UI student's service dog wins national award

FOOSLAND — A local service dog is among five heroic canines who are the national winners of the 2018 annual American Kennel Club Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 23-30, 2018


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UI student making dogged effort to get service animal into labs

URBANA — Yes, there are lab coats, goggles and boots made for dogs.

Sampson, a golden retriever service dog, has worn them in chemistry classes with his companion, Joey Ramp, a University of Illinois student.

Even though Ramp is an undergraduate, she is doing research with Professor Justin Rhodes at the Beckman Institute.

Pet Talk | New dog flu is here to stay

A new strain of canine influenza made headlines in 2015 when it first appeared in the U.S., sickening hundreds of dogs in Chicago. It took less than three years for that strain to spread to more than 30 other states.

Letter from Birdland | A canine conversation in the forest

"The Philosopher of the North Woods"

A one-act play

Characters: Mary and Michael, a pair of wilderness backpackers; Madame Ursula La Osa: a black Lab; Sir Cullen P. Dingleberry, esquire, a duck-tolling retriever

Entertainment listings, Aug. 16-23, 2018


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Pet Talk | Mosquitoes: Small but dangerous

UI College of Veterinary Medicine

Mosquito season is here. Not only are the bites inflicted by these flying pests itchy and annoying, they also carry the risk of disease for humans and animals alike. Veterinarians actively monitor, treat and seek solutions for diseases that affect human and animal health.

The Health Reporter Is In, Aug. 9, 2018

Q: Given that dogs have been known to find baby rabbits out in the yard and pick them up with their mouths, how vulnerable are they to tularemia?

A: Dogs aren't nearly as likely to get the potentially fatal disease as cats are, but it is possible.

Entertainment listings, Aug. 9-16, 2018


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What: Carnival operating daily until Aug. 11. Daily music entertainment, pig races and a petting zoo are free attractions. Daily livestock shows, food, exhibits and evening grandstand entertainment: barnyard tractor pull, Aug. 9; rodeo, Aug. 10; demolition derby, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11.

When: Aug. 9-11.

Just Askin' | Off-leash problems in Champaign

Q: Does anyone ever get a ticket for not walking their dog with a leash in Champaign?

A: Indeed they do.

Since 2014, 82 tickets have been issued for "dogs running at large," as the Champaign city ordinance refers to dogs without a leash.

Through July of this year, nine tickets have been handed out.