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Chris (Winter Maclen)

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  • What's a Dog to Chew?
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    What's a Dog to Chew?

    5 years ago

    Become an educated shopper when it comes to choosing canine chew treats for your dog.

  • An open letter to the person who abandoned my dog
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    An open letter to the person who abandoned my dog

    5 years ago

    The story of a purebred dog who was one human's throw away and another's treasure.

  • Some Universals Cover All Animal Training
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    Some Universals Cover All Animal Training

    5 years ago

    Every kid wants a pony. So when my husband wanted to make my childhood dream come true, he bought me a horse. She's a beautiful 7-year-old Palomino with large brown eyes and a blonde colored mane and tail. However, sweet as she is, she is a...

  • New book Shifts View on Malaria
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    New book Shifts View on Malaria

    6 years ago

    Growing up in suburban Midwest America, malaria was about as foreign as the plague. The topic of history class, the disease conjured up images of workers digging the panama canal and sub African children sleeping under mosquito netting. But a new...

  • Animal abuse relates to human mistreatment
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    Animal abuse relates to human mistreatment

    6 years ago

    An Illinois court recently ruled that a woman convicted of abuse and neglect while running a puppy mill could return to her job as the caregiver to two elderly dementia patients. The courts indicated that the pair required her care; There had never...

  • training tips make abandoned dogs adoptable
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    training tips make abandoned dogs adoptable

    6 years ago

    Everyone loves an adorable puppy. big pair of sad brown eyes are often enough to melt the coldest of hearts. And it is often the act after which puppies come home. But those warm brown eyes and sweet puppy breath often fade in the light of bad...

  • Dog breed predjudice creates insurance nightmare
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    Dog breed predjudice creates insurance nightmare

    6 years ago

    It started off simply enough. The family called their home owner insurance carrier to make a claim regarding raccoon damage. The insurance adjuster came out, wrote out the claim, and then provided the check that replaced a roof, family room and...

  • Is the Cane Corso the right dog for you
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    Is the Cane Corso the right dog for you

    7 years ago

    As humans perfect international travel, the world becomes a smaller and smaller place. And this is not only true of human cultures, but also in the canine community. Breeds that a few years ago did not exist in America are now becoming more common...

  • Triebball allows the average owner to work a herding dog
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    Triebball allows the average owner to work a herding dog

    7 years ago

    Triebball can be played in any weather. Photo courtesy of google images Growing up, the smartest dog I ever met was a border collie who lived with neighbors. The dog never wandered, never bit and rounded up the neighborhood children, heading them...

  • Berwyn Houby Fest lingers on
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    Berwyn Houby Fest lingers on

    7 years ago

    First a little background. When I was growing up in Berwyn, a small suburb immediately outside of Chicago, families around us all pretty much fit the same profile. Eastern and Western European immigrants and first generation decendants. Dads works...

  • Why We Need Banned Book Week
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    Why We Need Banned Book Week

    7 years ago

    Banning and Burning books is not a new idea. But perhaps it is an idea which needs to die. Photo courtesy of Association Press Back in 1981, while I was in college, my peers and I were all atwitter about the news that a book Our Bodies our...

  • I saved a life today
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    I saved a life today

    7 years ago

    I saved a life today. I didn't mean to. It just turned out that way. It started out to be a particularly crummy day. My boss required me to make a trip more than 125 miles out of state to do a site visit to another branch of our national...

  • Animal Abuse Often Gives Way to Other Forms of Violence
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    Animal Abuse Often Gives Way to Other Forms of Violence

    7 years ago

    A terrifyingly graphic article popped up this weekend in the Chicago daily papers. Two males, 16 and 24, were arrested in a primarily poor and African American neighborhood of Chicago. They were arrested after someone walking down an alley found...

  • Kohl Children Museum exceeds expectations
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    Kohl Children Museum exceeds expectations

    7 years ago

    Kohl's Children's Museum water table room. Tucked away in a northwest suburb of Chicago sits a museum that despite the drive, it a great time for the under 10 set. Kohl’s Children’s Museum at 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview, IL 60026...

  • Puppy Mill puppy has success
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    Puppy Mill puppy has success

    7 years ago

    Rumer had her first success today. For those of you who have read Life of a Puppy Mill Puppy, you will realize that she is a rescue from a puppy mill – a rescue turned rescuer who now works as a therapy dogs. Rumer had a first real success...

  • Things I never knew I never knew about dogs
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    Things I never knew I never knew about dogs

    6 years ago

    Many dogs require a purpose to stay focused. I've been raising and rescuing dogs for almost 40 years. Now while that may make you think that I am exceedingly old, let me qualify by saying that almost since I took my first steps, I have wanted,...

  • More Options for Homemade Dog Treats
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    More Options for Homemade Dog Treats

    7 years ago

    At a recent dog training class, I found myself comparing dog treats with another pet in attendance. The woman, like me, makes her own liver treats. We both agreed that homemade treats are cheaper than the pet shop treats and healthier with a limited...

  • Circus tragedy recalled in Illinois Cemetery
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    Circus tragedy recalled in Illinois Cemetery

    7 years ago

    Eight stone elephants stand guard, trunks downward in a final trumpet in Woodlawn Cemetery, in Forest Park, Illinois. From a business nearby street, the 3-foot tall lifelike replicas mark a mass grave. Most casual passersby might think the...

  • The Battle of Fort Dearborn
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    The Battle of Fort Dearborn

    7 years ago

    An original drawing of the first fort on the site of the Fort Dearborn Massacre. When most people think about Indian Massacres, they imagine the Wild West. But one of the most significant and little known massacres occurred in a piece of...

