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A Quiet, Retiring Dog

May 10, 2018
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Retirement gifts for dogs, while heartfelt, can be impractical and even lead to neck strain.

How heart-warming when a professional dog can retire before she’s blown up. So many of us just settle for Medicare. After an eight-year career as a bomb-detecting dog at Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports, Lacy,…

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Ask a Terrier: Cloning Has Budleigh Seeing Double

March 30, 2018
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Dear Budleigh, So Barbra Streisand cloned her dog? Seriously? They can do that? Does it cost a lot? How much lightning is involved? Is the clone exactly like the original dog or more of a…

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The Trouble with Tariffs

March 12, 2018
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Dave JaffeWriter, columnist, former Chicago reporter, humorist Dave Jaffe has written for online, print, television, and radio. Creative, clever, witty – these are traits that kept Dave in detention for most of the eighth grade.…

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Dogs of a Feather

February 19, 2018
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Conflicting service animal guidelines and fluctuating baggage fees leave many dogs confused about their status.

On a commercial flight, the benefit of sitting next to a peacock outweighs the drawbacks. During a midair emergency I plan to grab anything with wings that might provides extra lift. PILOT: “Passengers, assume brace…

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Net effect

January 18, 2018
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Dave JaffeWriter, columnist, former Chicago reporter, humorist Dave Jaffe has written for online, print, television, and radio. Creative, clever, witty – these are traits that kept Dave in detention for most of the eighth grade.…

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Dogs in Recovery

January 12, 2018
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Canines recovering from surgery offer humans valuable lessons about proper ways to heal. For example, we shouldn’t lick sutures. Not ours or theirs. In the first 48 hours following his surgery to remove a fatty…

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Taxing strategy

December 21, 2017
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Dave JaffeWriter, columnist, former Chicago reporter, humorist Dave Jaffe has written for online, print, television, and radio. Creative, clever, witty – these are traits that kept Dave in detention for most of the eighth grade.…

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Ask a Terrier: Budeigh Takes a Walk on the Wild Side

December 7, 2017
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Ask a Terrier offers professional advice from Budleigh, a licensed dog. Dear Budleigh! How worried should I be about my dog versus wild animals? Our big backyard is right next to a forest preserve. Sometimes…

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Poisoning your Dog: A Thanksgiving Primer

November 21, 2017
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With all the dangers to pets posed by ingesting turkey skin, chocolates, raisins, sweets, and other holiday fare, it’s a wonder that dogs celebrate Thanksgiving at all. Yet Thanksgiving is a joyous holiday for dogs,…

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Ask a Terrier: Professional advice from a licensed dog

November 13, 2017
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The Veterinarian is In! Budleigh Offers Advice on Not Swallowing Pills Dear Budleigh, Daisy, my labradoodle, has a skin rash and she has to take pills. She really hates that and tries to spit them…

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