Service Dogs: Think Before You Pet

Every day Traverse City Books-A-Million employee, Beka Wilkinson clocks into work with her service dog, Zola. Zola helps make Beka’s day manageable, that is when respected properly. Years ago Beka was diagnosed with a brain injury that resulted in severe anxiety and occasional breakdowns. Until she met Zola.

“I get very shaky and she’ll alert to that and then she does deep pressure therapy,” says Beka.

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DNA Saves Michigan Dog From Death Penalty

Jeb, a much-loved service dog for an elderly man, was locked up in animal control when the judge’s verdict came in: He would be put to death for killing a neighbor’s dog. Jeb’s owners, Penny and Kenneth Job of St. Clair, Michigan, couldn’t believe that their sweet Jeb, the same gentle dog who helps Ken get up when he falls down, who lives peacefully with three other dogs, seven cats and a coopful of chickens, could ever harm another living being. Click here for the rest of the story.

Help Michigan’s Animal Shelters with the Animal Welfare Fund

from Attorneys for Animals


You can help animals and animal shelters when filing your Michigan taxes this year. It’s easy: go to line 22 of MI 1040; get Form 4642; choose Option 4.

What is the Animal Welfare Fund?

The AWF is a pool of money funded by voluntary contributions of Michigan’s taxpayers that provides grants to shelters to:

· Increase the number of Michigan dogs and cats who are sterilized before adoption

· Fund anti-cruelty and proper care programs for the public

· Provide anti-cruelty training for staff of, and equipment for, animal shelters Continue reading

Honey the Golden Retriever Gets a Second Chance in Children’s Book


The children’s book “Honey’s Second Chance” by Brandy Herr is a well-illustrated and moving story about a Golden Retriever named Honey who spent a large number of her early years tied up to a tree. Over time, Honey got more and more depressed and would sleep a lot. One day, she was taken to an animal shelter and they decided to call a rescue group to come and get her so that she could recover and find a new home. Honey’s collar had dug more and more into her skin as she grew bigger and the rescue group Second Chance Farm got rid of the collar, nursed her back to health and got her ready to find a new home. Continue reading

Family Offering $2000 for the Safe Return of their Dog After Exhaustive Search


It’s every dog owner’s worse nightmare – one of their family dogs runs away and they are still heartbroken and without their pet weeks later. Amy Dutton and her family have been looking for their 8-year-old Golden Retriever, Nick, since January 11th when he ran off with his 10-year-old Chocolate Lab dog brother, Remi. The dogs ran off about 5 pm on Wednesday, January 11th, when they were let out to go to the bathroom, in the Fife Lake area, on East County Line Road – an area that divides Grand Traverse County and Wexford County – the southeast part of Grand Traverse County.

Remi was found three days later in Manton by two hunters. Dutton said he would have had to cross the Manistee  River to get to where he was found. Unfortunately, Nick is still missing and the Duttons have offered a $2000 reward for Nick’s safe return, no questions asked. He was wearing a reflective lime green collar with his family’s address and phone number on it. There were two sightings of the dogs early on but by the time Dutton learned about them, they had moved on. Continue reading

Six Dog-Related Tax Deductions You May Be Eligible to Claim

With tax day right around the corner, many of us are searching far and wide for any deductions we can get! That got us wondering, are dogs tax deductible? Well… not exactly, but there are some dog related expenses that may be! We all know our dogs are members of the family, but the IRS doesn’t see them that way – they can’t be counted as dependents. But, there ARE some dog-related expenses you might not be aware of! Of course, you’ll want to check with your tax professional to make sure your write-offs are legitimate. Click here for more on the story.

Animal Advocates Take Issue with State’s Email on Cat Traps

On Dec. 12, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development released a health update via email to subscribers stating that in 2016 the state has seen a record number of cases of the reportable disease leptospirosis, commonly found in dogs, cats and rodents. But in an effort to combat the disease in the new year, MDARD attached information to the email on mitigating backyard wildlife that could infect domestic pets — and some animal advocates were none too pleased with the suggestions.

