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Mission II sitting before NIUs game against Maine last September.

NIU… It’s time for a new mascot name

By Derek Bos, Opinion Columnist | September 21, 2022

Mission II, “Mission” for short. Mini Mish. These are all the same dog. In the name of sports fans, dog fans and long-suffering media editors, please NIU: No Mission III!  Lisa Boland, trainer of Mission I and II, has confirmed that NIU has elected...

Tails of the week: Scooby

Tails of the week: Scooby

By Courtesy Tails | October 23, 2019

Big Dog Lovers take notice! I'm only 6 months old and already weigh 55#s!! My name is Scooby. I'm a great pup, have fantastic ears, and am loving, playful and kind. Before coming to Tails I lived with older children and 2 little dogs and was good with...

Pet of the week: Stormy

Pet of the week: Stormy

By Courtesy Steve and Cathy Sawallisch | October 17, 2019

Owner: Steve and Cathy SawallischName: StormyBreed: Border CollieFavorite treat: Antything, especially my parents’ leftoversFavorite activities: Escaping and terrorizing all the other dogs in my neighborhood; playing ball and frisbee; playing with my...

TAILS of the Week: Ace

TAILS of the Week: Ace

By Courtesy of TAILS | October 9, 2019

Hi! I'm Ace and I have a question for you! Do you like sweet kisses, soft puppy ears, soulful brown eyes and waggily tails? Are you looking for an older puppy who is ready to please and eager to learn? If you answered yes, then I'm the pup for you! I'm...

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Purebred Misconception: Consider Canine Adoption

By Sarah Fischer | November 26, 2018

It’s no secret, humans love dogs. They’re loyal, full of unconditional love and we treat them as part of our own family. Sometimes it’s difficult to determine the best way to purchase a dog, though. There are so many sellers to choose from, a plethora...

Dos and Donts of Adopting a Dog in College

Do’s and Don’ts of Adopting a Dog in College

By Samantha Manahan | September 18, 2017

College is a place where you can feel alone... like elbow-deep in a tub of cookie dough ice-cream on a Friday night alone. What better way to soak up your loneliness than getting a four-legged, tail-wagging and face-licking furry friend. However, when...

Adopt-a-Pet of the Week: Bailey

By Northern Star staff | April 4, 2017

This week's adopt-a-pet of the week is Bailey. Those interested can adopt him from Tails Humane Society, 2250 Barber Greene Road. Bailey: Hi there! My name is Bailey and I'd like to be your new BFF! I have some great credentials. I'm friendly smart,...

DeKalb dog park, accepting of all breeds

DeKalb dog park, accepting of all breeds

By AJ Edwards | January 15, 2014

On Dec. 20, the DeKalb Park District opened up the city’s long-awaited dog park at Katz Park on Dresser Road.Since its opening I have yet to visit the dog park with my miniature Pinscher, Buzz, and find it empty. I have always seen it full of dogs of...

Pit bull gains superhero persona

By Linze Griebenow | April 8, 2012

Bruce Wayne: Tamer of hearts, commander of street justice, sniffer of butts. He’s not quite the suave, hyper-vigilant master of mixed martial arts most of us grew up with. He’s my dog, and he’s a pit bull. Holy heartworm, Batman! From the moment...

Living in DeKalb comes at a price; be safe

By Dan Martynowicz | April 2, 2012

When a screaming man who appears to be under the influence of methamphetamine walks into your home on a Sunday afternoon, you reassess the “need” vs “want” ratio in your life. For example, I used to “want” a dog. Now, thanks to meth mouth...

Letter to the editor: TAILS story should not wary those looking to adopt pets

October 25, 2011

In response to the article about pets from shelters, I would like to emphasize that one solitary adoption in no way represents adopting from an animal shelter as a whole. I adopted a dog from TAILS in DeKalb last September and, sure, he has gotten sick...

An NIU Police officer stands with Kazan, one of the oldest members of the NIU Police K-9 Unit.

K-9 Unit provides a ‘peace of mind’ to NIU

By Amy Kreeger | November 9, 2010

A big German Shepherd is chasing a tennis ball thrown by his owner. This dog walks along side the police everyday, sniffing out law violations and danger. Watching him play fetch, one wouldn't think he's one of the top NIU Police dogs. "Good boy," NIU...