Dog bowls, Strider Bikes and robots line the walls. On the floor, a brightly colored rug sits while four sets of paws scamper through the 900-square-foot space. But by August 2015, We Love Dogs and Kids will move within the Meridian Mall to a location four times larger than its present size within the Meridian Mall. We Love Kids and Dogs started as a way for Melissa and Chris Allen to sell dog bowls designed to keep the long ears of some dog breeds out of the food and water in their bowls. After travelling to sell the “Poochie Bowl,” the couple decided to move to a storefront in the Meridian Mall.
Since the beginning of spring on March 20, there have been seven dog and cat sightings posted by concerned residents on the Grand Ledge community Facebook page. Seven more Facebook users also posted on the page about their missing pets, and only a couple of these owners have been reunited with their furry companions. In regards to the rise of missing pets in the Grand Ledge area recently, Kristen Stalling, a veterinarian at Grand Ledge’s House Call Veterinary, is not shocked. “With the weather becoming warmer, pets are going outside more,” Stalling said. What really can make a difference, according to Lansing Waverly Animal Hospital receptionist Heather Joss, is microchipping.
The Parks and Recreation Department is offering First Class Dog Training classes held by Hector Hernandez. Hernandez is a former law enforcement officer, police K-9 instructor and professional dog trainer for all breed groups. Hernandez led the second day of basic obedience training, having the dogs learn with verbal commands to heel, sit and stay. Hernandez had owners, as they arrive, put special training collars on their dogs. After, he had the owners walk their dogs only on their left side.
The Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter will be hosting its first discounted dog adoption event called Dogtober, for the rest of October. Dogtober, originally slated to begin Oct 15 was pushed to Oct 7 due to the Ingham shelter being out of room and overloaded with adoptable dogs. All dogs for the rest of Dogtober will cost $30 to adopt compared to the original $100 price tag. The price decrease is thanks to a volunteer/sponsor for the shelter donating “a lot” of money to make-up for the difference, according to Ashley Hayes the volunteer and special events coordinator of the shelter. Each adopted dog will come with a microchip, county license and rabies vaccination.
“I have been here longer than any other dog. Please give me my second chance,” a sign reads on the cage of 7-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback/Redbone Coonhound-mix Zoie. Fortunately for animals like Zoie, things are looking up: Capital Area Humane Society received new grant funding, and adoption rates and volunteer numbers are high. The humane society, located at 7095 W. Grand River Ave., is not funded by government. “We’re completely independent,” said development, events and grant manager Jamie Fuhr. “We don’t take tax money or anything like that.”
Fuhr said that their funding is comprised exclusively of donations from the public and the fees they collect for their services, including their adoption and spay and neuter fees. PetSmart Charities recently awarded Capital Area Humane Society a $135,000 grant payable over two years, according to Fuhr. “This grant will end up spaying and neutering about 2,400 cats,” Fuhr said. “And this is actually the second phase that we’re doing.” Two years ago, they received a grant that allowed them to spay and neuter 2,800 cats.
By NICK STANEK
Capital News Service
LANSING — Officers would no longer be required to euthanize unlicensed dogs if a bill sent to the governor’s office is signed. The bill would remove a requirement that is rarely followed, said Rep. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, the bill’s sponsor. It changes an antiquated part of the dog law of 1919 that legally requires officers to euthanize unlicensed dogs. In other words, dog owners who fail to get their dogs registered risk having their dogs killed. “We never do that,” said Wendy Frosland, an officer from Mackinac County Animal Control.
By Matthew Pizzo
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer
The Ingham County Fairgrounds and Animal Control & Shelter hosted the first Doggy Days event for dog lovers of all ages, September 20 and 21. Doggy Days offered a variety of events such as dog grooming, training, agility demonstrations and even a superhero dog costume contest. The event was headlined by the internationally toured Extreme Canine Stunt Dog Show, these high-flying dogs performed for audiences both Friday and Saturday. Suhey Velez, co-host and trainer of the Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show, said the show gives dogs they adopt from shelters across the United States another chance at life. Ultimately, the event aimed to get dogs from the shelter adopted by animal lovers.
By JUSTINE MCGUIRE
Capital News Service
LANSING – Don’t forget the doggy dish. Michiganians might be able to dine at restaurants with their furry friends soon – at least if they are outdoors. Dogs may be allowed to accompany their owners in outdoor dining areas if a bill introduced by Rep. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, passes. O’Brien said she wrote the bill after being approached by constituents who were concerned because they could bring their dogs into patio seating areas when traveling out of state to Florida but not in Michigan. The bill would allow a restaurant to decide whether to permit dogs in outdoor seating areas and would let it turn away dogs if there is a health or safety hazard present.
MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP — On a perfect fall evening, with the temperature just right, a group gathers, with their dogs and friends, to take part in the Harris Nature Center’s Howl at the Moon event, which takes place once a month. “It’s a special event because the Harris Nature Center rarely does night events,” said Rebekah Faivor, Assistant Naturalist, who led the walk. The event took place on Friday, Oct. 14, which started around 7:30 p.m. and lasted about an hour. The walk began at the Harris Nature Center parking lot and is usually a full loop, ending at East Gate Park, but due to flooding issues on the trail this group didn’t complete the full loop, with everyone turning around half way.
Yoshi, Sandford, Junie and Jessie are among the few available furry-tailed animals up for adoption at the Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing. President and CEO of Capital Area Humane Society Julia Palmer said the staff places around 3,500 animals annually into homes. The ultimate goal is to promote the humane treatment of animals through protection, placement, education and example. Other than providing an individual with a new furry friend, services are Pets for the Elderly, spay or neuter procedures, behavior training and volunteer opportunities. In April, Capital Area Humane Society is teaming up with the Petsmart in Okemos to increase the chances of finding an animal a happy home. Visitors can pet felines and dogs 3:30- 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Offsite locations do help with adoptions. We are constantly trying to increase visibility for the animals at the shelter. Petsmart is one of the many avenues we use to accomplish that,” Palmer said. With pet adoption awareness on the rise, there have been some complaints that there is not a place specific to residents and their dogs in Meridian Township. Williamston resident Jamie Cripe and her labrador retriever mix Calypso love the idea for creating a dog park at Legg Park or anywhere in Okemos even. “We live in an apartment complex and while there is some space for dogs to play, it’s just sometimes not enough,” Cripe said. “Also, it’s great for dogs to be able to socially interact with other dogs and people, to have open grassy spaces to play, which the Soldan Park lacks,” she added.