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Fire Protection for Pets Law Passes in Illinois

Illinois is now the first state to mandate fire protection for pets in kennels/boarding facilities. Kennels now will require a fire alarm system ringing directly to first responders, a sprinkler system or a human being on premises.  This signing was the fifth bill I’ve been invited to a signing for in Illinois, but the first…

Twas a Pet’s Night Before Christmas

Twas a Pet’s Night Before Christmas “Twas a pet’s night before Christmas and all through the house – not a creature was stirring, especially the mouse — ’cause that mouse knows who’s in the house. Oh there’s Fido, there’s Fluffy, there’s Duchess, and King. On Rover, on Scruffy, with that squeaky thing. Go by the…

Barking for a Term Limit for Chicago’s Mayor

After Susan Russell was asked to resign (she didn’t so she was fired) from the position of Chicago Animal Care and Control Executive Director, it was clear that her boss, Mayor Rahm Emanuel hasn’t a clue about animal welfare, and doesn’t care. Mayor Rahm never met Susan, a City department chair – never even bothered…

Remembering Dr. Donna Alexander on WGN Radio

On May 20, Dr. Donna Alexander, then Administrator of the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control was on my WGN radio show. I spoke to her privately the very next day, about several topics, including the need to update the trap/neuter/return ordinance and the continuing sad saga at the Animal Welfare League in…

Alderman Lopez Continues to Beat A Drum Against Chicago Animal Control

I hardly ever reprint blog posts, but with renewed interest due to a Chicago Sun Times story depicting part-truth, and again calling the facility “troubled,” I’ve been asked to do so. Rather than tackle the specific allegation of “cherry picking,” appearing in the story, there’s a broader issue of continued and relentless attacks on Chicago…

Doc Emrick Scores for Chicago Canine Rescue

Legendary National Hockey League broadcaster Doc Emrick has again come through for Chicago’s homeless animals. He gave me a check for $1,2000 to give to Chicago Canine Rescue (CCR). I was thrilled to present that check during my monthly pet adoption segment on WGN radio. CCR’s website says they’ve saved 6,000 dogs (and some cats…

A Gem of a Dog from Chicago Canine Rescue to Adopt on WGN Radio

Jade will find a new home, or at least that is the goal. Chicago Canine Rescue Board member Beckie Tomala joins me tomorrow morning (August 8) at 9:10 AM CDT on the Steve Cochran Show on WGN Radio to adopt Jade, a 10-year old Miniature Pinscher. Please spread the word so we can find this…

Cat Communication May be Misleading

What are cats communicating? This video from International Cat Care demonstrates that cats who appear to unbothered might indeed be quite uncomfortable. Cats and dogs are always communicating with us. Dogs tend to be more demonstrative, and I argue we better understand dogs because we’re hard wired to understand them – having evolved with them.…

Animal Welfare Matters, And Paul Vallas Gets It

The phrase “Animal welfare matters” has more layers to it than you may at first think. Many studies from around the world have demonstrated a real link, that when people are violent to animals they are more likely to be violent to one another. In fact, the term used by law enforcement and mental health…

Mayoral Candidate Paul Vallas; Former Guv Pat Quinn; Lucille Ball’s Bestie and a Prosthetist on WGN Radio Night Side

You can’t possibly speak to a candiate for Mayor of Chicago without asking about crime, which I brought up to my first guest candidate Paul Vallas HERE on WGN Radio Night Side. We begin by talking about the heroes – everyday day heroes that few ever speak about…but then we quickly get to crime. He points…

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