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  • Share pictures of your pooch decked out for winter Nov 18, 2014 2:03 PM
    Are dog coats seriously cute or seriously humiliating? I guess it depends on your perspective. Daily Herald photographer Rick West shared his pug Sophie's winter coat humiliation -- and we want you to share yours. Or share your Vogue-worthy moment of Fido adorned for a frigid fashion show.

  • Brushwood Center to look at cold weather avian visitors Nov 18, 2014 12:55 PM
    Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, 21850 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, will be hosting a program from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, focusing on birds that come to Illinois during the coldest season.

  • DuPage forest preserve may open dog park near Darien Nov 18, 2014 7:06 PM
    Dog owners in the southeast corner of DuPage County someday could be playing with their four-legged friends in a dog park that’s closer to home. DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners are considering a proposal to construct an off-leash dog park in Oldfield Oaks Forest Preserve near Darien.

  • AKC agility trials all weekend at Libertyville Sports Complex Nov 14, 2014 4:43 PM
    Dogs are jumping, running and showing how smart they are, all weekend at the AKC agility trials at the Libertyvile Sports Complex.

  • Make a special homemade treat for your dog on Thanksgiving Nov 13, 2014 11:15 AM
    Thanksgiving Day is all about giving thanks, family, tradition and food. Even for your dog.

  • Poisoned Schaumburg dog was deliberately targeted Nov 12, 2014 5:09 PM
    While most dogs find commercial rat poison as irresistible to ingest as the vermin it’s intended for, it’s not often that a canine is deliberately targeted for harm. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I can’t say I’ve ever seen a case that was so blatant,” said Anita Kuhnle, veterinarian and co-owner of Arlington Heights Animal Hospital in Arlington Heights. Kuhnle is referring to the poisoning of an 11½-year-old blind and diabetic miniature schnauzer from Schaumburg her animal hospital treated this week.

  • Pet show gives abandoned animals a second chance Nov 9, 2014 5:41 PM
    Abandoned and unwanted pets from the common (dogs) to exotic (Patagonian Cavy) had a second chance to find a home this weekend during the Chicago Pet Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds.

  • All sizes, colors of fish at Everything Aquatic in Schaumburg Nov 8, 2014 5:39 PM
    People from far and wide came to the 2nd annual Everything Aquatic at the Schaumburg Convention Center on Saturday. It featured all kinds of fish, from nurse sharks to little guppies, ranging in a variety of colors. The eyes on kids would grow big with excitement as they sat in wonderment looking at a puffer fish swim gently around in his watery world.

  • No downside to adopting older feline Nov 6, 2014 12:42 PM
    On many occasions I have exhausted the virtues of the domestic black feline and I will not go on and on here, except to say that they have personality plus, writes Mary Hayashi of The Buddy Foundation in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

  • Read the dog food labels to find the right fit for your pet Oct 29, 2014 1:48 PM
    I’d gone to the store to buy my dog some treats and was wandering through the dog food aisles. With all of the new brands and various formulated diets, I wondered if there wasn’t a newer and better food on the shelf than one I give my dog now.

  • Lake Zurich salutes man and dog for chasing geese to keep Paulus Park clean for 11 years Oct 22, 2014 5:30 AM
    At 80 years young, Bob Warren says he plans to continue volunteering with his dog to chase geese off Lake Zurich's Paulus Park in an effort to keep it clean. He and his Labrador, Mollie, were honored for 11 years of service at Monday's village board meeting.

  • How bad will our winter be? A caterpillar can tell you. Oct 22, 2014 3:28 PM
    Memories of last year's icy winter are etched in our minds. Many are wondering what's in store this winter. Look no farther than the woolly bear caterpillar. Like Punxsutawney Phil, the renowned groundhog who predicts the coming of spring, the woolly bear caterpillar is said to predict the winter ahead.

  • Strays Halfway House shutting down Oct 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    An innovative and influential network of foster homes for stray cats and dogs in the Northwest suburbs is shutting down after 33 years, but its last president has started a new organization built along the same lines. Strays Halfway House, incorporated in Schaumburg in May 1981, was brought to an end by a vote of its board members this summer and is in the final stages of disbanding.

  • Pit bulls, pinot and patriots in Long Grove Oct 19, 2014 5:54 PM
    Pits, pinot and patriots came together Sunday in Long Grove to help turn resuced dogs into service animals for veterans and first responders. The 2nd annual Pinot with Pits For Patriots at Valentino’s Vineyard raised money to help veterans in need.

  • Hospital stay inspires Geneva teen to help others Oct 19, 2014 7:18 AM
    Spending 14 weeks in hospital beds and a wheelchair could have ruined the summer for 15-year-old Lindsey McDonald of Geneva, injured when a horse fell on her. But she chose to concentrate on making life a little better for other patients at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, where she noticed other children weren't getting any gifts — “not even a balloon” — and their families struggled.

  • Carolina wrens appearing with increasing frequency in area yards Oct 20, 2014 8:06 PM
    Our Jeff Reiter says this has been a strange year in his backyard when it come to birds, but one highlight has been the appearance of the Carolina wren.

  • Bone-chilling cold can’t curb parade of dogs Oct 18, 2014 6:59 PM
    Perhaps it was fitting, given the bone-chilling weather, but Saturday’s Halloween costume pet parade at Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect was dominated by the dogs. “This is Cody, and he’s a prisoner,” Megan McNally said of her goldendoodle pet, adorned in a black-and-white striped prison inmate costume and wearing a cap reading “Bad Dog.” “We came up with it because he’s a pretty bad dog,” the 13-year-old Arlington Heights girl said.

  • Dogs welcome at St. Louis museum about, well, dogs Oct 17, 2014 7:00 AM
    Exhibits include dog paintings, dog sculptures and displays about famous dogs. But what really makes this St. Louis museum unique is the visitors: Dogs are welcome, and curators aren’t worried about the canines knocking things over or making a mess. “We do it ... and to my knowledge it’s never caused a problem,” said Stephen George, executive director of the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog.

  • Dogs communicate with us three different ways Oct 16, 2014 10:58 AM
    I’ve always been interested in language and communication. Some people enjoy Sudoku and solving calculus equations, give me a sentence to diagram. Recently, I’ve been reading about dognition and dogs understanding and using human vocabulary; communicating with us.

  • Hampshire rescue going well, but some horses unplaced Oct 15, 2014 5:04 PM
    About 50 quarter-horses kept at a Hampshire stable have found new homes since their owner agreed to give them up, due to not being able to properly care for them.

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