From Feathers To Fur: Pets Good For Business

Is a dog an effective marketing strategy for a women’s clothing store? What if that dog was an adorable little pug named Simon?

Simon wasn’t any part of shop owner Tracey Gabel’s business plan for Relish, the store she opened in Traverse City’s Warehouse District in 2012, but he’s the best thing to ever happen to her marketing strategy.

“I do a lot on social media, and I’ll post an outfit and it’ll get some likes,” says Gabel. “And then I’ll post a picture of Simon and the outfit, and the likes triple.”

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Six Dangerous Thanksgiving Foods for Pets

It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means an abundance of delicious food. However, many food items that people enjoy aren’t healthy for pets to consume. This is important to remember during holiday meals, when dogs and cats beg for table scraps and guests might fall for those cute faces. To ensure your pets remain healthy this Thanksgiving, below are six dishes to keep away from your pets. Be sure to inform your family and dinner guests about these potentially toxic or dangerous foods so they do not feed them to your pets. [By: Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency] For more info. click here.

Detroit Animal Control Looking for Rescues and Animal Shelters Who Are Willing to Save Dogs

From Pet Fund Alliance

Positive changes have just begun under the leadership of Mayor Duggan for the homeless cats and dogs in Detroit.  For the first time in years, dogs and puppies were allowed to be transferred to licensed shelters and adopted by non-profit rescues from the shelterThis was a momentous victory, but only the first step of many more to come.  For example, cat transfers started last week.  Continue reading

Enjoying Autumn With Your Dog

The heat and humidity levels have lessened. The days are getting shorter. The air is crisp. Leaves are turning to their fall colors. You survived the dog days of summer. Autumn revives your interest in being outside again. Go and take your dog with you. Exercise is good for your dog all year long, but it is more fun when it cools down. Most dogs love good vigorous hikes so he can use up some of his energy and discover new smells. Pick a hiking trail where the two of you can wander for a few hours. Be sure to take along plenty of snacks and water for both of you. Start with a short hike and progress to longer ones as he develops some endurance.

Most parks and hiking trails require that dogs be kept on a leash. If they are permitted to run loose, don’t let your dog be without his leash unless you are absolutely positive he will come promptly when called. Bring some baggies to clean up after him. If you have an older dog or a very young one who isn’t up to a long hike there is nothing wrong with doing a short one. Be sure that he is current on all flea and tick medications. Hiking trails and parks are perfect places for him to pick up tick and fleas. Click here for the rest of the story.

New Bill Hopes to Curb Inhumane Puppy Mill Operations

Last year, a bill was introduced in Lansing that would rein in irresponsible pet breeders to hopefully improve conditions for animals and pet buyers. But that bill died in the Senate during a lame-duck session. It’s a new year, and Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, is giving the effort another go by introducing the Large Scale Commercial Dog Breeder Act, also known as House bill 4898, sponsored by the Michigan Humane Society. For more on the story, click here.

To read the bill and find out where it stands, click here.

Animal Shelter Updates from Michigan Pet Fund Alliance

Genesee County Animal Control is making progress now that new management is in place. Animals are now being spayed/neutered before adoption, but there is still work to be done. Listen to an interview by Tom Sumner of WKUF 94.3 FM with Roberta Angelo and Leann Earns of GRACE here.

Humane Society of Macomb County has responded to community protests by collaborating with rescue groups, making shelter improvements, changing adoption policies, and more.  Michigan Pet Fund Alliance and award-winning Humane Society of Huron Valley have willingly offered guidance and recommendations for changes. Read the latest coverage here.

If you are part of a rescue group willing to take animals from Humane Society of Macomb, apply here.

Thank you, Michigan Pet Fund Alliance, for the updates!

Arrest Made After Kitten Found Spray Painted, Abused – and Cat Finds New Home

Sheriff Don Schneider reports that the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in the animal cruelty case where a cat was sprayed with orange-red spray paint and its tail severely injured resulting in amputation. Paul Wicker, of Boyne City was arrested October 22, 2015 when a misdemeanor warrant for animal cruelty, which carries a 93 day, $1,000 fine, and community service, and a felony warrant for witness intimidation, which carries a maximum of 15 years and/or $25,000 fine, was issued by Prosecuting Allen Telgenhof.

The individual was arraigned by the 90th District Court Magistrate and bond was set for $50,000.

This crime was solved by the media exposure that generated a magnitude of citizens’ response to this heinous crime. Several citizens came forward to provide Sheriff’s Office with leads to solve the case which touched the hearts of many people.

For more on the story, click here.


Murphy finished recovering at the Charlevoix County Humane Society and has now gone home to a family. Click here for the story.

Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes New K9 Member

There’s a new deputy in town that happens to be an 18-month-old German Shepherd! The German Shepherd, named Ezo, is from the Czech Republic. Deputy Benjamin Speigl recently returned from four weeks of intensive K9 handling with Ezo. Click here for the rest of the story.

Missaukee Humane Society Gets Grant for Storage Garage

missaukee garage

The Missaukee Humane Society has unveiled their newest addition – a much needed 24′ x 40′ garage, thanks to a $15,000 grant from an anonymous foundation. The garage will be used for storage and also host events like the garage sale.

Breed Discrimination Bill Passes Michigan Senate and Referred to House Committee

Michigan State Senator David Robertson of Grand Blanc has sponsored Senate Bill 239 to outlaw breed discrimination in the state of Michigan. The bill has passed the Senate and was referred to a House Committee. The bill prohibits a local unit of government from enacting an ordinance or rule that regulates a dog based solely on breed, perceived breed or type.

To aid in getting this bill passed, Best Friends Animal Society has hired a lobbyist and they are all working very closely with the Make Michigan Next coalition members. Please follow the Make Michigan Next Facebook page on who and when to contact your legislators to get this bill passed.

Branch County Commissioners Holding Firm on Animal Control Gas Chamber

The Branch County Board of Commissioners is not budging on the county’s continued use of a gas chamber to euthanize stray dogs even though a half dozen state and national animal rights groups had speakers show up at yesterday’s county board meeting pleading to have the machine shutdown. Virginia Holden from Berrien County told the Commission they need to question why only seven other states have animal gas chambers and why in the recent past all Michigan counties, with the exception of Branch, have decided not to use a gas chamber. Click here for the rest of the story.

Northern Michigan Author Publishes Children’s Book About a Farm Dog

After her husband Vic was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Northern Michigan author Mary Lynn Swiderski began writing down his life’s stories. Together, before his death, they published a children’s book, Barney the Farm Dog: A True Story to share the tales of Vic and his dog. A portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the Michigan Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In 1970, when Vic was 18, his parents bought Brewer Farm in Leonard, Michigan. The historical landmark is a centennial farm, and Vic helped his parents work the fields and tend to the animals. Barney, a Saint Bernard, came to the farm a year later.  For the rest of the story, please click here.


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