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Dr. Sheldon Rubin On Demand, WLS-AM

What a discussion: Flea and heartworm control, getting dogs’ coats in good shape and getting dogs into physical condition for the summer, even what to do if there’s a pet emergency. Here’s a one-hour On Demand conversation with Chicago’s own Dr. Sheldon Rubin. America doesn’t have James Herriot, but we do have Dr. Rubin. There’s…

A Call for Dog Groomers to Unite to Help Clean the Oil Spill in the Gulf

I am calling for the Chicago area dog groomers to come together – Dog Hair for the Gulf. Dog hair stuffed into used woman’s nylons helps to soak up oil. If the Chicago area dog groomers do this – I will happily support and promote this on my WLS radio show….Step up, bark up!. What…

Warning: Pets Are Being Stolen from Backyards

I don’t believe you’d call these criminals cat burglars. Seriously, dognapping from backyards seems to be on the rise in the Chicago area, and all over the country. Tragically, many of the small dogs that are swiped are being used as bait for training dogfighting dogs. Others are essentially being nabbed for ransom, waiting for…

National Pet Week

How are you celebrating The American Veterinary Medical Association’s National Pet Week? National Pet Week continues from today through May 8. For us…let’s see, we’ll take Ethel to the Puptown (a DFA or dog park); we’ll take 15-year old Lucy nowhere (she prefers it that way now); we’ll take our cat Roxy for a walk…

Do You Doubt That Dogs Have Emotions?

So, you dogs and cats have emotions like ours? For years, some argued NO. Of course, science can now prove without a doubt that dogs and cats do have the same neurotransmitters in our brains as we do. Do you remain a skeptic? If you are, watch this video. Then, tell me what you think.

Bark in the Park

The Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago’s 16th Annual Bark in the Park, amazing – thousands walking with their dogs from near Montrose Beach along the Lakefront to help homeless animals. From Chicago celebrities, to a wide range of breeds and all sizes of dogs, to perhaps breaking a Guinness Book of World Record….Check out the highlights:

Sheriff Tom Dart on Steve Dale's Pet World to Announce a Tougher Dogfighting Law

Dogfighting is bad enough. But can you imagine dogfighters practicing their horror at a day care center? That actually happened last September. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart made the bust in Maywood, IL and it made national news. When I had Sheriff Dart Sheriff Tom Dart on my WLS Radio Show. On-the-air, I suggested that…

Bark in the Park

Bark in the Park, benefiting the Anti-Cruelty Society may be the most attended dog walk on the planet. Thousands of dog participate in the 3.2 mile walk along the lakefront, starting at Montrose Beach at 9 a.m. (though you need to be there earlier to register, or do so in advance online). Anti-Cruelty is Chicago’s…

Real Life Lassie Story

It wasn’t a Collie named Lassie, but instead a German Shepherd dog named Buddy. Ben Heinrichs was working in his shop in the shed adjacent to his home as a flash fire began Ben was able to get out, and get his dog Buddy out, but Ben had suffered burns. He actually told his dog,…

Win A Dog or A Cat Toy, Celebrating My 300th ChicagoNow Blog Post

300 entries in 8 months — Could this be a blogging record? Or at least a ChicagoNow record?More important, over 700 comments back from you…I believe a blog might simply be a conversation and unless you’re a politician, you need at least two to have one of those. So without you, this blog wouldn’t be…

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