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  • Charlie

    Use preventive measures to protect your dog from ticksJul 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Take measures to protect your pets from ticks.

  • AP PHOTO Described as a smart, funny young man from a wonderful family in Glen Ellyn, Matthew Tassio, 22, graduated from the University of Illinois and was looking forward to a job in Libertyville as an electrical engineer when he was killed on July 13, 1995, while running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

    Running with bulls annual reminder of suburban tragedyJul 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Bleu, a French bulldog owned by Maria Catania, watches DogTV in her apartment in San Diego, Calif. DogTV asked Grammy-winning musician Andrew Dost of indie rock band fun. to write some psychoacoustic music for the network.

    Pop-rocker scores song to soothe anxious caninesJul 9, 2014 12:00 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.

  • Jenny Youngwith of Carol Stream and her service dog “Bode” participate in a service dog class from the MidAmerica Service Dogs' Foundation training class in Hinsdale.

    Service dogs open a new world for their ownersJul 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Zachary King, 10, of South Elgin presents two of his ferrets, Megatron and Mr. Dobbs, along with a detailed binder on ferret care to Kane County 4-H Small Pets show judge Ashley Kaminski, also of South Elgin, Tuesday at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. Zachary is a member of the A Bit More 4-H Club out of Hampshire and won blue ribbons for his expertise on ferrets and their care in the competition.

    Kane County 4-H pet show features variety of animalsJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    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, untrueJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    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."

  • Yorkshire terrier Hairy Pawter, owned by Adrian and Denise Brigham of Streamwood, dressed as a firefighter Sunday for the pet parade at Arlington Heights’ Frontier Days. Pets and their owners competed for best costume, best trick, cutest pet, most unusual and looks most like its owner awards during the event.

    Dog Day at Frontier DaysJul 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    The dogs had their day during the Frontier Days pet parade Sunday at Arlington Heights’ Recreation Park. More than 50 pets, mostly dogs but also a cat and a guinea pig, participated in the event and competed in categories including best costume looks most like its owner.

  • An injured painted turtle recuperates at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. Cable ties and screws are used to help heal its broken shell.

    Fast cars make this a tough time for slow turtlesJul 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    This is a tough time for pregnant turtles. It’s the season when they leave their watery homes in search of higher and drier nesting sites to lay their eggs. Unfortunately, their paths often lead them to cross busy roads — and the combination of slow-moving turtles and fast-moving vehicles doesn’t always turn out well.

  • Des Plaines aldermen are debating whether to allow residents to raise chickens in the city.

    Des Plaines debating allowing chickens in cityJul 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Des Plaines aldermen appear willing to let the Historic Methodist CampGround raise up to six chickens on site as part of a 4-H program, but whether chickens would be permitted throughout the rest of the city is undetermined. “This is what was in the forefront of my mind. I didn't have in mind that anybody on the block would have a chicken coop,” Alderman Jack Robinson said.

  • Wendi Cali and her dog Rango during play time in Arlington Heights. She saved Rango and Rango saved her after her other dog died.

    Rango is Arlington Hts. woman’s miracle dogJul 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    We wrote in February about the special bond Harley, an Australian shephard/border collie mix, had with his neighborhood and his owner Wendi Cali, who was brokenhearted over his death. The story drew an outpouring of interest. After a long search, Cali, of Arlington Heights, has a new dog, Rango.

  • Stacy Fiebelkorn

    Horse owner says Kane Co. animal control head lied in neglect caseJul 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kane County’s former animal control director is accused of falsely declaring a horse dead while its owner was under investigation for abusing animals at farms in Hampshire and Maple Park. Robert Sauceda "was aware that the horse was recovering, and knew that it would be hidden from public record so the ‘abusive owner’ would not get the horse returned to her,” according to a motion filed by the attorney for animal owner Stacy Fiebelkorn.

  • Misty

    Just what are our cats thinking?Jul 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    When we watch our felines in action and observe their silly antics, sometimes it is difficult to understand what motivates them.

  • Nick Cetera and Jonah Schemn, both Elgin summer employees, watch the animals as visitors walk around the free Lords Park Farm Zoo. Cetera and Schemn prepare the grounds and animals for visitors each day.

    Crowds flock back to Lords Park Farm ZooJul 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    After closing five years ago because of budget constraints, the Lords Park Farm Zoo in Elgin is thriving again, with 3,400 visitors in the first three weeks since reopening. The farm zoo is free and only asks for a donation near the gate, where volunteers count visitors and answer questions.

  • The new Lake County Animal Care and Control facility on Peterson Road in Libertyville is scheduled to open July 25. The facility cost $3.5 million to build.

    Lake County Animal Care and Control has new home near LibertyvilleJun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Stray dogs, cats and other animals in need will have a contemporary home near Libertyville starting next month when the new Lake County Animal Care and Control facility opens. The facility, which cost $3.5 million to build, is scheduled to open July 25.

  • Nathan Leslie, 5, of St. Charles holds a Burmese Python with several other children Monday during a program by Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles at the St. Charles Public Library.

    Gators, lizards and snakes visit St. Charles libraryJun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Dave DiNaso starts his energetic show by wrestling a five-foot American Alligator with killer teeth from its box and carrying it through the rows of children's tiny, tender, pink hands. It only got more interesting from there Monday as DiNaso brought his Traveling World of Reptiles show to the St. Charles Public Library.

  • Lake County pet vaccinationJun 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Pet owners can take their animals to the Zion Park District at Bethel Boulevard and 27th Street for a vaccination on Saturday, July 12.

  • Elburn vet drops lawsuit over anonymous ‘rag doll’ cat websitesJun 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Elburn veterinarian has dismissed her lawsuit filed earlier this year in an effort to shut down websites critical of her business of selling rag doll cats, a which are a docile breed with blue eyes that go limp like a doll when held. Jennifer Creed's attorneys would not comment, but the websites were not found on the Internet as of Friday.

  • Norman is a 4-month-old Schnauzer mix. This handsome guy is a new resident at Buddy and in need of a forever home.

    Longtime Buddy volunteer will always be rememberedJun 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Buddy Foundation is very sad. We have lost one of our family. Dottie Phillips passed away on Thursday, June 19. Dottie was with Buddy from the beginning, taking her role as the answering service very seriously.

  • Vernon Hills officers kill dog that bit womanJun 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    A woman was attacked by a loose dog Thursday morning in Vernon Hills, and police shot and killed the animal when it charged again, authorities said.

  • A young black bear peeks out from an oak tree in Mount Morris in mid-June, apparently after deciding the Jane Addams Tollway was too much of a challenge.

    Black bear spotted near Jane Addams TollwayJun 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    What did tollway workers see galloping away from their road widening project on the Jane Addams (I-90) earlier this month? A black bear, possibly the one that's been popping up in northern Illinois the last few weeks. Click on this story to watch the video.

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