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

New products good weapons against skunk smell

Q: We can hardly go outdoors without smelling a skunk. Q: Last month, Windsor, our Boxer-mix was skunked, and our entire family -- not to mention Windsor -- suffered for days.

'Remember Me Thursday' honors orphan animals euthanized around the world

Pet adoption in America is steadily improving, and at least some shelters boast impressive numbers of placements in some parts of the country. "Let's face it, they're dying needlessly," he says.

Sporting breeds make good dogs for rambunctious children

Q: My 5- and 8-year-old grandchildren want a dog. A: David Frei, ubiquitous dog show announcer and director of communications for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, says, "What matters most is that dogs and kids belong together.

New initiative promotes early diagnosis of Lyme disease

Lyme disease is an epidemic in America. Lyme is transmitted to people, and to dogs, by deer ticks. The good news is, for dogs, there's an inexpensive blood test for Lyme.

You dog will love yourcar as much as you do

Q: Will our dog recognize that we have a shiny new car? A: Your dog will instantly realize this "moving machine" is different from the old jalopy.

Stem-cell therapy works wonders for a dog -- and his owner

The same remedy that healed journalist Julia Szabo's dog wound up saving her life.

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