Steve Dale

Steve Dale

Steve Dale, author of the syndicated "My Pet World" column, is widely known as the "Ann Landers of the pet world," offering animal lovers of all kinds the latest news and information on their furry, feathered and scaled companions.

Dale draws on the expertise of experts from around the country to produce his weekly Q&A, which delves into everything from the proper care and feeding of iguanas to feline litter box habits and Prozac for pets. His weekly feature column puts Dale's journalism skills to work covering developments and events of the day that affect pets and their owners.

In 2003, Dale received the Dog Writers Association of America's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award for exemplary conduct, public communication, professional excellence, promoting excellent in the sport of dogs and extraordinary achievement. In 2002, Dale won the American Veterinary Medical Association's prestigious Humane Award, the only AVMA award presented to a non-veterinarian. In 2001, "My Pet World" received Editor and Publisher magazine's first annual Feature of the Year Award, special feature category. Dale has also captured several awards from the Dog Writers Association and the Cat Writers Association. He was named Columnist of the Year for the Cat Writers' Association in 1998, and the Anti-Cruelty Society chose him as Chicago Media Person of the Year for 1997.

Dale is also host of the weekly radio program, "Pet Central," on Chicago's WGN Radio 720, senior columnist for "PetLife," and author of "DogGone Chicago: Sniffing Out The Best Places To Take Your Best Friend" and "American Zoos." He has appeared on PBS "Pets: Part of the Family," and has served as guest "pet expert" on radio and television around the country, including appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," WGN-TV, the Fox News Channel and "Animal Planet." He has spoken at numerous pet conferences.

Steve Dale Samples

Second-hand smoke is bad news for people and pets

Q: We have a friend who's started smoking cigarettes, and quite heavily. A: Your friend doesn't need a professional to remind her that smoking is hazardous to her health; it says so right on the packaging.

Pet owners are prepping their Halloween finery

"I don't know why, but people love dressing up their dogs as monkeys," says Alice Lerman, owner of Barker and Meowsky: A Paw Firm, in Chicago.

Officials hope to have a protocol soon regarding pets and Ebola

Q: Can dogs and cats get the Ebola virus? Q: I'm worried about a full-out Ebola epidemic eventually coming to America; it's inevitable.

New book takes a revealing look into the world of feral cats

Even if you don't know it, they're out there lurking in the shadows. "We know so little about feral cats, and even less of the truth about how people feel about them," she says.

Stem cell treatments show promise for some feline health issues

When it comes to cats, nearly everything modern veterinary medicine knows about their health and welfare has been learned through studies funded by the non-profit Winn Feline Foundation.

Loss of prominent behaviorist, veterinarian stuns pet world

Dr. Sophia Yin, an applied animal behaviorist, was one of the first to join my public outcry over then-popular dog trainer Cesar Millan's emphasis on forceful, aversive dog training and misleading messages about dog behavior.

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