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  • Learn how to curtail your feline’s obnoxious behavior Feb 26, 2015 9:53 AM
    When our felines act up, don't reward them for their bad behavior.

  • Nature photography topic of Audubon Society presentation in Libertyville Feb 23, 2015 12:31 PM
    The Lake County Audubon Society welcomes the public to its program “Nature Photography — My Experiences in Sweden and Lake County” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 2, at the Libertyville village hall, 118 W. Cook Ave.

  • It’s all about the dogs, and cats, at Buddy Foundation Feb 21, 2015 12:00 PM
    Experience the joy and unconditional love that a pet brings to your life by adopting a dog or cat from The Buddy Foundation. The Buddy Foundation is a nonprofit, all-volunteer, no-kill animal shelter dedicated to the welfare of stray, abused and abandoned cats and dogs. For more information, call The Buddy Foundation at (847) 290-5806 or visit

  • Site of razed Vernon Hills animal hoarder house up for sale Feb 19, 2015 5:17 AM
    The site of what was once an infamous animal hoarding house in a quiet Vernon Hills neighborhood is now up for sale to the highest bidder. The frustrating situation that had plagued the community ended nearly three years ago with the demolition of what had been a nice house. Now the land it once occupied is on the market.

  • Coyotes spotted near dead deer in West Chicago neighborhood Feb 18, 2015 5:39 PM
    When West Chicago resident John Kautenberger took his dogs out on their morning walk around 5 a.m. Wednesday he could tell something was wrong. The dogs were restless and he quickly saw why: a trio of coyotes was sitting about 50 paces from his front door, near a large bloody deer. “My biggest concern is just the savagery of what happened here,” he said.

  • Dogs ready to have their day — and nights — at Westminster Feb 17, 2015 6:00 AM
    “Let me have the ...” With those words, or perhaps simply with the point of a finger, a new top dog in America will be picked this week. The Westminster Kennel Club show started Monday morning and, to the owners of the 2,711 pooches taking part, it’s the Super Bowl, World Series and Daytona 500 of dogdom in the United States, one giant bark in the park. The big honor? Best in show, to be chosen Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

  • For show dogs, complex monikers are the name of the game Feb 17, 2015 3:12 PM
    His name says it all: Sumluv Robert Deniro Johnson was bred to be a star. His drama-queen mother is Susan Lucci. His high-jumping dad: Magic Johnson. Deniro himself is a grand champion at the art and sport of being a Chinese shar-pei. Why Deniro? “He’s a ham,” owner Maria Johnson of Newark, New Jersey, said Monday as Deniro stared down Westminster Kennel Club dog show visitors.

  • ‘Frog Lady’ shows off reptiles, amphibians Feb 16, 2015 5:43 PM
    Deb Krohn was wrapped in snakes as they slithered around her neck and head during the presentation of “Live Animals — Reptiles & Amphibians!” at Fremont Public Library. More than 120 children, parents and caregivers listened Monday as Krohn, also known as the Frog Lady, discussed reptiles and amphibians as she exhibited 20 live animals.

  • 140 whales die after getting stranded on New Zealand beach Feb 14, 2015 2:46 PM
    “It’s very sad, they’re very intelligent animals,” Department of Conservation area manager Andrew Lamason said. “The pragmatic view is that it’s part of nature.”The focus will now turn to the dead whales, and the enormous task of dealing with the carcasses.

  • Westminster agility contest grows by leaps, bounds Feb 14, 2015 6:30 PM
    Some 330 dogs entered the agility competition, a recent and fast-growing addition to the nation’s premiere canine event. The roster grew more than 45 percent from Westminster’s first agility contest last year, even though the club made it tougher this year to qualify, requiring hopefuls to have a higher level of agility titles.

  • Editorial: Wildlife Good Samaritan law needs wisdom as well as compassion Feb 13, 2015 1:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial urges the state legislature to move with slow, deliberative speed on passing a wildlife good Samaritan law, and not let emotion carry the day.

  • Consider becoming a foster family for felines Feb 11, 2015 4:33 PM
    The Buddy Foundation is need of people to foster their many felines.

  • Survival for some species hinges on ‘Frozen Zoo’ Feb 11, 2015 5:53 PM
    The icy vials may someday even be used in experiments to resurrect recently extinct animals, like the Hawaiian Po’ouli bird. The stainless steel tanks hold the genetic material of more than 10,000 individual animals from more than 1,000 species and subspecies.

  • Legislation would allow public to rescue injured wildlife Feb 10, 2015 2:44 PM
    The Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center near Barrington relies on the public to rescue about half the animals it nurses back to health each year, but bringing certain wildlife in could cost Illinois residents fines and jail time. Several lawmakers want to change that after a man who rescued two eagles was charged with a crime.

  • Vet: Animals getting care at DuPage shelter after leader’s departure Feb 10, 2015 8:07 PM
    With several residents calling for the reinstatement of DuPage County Animal Care and Control’s former veterinary administrator, the veterinarian brought in to help the Wheaton shelter is making assurances that animals are being properly cared for at the facility. “There’s been no disruptions to care,” said Dr. Georgianne Ludwig of Lombard Veterinary Hospital. “Obviously, there’s been a lot of bad feelings. But as far as the care for the animals, all is well.”

  • Kane animal neglect case headed to trial Feb 10, 2015 4:24 PM
    Stacy Fiebelkorn asked Tuesday for a jury trial on the charges of animal neglect and cruelty she faces, over allegations at least 10 animals died while in her care at farms in Maple Park and Hampshire, and dozens of others were not fed, sheltered.

  • Service dogs help people in wheelchairs navigate winter Feb 9, 2015 5:42 AM
    Snow-packed sidewalks, icy pavement, dirty slush and bitter cold all conspire to make it tough sledding for people who use wheelchairs in the suburbs. But women training this week hope to get through it all with a pull from their new companion dogs.

  • Heartland offers reduced adoption fees during February Feb 6, 2015 4:39 PM
    Heartland Animal Shelter is celebrating a Month of Love in February with reduced adoption fees for mature dogs and cats, and ones that have been longtime shelter residents.

  • Volunteers work to save sick pit bull from being destroyed Feb 5, 2015 11:19 AM
    This is Sarge. He’s a dog, and this is his story of survival thanks to a caring group of volunteers.

  • Pigeon pageant for beautiful birds dispels 'rats with wings' Feb 4, 2015 10:56 AM
    Dogs aren't the only animals that vie for best in show. Hundreds of breeds of pigeons compete in their own version of the Westminster show, strutting on long, thick legs or fluttering curly, lacy feathers in their bid to be best bird. These are genetically rich birds, including variations bred to look like turkeys or sound like trumpets, that drew thousands of enthusiasts - including ex-boxer and pigeon lover Mike Tyson - to the National Pigeon Association's 93rd annual Grand National Pigeon Show.

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