Pets and Winter – Let’s Keep Them Safe Out There

by SAM HYER

Pets need more than just a fur coat to keep warm and safe in winter. Cold weather has safety and health concerns for both people and pets. As a responsible owner, it is important to pay attention to your pet’s well-being during the cold Michigan winter. The American Kennel Club® and I, offer the following advice to help you and your pet survive the long, cold winter.

  • Provide plenty of fresh water – Your dog is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer, and snow is not a satisfactory substitute for water.
  • Provide plenty of food – Feed your dog additional calories if it spends a lot of time outdoors or is a working animal. It takes more energy in the winter to keep body temperatures regulated, so additional calories are necessary. Dogs that are kept indoors with the family, and get less exercise during winter months, may actually gain weight, so keep an eye on his diet.
  • Keep your dog’s paws dry – Rinse your dog’s feet and dry them completely after a walk. This helps avoid tiny cuts and cracked pads. A little petroleum jelly may soften the pads and prevent further cracking.
  • Groom your dog regularly – Your dog needs a well-groomed coat to keep properly insulated. Towel or blow-dry your dog if he gets wet from rain or snow. When you towel your pet be sure to blot, not rub, as that can lead to severe matting. Comb out your pet more often in the winter to keep the skin healthy.
  • Keep your dog warm, dry, and away from drafts – Adequate shelter is a necessity. Tiles and uncarpeted areas may become extremely cold. Place blankets and pads on floors in these areas.
  • Watch out for the following winter hazards:
  • Cold – Don’t leave your dog outside for long periods of time. Wind/chill makes days colder than actual temperature readings, and dogs are susceptible to frostbite on their ears, tails, and feet.
  • Ice and snow – Be extra careful when walking or playing with your dog outside. Your pup could slip or jump in a frozen lake, river, or pond and get seriously injured. Snow can muffle scents, and your dog can easily get lost.
  • Carbon Monoxide – Don’t leave your dog alone in a car. It gets too cold, and carbon monoxide from an engine left running is dangerous.
  • Antifreeze – Although it smells and tastes good to your dog, antifreeze is highly poisonous and can be lethal.
  • When you think of the phrase “cold nose warm heart”, consider that pets regulate temperature with their noses and pads of their feet, so if you see your fur friend hopping from foot to foot it is time to come in and warm up on your lap.

Enjoy winter safely with your best fur friend.

Sam is a dedicated pet care pawfectionist who lectures to schools and scout troops. She is a guest lecturer at the Pet Pro Classic in Dallas, the Atlanta Pet Fair and the All American Grooming Show in Chicago. She can be reached at: sam@hylerluv.com or 874-DOGS (3647).

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California Girl Returns to Rockford to Visit Family and Enjoy the Snow

Brittany with her grandmother, Ruthe Graves.Earlier this month, Brittany Fels had the pleasure of visiting her grandmother, Ruthe Graves of Rockford. Brittany just graduated from California State University, San Marcos with her bachelor’s degree in accounting. She decided to visit her grandmother before she started her new job back in California.

Brittany used to come to Rockford every summer when she was younger, but before this trip, it had been about six years since she last visited. Brittany and her grandmother drove through downtown Rockford several times and stopped at her favorite coffee shop, Frenz, quite a few times as well.

The weather here was very different than what Brittany is used to in California. Being a California girl, she doesn’t see much snow, and hardly ever gets to go sledding! ? On her last day here, she took her mom’s old plastic sled and went down the small hill in her grandmothers’s front yard a few times. She loved ?it, and her grandma got a few good pictures of her enjoying herself.FUN IN THE SNOW - Brittany enjoying the ride.

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It’s Puppy Love this Valentine’s at the Humane Society

It’s not late to find the love of a lifetime. The Humane Society of Kent County encourages the community to find their perfect pet companion at Meet Your Match, a Valentine’s Day themed Adopt-A-Thon on Saturday, February 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature reduced fees – $50 cat and kitten adoptions (reg. $95), $75 dog and puppy adoptions (reg. $125) and pet identification microchipping for only $15. Visitors will also enjoy light refreshments and can enter a raffle for a free cat-themed basket.

The Humane Society hopes potential adopters will fall in love with a pet companion in anticipation of this Valentine’s Day. The Humane Society of Kent County has dozens of pets waiting to find their way into new, loving homes.

The Humane Society is located at 3077 Wilson N.W. Grand Rapids. For more information call (616) 791-8089.

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DeSutter – Poot

DeSutter-Poot

Rebecca Lindsay DeSutter and Jason James Poot of Dayton, Ohio are planning a wedding on March 28, 2009. The future bride is the daughter of Donald and Victoria DeSutter of Fairborn, Ohio. She graduated in 1999 from Ursuline Collegiate High School and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. The future groom is the son of Jim and Valerie Poot of Rockford. He graduated from Rockford High School in 1998 and is a graduate of Central Michigan University. The wedding will take place in Dayton, Ohio.

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Rockford Register – January 29, 2009

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28

Lego/K*Nex Challenge - Build a design with Lego or K*Nex pieces and display in at Krause Memorial Library. All participants will receive certificates. All ages welcome. Designs accepted from January 1 through February 28 at the library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For more information, call (616) 647-3940 or visit www.kdl.org.


