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December 11 2009

Who Needs it More, David Letterman or a Cat Named Henry?

Cat and Dog massage expert Maryjean Ballner offers her loving touch to Henry the Cat on Late Show with David Letterman. Maryjean on my WLS Radio show, Saturday, December 12, 2 pm cst. 890-AM or

December 9 2009

Santa Paws to Benefit Lake Shore Animal Shelter

Take a photo with your pets and Santa to benefit  Lake Shore Animal Shelter, at Petco (440 N. Orleans – with FREE Parking), December 12, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.($8.95 and tax) – not sure if the tax goes to the North Pole. Is that Cook County Board President Stroger in a Santa Suit collecting…

December 9 2009

Cat Massage, Maryjean Ballner on Letterman

Does your cat need a massage? Moreover, does your cat even remotely want a massage? Maryjean Ballner, author of “Your Cat Wants a Message” is convinced it’s what your cat’s been pining for. Maryjean is on the “Late Show with David Letterman” tonight (Wednesday, December 9, 2009) – giving Dave a massage??

December 8 2009

Tree House Humane Lights of Love – A Chicago Tradition of Love

Tree House Humane Society (Uptown location, Carmen at Broadway) began Lights of Love ten years ago to honor those we’ve lost (pets and people). An Italian light is lit for each memory – Saturday, over 40,000 lights will shine at the shelter, it’s beautiful and touching. Lights of Love is Saturday (December 12, 3 to…

December 7 2009

The Poop on Poop: Just Scoop!

Invariably, with the first snow –  I don’t hear about towed cars (on snow routes), I hear about people picking up the poo even less often than at other times of the year.  Do people think the stuff melts with snow? It’s true there are some potential health issues to people, according to parisitologist Dr.…

December 6 2009

PeTA Slammed Obama For Fly Snatching

You thought I was joking (according to private email and some Facebook Fan page comments) when I relayed that PeTA wrote me a nasty note several years back following a story I wrote on flea control. They maintained I murdered fleas. And they were right!  ChicagoNow reader Moonweb reminded me that PeTA expressed anger with…

December 6 2009

My Advice: Keep the Cat, Dump the Boyfriend in USA Weekend

I am so getting heat for this week’s USA Weekend Animal Smart Q & A column. The nasty email is about the boyfriend of 9-months who despises cats and won’t visit unless she dumps her old cat. My advice: You guessed it – dump the boyfriend. I’m being called an “animal kook,” “crazy cat lover”…

December 6 2009

You Scream, I Scream "DOG!"

Perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon:

December 5 2009

Blaze Kills 43 Horses, Two People

Lebanon, OH horse barn fire kills two people, 43 horses at Warren County Fairgrounds.

December 5 2009

PeTA Stunts, Campaigns and Posters: A Joke of Itself?

How ethical are People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals? Decide for yourself. I did when years ago, after writing about flea control I received an email from a PeTA supporter saying, ‘I dare you write about killing fleas!’ How effective are the PeTA approaches, and what you think of their messages? I think they’re…

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