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Animal CafeSteve Dale, CABC (certified animal behavior consultant), reaches more pet owners than any other pet journalist in America.

Steve writes a twice-weekly syndicated newspaper column (Tribune Media Services, since 1995); he’s a contributing editor at USA Weekend (since 2002) and blog Petphoria. Host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute (together heard on over 100 radio stations, syndicated Black Dog Radio Productions, since 2001).

He’s also a columnist and special correspondent for Cat Fancy and thecatchannel.com. Steve’s also regular on regular contributor for WGN Radio, Chicago; and host of a podcast at www.wgnradio.com. He’s a Chicago Tribune blogger (www.chicagonow.com/stevedale), and contributes blogs on various other websites, including for Victoria Stilwell.

On TV he’s appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show; National Geographic Explorer; Pets Part of the Family. PBS; various Animal Planet Shows and many others. For several years, Steve was a regular contributor to Superstation WGN-TV morning news. And he formerly hosted Animal Planet Radio.

In print, he’s been quoted in, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Redbook, veterinary publications and dozens more.

Steve’s the author of two ebooks, “Good Dog!” and “Good Cat!” (published by the Chicago Tribune). Steve edited a book, written by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists called “Your Dog’s Eye View,” due out in 2013. He’s the author of several other books including “DogGone Chicago” and “American Zoos.”

He’s written introductions or contributed chapters to many books, including “Bonding With Your Dog,” “Dog Spelled Backwards,” “The Compassion of Dogs,” “Raising My Furry Children,” “Christmas Cats” and “Angel Animals and the Kids Who Love Them.”

Steve is a contributor to protector and Advanstar publications (for veterinary professionals).

He was an external reviewer for “Feline Behavior Guidelines” (American Association of Feline Practitioners, 2005), and is a contributor to the textbook “The Cat: Clinical Medicine and Management” (edited Dr. Susan Little, 2011). He’s the primary author of the CATegorical Care: An Owner’s Guide to America’s Number #1 Companion (reviewers include AVMA, SAWA, published American Humane Association/CATalyst Council, 2010).

Steve is a founder of the CATalyst Council and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. He’s also on the Board of Directors of the Winn Feline Foundation, Tree House Humane Society in Chicago, and the American Humane Association – where Steve serves as a National Ambassador.

In Chicago, Steve created the Chicago Task Force on Companion Animals and Public Safety (2000-2010), where they’ve three-times overturned proposed breed bans and twice over-turned mandated pediatric spay/neuter, as well as overturned proposed pet limit laws. The Task Force also created guidelines for ‘doggy day care.’ As a pet advocate, Steve has testified many times against breed specific bans, pet limit laws, etc.

Among Steve’s many awards, the AVMA Humane Award (the only AVMA honor bestowed to a non-veterinarian), Editor and Publisher syndicated newspaper Feature Writer of the Year Award, AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award, HSUS Pets for Life Award, and has been honored with over 15 Maxwell’s Awards from the Dog Writer’s Association of America and over 15 Muse Awards from the Cat Writers’ Association of America. He’s also been honored by the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, and was the first recipient of the Winn Feline Foundation Media Award.

In 2012, Steve became the youngest person ever inducted into the Dog Writer’s Association of America Hall of Fame.

After his beloved cat Ricky passed away in 2002 of feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Steve created a fund to raise money to research this often fatal disease. He’s raised well over $100,000 – and as a direct result a genetic test was created to determine if a gene defect for HCM exists for two breeds.

For 10 years his dog Lucy was an animal assisted therapy dog. To honor Lucy, who passed away in 2011, Steve created the Lucy Fund to raise money for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Award for Animal Assisted Therapy. He also serves the advisory board for national animal assisted therapy organization called Angel on A Leash. He’s also on an organizing committee for the International Organization Human-Animal Interactions Organizations. Blog Paws is one of several advisory Boards he serves.

Steve’s a regular speaker at veterinary and shelter conferences around the world, and for shelter fundraisers, and other special events. Steve’s presented at each of the major U.S. veterinary conferences (numerous times), and he’s the only speaker to present in all of the conferences for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (which he is a certified member). He’s also spoken at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Conference, Caribbean Veterinary Conference and many others.

Two of Steve’s favorite honors: Commencement Speaker at Madison Square Garden for Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (2008), and appearing (in 2012) as 59 across in a TV Guide Crossword Puzzle (pet journalist Steve _ _ _ _).


Lorie HustonDr. Lorie Huston* is a veterinarian with over 20 years experience treating dogs and cats. She is currently practicing in Providence, Rhode Island. Lorie is an expert in pet health and pet care in addition to being a talented writer and blogger.

Lorie blogs at the Pet Health Care Gazette but is widely published throughout the web. She writes at About.com in the area of veterinary medicine and is the feature writer for pet care at Suite101.com. She is also the National Pet Health Examiner at Examiner.com and the pet columnist at Untrained Housewife.com. Lorie is frequently consulted as an expert in the field of veterinary medicine and pet care. Her articles have also been featured in numerous venues both online and offline, including FIDO Friendly, Pet Sitter’s World and many others.

Lorie is a professional member of both the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) and the Cat Writers Association (CWA) in addition to being a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association (RIVMA) and the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). *We are sad to report that Dr Lorie Huston died in September 2014. Rest in peace dear friend.





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