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  • Two Chicago puppies represented in Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl

    Two Chicago puppies represented in Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl

    The Bears’ season may be over, but Chicago won’t go unrepresented on Super Bowl Sunday.  Two puppies from PAWS Chicago were chosen to participate in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XII: Cooper, a 15-week-old Great Pyrenees/Collie mix, and Athena, a 19-week-old American Bulldog mix. PAWS Chicago is one...

  • Trendy Halloween costumes for pets

    Trendy Halloween costumes for pets

    If you plan to dress your pet for Halloween, you're in good company. It’s estimated that 68 million Americans will dress up this Halloween and another 20 million pet owners will dress up their pets, according to the National Retail Federation’s Halloween consumer spending survey. A new survey by...

  • Plea for foster homes as feline distemper hits Chicago's animal control center

    Plea for foster homes as feline distemper hits Chicago's animal control center

    Volunteers at the Chicago Animal Care and Control center are appealing to the public to provide foster homes for cats that have been exposed to distemper and are in danger of being euthanized.The center recently contacted PAWS Chicago and other no-kill animal rescue shelters after a number of cats...

  • Roo the pit bull dies after cancer struggle

    Roo the pit bull dies after cancer struggle

    Roo the pit bull, who went from a stark cage and a bleak future at a high-kill facility to the Waldorf Astoria, has died. Roo, short for Roosevelt, was pulled from Chicago Animal Care and Control in April by the rescue One Tail at a Time. He captivated Sarah Lauch and Kelly Michael, two women active...

  • Found near death in Grant Park, a loner pit bull has a new best friend

    Found near death in Grant Park, a loner pit bull has a new best friend

    The story of Merit, the sick and emaciated dog found lying in the bushes in Grant Park, has taken a twist. An amazing twist. "Unbelievable. Never in a million years would I have guessed the outcome would have been as great as it is," says Sue Naider, president of Trio Animal Foundation, which has...

  • Swimming, car rides and ice cream: Roo's last weeks will be happy ones

    Swimming, car rides and ice cream: Roo's last weeks will be happy ones

    Roosevelt is getting a big send-off. Roo, as he has come to be known, is a 6-year-old pit bull who was rescued from Chicago Animal Care and Control in April. His owner had turned him in because Roo had "issues urinating." He was spotted in his cage by Sarah Lauch and Kelly Michael, both of whom...

  • Burned, abandoned dog making a comeback

    Burned, abandoned dog making a comeback

    It takes a special kind of lowlife to leave a sick and severely injured dog tied to a pole. Well, at least it was outside an animal shelter. Just such a person abandoned a 9- to 12-month-old pit bull at the Chicago Animal Care and Control facility on Western Avenue June 24. The dog had chemical...

  • HGTV host rescues pit bull caught in traffic

    HGTV host rescues pit bull caught in traffic

    All things considered, it was quite a day for Alison Victoria. And also for Jackson, a runaway pit bull. The host of HGTV's "Kitchen Crashers" was in Chicago on Thursday, filming an episode for the show. Victoria, who splits her time between Las Vegas and Chicago, left the set in the Wicker Park...

  • Pets allowed to join owners aboard some Metra trains

    Pets allowed to join owners aboard some Metra trains

    It's all aboard for pets on some Metra trains this summer. The commuter rail agency's board Wednesday agreed to allow small critters in cages to ride with their owners on a trial basis from July 4 to Oct. 4, but only on one line, the Rock Island, and only on weekends. "In light of the fact that...

  • Dog recovering after being shot in head during Rogers Park slayings

    Dog recovering after being shot in head during Rogers Park slayings

    She's being called a miracle dog. Sophie, the 6-year-old Labrador-shepherd mix, was shot in the head during an apparent domestic-related murder-suicide in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood last week. When Chicago police officers arrived at the scene of the shootings at the 1500 block of West Chase...

  • Who's watching the dog walkers? No one

    Who's watching the dog walkers? No one

    It used to be, if your dog needed to go out while you were at work, you could ask the kid down the block to stop by the house and take little Scrumpy for a walk. But today, neighbor kids have been supplanted by dog-walking services. On the plus side, you can hire a professional walker who knows...

  • Owner: Dog stolen from West Loop apartment turned in at shelter

    Owner: Dog stolen from West Loop apartment turned in at shelter

    The owner of a West Highland white terrier stolen from a West Loop apartment last week said the dog was turned in Wednesday afternoon to a North Side shelter. Barnaby was turned in at PAWS Chicago, 1997 N. Clybourn Ave., on Wednesday afternoon after someone spotted a man who looked like the burglar...

  • Animal Planet to try for adopted dog world record at Woofstock event at Soldier Field

    Animal Planet to try for adopted dog world record at Woofstock event at Soldier Field

    It will still be quite a while before the Bears officially take the turf at Soldier Field, but some other animals will be storming the stadium next month. On June 27, Animal Planet is inviting adopted dogs and their owners to join in an attempt to break the world record for most adopted pups and...

