Archive for May, 2012

Puppy 1, Hawk 0

I don’t really want to take sides in nature’s food chain; in the animal kingdom, everybody’s gotta eat.  That includes the creatures we don’t normally think of as pets or personal friends.  It’s a big and dangerous world out there — which is one reason we care so lovingly for our pets. Yet somehow, all […]

Four Diseases That Target Older Cats (And Their Warning Signs)

Like humans, older cats become eligible for disease that usually won’t show up when they are younger.  Cancer, diabetes, heart problems and other maladies may appear when a cat has put on the years.  It’s important to be able to recognize shifts in behavior or the appearance of warning signs, which is why regular veterinary […]

Military Service Dogs On Memorial Day

The US military breeds about 120 puppies each year and there are currently 2,700 dogs serving alongside U.S. troops worldwide. Half the animals are German Shepherds, 25 percent are Belgian Malinois and the other 25 percent are sporting breeds like labs and mutts. The dogs are then trained for the following tasks: Patrol dog: these dogs […]

Never Forget This Summer: Dogs Die In Hot Cars

Summer’s almost here, so let’s not forget what we’re risking when we leave our dogs in the car: tragedy.  A new awareness campaign at helps out with information, free flyers and a program of photo sharing to get the message out about this very real hazard of pet ownership. It might be hard to […]

10 Awesome Songs About Cats

              If there are two things the internet likes, it’s cats and lists.  A list concerning cats? A playlist of ten awesome songs about cats?  Look out.  This is going to be big. 1. All Cats Are Grey  - The Cure This foggy, splashy, dirge-y little number, originally on […]

Happy 5th Birthday, Maru!

                  Happy Birthday, Maru! Today, Japanese internet sensation Maru, a male Scottish Fold cat so well known worldwide that his videos have been viewed over 168 million times, celebrates his fifth birthday today, May 24. Maru’s talents are many; beloved particularly for his tendency to put himself […]

Interpretive Cat Theater: Gene Simmons vs Terry Gross On NPR

When a public radio station interrupts its programming to turn to its listeners for donations, people’s usual response lies somewhere between eye rolling and jumping out the nearest window in desperation. Knowing this, somebody over at Chicago Public Radio WBEZ figured out to put the dreaded pledge drive together with something nobody can turn down: […]

It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week: Tips On Avoiding Bites

I enjoyed this week’s post at Chicago’s Tails Magazine about the American Veterinary Medicine Association’s advice on how to avoid being bitten by a dog.  It’s a reminder that what we might think of as common sense is anything but common, and sharing knowledge can help avoid a tragic situation. The AVMA publishes a free brochure […]

Quill: Life Of A Guide Dog

Chicago-based film distributor Music Box Films is on a tear lately.  Having brought the super-successful Girl With The Dragon Tattoo to US shores, their next premiere is a Japanese film about a yellow lab named Quill.  In Quill: The Life Of A Guide Dog, we follow a sweet yellow lab through a story of service. […]

Illinois Dog Food Recall Expanded

The Chicago Tribune is reporting Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula dog food has been voluntarily recalledby its Missouri-based maker due to exposure to salmonella.  Earlier this year, the company recalled its Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula and Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice for the same reason. […]

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