| Jun 29, 2014
It had always been easy for Sharon Keila's family of five to locate their 8-year-old Dalmatian, Holly, when she got out of the yard. Usually they would find her sniffing around shrubs or relaxing on a neighbor's porch near their Berwyn home.
| Aug 30, 2014
| 6:37 PM
Maria Zarate was angry and insulted when an insurer told her parents their homeowners coverage was being canceled in part because a pit bull lives in the house.
She thought there was a state law prohibiting that.
There was no way Zarate, who lives...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 9:28 AM
Anyone who has spent a few hours glued to the televised broadcast of the Westminster Dog Show, watching highly skilled dogs jump and hop their way to national recognition, can imagine just how much training and practice are required to get to the national...
| Aug 1, 2014
Sharon Swinyer didn't even reach the main entrance to Day Kimball Hospital before she was besieged by staff members. That's what always happens on Tuesdays when she and her therapy dog Indy visit patients. People will stop her so they can pet the dog....
| Jul 29, 2014
| 7:40 AM
The Hebron Lions Club Fairgrounds was a cacophony of sounds on July 27, as Hebron hosted the second day of the Yankee Terrier Trials. Most of the noise was produced by the Jack Russell Terriers in residence, and consisted of excited barking, nervous...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 9:03 AM
Q: My recently widowed grandmother is interested in getting a pet to keep her company. What pet might be a good fit for a senior?
A: Numerous studies have shown that companion animals help seniors stay more healthy and active, so this is an idea worth...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 2:59 AM
I'm sure that judging bulldogs at an actual dog show is a rather scientific process of checking the breed standards against the animals that are competing.
Here's the standard for "General Appearance," according to the American Kennel Club:
| Mar 18, 2014
| 9:02 AM
When it comes to finding the perfect companion for her clients, matchmaker Barb Murray of Wilmette has learned that a request for only young, fair-haired and attractive candidates can bring more heartbreak than harmony.
"There's a lot of innuendo...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 12:29 PM
A low-cost pet health clinic will help take the bite out of expensive, but necessary, pet blood tests and vaccinations.
The Interlocking Shetland Sheepdog Club of Monee is hosting the all-breed health clinic for the third year in conjunction with a...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 2:30 AM
If dogs are man's best friends, the Labrador Retriever is specifically man's favorite breed, at least in America. According to the newly-released American Kennel Club (AKC) breed registration data for 2013, for the 23rd consecutive year Labs are the...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 10:22 AM
When the American Kennel Club first began allowing mixed breeds into agility events, Lisa Tibbals welcomed the chance to compete with Sadie, a scruffy female terrier mix rescued from dire straits in Kentucky. But she was miffed by the reaction from some...