  • 2 citations issued to owner of dog that mauled boy, 5, to death

    2 citations issued to owner of dog that mauled boy, 5, to death

    The owner of a dog that mauled a 5-year-old boy to death has been issued two citations, but no criminal charges have been filed. The owner was cited for not having a city license for the dog and for not having the dog inoculated against rabies.  Police did not name the owner and could not say if...

  • In wake of dog flu, a newish leash on life

    In wake of dog flu, a newish leash on life

    In the rock paper scissors of neighborhood patrollers, joggers beat strollers, strollers beat dog walkers and dog walkers beat joggers. As part of the dog-owning community in Chicago, I know that we take walks as though we are leading some kind of welcome wagon down the block while working a slightly...

  • Romance unleashed: How to find love with a fellow dog lover

    Romance unleashed: How to find love with a fellow dog lover

    When Karith Foster met her future husband, Craig Russell, in February 2011, it was love at first bark. Pointing out it would have been an "absolute deal breaker" if he didn't like her Chihuahua, Lealah, she says, "As soon as Craig walked in the door (on the first date), she wagged her tail, bowed...

  • Dog gets trapped under SUV on Kennedy, lives to wag its tale

    Dog gets trapped under SUV on Kennedy, lives to wag its tale

    A small dog got trapped under an SUV on the Kennedy Expressway but was rescued and trotted away to its owner, according to Illinois State Police. The driver of the dark-colored SUV had slowed down and then stopped when she saw the small dog while driving south near Addison Street around 4:30 p.m....

  • A slimmed down beagle Kale Chips ready to be adopted

    A slimmed down beagle Kale Chips ready to be adopted

    Way to go, Kale Chips! The overweight beagle, taken in by a Chicago dog rescue organization One Tail at a Time has dropped 23 pounds over five months and is ready to be adopted. Down from 86 pounds, Kale Chips is now 63 pounds thanks to a good diet, swimming therapy and half-mile walks with his...

  • Dog and owner reunited after four years: 'Where have you been, Lilly?'

    Dog and owner reunited after four years: 'Where have you been, Lilly?'

    Kelly Booker cradled his long-lost dog Lilly and kept asking, "Where have you been, Lilly? Where have you been?" Booker was reunited with the 9-year-old Shih Tzu mix at a cargo facility at Denver's airport on Thursday, weeks after she was found wandering the streets of Elgin.  Booker last saw her...

  • Dog flu outbreaks temporarily close shelters, suspend adoptions

    Dog flu outbreaks temporarily close shelters, suspend adoptions

    Frango, a tiny tan Chihuahua mix, lapped chicken noodle soup from a doggy bowl in between hacking coughs Thursday at PAWS of Tinley Park, one of two south suburban shelters temporarily shut down as canine influenza virus continues to sicken dogs across the region. "This is the worst thing I've...

  • The furriest of fans: Dog and cat names inspired by Chicago sports

    The furriest of fans: Dog and cat names inspired by Chicago sports

    There are more dogs named Cubby than Sox, somebody named their pet Da Bear and more on Chicago sports-inspired pet names.

  • Paralyzed dog fitted with custom wheelchair

    Paralyzed dog fitted with custom wheelchair

    A visitor at the Grubb home in downstate Farmington is promptly greeted by an enthusiastic and unique Chihuahua mix. He barrels toward the front door, his hulking chest and front legs propelling the 10-pound pooch. He is surprisingly quick considering his atrophied back limbs trailing behind. Guido,...

  • Dog rescued in Kansas after 13 days under concrete slab

    Dog rescued in Kansas after 13 days under concrete slab

    A miniature dachshund has been rescued after spending 13 days trapped underneath a concrete slab at her home in Kansas. The Wichita Eagle reports that the dog, named Lucy, disappeared April 3 while in her fenced Derby yard. It turns out Lucy had dug underneath the slab that was supporting the house's...

  • Rescued puppy mill dog gives birth

    Rescued puppy mill dog gives birth

    A puppy mill dog recently rescued by ALIVE Rescue has given birth to four puppies. The two boys and two girls have not yet been named. Barbara was one of the six dogs ALIVE Rescue took in after approximately 80 dogs were confiscated in a raid on a puppy mill last month in St. Anne, Ill. On April...

  • Petco reopening 2 Chicago boarding centers

    Petco reopening 2 Chicago boarding centers

    Petco plans to reopen two of its pet boarding and daycare centers in Chicago on a limited scale after shutting down for two weeks as a precaution over a surge in canine flu cases. The two Pooch Hotel locations will open Friday for customers that have legitimate needs, the San Diego-based company...

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