Chicago’s Dog Friendly Areas

If you think having a dog means missing out on the excitement of city living, I have to tell you that you couldn’t be more wrong. As far as major metropolises go, Chicago is an exceptionally dog-friendly city. You and your four-legged pal and canRead more


New Chicago Police Entrance Exam – Preparation Workshops

The Chicago Police Department will be holding free preparation workshops on Saturday June 22nd, and Saturday August 10th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for those taking the police exam in December.
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June’s featured businesses: Himmel’s and Copper House

“For years, we’ve called ourselves an Italian restaurant with a German flair – and we of course have been the German flair. Now, we are way more than flair,” said Diana Himmel-Krewer owner of Himmel’s Chicago.  In January, Diana and her sister Carol made theRead more


10 things every shelter volunteer should know (Darlene Duggan)

What is the best way to get involved in the community and show your support of animal shelters? Volunteering, of course! So, you have gone through the application process and attended the orientation, and now you are ready to start helping out. Not so quick…hereRead more


Prepare your pet for natural disasters

Natural disasters are a scary thing. They can be terribly unpredictable, destructive and isolating. Having an emergency plan in place is one of your best defenses against a natural disaster. Having a plan in place for your pet is their best defense in an emergency.Read more


Property Taxes – 2nd Installment – What to expect and how to evaluate them

During the last several months, all properties in the City of Chicago have been re-assessed for tax purposes as the result of the 2012 triennial reassessment. The Cook County Assessor’s Office and the Board of Review expect to complete the 2012 reassessment process before theRead more


Late spring gardening

Soil Care

If you haven’t done it yet, now is a great time to add 2-4” of compost to your garden beds.  If you have containers, you should remove about half the old soil and add new potting soil.  If you have trees, shrubs, or perennialsRead more


5 Reasons Why You Should Adopt, Not Shop, for Your Next Pet

It’s difficult not to fawn over pet-shop puppies and kittens—fuzzy faces with doe eyes and wet noses stare out at passersby. But playing “How much is that doggie in the window?” leaves customers penniless and shelter pets homeless.

With increasing overpopulation in shelters, and rescue organizationsRead more


Expanding your family with a 4-legged addition

So you've decided it’s time to expand your family with a 4-legged addition. Congratulations! Now it’s time to figure how best to choose the pet for you household and lifestyle. Regardless if you want a purebred pet or if a hodgepodge lineage is just as cool, withoutRead more


Five Ways to Prepare for the Vet … advice from Tails Inc.

TAILS asked Amy Dicke, DVM, technical services veterinarian for P&G Pet Care, to give pet parents some advice when it comes to being prepared for a trip to the vet:

1. How often should guardians take their pet to the vet?
Veterinary visits should occur onceRead more