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

Feisty cat needs a 'time out' period

Q: Karma, our 12-year-old cat, picks on our two 15-month-old Labrador mixes. A: I'd be terrorized, too! Darlene Arden, a certified cat behavior consultant in Framingham, MA, advises you to temporarily separate your dogs from Karma.

National Dog Show remains popular Thanksgiving treat

The Thanksgiving Day "National Dog Show Presented by Purina" has been a hit with TV viewers since the first contestant walked into the ring in Philadelphia in 2002. "That's something impressive," says O'Hurley.

Give your dog something else to do besides bark at cyclists

Q: My 4-year-old Australian Shepherd now barks at people on bicycles as they go by the house. A: Certified dog behavior consultant and longtime Australian Shepherd owner Liz Palika says, "That's about the age this urge to chase kicks.

Pet travel products make it easier to take all family members on vacation

When families take a vacation, increasingly, it's the entire family enjoying the get-away. Additionally, six percent of cat owners tote their kitties on vacation.

Elderly mom should be especially careful around cat that bites

Q: My elderly mother adopted an 11-year-old Siamese cat 7 months ago.

'Catifying' your home adds more fun for your feline

A cat's mind is a terrible thing to waste. "Cats are emotional beings, and they require stimulation -- every day," says Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet's "My Cat From Hell."

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