Blinky, the one-eyed Chihuahua, is a story with multiple lessons

CHICAGO - It started in August 2013, when Charlie Propsom, the founder and president of Friends of Chicago Animal Care & Control, was leaving a volunteer meeting at the facility. It was late, she recalls, 8:30 or 9 p.m., and she spotted three people walking in, carrying a doll-sized version of a baby carrier.


Animal Island: Teaching a wandering parrot to stay on his perch

Q: Last year I took in an adult African grey parrot. His owner told me the bird was 25 years old. I also have another grey parrot and a Senegal parrot. The new guy is very tame, and I was very happy when they all got along. My question is, why won't the new bird sit still? I have a couple of big climbing trees and stands for the birds to play on when out of their cages. My original two sit and play all day; the new guy just wants to walk around my house. He is generally a good boy about chewing things up if I'm watching him. But I would rather he sit on the perch. I have tried to entice him with new toys and nuts to chew on, but he likes to wander. Any suggestions on how to get him to settle down?


Purr-fect image: How to take better photos of your cat

When David Sutton explains the fine points of photographing a cat, you listen. One of the most skilled pet and portrait photographers in the business, he's had his work exhibited around the world, and he has a steady stream of four-legged clients visiting his Evanston, Ill., studio. (Take a peek at his website, .)


Adopt a pet (Oct. 18)

Opie the Goofball, a 6-year-old male short-coat-chihuahua mix, is available for adoption from the Kansas Humane Society.

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