Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Beggar Dogs of Cherryland Humane Society and Their Mysterious Beginnings

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You’ve seen them all around Traverse City. Ceramic Beggar Dogs. Some people have seen them for 20 or 30 years and others have been collecting the money from them for 20 or 30 years. The Beggar Dogs are ceramic dogs that are sitting on the counters of Traverse City businesses that collect donations for the Cherryland Humane Society (CHS).

Meet Marilyn Jensen. She is a long-time volunteer with the Beggar Dog Program. She’s been on a Beggar Dog “route”, collecting donations from the dogs for so long she’s not exactly sure when she started. Her best guess is that she started doing the route about 20 or 25 years ago. Being a dog lover, she volunteered with CHS not long after she moved to Traverse City from Pennsylvania, even being on the board for a short time. Jensen has had three dogs who all came from Humane Societies and all lived very long lives. Her last dog, a Beagle, helped her get through the loss of her husband and she credits him for keeping up her spirits and helping her to go on with life. The Beagle died in 2009 and the circumstances haven’t been right for her to get another dog. Instead, she babysits her friends dogs when they are away and she travels the Beggar Dog route once a month to help the dogs at CHS.

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Jensen has about 20 stops on her route – party stores, grocery stores, card shops, restaurants, fudge shops and many other kinds of businesses. She says, “I have one restaurant that put all of their tips into the Beggar Dog which is one of my better stops.” She wishes that more businesses would participate and realize how all of those quarters and dimes can add up to help animals in need. There are 14 other volunteers besides Jensen who go around the city collecting the donations from the Beggar Dog. Continue reading

Animal Related Election Results

Wexford County – Animal control millage was passed

Crawford County – Animal control millage was passed

Genesee County – Animal control millage was passed and two new animal-friendly commissioners won their elections. Mark Young (District 5) and Bryant Nolden (District 1) who won their elections and will join Jamie Curtis (District 3), Tony Brown (District 6), and Mike Lynch (District 7) in efforts to make a difference to animals at Genesee County Animal Control.

Seven Horses Removed from Petoskey Farm, Owner Accused of Cruelty

Seven horses have been removed from an Emmet County farm and the owner of the horses has been charged with animal cruelty. Volunteers from Second Chance Ranch and Rescue worked with Emmet County Animal Control to get the seven horses from the Petoskey farm. They have been brought to different locations to get vet care.

Executive Director of Second Chance Ranch and Rescue, Pamela Graves is currently taking care of three of the seven horses rescued from a farm in Petoskey. Click here for the rest of the story.

Dog Food Donations Needed After Tragedy in Kalkaska

Roady at the Kalkaska Winter Fest - photo from Northern Great Lakes Weight Pullers FB page

Roady at the Kalkaska Winter Fest – photo from Northern Great Lakes Weight Pullers FB page

Due to a horrible tragedy in Kalkaska the Kalkaska County Animal Control has taken in the pets of widow, Shirley Webber, while her house is being processed as a crime scene. Her husband and daughter were killed in a double homicide this week.

Stephanie’s Rescue is helping to care for these animals and area rescue groups and shelters in the area have taken in other Kalkaska Animal Control dogs to make space for the Webber dogs. Organizations stepping up and helping out Kalkaska include Missaukee Humane Society, Handds to the Rescue, Roscommon County Animal Shelter and the Wexford County Animal Shelter. Continue reading

PetSmart Taking Over Santa Photos Fundraiser From Local Rescue Groups

Photo taken by AC PAW during 2013 Santa Photos at PetSmart

Photo taken by AC PAW during 2013 Santa Photos at PetSmart

When a local rescue organization had me do a flyer for Santa photos at a different location in town and not the usual PetSmart location because they could no longer participate in this fundraiser, I started doing some research to see if this is a national change with PetSmart and unfortunately it is.

For years, rescue groups who adopt out of PetSmart (and some who don’t) were able to come in and do “Santa Photos” for a few weekends in December at PetSmart. The logistics often varied – sometimes PetSmart had a Santa suit, sometimes they didn’t; usually PetSmart provided the camera and printer but not always; hours changed; rules changed; what kind of photos allowed (digital or prints) changed… but what didn’t change was that the rescue groups were able to use this as a fundraiser every year, providing volunteer Santas and elves to bring good cheer to local PetSmart shoppers, introduce them to their organization and receive donations to help save more cats and dogs. The Santa photos were a collaboration between PetSmart and the local rescue groups, as PetSmart Charities received money from the fundraiser as well in the form of selling photo frames with the picture package. Continue reading

Roscommon County Animal Shelter Needs Help with Luna’s Surgery

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Luna is an Aussie mix who was surrendered to the Roscommon County Animal Shelter this past week. She arrived at the shelter with a limp so she was taken to the vet for x-rays. The nice doctor told the shelter that her leg/elbow had been broken and that she will need surgery. They sent her x-rays to a special bone doctor and he says it has healed crooked and that they don’t believe surgery will correct the problem, so her leg will need to be amputated! It sounds scary but they assured the shelter that it will be okay, and Luna will still be able to run and play like other dogs. The shelter does not have a lot of money to help Luna with her surgery so Luna is hoping that some of you “NICE PEOPLE” out there could send some donations her way to help her! If you can help Luna, please send the donations to the Roscommon County Animal Shelter at 1110 Short Drive, Prudenville, MI 48651 and please put “Luna’s Fund” in the memo so they know that it is for her.

