February 2017 – Cooper and Harper Bendele
Chris and Matt Bendele lost their beloved Chocolate Labrador, Montana, and their hearts were broken. How could they open their hearts to another pet when they were still grieving? Time heals, but they will never forget their special girl. This fall, they were ready to welcome another dog into their home. Surprise! They fell in love with not one, but TWO Black Labrador puppies, Harper and Cooper!
To say that raising two puppies is difficult would likely be an understatement, but Chris and Matt have worked hard to shower these puppies with love and to raise them to be well trained and independent of one another. It is super important to give each puppy individual time and attention, and they are definitely striving for these goals. Montana was a super dog, and Chris and Matt are encouraging these two puppies to follow in her footsteps. Congratulations, Harper and Cooper, on being our Kibby Park Animal Hospital Pets of the Month!!! *Photo by Tailwagger Photography
January 2017 – Kenzie, Kirby, and Lacey Jennings/Stevens
Often, elderly dogs will benefit from sharing their home with a younger dog (or two!). The increase in intellectual stimulation and activity enhance their mental awareness and motivate the elderly dog to interact with family members and to increase their activity level. Sue and Mary Lou are careful to keep the puppies busy, so that Lacey isn’t their primary source of entertainment. As a result, a bond of affection and mutual respect has developed between Lacey, Kenzie, and Kirby. Lacey has even taught the puppies how to play ball and how to chill out and cuddle when the winter days are cold!
If you are considering adding a younger dog to your household to enhance the life of your mature or elderly dog, feel free to call us or to make an appointment to discuss how to make this a successful endeavor for your entire family. Congratulations, Lacey, Kenzie, and Kirby!!!! *Photo by Tailwagger Photography
2016 PETS OF THE MONTH
February 2016 – Pudge Mulvaney
Pudge presented to our hospital in April of 2014, weighing 28.3 pounds. He and his family have worked very hard to achieve a healthy weight for Pudge. He is no longer at risk for diabetes and other obesity-related issues in Schnauzers.
Six pounds may not seem like a lot of weight for humans, but think of it this way: each pound of excess weight leads to an additional 3-4 pounds of pressure on the spine and bones in a dog’s body. 6 X 3 = 18 pounds, the minimum amount of additional stress on Pudge’s musculoskeletal system prior to his amazing weight loss. Congratulations, Pudge, on being our February Pet of the Month!!
January 2016 – Cagney and Lacey Jennings
Sue and Mary Lou have learned to be excellent veterinary nurses! They are adept at administering medications include insulin injections twice daily for Cagney. They are making sacrifices to allow Cagney and Lacey to live full lives as senior Miniature Schnauzers. They adhere to a strict time schedule to keep Cagney’s blood glucose in a healthy range. The love that Sue and Mary Lou have for their special canine companions is an example of true dedication and stewardship.
Thank you, Sue and Mary Lou, for all that you do! Cagney and Lacey love and appreciate you both more than you will ever know. Congratulation, Schnauzer sisters, on being chosen our Pets of the Month!
2015 PETS OF THE MONTH
December 2015 – Max (Rough Coat) and Louie (Smooth Coat) Eby
Senior pets need extra consideration, particulary in the winter months. Muscle and joint pain may be exacerbated by wading through deep snow and by cold temperature. Discomfort due to dental disease may cause difficulty chewing and pets may lose weight or decline to eat their food. Lack of humidity in the home during the winter may lead to dry skin and haircoat, and nutritional supplements may be helpful. Cindy monitors her boys for all of the above issues, and more; she is happy to go the extra mile for them as they would do the same for her…mutual adoration!
We are thrilled that Max and Louie bring joy and happiness to Cindy’s world, and we would like to congratulate them for being our Pets of the Month!
October 2015 – Karma, Smoke, Manny, and Louie Owings-Wilcox
Once upon a time, Dr. Owings fell in love with a Chihuahua puppy. After her friends warned her that it would be difficult to integrate a Chihuahua puppy into a home filled with pit bull type dogs, she elected to give it a try. Manny and the other dogs blended seamlessly, and she kept Manny forever (despite his hysterical barking). The End.
