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  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Crowdfunding gives a leg up to animal projects Oct 14, 2014 5:45 AM
    A large number of small online donations can turn pet projects into big lifesavers for animals. LoveAnimals.org, a year-old crowdfunding site, is believed to be the first devoted to aiding just pets and wildlife. It has tapped into the power of online contributions, where people can give what they can, whether $5 or $500, to help a more costly project come to fruition.

     
  • Judge orders some records released in Kane animal abuse case Oct 15, 2014 5:35 AM
    A Kane County judge Tuesday ordered the release of 25 pages of documents about the health of horses taken from Stacy Fiebelkorn that relate to whether the county’s animal control director lied about the status of one horse. But the judge refused to let Fiebelkorn have documents related to state’s attorney’s investigation of the former animal control director, Robert Sauceda. Fiebelkorn of Elgin is charged with animal neglect and cruelty. In March, authorities removed more than 90 animals from her care on a Hampshire farm.

     
  • Dogs have a howlin’ good time in Schaumburg Oct 11, 2014 6:36 PM
    Costumed canines of all breeds and sizes converged with their owners Saturday at the Meineke Recreation Center in Schaumburg for a Halloween party that included games, an agility contest and a chance to show off their fine attire.

     
  • The Great Ferret Show comes to St. Charles Oct 11, 2014 7:36 PM
    The Greatest Ferret Show on Earth came to the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles on Saturday, presented by the Greater Chicago Ferret Association.

     
  • Keep your felines indoors during this Halloween season Oct 9, 2014 10:35 AM
    The season of ghosts and goblins has arrived. This is a fun time for those of us with small children that are still willing to dress in costume with the hopes that the right costume will garner more treats. Unfortunately, it is also a time of terror for our feline friends, especially the black ones.

     
  • Chicago alderman speaks up for Mrs. O’Leary’s cow Oct 8, 2014 4:08 PM
    Chicago keeps trying to make up with the family of Mrs. O’Leary and her much maligned cow. On Wednesday, Alderman Edward Burke introduced a city council resolution commemorating the 143rd anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. As he’s done before, he reminded the audience that he and the rest of the council in 1997 officially exonerated Catherine O’Leary and her cow, Daisy.

     
  • Wauconda’s retiring police dog honored for decade of service Oct 8, 2014 1:05 PM
    Wauconda officials and residents celebrated the retirement of Maxx the police dog Tuesday, honoring him and his handler, Sgt. John S. Combs Jr., during the evening’s board meeting.

     
  • Dogs making a big impact on patient care at local hospitals Oct 6, 2014 12:05 PM
    It's official. Health care is going to the dogs. At Northwest Community Hospital, administrators have started training their 10th team of animal assisted therapy dogs and trainers — just to keep up with demand. At nearly the same time, officials at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge held a picnic to honor their therapy dogs and handlers

     
  • Nature museum offers with free Sunday admission Oct 4, 2014 9:18 AM
    Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is celebrating its 15th anniversary by offering free admission on Sundays during October.

     
  • Learn about spiders: Oct 2, 2014 4:32 PM
    Frank Pascoe will discuss the amazing world of spider watching at the Lake County Audubon Society’s meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at the Libertyville village hall, 118 W. Cook Ave.

     
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