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Loutit District Library to offer dog ownership and bite prevention seminar

Loutit District Library to offer dog ownership and bite prevention seminar

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - Thinking about or already adopted a dog for your child or children?

If so, then come to the Loutit District Library on Feb. 13 as Must Love Dogs Boutique of Grand Haven hosts a free mini-seminar by the Muskegon Lakeshore Obedience Training Club on responsible dog ownership and bite prevention.

MLOTC members will be on hand with child-friendly dogs to show your child or children best pet practices and how to prevent and handle dog bite situations. To top off the seminar, there will be Freestyle Dance demonstrations. Freestyle Dance is a fun and modern dog sport, mixing obedience training, tricks, and dance allowing for creative interaction between dogs and their owners.

Tips to protect your pet in winter weather

(WZZM) -- Humans bundle up in jackets and scarves when it's cold outside, so it's important to protect your four legged friends as well.

Tonya Christiansen from Must Love Dogs Boutique & Spa in Grand Haven shared some tips on how to protect your pets not only from the cold, but from the salt on winter roads as well.

All pets invited to blessing at St. Mary's Parish School

All pets invited to blessing at St. Mary's Parish School

SPRING LAKE, Mich. – Mike Devitt, principal with Saint Mary’s Parish School in Spring Lake, is inviting community members to bring their pets of all shapes and sizes to the upcoming “Blessing of the Pets” on the feast day of St. Francis (patron of animals) Friday, October 4.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the parking lot green space at St. Mary’s School, located at 421 East Exchange St. in Spring Lake. Father Dan DePew, pastor of Saint Mary’s Church, will preside over the gathering. The event is free and open to the general public.

Dog census moves to Grand Haven and Zeeland townships

Dog census moves to Grand Haven and Zeeland townships

HOLLAND, Mich.—Ottawa County’s dog census is now heading to Grand Haven and Zeeland townships.        

So far, county workers and interns have gone door to door in Holland, Georgetown, Allendale and Park townships, checking for licensed dogs.  Households with unlicensed dogs must get their dog licensed or pay a ticket. As part of licensing, dogs must have their updated shots.  Licenses are $10 to $70 per pet and available for purchase online, by mail or at the following locations:

Read to Riley July 10 at Spring Lake District Library

Read to Riley July 10 at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Grab a favorite book and read with a friendly dog!

Riley, a certified therapy dog, and his owner Sue Waldron will be at the Spring Lake District Library on Wednesday, July 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to meet Riley and spend some time reading to him.

This is a great opportunity for children to practice their reading skills throughout the summer months with a non-judgmental furry friend. This program will take place in the Youth Services Department. Children ages seven and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, please contact the library at (616) 846-5770, ext. 134. The library is located at 123 E. Exchange Street in Spring Lake.

Ottawa County canvassing for Unlicensed Dogs

Ottawa County canvassing for Unlicensed Dogs

If you live in the Allendale or Park township area and have a dog, you may be getting a visit from an Ottawa County official in the next few weeks. They are canvassing the areas for unlicensed dogs.

Having your dog licensed assures it will be returned to you should it ever become lost. It is very simple to obtain a license in person at many government offices, on line or at many veterinarians. Cost for a license can run from $10 to $70.

Households with unlicensed dogs will be given information on how to obtain a license that includes proof of a current rabies shot and proof of spaying or neutering. Those who do not obtain a license run the risk of being issued a ticket. Having a license that can be identified eliminates the need for your dog to end up going to the animal shelter, should they become lost.

Funds from licensing help with shelter costs provided by the Harbor Humane Society.

Meet Clifford at Loutit District Library's birthday party for Lily

Meet Clifford at Loutit District Library's birthday party for Lily

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- What could be more fun than reading a good book? Reading a book with a big, cuddly dog on its eighth birthday,  with a special guest.

Kids will have a chance to read with--and to-- a BFD (that stands for big friendly dog)  when Lily comes to Loutit District Library on June 8.  From 10:30 a.m. to noon, Lily will celebrate her birthday with Clifford the Big Red Dog. Treats will be available for kids.  They can also take one home to their dog, thanks to the Must Love Dogs store in Grand Haven. The party also includes a craft for the kids.

Lily is an American Kennel Club (AKC) registered New Foundland who lives with Char Nash of Grand Haven. Lily has earned certifications as a therapy dog and as a crisis response dog.

The birthday celebration is free and will be held in the LDL's youth program room. Donations will be accepted for Puppy Breath Rescue of Grand Haven.