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  • Black cats have a personality all their own Oct 2, 2014 11:46 AM
    Black cats have quite the personality even though they are usually the last to be adopted.

     
  • Horses need new homes to avoid slaughter, rescue groups say Oct 4, 2014 9:56 AM
    Seventy-five show horses, which once belonged to a president of the American Quarter Horse Association, need new homes soon as they've been evicted from a Hampshire stable. They also need some TLC, as they weren't properly taken care of, spokesmen for two horse charities say.

     
  • Schaumburg dog park opens, but pond stays closed Oct 1, 2014 5:12 PM
    The Schaumburg Park District’s hotly anticipated dog park opened as scheduled Wednesday — but not the use of its pond, which became a point of contention with a local critic recently. Water quality tests showed that the detention pond at Copley Park in Schaumburg was not appropriate for the use of dogs after all, an argument made during the past few months by Hoffman Estates resident Marc Kovitz.

     
  • Youngsters form equine bonds early in life Oct 1, 2014 6:03 AM
    There's an old saying, “There's something about the outside of the horse that is good for the inside of the man.” Nowhere is this more evident than with young people who have grown up with horses as an integral part of their lives.

     
  • Why birding is the best hobby Sep 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    Not a bird watcher, you say? Well, our Jeff Reiter is out to convince you that birding is the hobby for you. Bird sightings happen anywhere and everywhere, whether you're looking out your kitchen window or are motivated to travel to an exotic locale to add species to your life list, he says. If he's right, Reiter just may persuade you to pick up a pair of binoculars.

     
  • Low-cost pet vaccinations Sep 28, 2014 4:30 PM
    The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center’s Animal Care and Control Program offers two low-cost pet vaccination clinics in October. These are the last clinics until spring 2015.

     
  • Right at home: Critter comforts for older pets Sep 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    Just as there are lots of products on the market to help ease the aches, pains and mobility issues of human old age, so there is a good selection of such products for senior dogs and cats, as well. Arthritis is one of the most common problems for dogs and cats as they age. “Give ’em a boost,” says Amy Shojai, a certified animal behavior consultant in Sherman, Texas

     
  • Dog walk and pet festival: Sep 25, 2014 3:38 PM
    Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue is sponsoring the “Hope Hike Dog Walk, Family and Pet Festival” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 11, at Adler Park, 1500 Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

     
  • Black cats have had a bum rap throughout history Sep 25, 2014 9:53 AM
    The Buddy Foundation is hosting a special sale of black cats until the end of September. Once October begins, all sales of the black feline will be stopped until the end of the month.

     
  • Visit Barrington alpaca farm Sept. 27-28 Sep 23, 2014 4:25 PM
    The public is invited to the free National Alpaca Farm Days at Safehouse Farm, 25550 Cuba Road in Barrington, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28. Learn about alpacas, take your picture with one and visit the store at the farm. In addition to the free admission, free hot dogs and popcorn will be served.

     
  • Being prepared keeps family, pets safe when disaster strikes Sep 18, 2014 2:15 PM
    With the tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, floods and man-made disasters, we hear and read about, we all need to get proactive about planning for an emergency to keep our families safe. If you share your life with an animal, you need to include them in your family plan. The Buddy Foundation offers tips on how to prepare for disaster.

     
  • Autumn on the Connecticut River with the swallows Sep 18, 2014 5:45 AM
    The first swallows appear at sunset, inky flecks in a dusky pink sky. A cloud of birds forms. Soon the entire sky is teeming with tree swallows — hundreds of thousands of them — swooping and swirling and shimmying in a dazzling aerial ballet that paints the sky black. Peering through binoculars from the river below, birders, boaters and tourists gasp. But the swallows have only begun their nightly fall spectacular.

     
  • Arlington Heights delays decision on puppy mill ban Sep 17, 2014 5:16 AM
    Arlington Heights leaders are backing off discussions about village regulations for puppy sales to allow a federal lawsuit challenging Cook County’s new puppy mill ban to works its way through the court system. “It would be premature of us, at this point, to take any further action until we’ve heard from the court,” said Mayor Tom Hayes.

     
  • 2nd year of Illinois osprey project wraps up Sep 15, 2014 5:08 PM
    Illinois biologists are finishing the second phase of an eight-year project to strengthen the osprey population in the state. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources hopes to re-establish the fish-eating hawks as a nesting species by releasing them at Anderson Lake in Fulton County and Lake Shelbyville in Moultrie County.

     
  • Almost Home Foundation holds fashion fundraiser Sep 15, 2014 9:50 AM
    The Almost Home Foundation last month held its third annual luncheon and fashion show fundraiser featuring people and dogs in Bloomingdale.

     
  • Constable: Citizen scientists research birds and bees Sep 14, 2014 7:45 AM
    You don't have to be part of a research lab, wear a white coat or even have a degree to be an important part of scientific research. There are hundreds of opportunities for "citizen scientists" to weigh in on everything from bugs to dogs to space to sex. “Science is everywhere,” says Samantha Lindgren with the University of Illinois.

     
  • The sandhill crane: A restoraton success story Sep 13, 2014 7:49 AM
    It's a restoraton success story. Just 10 years ago, the sandhill crane was a rare sight in Kane County. But wetland restoration efforts have been a boon to this big bird, and sandhills are now a common sight throughout northern Illinois.

     
  • Editorial: Listening to all, towns can keep puppy mills out of pet sales Sep 12, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says towns like Arlington Heights can protect animals and permit legitimate, humane businesses to operate if they set firm standards after listening to all interests involved.

     
  • Studies show ‘smarty cats’ learn by memory like we do Sep 11, 2014 10:17 AM
    As feline enthusiasts, we get the term “smarty-cat’ because we see firsthand feline repetitive learned behavior.

     
  • PBS’ ‘Shelter Me’ puts at-risk pets in limelight Sep 11, 2014 6:00 AM
    Any animal can end up at a public shelter, but most of them won’t stay long. There, millions of dogs and cats face euthanasia, driving one filmmaker to turn his camera into a lifesaver. Workers at several of the shelters, where no animal is turned away, say pets have a champion in Steven Latham, who directs and produces a PBS series called “Shelter Me,” featuring animals that are running out of time. Seeing the urgency, he took his efforts a step further, starting a website, helping set up adoption events and coordinating flights full of pooches to cities able to get them adopted.

     
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