various reptiles and amphibians will be on display (representing around 200 species), a kind of a hands-on zoo.…

July 20 2018

Red-Eared Sliders Regaining Popularity: That Might Not Be So Great

I can’t believe it’s still “a thing,” spontaneously buying red-eared slider turtles. Back in the day, in the 1950’s and ‘60 into the early 70’s, these turtles were commonly kept as pets. Typically, though, they suffered from poor care. Their habitats were plastic containers with a plastic tropical looking palm and a small place to…

June 18 2018

Solutions for Pets Afraid of Fireworks; Small Scale Reptile Rescue Needs Your Help

TERRIFIED of fireworks – so many pets are. What do you do? Well, hopefully, you begin now, rather than wait until July 3 or July 4.  Dr. Jennifer Styrsky of CEVA Animal Health and I offer tips HERE on my WGN Radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World. We talk about jollying dogs by putting them…

June 16 2018

Small Scale Reptile Rescue Has a Large Scale Problem: Please Help

Get this lovely fellow: When investigators turned up at Jason Littel’s cabin in East Troy, WI following up on complaints of sexual assault, they found 400 animals, many hognose snakes, various species of smaller reptiles and various frog species. Turns out Littel was charged with five counts of first degree sexual abuse, and use of…

February 17 2018

Coyote Finds a Northern Blue-Tongue Skink

Coyote Peterson is the host of Brave Wilderness, a YouTube channel show, and I’ve been a fan for a long time. He also speaks around the country. I am posting this particular episode because he features an animal we happen to have as a pet: a northern blue-tongue skink. Even this wild skink, which Coyote…

January 5 2018

Iguanas Falling from the Sky

People can deal with record low temperatures by putting on another layer of protection or not even venturing outdoors. Animals, however, have no choice in the matter. In Florida—in the water and on land—animals are paying a price. Iguanas are falling like coconuts from trees and appear to be frozen. The good news: Those that…

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