Once upon a time, Dr. Owings had a family member who adopted a black pit bull from someone who could not keep him any longer. Dr. Owings knew that black pit bulls are often difficult to adopt out (as are other black dogs, historically) so she elected to take him home to her house for a trial run. She fell in love with the dog, whose name is Smoke, and she kept him forever. The End.
Once upon a time, Dr. Owings fell in love with a Schnauzer-Poodle mix puppy. She took him home and everyone loved him. The humans in the family named him Louie, and they kept him forever. The End.
So, you see, Dr. Owings really likes dogs. Even when they dig holes, wrestle in front of the television while the humans are watching football, chase skunks around the yard causing their human family members to also get skunked, they are forgiven. For they are dogs, and they are loved.
Skunk Odor Removal Home Remedy
- Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 Gallon
- 3% Hydrogen Peroxide – 1 Quart
- Baking Soda – 1/2 Cup
- Liquid Dish Soap – 2 Teaspoons
- This remedy is for more stubborn skunk odor cases involving a cat or dog’s fur. Begin by performing steps 1 through 4 in Skunk Odor Removal Home Remedy 1.
- Pour apple cider vinegar onto the dog’s fur and massage the vinegar into the skin and fur.
- Massage the vinegar into the pet’s fur and skin for ten full minutes to neutralize and eliminate the skunk odor in the pet’s coat.
- Rinse the cat or dog’s fur thoroughly with running water.
- Wash the pet with a gentle pet shampoo to eliminate the odor of vinegar that will remain in the pet’s fur.
September 2015 – Luke Mixon
We evaluated Luke’s diet and made some simple modifications which were instituted by his family. So far, Luke has reduced in weight from 121 pounds to 84 pounds and he is on his way to his perfect body weight. He is a great example of what can result when an entire family commits to improving the health and well being of a dog or cat. We couldn’t be happier with Luke’s progress!
If you have a furry family member in need of weight reduction, please ask us for help! It is easy and despite common beliefs, you do not have to starve your pet to encourage weight loss. We see many positive benefits from an optimal body weight, such as decreased incidence of arthritis, cancer, inflammatory disease, and metabolic disease such as diabetes mellitus.
Congratulations, Luke, on being our Pet of the Month!
August 2015 – Charlie Rodriguez
The next morning, Sonya Rodriguez contacted our hospital to explain that the newly adopted dog had opened the door while no one was home, exited the residence, and was struck by the car as it passed by her house. She was very concerned about Charlie, and anxious to hear about his condition.
Our fantastic clients stepped up to the plate and offered monetary donations to allow Charlie to have major surgery at Michigan State University Veterinary Hospital. He had seven fractured ribs which needed to be addressed, and he had a hind limb amputation due to the severity of his injury. He was also neutered.
Charlie recovered from his accident and subsequent surgeries at MSU uneventfully. He lives with a wonderful family who loves him very much. We are so grateful that we were able, with the help of our clients, to save Charlie and to reunite him with the Rodriguez family.
In 2015, the Barkley and LuLu Council For Animal Welfare, also known as the Barkley and LuLu Fund, was established to help patients like Charlie and their families. This is a nonprofit organization and your donations are tax deductible. We distribute funds to veterinarians in the area to assist with patient care. In addition, we also fund the Jackson Cat Project and other animal-related causes. If you would like to donate to this fund, you may send a check to the Barkley and LuLu Fund, PO Box 115, Clarklake, MI 49234. In addition, you may donate online at barkleyandlulu.org; all donations and shirt sale income are dedicated to helping pets in our community. Thank you for your consideration.
