Pucks and Paws and Decoding Your Cat


Pucks and Paws is a celebration of the Rockford Ice Hogs and pet adoption. How can I not love that? Listen HERE to my Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show with Mike Peck, business operations manager of the Ice Hogs.

How I got into trouble with Hammy

Rockford, as a Blackhawks minor league team, has provided nearly 100 players for the major league Chicago roster. But no dogs – so far.

Pucks and Paws is the Rockford version of Dog Days, which I actually began with the Chicago White Sox. This year, they’re giving away some dog collars. And there’s a weiner dog race.  And you can watch it all with your best friend with four legs (social dogs, please). Sunday, March 29 is the next Pucks and Paws. Many Wednesdays, fans can also bring their dogs. And the $2 admission for dogs supports Rockford animal shelters and pet adoption. A silent auction also benefits the shelters.

I talked about what I said to Hammy E. Hog, the Rockford Ice Hogs mascot. Word got around about this.

I offer the story of how Miss P the Beagle that won Westminster in 2015 was once invited to a Blackhawks game by the Wirtz family, as they are Beagle fans – and the pup really followed the puck.

Emailed Question: Older Dog Having Accidents on the Bed

I answer a question about a 14-year old Cocker Spaniel who is having accidents on the bed. And I explain the signs of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome or doggy Alzheimer’s.

Your veterinarian can do something to slow down the progression of cognitive decline, but first it has to be identified. Look for two or more of these signs:

  • Disorientation: Periodically the dog appears confused, perhaps trying to enter a room on the wrong side of a door or forgetting why he or she walked into a room in the first place. A dog who appears to have forgotten cues, like “sit.”
  • Interaction changes: Dogs who once greeted family members are more ambivalent, dogs who barked at the door but now no longer care or the other way around. Or, a dog who didn’t much care for a family member now loving on that person. These are changes in interpersonal interactions.
  • Sleep/wake cycle changes: Of course older dogs sleep more, but not necessarily wake up in the middle of the night randomly barking or pacing. Or, a dog that did snooze a lot during the day (normal for elderly dogs), now hardly sleeps and seems agitated.
  • House training: A dog you know is house trained, but has “forgotten” what going potty outdoors means.
  • Activity disappears: Of course, older dogs do less, but when a dog appears no longer interested in life, or the family or other pets. The personality of the dog seems to be changing.

Decoding Your Cat is Now Available to Pre-Order

Decoding Your Cat is now available to pre-order on Amazon, authored by members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. I am honored to have authored the introduction to this book, as I did Decoding Your Dog.

Here’s a round-up of the books I’ve authored or contributed to.