Category Archives: Pets

Environmental/health benefits of street sweeping/cleaning


  This past Monday afternoon, Traverse City’s street sweeping/cleaning crew came down our street and swept/cleaned it. Two machines were utilized during the operation – one an Elgin and the other a Global. They removed most of the dirt, grit, … Continue reading

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It all ends up in the lake…or the bay…or the stream


  When you live near the Great Lakes as we do, or any body of water, it is a fact of life that storm water runoff from your yard, roof, garden, building, parking lot, factory, or farm is going to … Continue reading

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A Quartet of Former Vintage Barber Shops


As a follow-up to my previous post of old barber shops still operating, here are four (4) that no longer are used as barber shops. Two (2) are currently empty though the barber shop in Honor was a sign shop … Continue reading

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I scream for Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor


“I scream…you scream…we all scream…for ice cream!” One of the newest and sweetest delights of visiting Mackinac Island is Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor at the base of The Grand Hotel. True to the island’s quaint Victorian-era heritage, this wonderfully decorated … Continue reading

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Saying goodbye to a beloved family pet


“Puppy, puppy, puppy.” That’s the call we heard from the Jack Russell Terrier breeder in Belleville, Michigan as we were first introduced to her litter of puppies in the fall of 1996. In response to the call, out from the … Continue reading

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Where dogs go postal


Here’s the 2014 list of the cities with the most postal carrier dog bites. Initially, it appears that Houston sits atop the list as the bad doggy capital of America. But, when the numbers provided below are calculated in terms … Continue reading

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If Gus and Ellie ruled the Earth


Breakfast would always be served prior to 6:00 am. Eating from each other’s bowls would be mandatory. Flipping water bowls would be a new Olympic sport. They’re paws, not hands! All humans would be able to speak and read cat. … Continue reading

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States with highest pet ownership rates


Some fascinating data gathered by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2011 and published in the May 2013 edition of AARP Bulletin. Listed are those 15 states that exceed 60 percent. At the end of 2011, the national average was … Continue reading

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De Niro dog whispering


Back in January, I was fortunate enough to adopt a wonderful American Eskimo dog who I named Relay. His name came from the fact that it took a relay of four vehicles to bring him from Oshkosh, Wisconsin to Greater … Continue reading

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Si chihuahuas gobernó el planeta (If chihuahua’s ruled the planet)


Random yapping would replace chatting or talking. “Aye chihuahua” would replace “hello, “hi,”” or “hola” as the official greeting. Snorting and sniffling would become socially acceptable – who needs tissues? Chihuahua, Mexico would be decreed as world capital. Taco Bell would use … Continue reading

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