  • The Eastland Disaster
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    The Eastland Disaster

    7 years ago

    The Eastland Plaque in Chicago Almost everyone in American and Europe is familiar with the story of the Titanic, the great oceangoing vessel designed to withstand any element God threw at it, wind, waves and ice. But on her maiden voyage, upon...

  • Barbie Ambition
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    Barbie Ambition

    7 years ago

    When we think about feminism, we think about the 60’s, free love, burning bras and fish with bicycles. But we don’t usually of dolls. But 1959 was a turning point for women. While there were riots erupted in the Belgian Congo, Buddy Holly...

  • What does your bumper sticker say about you
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    What does your bumper sticker say about you

    7 years ago

    It started while I was getting my nails done. Now before I do any further, let me clarify. The place I get my nails done is one of those chain mega shops. More than a dozen clients and a dozen employees sitting in two rows: clients on the outside;...

  • How To Give Your Dog A Bath and Survive
    3

    How To Give Your Dog A Bath and Survive

    7 years ago

    Take the trauma out of home dog grooming and save the money while building a better relationship with your pet.

  • Prepare for Zombies and Other Natural Disasters
    4

    Prepare for Zombies and Other Natural Disasters

    7 years ago

    The zombies are coming. The zombies are coming. As outrageous as it sounds, the federal government has made it official. Last week the Centers for Disease Control released an emergency evacuation plan for communities facing invasion by zombies. ...

  • The Monsters Among Us
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    The Monsters Among Us

    7 years ago

    Whenever we watch a scary movie, or a police drama, much is made of mad serial killers who stalk victims leaving a trail of blood in their wake. And in the last five minutes of the drama, police sum up the killer’s motive by explaining that he is...

  • Dogs may benefit from human supplements
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    Dogs may benefit from human supplements

    6 years ago

    Human supplements may ease canine ills.

  • How to Chose Your Dog's Collar
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    How to Chose Your Dog's Collar

    7 years ago

    Dog collars reflect creativity, address training issues or can resolve problems.

  • Love your dog, hate the fur
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    Love your dog, hate the fur

    7 years ago

    Ahhh. Spring is in the air. Birds are in the air. Flowers are in the garden and there’s dog hair all over the furniture. Spring is the time of year when most fur-bearing dogs shed out their heavy winter coats for lighter summer coats. It is...

  • Al Capone Slept Here
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    Al Capone Slept Here

    7 years ago

    Growing up in suburban Chicago, tripping over stories about Al Capone, the famous 1920’s mobster was about as easy as turning around. The most memorable, however, was that of the (in)famous Alton Hotel. The hotel stood for almost 100 years at the...

  • A dog lover's guide to lawn care
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    A dog lover's guide to lawn care

    7 years ago

    My husband knew that before we met and married, I was already involved with rescue dogs. I had lived for years without him and with them. And while we were good at compromising about all the things that couples compromise on, I believed the large...

  • Aqua therapy: a trend for dogs
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    Aqua therapy: a trend for dogs

    7 years ago

      It started with arthritis. Gunnie, our  8and a half year old rescued purebred  Rottweiler who was so over bred  he was closer to the size of a mastiff than a Rottweiler, started to slow down. He started to ignore his younger sisters when...

  • Homemade dog treats - healthy and inexpensive
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    Homemade dog treats - healthy and inexpensive

    2 years ago

    I recently updated this piece. I have found that the process defined below also works with chicken livers, readily available in the freezer section, as well as cheap packages of chicken gizzards and giblets, found in the refrigerated meat section....

  • Hoarders keep more than garbage
    1

    Hoarders keep more than garbage

    2 years ago

    An elderly Chicago couple were found barely alive buried under the debris they had collected and hauled into their home. A Chicagoan was found dead, crushed under garbage he had collected in his home. Another froze to death in the garbage in his...

  • The Menendez Brothers: victims or sociopaths
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    The Menendez Brothers: victims or sociopaths

    7 years ago

      Throughout history, there have been numerous cases of patricide.  However, in recent times, children less frequently have murdered their parents, in part because of societal changes in the view of the act. One of the most recent and...

  • A West Side Story View of Street Gangs
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    A West Side Story View of Street Gangs

    7 years ago

         The movie West Side Story is set in the 1950s.  There are a variety of differences in the portrayal of the gangs in the film and those currently in today’s society.    Even in the initial scene of the movie, the gang violence is...

  • The Evolution of Juvenile Criminal Justice
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    The Evolution of Juvenile Criminal Justice

    16 months ago

            In 1967, the Supreme Court handed down in the historic decision of In re Gault.  Gerald Francis Gault was a 15-year-old Arizona youth charged with making a lewd telephone call to a female neighbor.    At the time, Gault was on...

  • The Best Way to Select a Reputable Dog Rescue Agency
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    The Best Way to Select a Reputable Dog Rescue Agency

    7 years ago

     As animal activists and animal rights workers get more vocal about abuses of puppy mills and pet shops selling dogs, folks are finding the advantages of adopting dogs turned over the rescue organizations.  However not all rescues add up the...

  • Choosing Effective Home Care for Elderly Parents
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    Choosing Effective Home Care for Elderly Parents

    7 years ago

      Approximately 10 years ago the term “sandwich generation” was coined as baby boomers reached 60-plus years of age and adult children began to bear the burden not just of their children, but their parents as well. With the population of...

  • Amos and Andy - Radio Icon or Racial Stereotype
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    Amos and Andy - Radio Icon or Racial Stereotype

    7 years ago

      Garnering more than forty million listeners nightly in its peak,  Amos’s and Andy -the longest running show in broadcast history- was more than just a comedy program but rather a national obsession. However, despite the program’s...

  • Political corruption as deviant behavior
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    Political corruption as deviant behavior

    7 years ago

       White Collar and Governmental Deviance    “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”     Open any newspaper today and find dozens of instances where elected officials and white-collar executives of Fortune 500...

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