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Gov. Quinn Signs Bill to Mandate Police Training: Steve Dale's Pet World

Steve Dale’s Pet World, August 24 radio show will be broadcast from Wrigley Field, starting at 1 p.m. CDT,  as a part of several WGN Radio broadcasts of the Wood Family Foundation celebrity Wiffle for a Diffle (wiffle baseball at Wrigley for charity). Listen at 720 AM or here. At 1:45 Illinois Governor Pat Quinn…

Ron & Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation, Steve Dale's Pet World

Dogs can detect diabetic spikes and crashes – ultimately saving lives, and Vicki Santo is doing something about it. As she explains (LISTEN HERE) on Steve Dale’s Pet World, she recently began the Ron & Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation    The idea is to support training and then donating diabetic detection dogs to people…

Pets Are Good for Us, Human-Animal Interaction Experts Meeting

The magic solution for good health has four legs and a tail. It turns out that sharing your life with a pet is good for you. “We know that there are positive neurochemical changes that occur by merely walking down the street and seeing a dog,” says Rebecca Johnson, president of the International Association of…

A Pit Bull Is Simply a Dog

A Pit Bull (or dog merely defined as a Pit Bull) is merely another dog….and what you see here is what dogs do, even dogs defined by Pit Bulls – if given the change. Dogs are all about love. Dogs are about forgiveness, sometimes in a way which mere humans are not.

Bo Inspects White House Holiday Decorations

The White House does look beautiful at Christmas, as ‘First Dog’ Bo offers a tour for himself, and we go along. However, I have several questions: – With all the problems of the world, why is a White House staff member taking time to record this video? You’d think there are more important things to…

President Obama's Got It Wrong About Support for PTSD Veterans

I’d never have thought a humble pet columnist would be correcting the President of the United States. During the third presidential debate October 22, President Barack Obama maintained that his administration was “making sure that…our veterans are getting the care that they need when it comes to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury.”…

Any Doubt Service Dogs Make A Difference for PTSD Veterans, Ask This Soldier

At what point is anecdotal evidence so overwhelming that it matches or exceeds scientific discoveries? Carol Borden, executive director and founder of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs of Williston, FL, says her non-profit has paired about two dozen service dogs with military veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since 2010. She says that in…

WGN Petcast: Getting Wild with Gorillas, Renting with Pets, Service Dogs for PTSD Veterans

Listen HERE (may take a moment to load) to this adventurous WGN Radio Petcast…. Just returned from Africa trekking the Virunga volcanoes in Rwanda to see mountain gorillas. What was that like? Hacking our way through forest, we’d reach the gorillas, and often times as we observed they’d come within inches. In one case, my…

American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards

Wow! What a Gala event, the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, held October 6, 2012 at the classic Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles (same place the Golden Globes are). The emcee was Kristin Chenoweth, as seven hero dogs (in seven categories) were hailed by the celebrity audience for what they do everyday. One…

Department of Veterans Affairs Suspends Support of Service Dogs for Soldiers with PTSD

Scientists around the world have confirmed that for some conditions a wagging tail might help more than a pharmaceutical. One such condition is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There are scientific studies (though limited in number) that support the positive effects of dogs paired with veterans diagnosed with PTSD, and literally thousands of real-life anecdotal instances.…

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