This past April ran the gamut of articles. The column is devoted to information regarding animals, their care, people who help them, and interesting stories captured along the way.
The first story featured Specialty Pets which is a large destination pet store located in Plymouth, Michigan. It can be found using firstname.lastname@example.org. In this story, readers were introduced to its owner Terri who shared how she got started. She began the store as a result of being a breeder of show dogs. Since these dogs must use special equipment and have quite a few needs, it was difficult to find proper supplies. Terri found these from catalogs. Eventually, she had parties for breeders and took the catalogs there; she then took orders. As time passed, she found a little place to open a store and flourished. Now she has a store featuring 25,000 items. Anything a pet owner needs can be found here and the staff is helpful and friendly. Some of the staff have been working for generations in this place. Come see why.
The second story introduced Lynn Ader who admittedly is a huge cat lady. She and her husband live with three rescued feral cats. Lynn also works at the Huron Valley Humane Society which is located at 3100 Cherry Hill Road in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Information on this top notch place can be located at hshv.org. Lynn is an adamat supporter and mentions a great deal of information about their cat program. They believe in a great deal of fostering and with their hundreds of volunteers are able to find people who are ready, willing, and able to do this. Lynn also is holding a 5 week old kitten in her picture that she bottle feeds until it is old enough to be adopted. Coupled with all this, Lynn and her husband have also built a shelter behind their house so that the neighborhood feral cat population have a safe and somewhat warm place to live. The cats love her. Come and read why.
The third story is a bit different and yet it had to be told. Some people do not like the limelight and prefer to work behind the scenes. Margo is such a person, yet her accomplishments must be highlighted as she is a savior and rescurer to so many dogs in Detroit. Out of her earnings, she buys dog food for Detroit’s stray population. She also goes to feed junk yard dogs, as their owners do not believe in feeding the dogs. Now she does not do this occasionally. She does not do this weekly. But she does do this every night of the week – no matter the weather. She is their saint!
The last story told about Oliver and his devoted owners. It mentioned how he came into their lives which had its own twist. Information about Michigan State’s vetrinary program is also featured slightly. Its animal services are vast and information on their program can be found at cvm.MSU.edu/hospital/services. Oliver is a rescue dog who is quite talented. Trained by owners Bob and Lenore, he became quite accomplished using Victoria Stillwell’s clicker method. This show with Victoria Stillwell from England can be seen on Animal Planet. To add more of a challenge, Oliver has also been learning a lot of tricks. Thus, his owners felt he could be a therapy dog. The process to accomplish this is also featured. And as if this is not enough, he has captured the attention of the neighbor who is about to film a movie that has a role for a dog. Many people are rooting for Oliver attaining that role.