Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Second Annual “Straw for Warmth” Project Has Started

After the long winter and cold blast last year, 45th Parallel Pets is proud to be sponsoring the 2nd Annual Straw for Warmth Project in Leelanau County along with Hillside Feed & Supply and Tails-A-Wag’n Pet Services! This event is designed to provide low income families and their companion animals with one bale of straw free of charge. It is based on a first come, first serve basis. It is designed to help animals during the 2014-2015 winter season.


Why straw? It has proved that the presence of straw inside and outside the dog house perimeter provides much needed warmth, comfort, and security for domestic pets. Straw is also available for other companion animals kept outdoors for the winter; one bale per low-income family. Essential care of outdoor animals involves food, water, and warmth. It isn’t just dogs – it’s dogs, cats, or any critter that’s living outdoors on the small animal scale.

You can drop off or pick up straw any time at Hillside Feed and Supply in Suttons Bay throughout the 2014/2015 winter. They will take and give away donations at any time for anyone in need of straw, and if you would like to give monetary donations they will use it to purchase straw. They are located at 3040 S. Center Highway, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.

If you’d like more information on the 2nd Annual Straw for Warmth Project of Leelanau County, please contact us at 45th Parallel Pet Services or Hillside Feed & Supply.


Clare County Animal Shelter Nearly Empty After Adoption Campaign

A single bark couldn’t be heard in the Clare County Animal Shelter Monday afternoon. That’s because there are only two dogs and eight cats left at the shelter, thanks to a pet adoption campaign. Isabella County Animal Control Officer Lori Smith thought of the campaign late November and shared the idea with the animal shelters in Gladwin and Clare counties. They aimed to empty out the respective animal shelters by Christmas. Click here for the rest of the story.

Cat Rescue Needs Help While Founder in the Hospital

Shelly Olree, founder and director of the S.O.S. Shelter, is currently in the hospital. She has been on a ventilator and her progress can be followed on the S.O.S. Facebook page. She is doing better but still has a long recovery ahead of her.

Hannah is available for adoption

Hannah is available for adoption

S.O.S. (Shelly Orlee’s Shelter) is in Hillman, about two hours northeast of Traverse City and a 25 minute drive west from Alpena. This cat rescue group was started in 2008 and is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization. They have saved hundreds of cats and kittens and the committed volunteers have stepped up to take care of the cats and the organization in Shelly’s absence. They rescue cats from death row as well as take in owner surrenders and strays. S.O.S. is a four-room no-kill shelter that is home to approximately 25-30 cats at any given time. Their mission is to make a difference, one animal at a time. Continue reading

Microchipping Your Pet Will Help Animal Rescue Group


New Business Dresses up Traverse City Pets in Stylish Bandanas

There’s a new business in Traverse City that will make your dog or cat the talk of the town as they display their swagger around the neighborhood. Pup North is a local company that has designed and printed five screenprinted bandanas right from Traverse City. This high-quality apparel is exclusively for Michigan’s four-legged explores who need to stay one stylish paw ahead of the neighbor dog who is outfitted in holiday costumes, tutus and rhinestone necklaces.

Pup North collection

Pup North will be introducing stickers of their most popular design, the ‘Michigan Paw’ within the next couple weeks. They are also currently sourcing and testing some other products — including tote bags, leashes, dog shirts, and new bandana designs — which they plan to introduce as the summer season approaches.

Co-founders Rachel Tompkins and Lauren Maxwell, both designers at Britten Studios in Traverse City, started the company on November 7th, combining their love of Northern Michigan and pets into a business that no one else has pursued. Their website and online store has gotten a great response from Michiganders all over the state who are looking for Michigan-made holiday gifts for furry friends. Their products can be purchased at Suhm-Thing in downtown Traverse City as well as at their sister store in Birmingham. They have also been selected to be part of’s holiday popup shop.


Helping Tompkins and Maxwell them with their business planning and strategizing are their four-legged assistants. Tompkins has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Barley and Maxwell has two Puggles, Cormac and Maddy. Lauren says that all three are spoiled and seem to love living in Northern Michigan as much as their moms.

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2015 Animal Rescue Calendars Available


It’s that time of year again when the animal rescue groups get their calendars printed in time for everyone to buy Christmas gifts for friends and family – and themselves! Here is the rundown on what is available:


AC PAW has two calendars available – both a cat calendar and a dog calendar. They are $12.00 and available at their weekend adoptions at PetSmart, The Copy Shop, D.O.G. Bakery, Banfield Pet Hospital, Pets Naturally, Animal Medical Center of Traverse City, Elk Rapids Animal Hospital, Riverfront Pizza & Specialties of Glen Arbor, Bowsers by the Bay (dog calendars only), Companion Animal Hospital, Clarke-Everett Dog & Cat Hospital, Bay Area Pet Hospital, Grand Traverse Veterinary Hospital, Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital and Northwood Animal Hospital.

Missaukee Humane Society

You can get a Missaukee Humane Society calendar for $10 online here or at the shelter. You can also pick them up at Meyer Veterinary Clinic.

Horse North Rescue

The Horse North Rescue calendars are $10 and can be picked up at Brookside Vet in Kingsley.

Cadillac Dog Park Plans Moving Ahead

The group that is working on bringing a dog park to Cadillac has finalized their site selection. They have chosen the property just off 13th street, located on the abandoned city well field. They are currently approaching funding sources to fund the main phases of the park which will cost $25,000. After building the initial park, they hope to add another park for small breed dogs and possibly a section for agility training. If you are interested in joining the dog park group, email Bill here.

Peace Ranch Continues to Help People and Horses with Improvements

Thanks to the generosity of community members and businesses, Peace Ranch continues to rescue and rehabilitate horses and people with recent improvements to the property. Executive Director, Jackie Kaschel, says that it’s been an exciting year with the Ezekiel Garden, New Horse Shelter and the New Volunteer Cabin.

Peace Ranch is a center for growth & learning where experiential therapies, including equine assisted, are provided for children, adults, youth, families, couples, and groups. They are located on Hoosier Valley Road in Traverse City.

Photo credit: PEACE Ranch Facebook page.

Photo credit: PEACE Ranch Facebook page.

Volunteers help enclose the Girrbach shelter. Photo credit: PEACE Ranch Facebook page.

Volunteers help enclose the Girrbach shelter. Photo credit: PEACE Ranch Facebook page.

The new Horse Shelter and Volunteer Cabin will help in the facility’s growth so they can better meet the needs of the horses and humans they serve. Both were paid for by private donors. The horse shelter was built on-site with materials donated by the Girrbachs with help from volunteers. Continue reading

Santa and the Border Collie – A Heartwarming Short Story Just in Time for Christmas



I was recently recommended to take a look at the books of Leland Dirks and because my time is limited with Christmas and volunteering activities the last two months of the year, I decided to download Santa and the Border Collie onto my Kindle. It was advertised as a short story (about 5,000 words) and only cost me 99¢ which was another incentive. I love dog and cat books with Christmas themes and was able to finish this one pretty quick in one sitting. It didn’t disappoint.

The story is about a homeless boy and his dog, Sam, who meet a man named Nick who dresses up as Santa Claus. They both “work” the same street, asking generous people to contribute to their causes. They all become friends and end up much better off from being in each others lives.


Dirks and his dog, Angelo, are the official writers on record for Santa and the Border Collie. They live in Colorado in their off-grid home with two other furry family members. Pet Friends Magazine was lucky enough to have the opportunity to interview Angelo about his life as an aspiring writer and canine internet star… Continue reading