Thursday, January 29

“Rain” at DeVos Hall - $50 per guest (includes bus fee); lunch at Applebees (on your own). For reservations and bus pick-up times/locations, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322.


Tuesday, February 3

Mended Hearts Meeting - 7 p.m. at Spectrum Health Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, in Room 8815 on the eighth floor. Mended Hearts, a volunteer nonprofit support group affiliated with the American Heart Association, offers hope, information and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers through those who have experienced heart disease. For more information, contact Jim Oldfield at (616) 891-9395.

Country Music - 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks.

CHADD’s Adults with AD/HD Group Meeting - 7 to 9 p.m. at Calvin College, Meeter Center Lecture Hall. Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D., author and associate director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders, will present “The Unrecognized Role of Emotions and AD/HD.” No cost or pre-registration required. All welcome. For more information, call Linda Brauer at (616) 874-5662.


Wednesday, February 4

Business Counseling - Starting a new business or have questions about your existing business? The Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) would like to help. SCORE is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is dedicated to helping the small-business community through no-fee mentoring, business counseling and low-cost workshops. A SCORE counselor will be at the Chamber starting at 9 a.m. Please call the Chamber at (616) 866-2000, Mon. – Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to schedule an appointment.

Bingo! - 1 to 3 p.m. at Rockford Ambulance Community Room, corner of Ten Mile Road and Shaner Ave., Rockford. Four cards for $1. Refreshments served. For more information, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322.


Friday, February 6

Rogue River Artists Association Open House - 7 to 9 p.m. at Frenz Coffee House, 10 E. Bridge St., Suite 100, Rockford. The association’s artwork will be on display and for sale at Frenz Feb. 2 – 28. For more information, contact Lila Harmon at (616) 866-0523 or by e-mail at dlaharmon@prodigy.net. Rogue River Artists Association meetings are held the first Monday of every month at D&W-Rockford, community room at 6:30 p.m.


Saturday, February 7

Stewardship Network Event - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hager Park. Cost is $10/$15. Those interested in helping to restore a preserve, have a few acres to restore, or just want to get outside and explore should take this opportunity to ask questions and connect with others who care about the land. Join David Mindell to learn how to set up a management plan that meets the needs of your organization and your property. Find out what a small group of people can accomplish in just a few hours. For more information, call the Land Conservancy of West Michigan at (616) 451-9476.


Sunday, February 8

Breakfast - 8 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post #102, 330 Rockford Park Drive, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads on Northland Dr.). Cost is $6 for 8-year-olds to adults, $3 for children ages 4 to 8, and free for children under age 4. Breakfast includes eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Bring family, friends and neighbors!

Lipizzaner Stallions Trip - 2 p.m. at VanAndel Arena, Grand Rapids. Cost is $25 per person. We will stop for dinner at the Rio Grand (on your own) on the way home. For reservations and pus pick-up times/locations, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322.


Tuesday, February 10

American Sewing Guild Meeting - 6:30 p.m. at Plainfield Senior Center, 5255 Grand River Dr., Grand Rapids. This month: a trunk show, “Getting Personal: Looking into a Designer’s Closet.” Cost is $2 for non-members or $1 for members. Refreshments will be served; Sew & Show presented. For more information, call Mary at (616) 698-9554 or Barb at (616) 949-6669, or visit www.grasg.org.

Country Music - 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks.

Rockford Bicentennial Chapter of ABWA Reunion - 6 p.m. at Boulder Creek, 5750 Brewer Ave., Belmont. For a reservation or more information, please call Lucy Sawinski at (616) 866-8416.


Thursday, February 12

Rockford Lions Club Meeting - 6 p.m. at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St. Sue Arends, trustee/administrator of Rockford Education Foundation, will be the speaker.

Free Income Tax Preparation for Seniors - 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Rockford Ambulance Center, board room, corner of 10 Mile Rd. and Shaner Ave. Tom Bland, of Senior Neighbors, will take half-hour appointments. To schedule an appointment, please call Melisa at (616) 233-0747.


Saturday, February 14

Elvis Show - 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) at the American Legion Post 102 in Rockford, presented by the Auxiliary. There will be a Prime Rib dinner available in the lounge before the show, and karaoke afterward. Tickets are $5; open to the public.


Monday, February 16

Free Food for Needy Families - 5 p.m. in the Mobile Food Pantry at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Drive (corner of Northland Drive and Rogue River Rd.; entrance on Kuttshill), Rockford, providing free food for needy families in the North Kent community. For more information, contact the church at (616) 866-1556.


Tuesday, February 17

Country Music – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks.


Tuesday, February 24

Country Music - 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks.


Saturday, February 28

All Kids Sale - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post 102, banquet hall, hosted by the Auxiliary. Clothes, toys, furniture and more will be for sale; plenty of bargains!


Tuesday, March 3

Mended Hearts Meeting - 7 p.m. at Spectrum Health Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, in Room 8815 on the eighth floor. Mended Hearts, a volunteer nonprofit support group affiliated with the American Heart Association, offers hope, information and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers through those who have experienced heart disease. For more information, contact Jim Oldfield at (616) 891-9395.

Country Music - 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks.


Notices run free in the Rockford Register as space allows. Free or low-fee community activities are accepted. To submit Register items, fax at (616) 866-4465 or email, attention Beth to: squiremail@aol.com. Rockford-area events are given first consideration.

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