Internet Cat Video Festival and Visit by Lil BUB Raises $1162 for Cherryland Humane Society

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Thanks to an invitation by Pet Sitters Network North, I was able to go to the Internet Cat Video Festival on November 5th and also participate in a meet and greet with internet cat sensation Lil BUB.

Left to right: Sara Smith, Furry Godmother; Susan Gibbons, Sara's Legacy Pet Sitters LLC; Roberta Werkema, K92Equine; Jennifer Loup, Canis Major Pet Sitting; Bub Bridavsky, Bub's Dad; Lil Bub; Martha Bautel, Happy Howels Pet Sitting; Jennifer Sepell, Under My Woof; Marsha Wheaton, Dog Mom At Your Service; Laurie Conney, 45th Parallel Pet Sitting.

Left to right: Sara Smith, Furry Godmother; Susan Gibbons, Sara’s Legacy Pet Sitters LLC; Roberta Werkema, K92Equine; Jennifer Loup, Canis Major Pet Sitting; Bub Bridavsky, Bub’s Dad; Lil Bub; Martha Bautel, Happy Howels Pet Sitting; Jennifer Sepell, Under My Woof; Marsha Wheaton, Dog Mom At Your Service; Laurie Conney, 45th Parallel Pet Sitting.

The event raised $2,162 with $1,162 of that going to Cherryland Humane Society and $1,000 towards the Lil BUB Big Fund for special needs pets. Overall, the Lil BUB Big Fund has raised over $75,000 since being created in February of this year. Continue reading

AC PAW Feral Cat Food Drive Being Held During Adopt-a-Thon

photo credit: Kathy Doucette

photo credit: Kathy Doucette

AC PAW Animal Rescue is holding a Feral Cat Food Drive during PetSmart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend. If you would like to donate dry or canned food to help our feral communities, donations can be dropped off during their adoption hours this weekend – Friday, November 14th from 6 to 8 pm; Saturday, November 15th from 11 am to 6 pm and Sunday, November 16th from 11 am to 4 pm.

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Some of the foods they like to feed their feral cats are Purina One, Purina Pro Plan, and PetSmart’s Authority Cat Food. All donations will be deeply appreciated. It is going to be a long cold winter for these cats. They are helping to provide shelters to keep the kitties warm and they are hoping you will help provide the food to keep them from starving.

Call to Action on Grant’s Bill to End the Use of Gas Chambers in Michigan Animal Shelters

Although Grant had offers from rescue groups to be saved, he was killed in a gas chamber by St. Joseph County Animal Control in 2008.

Although Grant had offers from rescue groups to be saved, he was killed in a gas chamber by St. Joseph County Animal Control in 2008.

Grant’s Bill, SB 354 to end gas chamber use in Michigan shelters is still sitting in the House Committee on Local Government. If your Representative is a member of that committee (which includes Reps. Amanda Price, Dave Pagel, Kevin Daley, Ray Franz, Peter Pettalia, Pat Somerville, Bruce Rendon, Joseph Graves, Woodrow Stanley, Brian Banks, Alberta Talabi, and Robert Kosowski) please call her or his office to politely request that they support SB 354 when it is heard again in their committee. You can find your Representatives and their contact info at http://house.mi.gov/MHRPublic/, and more info about Grant’s Bill is at http://michigandersforshelterpets.org/grants-bill/.

Currently, there are four animal shelters in Michigan who still use the gas chamber: Berrien County Animal Control, Branch County Animal Control, Cass County Animal Control and Van Buren County Animal Control.

A Star is Born – Tucker Cameron: From Cardboard Box to Red Carpet

Muffin Top: A Love Story Movie Screening Comes to Traverse City, Starring Tucker Cameron

Photo credits: Cathryn Michon and Muffin Top Facebook pages

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Pet Friends Magazine was excited and honored to be able to catch up with busy canine movie star Tucker Cameron in the middle of the movie tour for Muffin-Top: A Love Story which will be screening in Traverse City on Thursday, November 6th. The movie, which also stars his mom, Cathryn Michon, is a romantic comedy about body image that says you can find true love if you love yourself first, flaws and all. The movie’s promotion and touring of 12 premiere cities was funded by a KickStarter campaign in November of 2013.
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Internet Cat Video Festival Coming to Traverse City

Lil BUB. Photo credit: Lil BUB Facebook page.

Lil BUB. Photo credit: Lil BUB Facebook page.

No matter how many cute cat internet videos you watch, sometimes it’s just not enough. The State Theatre in Traverse City has a solution for you – The Internet Cat Video Festival on Wednesday, November 5th at 6 pm. Tickets are $10 and the festival is the first offline celebration of online cat videos. Sponsored by The Animal Planet, the festival is a live event, gathering cat fanatics to watch a curated collection of kitty clips – from six second Vine videos to shorts and everything in between. The movie includes “Cat Rides Sheep,” “Willie Is Better Than Your Cat” (a Traverse City cat star and “The Cat is Sat” which will be introduced by Pet Sitters Network North, a local sponsor of the event. There will be drama, comedy, and, of course, action-adventure to fill up 80 minutes of screen time.

This festival is a special presentation of the Walker Arts Center’s world-renowned touring festival featuring the world’s most beloved and inspiring celebrity feline, Lil BUB. Lil BUB will be making a special guest appearance at the festival. There will also be an exclusive meet and greet with Lil BUB prior to the start of the festival at a special ticket rate. Continue reading