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  • Wheeling might build small parks; puts dog park on hold Jul 30, 2014 10:43 AM
    Wheeling Village President Dean Argiris proposed building five small "gathering places" on village-owned property inside neighborhoods, but the village board decided that the Wheeling Park District should undertake a dog park if it is to be built.

  • Golden Retriever Rescue Group Hosts Comedy Club Event Jul 29, 2014 7:28 AM
    As Good as Gold – Golden Retreiver Rescue of Illinois will host a benefit comedy performance at the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club in Schaumburg on Sunday, August 24 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Wauconda equine therapy program helps special needs kids Jul 28, 2014 2:30 PM
    Evan Zaloudek, 29, is autistic. Though he is very friendly, he has had problems with speech development and verbalization, said his mother Lorna Zaloudek of Lindenhurst. But in the nine years since he started riding horses at the Partners for Progress barn in Wauconda, she said, Evan’s personality has developed, and his speech has improved. “Since he’s been at the barn, he has just blossomed into this man who talks to anybody and everybody,” Lorna Zaloudek said.

  • Northwest Community Hospital looking for more therapy dogs, handlers Jul 28, 2014 5:42 PM
    Arlington Heights-based Northwest Community Hospital is looking for more furry friends, and their owners, to join its animal-assisted therapy program that helps cheer up patients as they recover. “A loving dog can assist in reducing a patient’s stress, pain, anxiety and loneliness," officials said.

  • Buddy Foundation offers special adoption fees Jul 24, 2014 11:03 AM
    Experience the joy and unconditional love that a pet brings to your life by adopting a dog or cat from The Buddy Foundation.

  • Des Plaines to allow chickens at Methodist Campground Jul 22, 2014 4:10 PM
    Staff at the Historic Methodist Campground in Des Plaines now have permission from the city council to raise chickens as a 4-H project. Aldermen stopped well short of allowing chickens citywide.

  • Batavia dog rescuers help counterparts in Tennessee Jul 21, 2014 5:04 AM
    Traveling hundreds of miles to rescue dogs from death isn't anything new for volunteers with Batavia-based Casey's Safe Haven Horse and Dog Rescue. But a dozen volunteers went to Tennessee two weekends ago with a different mission: to rescue a rescue. “It was an eye-opening experience. We had no idea the conditions we were getting into,” Kathy Schweisthal said.

  • 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.

  • Ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges Jul 19, 2014 1:57 PM
    Chris Green, a spokesman for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which along with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is a plaintiff in both lawsuits, said farm groups should be concerned about the public’s perception that slaughterhouses and farms are operating in the dark.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

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