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Pet Paparazzi: Send us your pics!

Pet Paparazzi: Send us your pics!

Calling all residents, we want your pet photos! Send us your pet's cutest, silliest, craziest photo and it may make it on your city's community site. The more creative, the better! Make sure you include your name and the name of your pet along with their breed, your city of residence and, if you like, add a caption.

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Ultimate Air Dogs to make a splash at the Berlin Fair

Ultimate Air Dogs to make a splash at the Berlin Fair

If you've never attended a dock jumping show, then you should make your way to the Berlin Fair this week to watch Ultimate Air Dogs. The dogs will be jumping several times a day Monday through Saturday. The finals will take place on Saturday, July 23, at 8:00 pm.

To see the full schedule, click here.

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

We trade our Urban Wildlife for a rare sighting -- The elusive badger

Meet Bella, Bucky and Barry:

We leave the urban wildlife in Forest Hills and head to our cabin in Wisconsin.  In Michigan, you would call our cabin a cottage.  In Wisconsin, they are known as cabins.  Anyway I digress - our cabin is on 10 hilly acres of grassland in the bluff country of southern Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin is known as the dairy state, but the “state animal” is not a cow.  It’s the badger.  Yes, Wisconsinites have seen Bucky the Badger, the University of Wisconsin’s mascot.  But very few of them have ever seen a real badger.  Our property in Wisconsin was invaded by three badgers last year!!!!

The first sign of a badger invasion:

The first sign of the badger invasion was the yard, which was dug up.  Badgers prefer to live in open grasslands, fields and pastures.  My husband mows about four acres of our property and lets the rest of the grasses grow wild.

A break from urban wildlife for a day at the beach

A break from urban wildlife for a day at the beach

LAKE MICHIGAN -  Even a dog has to take a break from all the excitement of his backyard kingdom.  On this sunny summer day, George, my husband, and I head to the beach.  Our friends, Nancy and Don, own a cottage on Lake Michigan, and they have invited the three of us to spend the day at the beach.

This is George’s first visit to Lake Michigan.  The waves were a little intimidating at first.  He would sniff the water, but he would not allow himself to get wet.  He wouldn’t even dip his paw into the water to check it out.  Then something caught his eye.  George noticed the beautiful white birds walking along the water’s edge.  He tried to get close to these interesting critters, but they would simply fly off.

Silly me, I thought seagulls only lived by the ocean, and then I moved to Michigan and discovered the Big Lake is home to a thriving population of seagulls.  I have since learned that seagulls or gulls will live al

Urban Wildlife - Critters who taunt George - Meet Nutty

Urban Wildlife - Critters who taunt George - Meet Nutty

George is one of the most good-natured dogs you will ever meet.  I feel bad for him when “Nutty” and his squirrelly friends taunt him.  I think they realize they are safe around George since he is not very fast on his feet.  We have two types of squirrels living in our backyard: several Fox Squirrels and one American Red Squirrel.

Fox Squirrels are the largest squirrels in Michigan.  They are sometimes confused with the slightly smaller Eastern Gray Squirrel.  The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is Fox Squirrels have reddish-orange bellies, while their cousins, the Gray Squirrels, have white bellies.

Bag It!

Finally the weather is nice enough to take the dogs for long walks again.  We had a great walk yesterday.  It would have been perfect except for the fact that one of my dogs is very interested in other dogs’ doo-doo.  I know - it’s gross.  Imagine being kissed by that dog! Yuck! 

I always carry bags with me and always pick up after my dogs…always.  I have run out of bags while out.  I knock on doors and ask for a bag.  I have never had anyone refuse to give me a bag. I’m also prepared for evening poop recon.  I carry a flashlight with me so I can still pick up after the dogs. 

You might think that your tiny dog doesn’t leave “that big of a mess”…my dog still wants to eat it.  (Yuck!)  Big dogs or little dogs – it doesn’t matter – it is just nasty to leave it behind.

UPDATE: Doctor's golden retriever found after I-96 rollover

(WZZM) - The golden retriever lost by a Coopersville veterinarian after a rollover crash on Monday has been found.

Emmy was turned into the Kent County Humane Society Monday night just before closing.  The office opened at noon today and made contact with Dr. Ira Engeltjes about the dog.

We'll have more on this story when it becomes available.

Read yesterday's story about how Emmy ran from the crash scene HERE.