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C-Snip Planning 4th Annual Bow-Wows & Brews in Walker - March 7

C-Snip Planning 4th Annual Bow-Wows & Brews in Walker - March 7

Annual Event in Walker Benefits Kentwood-based C-SNIP


A benefit night out in support of West Michigan’s only non-profit spay/neuter clinic.

GRAND RAPIDS  – C-SNIP (Community Spay/Neuter Initiative Partnership), West Michigan’s only reduced cost and non-profit spay/neuter clinic announces the 4th annual Bow-Wows & Brews benefit.

Humane society runs dogs on treadmill during freeze

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- The weather can be dangerous for four-legged family members, whose fur coats can't stand up to this cold.  That's why the treadmill is extra busy right now at the Humane Society of West Michigan in Walker.

Workers put some of the shelter's more active, younger dogs on the machine so they can get in their daily exercise without battling the cold.

"Just like people aren't spending a lot of time outside, I think most dogs aren't either," says Lyndsey Kubik, an enrichment specialist at the Humane Society. "This is great, especially in the winter months when we have dogs that are outside for two minutes and they're already lifting their paws because it's painful."

Humane society employees say it is possible to train your dog to run on a treadmill, with the proper research -- but not every dog likes it.

There are other ways to keep your pet safe as temperatures drop:

The effects of extreme cold temperatures

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - According to WZZM TV-13 meteorologist Alana Nehring, Tuesday was the coldest day in Grand Rapids since January 15, 2009.  It only managed to get to 10 degrees that day.

Tuesday's high temperature matched it, forcing many of us to be reminded on how to take care of your car, pets and yourself in the bitter cold.

It's been quoted that extreme cold presents problems for man and beast.  It also can present problems for cars.

"These cold starts are the hardest things on vehicles," said Dustin Wiegerink, service manager at Keller Ford in Grand Rapids.

Wiegerink says the three main issues people have with their cars on these bitterly cold days are dead batteries, frozen door locks and low tire pressure.

Walker City Commissioners change Dog Ordinance

Walker City Commissioners change Dog Ordinance

Walker City Commissions has changed a law, allowing residents to have up to 3 dogs in their homes. Up until now they have only been allowed to have 2 dogs.

Frank Walsh, Community Development Director said the ordinance has been modified, along with some others, to meet the demands of residents who present requests to the Zoning Board of Appeals.  After he reviewed ordinances regarding animals in the home and comparing Walker’s ruling with other communities, he presented these issues to the City Commission.

The change will go into effect in February 2013. Just a reminder to all dog owners also, dog license fees are due no later than March 1st.

Time To Get Your Dog's New License

Time To Get Your Dog's New License


2013 Dog Licenses available in Kent County.

Michigan law requires that all dogs four months of age or older be licensed.

A dog license is considered late if your animal is 5 months of age or older and you have owned the dog longer than 30 days. Dog licenses are discounted for senior citizens, and if your dog has been spayed or neutered (See fees here). To qualify for senior prices a person has to be 62 years old at the time of purchase and provide proof of age.

The fees through March 1, 2013 range from $6-26. After March 1, the costs of licenses doubles.

Horse enthusiasts from across state to gather in West Michigan for Winter Horsefest

Horse enthusiasts from across state to gather in West Michigan for Winter Horsefest

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (Dec. 11, 2012) – Horse enthusiasts from across Michigan will gather at the DeltaPlex this Saturday, Dec. 15 for the West Michigan Winter Horsefest, the only expo of its kind in West Michigan.  The event offers English and Western inspired shopping, along with interactive fashion shows and clinics from industry experts.  Admission is $8. 

The event, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature two clinics by nationally recognized coach and clinician Leesa Massman – whose students have achieved more than 300 National Titles.  Massman also has served as coordinator for the Michigan Horse Show Judges Program as well as being honored with the prestigious Dodge-Miner Award for outstanding judging.