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  • Elk Grove Village girl pursues dolphin trainer dream Aug 31, 2014 6:38 AM
    As a kindergartener in Elk Grove Village, Mallory Marra just knew that she wanted to grow up to be a dolphin trainer. Now, as a trainer at Florida's Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Marra is thrilled to be working with the dolphin stars in the movie "Dolphin Tale 2," opening Sept. 12

  • From working dog to family pet: Police dogs in retirement Aug 31, 2014 6:36 AM
    What happens when police dogs can't work anymore? If they are like Shane, a Gurnee officer who retired in June, they live out their lives as family pets with their former human partners. "He wants to go to work, but he knows it's time," Phil Mazur said of the nearly 10-year-old German shepherd.

  • Talk features danagers to dogs: Aug 29, 2014 5:11 PM
    Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue is presenting Common Toxicities, Dangers, Diagnosis and Treatment Options from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 1840 Industrial Drive, Suite 330, Libertyville.

  • Crocodile that bit swimmers dies during capture Aug 29, 2014 4:15 PM
    Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesman Jorge Pino told the Miami Herald the 12-foot, 300-pound crocodile died on shore after being retained.

  • Manatees may soon lose endangered species status Aug 29, 2014 5:17 PM
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing whether the manatee should be reclassified as a “threatened” species, which would allow some flexibility for federal officials as the species recovers while maintaining most of the protections afforded to animals listed as endangered.

  • Tips for how to prevent your feline from getting outdoors Aug 28, 2014 8:04 AM
    If you are careful opening and closing the door of your home, be aware that others that visit may not be as careful. Take precautions so your feline does not escape.

  • Pet parade in Wauconda: Aug 28, 2014 2:27 PM
    Wauconda’s fourth annual Back to Drool Pet Parade will be held Thursday at the farmers market on Main Street.

  • New pet rescue plans open house in Palatine Aug 28, 2014 2:56 PM
    Barb’s Precious Rescue and Adoption Center, a new not-for-profit animal rescue in Palatine, will begin offering pets for adoption Monday, Sept. 1, and plans an open house for Saturday, Sept. 6. Located at 313 N. Quentin St., the rescue officially opened on Aug. 11.

  • Medieval Times donates retiring horse to Partners For Progress in Wauconda Aug 27, 2014 12:38 PM
    A team from Medieval Times in Schaumburg recently donated a retiring quarter horse to Partners For Progress in Wauconda.

  • Elgin OKs first step toward hen pilot program Aug 28, 2014 12:02 AM
    A one-year pilot program allowing up to 15 residents to keep hens — but no roosters — in the backyards of single-family homes could be headed to Elgin.

  • Chickens in Elgin? Not so rare 100 years ago Aug 25, 2014 2:39 PM
    Elgin’s current city ordinances are quite to the point when it comes to maintaining farm animals in the city. “Cows, horses, pigs or chickens” and other such creatures are simply not allowed. This may change slightly in the near future as Elgin considers joining other communities in allowing chickens to be raised within the city. Here’s a look at how the 1907 city ordinance addressed such animals within the city confines.

  • Pets parade through downtown Palatine Aug 24, 2014 7:05 PM
    Pets large and small, from dachshunds to a Great Dane, dressed in elaborate costumes walked with their owners through downtown Palatine on Sunday for the annual Sweet Pea Pet Parade. “The people like the idea of coming down and dressing up their pets,” said Larry Schroth, owner of Foxglove Cottage.

  • National Zoo celebrates panda’s first birthday Aug 23, 2014 5:24 PM
    The next year will bring many changes. Bao Bao will stop drinking her mother’s milk and, like wild pandas of the same age, at between a year and a half and two years old she’ll start living independently in her own enclosure. Eventually keepers will also teach her to present her paw to get blood drawn and lie down in order to get an ultrasound.

  • Ease your dog into your running routine Aug 21, 2014 11:12 AM
    Now that vacation time is ending and more people are back home, we have a veritable parade of dogs and people passing by our window. Everyone is out walking or running with their dogs.

  • Vernon Hills skunks: Aug 20, 2014 5:21 PM
    Skunks are not an issue this season in Vernon Hills, according to Police Chief Mark Fleischhauer.

  • Bikers to take to roads for Hogs for Dogs September fundraiser Aug 18, 2014 2:46 PM
    Rev up your Harley, Honda, or any other vehicle for Heartland Animal Shelter’s eighth annual Hogs for Dogs (and Kitties Too) Charity Ride Sunday, September 7. Registration for the ride will start at 10:30 a.m. at Heartland Animal Shelter, 2975 Milwaukee Ave., in Northbrook.

  • Animals to visit library Aug 19, 2014 10:32 AM
    A fruit bat, a sloth and other unusual animals will visit the Vernon Area Public Library on Sept. 29 as part of a program for kids and adults.

  • Furry, feathered friends receive blessings in West Chicago Aug 16, 2014 2:07 PM
    West Chicago’s First United Methodist Church hosted it’s first Blessing of the Pets service Saturday morning. And you thought keeping a child entertained in church was rough. More than a dozen dogs, including the Rev. Timothy Mitchell’s two Small Munsterlander hunting dogs, two guinea pigs, some monarch caterpillars and a parakeet all received a special blessing and thanks for the joy they bring their owners. Some of them got treats for behaving in church.

  • Chicago gets high tech in hunting, killing rats Aug 16, 2014 4:28 PM
    A new program predicts where rodents will turn up in Chicago based on 311 complaints about things like overflowing trash bins, stray animals and vacant lots.

  • Study drops hints that dogs could get jealous Aug 15, 2014 6:00 AM
    When Shetland sheepdog Maggie comes home from the groomer, her owners praise and pet her shiny coat, much to the chagrin of pit bull Stormy, who will head-butt her until their family cuts out the compliments. “Stormy’s jealous,” said owner Amy Putnam. “You know how you’re supposed to treat your kids the same? Well, that goes for dogs, too.”

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