Monthly Archives: November 2012

These Great Pets Deserve a Second Look

This month we are highlighting some great pets who have been at the Roscommon County Animal Shelter for too long. It is through no fault of their own that they have been overlooked. Whether it’s because they are older, need a little extra training or patience, are perceived as the “wrong” breed or they just don’t show well in a shelter environment, they deserve a second look and a chance to spend their lives with loving families. Please take a look at these special pets and share the link with your friends.


Almost hairless and scared to death of everything, Bulls Eye came to Roscommon in March. He had no idea what life was all about. This guy obviously had never felt grass beneath his feet as he was terrified to step off of the cement step into the play yard. After many months of assuring him it was okay, the shelter staff now has him walking like a trooper on a leash, playing with other animals and giving kisses. Bulls Eye is still leary of strangers but will warm up quickly with some patience and love. Bulls Eye is around a year and a half old, neutered and up to date on routine vaccines. Bulls Eye is waiting for his Christmas Miracle, a kind and loving family that will accept his shyness and give him a loving forever home. The shelter staff thinks that Bulls Eye is a Spaniel/Terrier Mix. This boy aims to please and his gentleness and well mannered personality is a winner. Please give Bulls Eye a second chance at life. He is well worth it. Continue reading


The Holiday Hound Project Kicks off Friday, November 23rd to Help Feed Local Pets

Holiday Hound is an annual program that helps provide meals to pets around the holidays. The purpose of this program is to assist families who have fallen upon hard times. Several area businesses are participating in this event by having collection boxes for people who want to donate dog and cat food, as well as treats, collars, harnesses, leashes and kitty litter.

Local businesses involved include Bowsers By The Bay (Elk Rapids), Aunt Tara’s Creative Canine Solutions (past the windmill on M72), Northwoods Animal Hospital (Grawn), Benzie Pets (Benzonia, next to the Ace Hardware), BAM (Books a Million) in Traverse City and Great Lakes Pet Memorial in Traverse City.

Collection ends December 17th. Donations can also be made at Banfield The Pet Hospital as well by participating in their giving tree. Holiday Hound is still taking names and numbers of families and individuals who need assistance during the holiday season with pet food and supplies. You can call them at 231-645-0394 or email them at through December 14th to sign up.

Pet-Safe Holiday Food and Decorations

From the Home Again Website…

Celebrate this time of year with your dog or cat — but keep your pets safe by knowing about these seasonal hazards.

Being surrounded by the pets we love is one of the joys of the holiday season. If yours enjoys the excitement and the company, include him or her in the festivities while keeping them safe.

As a conscientous pet owner, you already know that certain foods pose a danger to pets’ health. Holiday decorations can also imperil. By being aware of these seasonal hazards, you can protect your pets from situations that cause harm.

Click here for the rest of the article.

Your adult cat: what to expect

By Dave Stephenson
Photo credit: Holly Granken/MoonDragon Art & Photography

Kittens and younger cats get a lot of attention from their owners, which is just as it should be, since all pets thrive when they are loved and looked after.  As cats grow towards adulthood they become more settled, and develop their own little routines and preferences.  That said, felines are naturally independent animals and tend to choose to interact with humans precisely when it suits them.  Older cats will need extra attention, though, and a few simple regular tasks will help owners keep an eye on their health and well-being. Continue reading

Important Tips for Kitten Care

by Dave Stephenson

So the exciting moment has arrived and a new kitten is destined to come home.  The adventure begins the moment the new arrival is picked up.  If it is to be a happy and mutually endearing relationship, it pays for the new owner to take a few steps to make sure the kitten is as comfortable and settled as possible during the initial journey home and its early days in a new household.  A little tender, loving care will help the kitten establish a routine and familiarize itself with the environment with little or no trouble. Continue reading

Some Advice Just in Time for the Holidays…Don’t Take Your Stress Out On Your Pets

By: Stanley Popovich

Everybody deals with stress and anxiety, however some people sometimes take it out on their pets. Instead of taking your problems and frustrations out on your pets or other animals, here is a list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their stress, anxieties, and fears.

When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with anxiety, the first thing you can do is to break the task into a series of smaller steps. For example, changing careers can be a stressful situation. In order to help manage this task, try to divide this goal into a series of smaller steps and do each of these tasks one at a time. Completing these smaller tasks one at a time will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances of success. This is a lot more effective then taking your frustrations out on your pet. Continue reading

Great Lakes Pet Memorial’s Facebook “Like” Campaign earns AC PAW $433!

It’s not easy to get tons of “likes” on a facebook page these days. With so much of the social media site cluttered with advertising and excessive posting by some companies, it’s hard to know if your ‘Like’ actually matters.

Rather than begging their followers to share their page, Great Lakes Pet Memorial in Traverse City wanted to make the campaign mean something. “Nothing is more important to me than helping homeless animals in my local community” says Kerri Collier, owner of GLPMC. “I thought it would be a great way to give back and gain likes at the same time! AC PAW was gracious enough to support the idea.” for the entire month of October, every “New Like” earned $1 for local rescue group AC PAW. When it was all said and done AC PAW had earned $433!

“We are so thankful for the kindness offered by Kerri and Great Lakes Pet Memorial. With the help of 433 fans in the Facebook community and the resulting generous donations by Great Lakes Pet Memorial, we will be able to save three animals. These donations will help with the spaying/neutering and vaccinations to help three unwanted or homeless animals have a second chance at life.” says Erin Monigold, AC PAW Social Media Volunteer.

Animal Rescuers from all over the World Come Together in Las Vegas to Learn How to Save More Pets at the Best Friends Conference

The reason to attend the Best Friends Animal Society’s No More Homeless Pets National Conference hit me like a ton of bricks on the ride back from visiting their sanctuary at Angel Canyon in Kanab, Utah last week. There was a group of about 40 of us who decided to visit the sanctuary ahead of the conference. On Monday, October 22nd, we boarded a bus from the hotel “Rio” in Las Vegas and headed east. Continue reading

Michigan Animal Welfare Groups Learn How to Make the No Kill Philosophy a Reality

The second annual Michigan Pet Fund Alliance “Getting to the Goal” No-kill Conference took place in September in Lansing recently. I was lucky enough to attend this year and it was definitely worth the trip from Traverse City. Individuals and groups from all over Michigan came together to network and participate in sessions to learn more about the no-kill movement and how to save more pets. I met directors of animal shelters, rescue group volunteers and people who were interested in getting started in animal rescue, including a woman who was interested in starting a meet-up group to help feral cats. Continue reading

Traverse City’s Dog Park Grand Opening a Huge Success!

by Kerri Collier
Great Lakes Pet Memorial & Crematory
The grand opening of Traverse City’s first dog park took place last Saturday and was a Barkin’ good time for everyone involved! It is estimated that over 250 people attended the grand opening celebration of the dog park. There were lots of great vendors, a ribbon cutting, and a Halloween costume contest! Continue reading