“Our concern stems from an antiquated document utilized within it, wherein what are largely considered inhumane methods of controlling community cats are advocated,” reads a statement from the Michigan Humane Society. Click here for more on the story.

Roscommon Family Dog Goes Missing for Months, Found Alive and Well

If he could talk, this chocolate lab would have quite the tale to tell. Missing for four months — now reunited with his family, alive and well. Ruger’s owners say he was riding in the bed of their pickup truck last year… And must have run off when they parked. Ruger was last seen in September, in the parking lot of the Home Depot in Houghton Lake. Four months later, he was found in Lyons Township in Roscommon County…20 miles away. 9&10’s Cody Boyer and photojournalist Jeff Blakeman walk us through Ruger’s incredible journey. Click here for the rest of the story.

Dog Hailed as Hero After Saving Owner’s Life

A man who was paralyzed after he slipped and fell in the snow is alive thanks to the heroic actions of his dog. On New Year’s Eve while many were celebrating the start of the new year, Bob was lying in the snow just feet from his home’s door, paralyzed. Around 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Bob was home with his golden retriever, Kelsey, watching football and waiting for the New Year’s Eve programming.

During the commercial break, Bob ran outside of his house in just long jons, slippers and a shirt to get a log for his fireplace. While he was walking outside, he slipped and fell, breaking his neck.

“I was screaming for help but my nearest neighbor is about a quarter mile away and it was 10:30 p.m., but my Kelsey came,” stated Bob. “By morning my voice was gone and I couldn’t yell for help, but Kelsey didn’t stop barking.”

Bob laid paralyzed in the snow with temperatures as low as 24 degrees for the next 20 hours. Kelsey the dog kept Bob warm by lying on top of him and licking his face and hands to keep him awake. Click here for the rest of the story.

Boyne City Man Charged With Animal Cruelty After Allegedly Killing Cat

A 30-year-old man was arrested after allegedly killing a cat and throwing it into the garbage. Justin Fazio was charged with animal cruelty. The incident happened Sunday at a house in Boyne City. Click here for the rest of the story.

Update on Case of Cat Duct Taped in Grand Traverse County

photo credit: Grand Traverse Veterinary Hospital FB Page

photo credit: Grand Traverse Veterinary Hospital FB Page

It’s been almost two months since a cat in Grand Traverse County was found near death, with his head, chest and paws wrapped in duct tape. The cat was nursed back to health by the Grand Traverse Veterinary Hospital and they named him Ronnie. According to Dr. Jane Alexander, Ronnie is now completely healthy and has been adopted by one of their vet techs. Ronnie spends his days as an office cat and his nights with his new family.

Back in November, a concerned citizen named Ryan called in to Grand Traverse Animal Control about a cat in his backyard who was wrapped in duct tape. He was unsure if the cat was alive or not. Animal Control Officer, Deb Zerafa, acted immediately and went over to find the cat. She was able to catch him and took him the Grand Traverse Veterinary Clinic for immediate attention. A team of six veterinarians and vet techs removed the tape from Ronnie’s body and cared for him. In addition to being covered in duct tape, Ronnie also had fleas, infections, a tumor on his ear, had loss of muscle, pale gums and was anemic. The police report indicates that the cat was wrapped in the tape for about three days. Continue reading

Leelanau K-9 Donation Program Going Well

From the Leelanau Sheriff’s Facebook page


Through the generosity of several citizens, Leelanau County has taken in over $4,200 in donations for the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Program. These funds have been set aside specifically designated for routine expenses incurred caring for “Nico” and for future K-9 Program funding needs. They realize they are extremely fortunate to have such a valuable asset at their disposal. This is made possible by the support they receive from the Board of Commissioners and the citizens of the County. They wish to thank everyone who has donated money in support of their K-9 Program and “Nico” stands ready to serve whenever he is called upon.