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  • Expect tiny tuxes but no real puppy love at doggy weddings Jan 28, 2015 10:06 AM
    'You may now lick the bride': Doggy weddings more about fun than real puppy love, experts say

     
  • Lake County Sheriff’s K-9 unit revived with donation to pay for three dogs and training Jan 27, 2015 5:25 PM
    A substantial charitable contribution will allow the Lake County Sheriff's Office to restore its K-9 program. The contribution will allow for the purchase and training of three dogs that are used to locate suspects, find missing people, detect illegal substances and other tasks.

     
  • Huskies pull in large crowd at Morton Arboretum Jan 26, 2015 9:57 AM
    It was great weather for the Siberian Huskies who enthusiastically dragged their mushers around in circles during Sunday’s Husky Heroes event at the Morton Arboretum. For the humans in attendance, though, it was somewhat tough sledding.

     
  • Advisory group gives paws-up to (portable) pets on Metra Jan 24, 2015 7:31 AM
    Yorkies, yes. Great Danes, no. If you've got a quiet, small, well-behaved pet who's a rail fan, rejoice. Metra is primed to vote on allowing pets on trains under limited circumstances.

     
  • Dog adoption part of arboretum's Husky Heroes event Jan 23, 2015 12:44 PM
    Even if the snow doesn't return to the Morton Arboretum this weekend, the Siberian huskies will ­— along with their sleds. The annual Husky Heroes event is returning for the 14th year and is expected to attract several thousand visitors. Huskies will also be available for adoption. Can you resist their sweet faces?

     
  • A nice bed can make your dog feel more at home Jan 22, 2015 10:46 AM
    I bought a dog bed once. My rescue German shepherd sometimes slept on the wooden floor for part of the night. I think because it was cooler for her. But for awhile she seemed to get more restless during the night, getting up and walking around to sleep in different rooms of the house.

     
  • Lake County Audubon Society hosts program ‘Butterflies of the American Prairie’ Jan 21, 2015 12:22 PM
    Take a break from winter and for the Lake County Audubon Society’s program “Butterflies of the American Prairie” Monday, Feb. 2.

     
  • Ad by special-effects master pits cats vs. dogs for a cause Jan 21, 2015 7:54 PM
    From brain-devouring zombies in "The Walking Dead" to crime-scene bloodshed on "CSI," special-effects wizard Sam Nicholson has delivered gore galore to television viewers. But he says nothing has personally affected him more than the commercial he made for Super Bowl Sunday. It's a rare ad urging viewers to spay or neuter their pets. It won't air during the New England Patriots-Seattle Seahawks matchup Feb. 1 but on one of the game-day alternatives for animal lovers - the Kitten Bowl.

     
  • Arlington Hts. native goes face-to-face with wolves Jan 20, 2015 5:34 AM
    Growing up in Arlington Heights, E.J. Horstman always had an interest in animals and the outdoors, and television shows like “Crocodile Hunter” and its star, the late Steve Irwin, helped fuel his passion. Now in his mid-20s, Horstman is living his dream. Not as a crocodile hunter, mind you, but as a wildlife filmmaker, with segments on the National Geographic and Animal Planet cable television channels to his credit. Horstman left last week to film his latest project, “Big Cats of India,” for Animal Planet, but when he returns he plans to resume his main passion: filming wolves.

     
  • Be prepared in an emergency by making lists Jan 15, 2015 11:10 AM
    Taking care of your felines is a big responsibility. Make sure you are prepared for any emergency by making lists of medications and phone numbers.

     
  • Pet food pantry now open in Grayslake Jan 15, 2015 5:28 PM
    Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue is now operating a pet food pantry distribution site at Central Bark Doggy Day Care, 256 Commerce Drive, Grayslake.

     
  • 'Paw-paparazzi' take note: World Dog Awards honor star pets Jan 14, 2015 8:18 PM
    Awards season is underway in Hollywood, but one show will roll out green turf instead of red carpet and celebrate achievements like best mutt instead of best actor. At the inaugural World Dog Awards airing Thursday on the CW Network and hosted by comedian George Lopez, dogs will walk in on artificial grass and wag out with golden fire hydrant statuettes honoring the best in entertainment and social media. At this event, the podium is packed with dog treats, patches of grass allow pets to do their business and signs call for barking instead of applause.

     
  • Thousands of dog photos posted on Facebook for Arizona teen Jan 10, 2015 5:18 PM
    The attention has brought Anthony offers for donations of actual dogs. People have mailed him stuffed animals. Someone offered New York Yankees tickets. Businesses wanting to capitalize on the attention have also come out of the woodwork as they try to profit from the story.

     
  • 2 charged after horse found dead near Maple Park Jan 9, 2015 7:21 PM
    The owners of a horse kept in Maple Park have been charged with failing to provide adequate food, water and shelter. Neighbors reported seeing a dead horse near the fence of a farm on Peterson Road Tuesday.

     
  • Be aware our pets need protection from winter weather Jan 8, 2015 11:38 AM
    With temperatures below zero and the windchill factor at 20-below, the parade of dog walkers outside our living room window is nonexistent.We are in the midst of winter weather in Illinois. And it’s cold outside. Take precautions to protect your pets.

     
  • Tablet apps let cats catch critters in cyberspace Jan 7, 2015 9:15 AM
    Cyberspace isn't safe for mice: Cats pounce on chance to paw tablet screens to catch critters

     
  • Your pup needs a second coat? Try making it yourself Jan 7, 2015 6:01 AM
    It’s that time of year when many dogs need a little extra protection — a coat or a sweater — when going out into the cold. Why not try making it yourself? Small breeds such as Chihuahuas, pugs and Shih Tzus; several kinds of terriers; and some larger, short-haired breeds such as greyhounds and Doberman Pinschers are among those that need to be dressed for winter. There are do-it-yourself instructions online for repurposing sweaters, long-sleeve turtlenecks and T-shirts into warm dog coats and sweaters. Or start from scratch with a pattern and fabric.

     
  • Constable: Cat vs. Christmas and other holiday tales Jan 6, 2015 6:15 AM
    All those warm memories from the holidays are well-preserved, thanks to the deep freeze Mother Nature is providing as suburbanites head back to school and work this week. With our sons Ross and Ben home from college and out-of-state relatives staying with us for Christmas, my wife and I quickly got used to a busy, bustling home. But I’m not sure we’ll ever adjust to the new rules for college kids. We know that our 19-year-old sons have the freedom to do lots of stuff without our permission.

     
  • Humans and large primates have smiliar DNA through evolution Jan 5, 2015 12:58 PM
    A young patron from the Grayslake Area Public Library asked, “Why is our DNA so similar to orangutans?”

     
  • Dog rescued after 24 hours lodged in pipe near West Chicago Jan 5, 2015 6:31 PM
    Carol Stream firefighters rescued a beagle from Bartlett who became trapped inside an underground concrete pipe for roughly 24 hours after bolting from her owner to chase a squirrel. “As I was talking to the garbage man, I heard barking underneath me,” the owner said, “I ran into the store and we got flashlights and looked into the culvert and I could see her butt wriggling and her tail wagging.”

     
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