Top of the Morning, July 21, 2018

Now 6 years old, PIP the rabbit has lost a step or two.

"He mostly hangs out with me watching Netflix and posing for Instagram photos," said owner NICOLE MOORE.

In 2015, however, Pip was the agile inspiration for Moore's 4-H Hopstars Rabbit Agility Club, which she started to show the animal world that hares can do tricks — just like hounds.

Entertainment listings, July 19-26, 2018


This weekend


Pet Talk | Help for those grieving loss is a call away

Grieving the death of a pet can leave people feeling overwhelmed and alone. The Companion Animal Related Emotions (CARE) Pet Loss Helpline ( was established to provide help coping with those emotions, whether you are grieving or anticipating the loss of your pet.

Letter from Birdland | A little help from my friends

I've never seen the corn so high, more than 10 feet in some places, even some individual stalks here and there rising above the crowd another 2 feet.

It has tasseled, bringing the gentle scent of fresh corn silk on the wind and a new layer of color laid on top of the green fields. From our windows, we are high enough to see the tawny corduroy stripes of tassel over the green.

Entertainment listings, July 12-19, 2018


This weekend


Pet Talk | Beating the heat

UI College of Veterinary Medicine

Letter from Birdland | Time to enjoy old favorites and garden surprises

We are looking for rain in Birdland, but the forecast keeps getting pushed ahead like the clouds crossing the prairie that don't have time to stop. First, the rain was supposed to come Friday, then today, and now they're saying Tuesday.

Courage Connection teams up with animal clinic to help those with pets

CHAMPAIGN — When victims of abuse are told to get out of their situations, it can be hard to find suitable homes for their pets. One woman's ordeal inspired a partnership among local agencies to solve this problem.

Entertainment listings, July 5-12, 2018


This weekend


What: Block party fun. Inflatables, face painting, lawn games, live performances including CUperStars, interactive music by DJ Fireproof and many more activities.

When: 5 to 7 p.m. July 6.

Where: Johnston Park, Champaign.

Cost: Free.

Pet Talk | UI profs' book tells how lives of people, pets intertwine

"One Health" is a term used to convey the interdependence of human, animal and environmental health. In their recent book, "Beyond One Health: From Recognition to Results," co-editors Drs.