My Old Dog and Cat News on WGN Radio


Laura Coffey

It’s not where you start but where you finish, goes the old adage. Laura Coffey is the author of “My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts”,

HEAR my WGN Radio interview with my Dog Writers’ Association of America colleague and producer for

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month, and both Coffey and I both serve on the Advisory Board for the Grey Muzzle Organization. Their mission is to improve the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide.

Still, taking in older pets is challenging – but Laura says the notion is catching on, and she explains why and the many advantages adopting older animals.

Diamond is still available from Chicago Animal Care and Control

Coffey says that senior dogs who have been adopted likely do feel grateful after being adopted. No matter, they are loved – and they know that, and that matters. Nearly all the senior dogs are not at the shelter or a rescue to any fault of their own.

Coffey talks about senior humans adopting senior dogs and the upsides of that, and how in some cases the pup can bring new life to seniors. She also writes in “My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts”,  about a thankful dude you may know, George Clooney, and the older dog he adopted. But Coffey won’t say who is better looking.

I talk about the benefit at iO Chicago for Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control, and the most common dogs found in animal shelters are seniors. We had one dog named Diamond on WGN Radio, and so odd – we couldn’t adopt Diamond. To my knowledge, Diamond, who is about 7-years old, is still somehow available. Please tell your friends and neighbors about her. Let’s find her a furrever home!

Cat News

I asked what most people are allergic to – and the answer is cats. What Purina science and technology is doing to neutralize those the protein in cat saliva that people are allergic to is quite amazing. 

Speaking of amazing, scientists down under have figured out that a virus that causes some types of cancers in cats. If we can treat those in cats, we may be able to better understand and treat some cancers and also hepatitis B in people.

You also asked me about PURRsuing FIP and WINNing is a unique Symposia in veterinary medicine. Never before has a coalition experts like this come together to discuss a feline disease. And you can participate three different ways:

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  • Ask a question in advance for a panelist or moderator:email

The Winn Feline Foundation FIP or Feline Infectious Peritonitis Symposium is November 16 and 17 and the University of California, Davis at Gladys Valley Hall. Veterinary professionals receive continuing education credits for attending the event, but all are welcome including cat fanciers and ordinary cat lovers. Learn why this is so personal to me.