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Performers, Pets and Politics: Attending the 2009 Great American Pet Expo in Chicago
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Join me as I banter with local Chicago personalities, Steve Dale and Paul Lisnek about pets and politics, discover some very useful products and services for your dogs, get behind the scenes with the International Cat Association, Ultimate Air Dogs and interview one of the stars of the Classic K-9 Extreme team, a border collie named Sky.
Episode Segments:
The Great American Pet Expo Part One
Learn how your pet can become a blood donor from Gina Falish of the Animal Emergency and Treatment Center, and soar with Milt Wilcox and the Ultimate Air Dogs!
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The Great American Pet Expo Part Two
Susan talks pets and politics with Chicagoland broadcasters Paul Lisnek and Steve Dale. Then spend some time with the International Cat Association, rescue a golden retriever with As Good As Gold, and find out about a great new invention called the pet light.
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The Great American Pet Expo Part Three
Susan discusses the Classic K-9 Extreme team with its founder Ken Scanegie, and one of the competitors, a Border Collie named Sky. Then, we talk with Bob Whalen, creator of the Pet Loader.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Steve Dale
Steve Dale, pet expert and certified dog and cat behavior consultant, reaches more pet owners than any other pet journalist in America. Steve writes a twice-weekly syndicated newspaper column (Tribune Media Services); he’s a contributing editor at USA Weekend and host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute, and Steve Dale’s Pet World at WLS Radio, Chicago. Steve’s a regular speaker at veterinary and animal welfare conferences, and has hosted many national TV and radio satellite tours. Steve edits Pawprints, a newsletter for veterinarians; and he’s a special correspondent for Cat Fancy. He serves on Boards of Directors including the American Humane Association. His books include American Zoos and DogGone Chicago. Steve’s many awards include the distinguished AVMA Humane Award.

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Paul Lisnek
Dr. Paul M. Lisnek is nationally recognized for his work as a keynote speaker, communications and negotiation trainer, jury/trial consultant, television anchor and commentator and as an author. He anchors "Newsmakers" on CNN Headline News Channel and "Political Update with Paul Lisnek," and is the theatre correspondent for "Prime Time Chicago," all on CN100, the Comcast Network where he interviews leading political, social and entertainment figures. He is also the political analyst for WGN-TV, seen on the morning and noon news. Paul has been a frequent guest on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360º, and has been featured on NBC Nightly News "In His Own Words" segment as well as "Today Show" and Court TV (now Tru TV). He was seen as a jury expert in M-TV's special on the R Kelly case and as a local host for HG-TV's "House Hunters-Chicago Edition." He serves as an on-air legal analyst for "Canada AM" and "The Verdict with Paula Todd," on CTV, Canada's leading national television network. Recently, Paul was guest host for "House Hunters-Chicago Edition" on HGTV. He is also an on-air legal expert for several radio stations across the country, including NPR's Talk of the Nation.

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Milt Wilcox

Milton Edward Wilcox was a pitcher who had a sixteen year career from 1970–1975, 1977–1986. He played for the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs both of the National League and the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners all of the American League. He won a World Series title with the Tigers in 1984. With Detroit, he was a reliable and effective third starter in the rotation for years, consistently giving his team six and more innings each start. This kept the Tigers well into each game for the relief corp and complemented Jack Morris and Dan Petry well who were power pitchers and considered the aces. His 17 wins in 1984 was extremely important in the Tigers run to their World Championship that year. (Morris won 19, Petry 18 that year.) He also pitched two masterful games in that year's ALCS and World Series, winning both. That year he also started his season going 6-0. This was not duplicated by a Tiger pitcher for 23 years until 2007 when Jeremy Bonderman equaled it. He now trains his dogs to do dock jumping and owns Ultimate Air Dogs, a national dock jumping organization.

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