Animals & Pets

Published October 10, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — As rain fell gently on Grosse Pointe Equestrian’s grounds Oct. 6, Federation Equestre Internationale dressage trainer Jesse Collins was inside the arena training atop a Lusitano horse.

Collins, who also competes in the sport, has been tapped to teach dressage instruction at Grosse Pointe Equestrian, formerly known as the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club.

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Published October 6, 2017

PONTIAC — Visitors, of the human variety, packed into the newly built Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center Oct. 4 for the grand opening of the more than 35,000-square-foot facility.

Even though there were remarks from Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, guided tours of the state-of-the-art building and even snacks for guests, it was clear the day was all about the animals.

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Published September 19, 2017

AUBURN HILLS — A special group of dogs had some training tips for college staff recently. 

An Oakland Community College Economic Workforce Development Leadership Training session Sept. 12 offered a new program through Leader Dogs for the Blind at the Auburn Hills campus. The program, called Harness the Power of Leadership, included networking, training and more.

Joe Bommarito, OCC business development manager of economic and workforce development, said in a press release that the event is designed for human resources and training directors.

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Published September 19, 2017

FERNDALE/FARMINGTON HILLS — The home of one Farmington Hills couple now shares the distinction of having not one, but two cats that hold Guinness world records.

Lauren and Will Powers are the cat parents to Cygnus and Arcturus, who hold the records for longest tail on a cat and tallest domestic cat, respectively, which were revealed in the 2018 Guinness Book of World Records.

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Published September 15, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Think before you snuggle.

That was the warning that came from the Oakland County Health Division last week after confirming a case of rabies in a stray kitten found in an area bordering Rochester Hills and Troy.

While many would be quick to help a stray cat in need, the department stresses that any wild animals should be treated with caution.

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Published September 12, 2017

TROY — The P. Terry and Barbara Knight Park and Daisy Knight Dog Park will open at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 30. 

Admission to the 16-acre park — on Livernois Road, just north of Big Beaver Road, next to the Stonecrest Senior Living Center — will be free on opening day. 

In the spring of 2016, Barbara Knight donated $100,000 to the park in memory and recognition of her husband, P. Terry Knight. 

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Published September 12, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Furry friends looking for a place to call home will be visiting the Detroit Zoo this weekend during one of the largest off-site adoption events open to the public.

The fall edition of Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in the small parking lot under the landmark water tower at the northwest corner of Woodward Avenue and 10 Mile Road.

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Published September 12, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It may be the circle of life, but a local woman is working hard to make sure monarch butterflies have the best shot at a life without being eaten by ants, spiders or other predators.

“The butterfly population, it’s been down in recent years because people use pesticides on their lawn or flower garden,” said Alisa Audet, of St. Clair Shores. “People don’t understand that the milkweed plant is the only plant that a monarch butterfly will lay eggs on. Without milkweed, they would die.”

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Published September 6, 2017

ROYAL OAK — What do you get when you combine dogs, craft beer and live music? Barktoberfest, of course.

The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce’s Barktoberfest will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17 at Memorial Park, located at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road.

“With the popularity of craft beer and the focus of so many businesses on pets and Michigan-made products, Barktoberfest creates a destination event that owners and their four-legged friends can enjoy together,” said Chamber Executive Director Shelly Kemp.

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Published September 3, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society is inviting the public to hop on a Harley and support a good cause with its Hogs for Canines event.

Hogs for Canines is a fundraiser for the animal adoption organization’s K-9 officer program in Harper Woods. It will raise money through a motorcycle poker run and luncheon hosted on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Salter Park in Harper Woods.

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Published August 22, 2017

EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe City Council introduced and gave first reading to an ordinance Aug. 15 that would regulate the conditions required for tethering a dog.

Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley, Mayor Pro Tem Michael Klinefelt, Councilwoman Sarah Lucido and Councilman Cardi DeMonaco Jr. all voted to go forward in the process to amend the previous ordinance.

The council scheduled the ordinance for second reading and consideration for adoption at its Sept. 5 meeting at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave. The meeting will start at 7 p.m.

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Published August 21, 2017

LANSING — It seems that these days, there’s a national holiday for just about everything.

And if July 19 can be dubbed National Hot Dog Day, then a month after that we can certainly recognize the sad dogs. Cats too, of course.

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Published August 14, 2017

BINGHAM FARMS — Residents from Bingham Farms, Franklin and Livonia came to the rescue after two kittens were dumped from a moving car onto Telegraph Road, near 13 Mile Road, Aug. 7.

The two kittens were believed to be between 8 and 10 weeks old. One of the pair died in the street, but with the bravery and kindness of a police officer and a passerby, the other was rescued and is now in foster care.

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Published August 8, 2017

HARPER WOODS — National Church Residences Park Place, a senior living center in Harper Woods, is asking the community to come by and help make the neighborhood a little furrier and maybe a little healthier.

Park Place will be hosting its third annual “Ole Skool Lawn Party,” which will be incorporating the Mission Day initiatives of its parent company, National Church Residences. The event will be focused on raising money for a dog park for senior center residents.

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Published August 7, 2017

CLAWSON — When retired veteran Phil Weitlauf learned about an abandoned canine graveyard years ago, even he couldn’t have imagined what the western Oakland County property would come to mean to him and service dogs throughout the United States.

“I went to investigate it, and in the middle of the cemetery was a big monument that said, ‘War dogs.’ It had some writing on it, and it was erected in 1946,” he said, adding that he learned it was created in 1936 and abandoned in the mid-1980s.

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Published August 2, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Greencastle subdivision resident Melanie Williams has a message for whoever left a deathly ill kitten near her doorstep: Shame on you.

Williams and her husband, Justin, were greeted with an unpleasant surprise the morning of July 7 after Justin — heading out for work around 6 a.m. — noticed the small black animal right at the front doorstep of their home on Greenmeadow Circle, near Middlebelt Road.

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Published July 26, 2017

TROY — Although it was sweltering July 21, Marcy Korpalski, a client service consultant for Ulliance, a firm that provides workforce services, gave up her lunch break to walk a dog around their office building on Wilshire Drive in Troy. 

She took Teeron — a 2-year-old male pitbull who currently lives at the Oakland County Animal Shelter — for a mile-long walk. Korpalski and other Ulliance employees have walked temperament-tested dogs every other Friday since May as part of Oakland County’s Fitness Unleashed program. 

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Published July 26, 2017

Thanks to local firefighters, life turned out just ducky for a swarm of ducklings July 12, but officials warned that people should not endanger themselves by attempting to rescue such animals from a sewer or storm drain.

Sterling Heights firefighters from Fire Engine No. 2 went to Windwood Drive, which is near Hall Road and Lakeside Circle, at around 5 p.m. July 12 after learning that some ducklings had fallen into a sewer.

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Published July 26, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On June 20, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees, at the request of Police Chief Robert Shelide, unanimously adopted an ordinance aimed at enforcing “dangerous animal” situations.

Shelide said the ordinance would give police officers some teeth to deal with vicious animals that they encounter, especially vicious dogs. The offense is punishable as a misdemeanor.

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Published July 24, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS/TOWNSHIP — Bloomfield Hills resident Orlando Rivero was at the Bloomfield Township Senior Center earlier this spring when he spotted a familiar face.

Or rather, a familiar set of feathers.

It was Mr. Turkey, a common sight around the senior center, though it’s not known if that’s his given name. But he’s not the only gobbler that’s been spotted in the Eagle’s coverage area.

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