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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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