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  • Neighborhood on Gurnee’s west side becoming tropical bird paradise Jul 19, 2014 7:30 AM
    It’s become a tropical summer in a neighborhood on Gurnee’s west side. Tropical birds have been spotted — and six of them captured — since July 6, police and neighbors said. “We have not had any calls from anyone asking for their birds,” Gurnee Deputy Police Chief Saundra Campbell told the Daily Herald on Friday.

  • Peregrine falcons delay USS Saratoga departure Jul 18, 2014 1:54 PM
    Naval Station Newport contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after the nest was discovered in the spring. Their experts said the falcons should be done rearing their offspring by mid-August, and recommended waiting until then to move the ship.

  • Check out the specifics before flying with your feline Jul 17, 2014 12:33 PM
    Someone recently asked for advice on feline air travel. Here are a few tips before flying with your cat.

  • Secondhand smoke as harmful to pets as people Jul 17, 2014 4:30 AM
    Ten years ago, Shirley Worthington rushed Tigger to the vet when the dog’s mouth started bleeding. When she was told he had cancer, she knew to blame her heavy smoking, an addiction she couldn’t kick until after her pet died. Secondhand smoke can cause lung and nasal cancer in dogs, malignant lymphoma in cats and allergy and respiratory problems in both animals, according to studies done at Tufts University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, Colorado State University and other schools.

  • Kane County Fair opens Wednesday in St. Charles Jul 14, 2014 4:01 PM
    Visitors come to the 146th annual Kane County Fair for a variety of reasons. For 17-year-old Emily Studt, of Elgin, the Kane County Fair is a chance to demonstrate all the hard work she has put into her 4-H projects over the past year. “We work hard year-round, but for the kids in 4-H, the fair is the biggest part of our entire year,” she said.

  • Dogs make a big splash in Libertyville Jul 12, 2014 8:50 AM
    The Dog Days of Summer are underway in downtown Libertyville. Activities for your pooch run through the weekend, with Cook Park the center of much of the action. There is also an X-Treme Dog Park with a 30,000-gallon pool in the rear parking lot of PNC Bank. DockDogs jumping resumes at 10 a.m. today.

  • Use preventive measures to protect your dog from ticks Jul 10, 2014 10:32 AM
    Take measures to protect your pets from ticks.

  • Service dogs open a new world for their owners Jul 9, 2014 3:03 PM
    Dogs may be man's best friend, but for a number of Chicago-area children, teens, tweens and young adults, that special bond between human and a four-legged friend is more. For those with mobility challenges, that bond and its benefits is a lifeline to independence.

  • Pop-rocker scores song to soothe anxious canines Jul 9, 2014 6:51 AM
    DogTV, the 2-year-old television network for dogs, asked Grammy-winning musician Andrew Dost of the pop-rock band fun. to write some psychoacoustic music for the network. The unnamed result, nearly four minutes of harp, piano and repetitive electronic undertones, debuted Monday during a relaxation segment. “I approached this composition project differently than I would for human ears. I made sure the range of frequencies and instrumentation were tailored to a dog’s unique sense of hearing,” Dost said.

  • Running with bulls annual reminder of suburban tragedy Jul 9, 2014 4:26 PM
    Every time I see news coverage of the bulls running through the streets of Pamplona, or see the annual spectacle mined for entertainment or comedy in a TV commercial, I think of Matthew Tassio. The Glen Ellyn native remains the only American to be killed during the running with the bulls.

  • Kane County 4-H pet show features variety of animals Jul 8, 2014 11:00 PM
    Thirty-three children representing 10 local 4-H clubs brought their reptiles, amphibians, birds, gerbils, rabbits, hamsters and fish to the annual Kane County 4-H Small Pets Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles on Tuesday evening.

  • Petting zoo: Yelp review by St. Charles woman was libelous, untrue Jul 8, 2014 1:25 PM
    The owner of a DeKalb-based farm that provides animals for petting zoos and pony rides argues a comment last year on Yelp crossed the line. Friendly Farms has filed a libel lawsuit against Erika Gannon Hughes, of St. Charles. Friendly Farms says the woman claimed in a post that the animals were severely abused, underfed and that the farm ownership was "cruel, heartless and shady."

  • Dog Day at Frontier Days Jul 6, 2014 6:09 PM
    The dogs had their day during the Frontier Days pet parade Sunday at Arlington Heights’ Recreation Park. More than 50 pets, mostly dogs but also a cat and a guinea pig, participated in the event and competed in categories including best costume looks most like its owner.

  • Fast cars make this a tough time for slow turtles Jul 5, 2014 5:37 PM
    This is a tough time for pregnant turtles. It’s the season when they leave their watery homes in search of higher and drier nesting sites to lay their eggs. Unfortunately, their paths often lead them to cross busy roads — and the combination of slow-moving turtles and fast-moving vehicles doesn’t always turn out well.

  • Rango is Arlington Hts. woman’s miracle dog Jul 3, 2014 2:33 PM
    We wrote in February about the special bond Harley, an Australian shephard/border collie mix, had with his neighborhood and his owner Wendi Cali, who was brokenhearted over his death. The story drew an outpouring of interest. After a long search, Cali, of Arlington Heights, has a new dog, Rango.

  • Des Plaines debating allowing chickens in city Jul 3, 2014 5:18 AM
    Des Plaines aldermen appear willing to let the Historic Methodist CampGround raise up to six chickens on site as part of a 4-H program, but whether chickens would be permitted throughout the rest of the city is undetermined. “This is what was in the forefront of my mind. I didn't have in mind that anybody on the block would have a chicken coop,” Alderman Jack Robinson said.

  • Horse owner says Kane Co. animal control head lied in neglect case Jul 2, 2014 7:05 PM
    Kane County’s former animal control director is accused of falsely declaring a horse dead while its owner was under investigation for abusing animals at farms in Hampshire and Maple Park. Robert Sauceda "was aware that the horse was recovering, and knew that it would be hidden from public record so the ‘abusive owner’ would not get the horse returned to her,” according to a motion filed by the attorney for animal owner Stacy Fiebelkorn.

  • Just what are our cats thinking? Jul 2, 2014 2:32 PM
    When we watch our felines in action and observe their silly antics, sometimes it is difficult to understand what motivates them.

  • Crowds flock back to Lords Park Farm Zoo Jul 1, 2014 6:53 PM
    After closing five years ago because of budget constraints, the Lords Park Farm Zoo in Elgin is thriving again, with 3,400 visitors in the first three weeks since reopening. The farm zoo is free and only asks for a donation near the gate, where volunteers count visitors and answer questions.

  • Gators, lizards and snakes visit St. Charles library Jun 30, 2014 4:18 PM
    Dave DiNaso starts his energetic show by wrestling a five-foot American Alligator with killer teeth from its box and carrying it through the rows of children's tiny, tender, pink hands. It only got more interesting from there Monday as DiNaso brought his Traveling World of Reptiles show to the St. Charles Public Library.

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