June and July 2015 – Gilly and Ivy Drennan
Dogs belong to various classes, such as Working Group (Alaskan Malamute, Doberman Pinscher, Siberian Husky), Herding Breeds (Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Bouvier), and Toy/Non-sporting Breeds (Maltese, Italian Greyhound, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel), among others. When choosing a purebred dog for your family, it is wise to keep these classifications in mind when predicting the activity level of your future pet. For example, Border Collies require many hours of dedicated exercise, ball playing, and general utilization of brain power to remain socially and emotionally healthy and happy. A sedentary lifestyle with no ability to use their natural herding skills is not recommended for this breed, or for any herding dog breeds. All dogs require exercise, and running in a fenced yard may not be enough for high energy dogs or dogs who have issues with weight management and obesity.
Ivy loves to play B-A-L-L (we have to spell it or she goes berserk), and she runs in harness pulling a sled with Liz’s Siberian Huskies. Gilly loves to hang out in the yard with the family and to herd Ivy while she is chasing her B-A-L-L. Dr. Owings has a Chihuahua who likes to chase Gilly while she chases Ivy while she chases her B-A-L-L. This pattern is consistently repeatable and predictable. If these dogs miss their workouts, there is a change in their behavior because their lives, when together, are structured and they anticipate having fun together.
Ask us about ideas for providing exercise and intellectual stimulation for your dogs. There are many interactive toys available, as well as special headcollars, leashes, and no-pull harnesses to make your walks with your dog(s) more fun. In addition, Liz offers private one hour behavior consultations and group Clicker classes to encourage a strong bond with your canine family members.
April 2015 – Walter Shuffield
Walter is the most appreciative and sweet guy; he received a dental cleaning and had multiple skin masses removed before left Kibby Park Animal Hospital. He was accepted by Angel and Charlie, the Shuffield’s resident dogs, and soon Walter was adopted by Patrick and Sherri. Our staff was thrilled as Sherri and Patrick are amazing people and because Sherri is a member of our staff, we get to see Walter regularly. He has thrived in his new environment, and he is a now a true member of the Shuffield family.
Walter is a senior dog, and he has lost the extra body weight he was carrying around due to his interactions with Angel and Charlie. He is also more alert and active than when he came to our hospital, and that is a benefit of senior dogs residing in a home with one or more other dogs. The intellectual stimulation and increased physical activity were the perfect prescription for Walter, along with the love of his new family! Congratulations, Walter Shuffield, on being our April Pet of the Month!!!
March 2015 – Marta Lectka
The Lectka family has long been a fan of Boxers; they love Miss Marta very much and she is a valued family member. Boxers are wonderful dogs, and Marta is truly no exception. She is always happy to visit us at Kibby Park and she announces her presence with her “happy noises” and wags her whole body while wearing one of her famous sweater ensembles.
Congratulations, Marta, on being our March Pet of the Month!
February 2015 – Louie
This winter has been particularly challenging for potty training, but with careful supervision every time Louie goes outside to potty, along with rewards timed to encourage the behavior of “going potty”, Louie is progressively becoming trained to go outside to use the bathroom.
Puppies are adorable, and they are precious little sponges of knowledge. They do well with positive reinforcement, and not so well with negative reinforcement and punishment. Dr. Owings tells her children that if Louie has an accident in the house or chews up a Lego, it is human error and that they all need to be more careful with keeping him monitored. We love watching puppies grow and develop, and we want to help you strengthen the bond between your family and your puppy throughout their entire lives.
We are available by phone, email, or for in-office consultations regarding any behavior, training, or medical issues you may have with your growing puppy. Please let us know if you have questions in between appointments, as we can often help with problems such as jumping, barking, biting, growling, guarding of food or toys, boisterous behavior with children, and crate training.
January 2015 – Spice Marshall
Spice is a Doberman Pinscher, and she is affectionate, loyal, and active. She is a wonderful patient and she stays with us while her family is away. She loves the big fenced yard and she works off her energy outdoors with Sharon, Glen, Ashlee, or William when she is boarding. The Marshall family hopes that next spring, Spice will not have another encounter with a skunk, as that is an adventure that they would prefer not to repeat.
Thank you, Fred and Debbie and the Marshall cats, for taking Spice into your home and into your hearts! Congratulations, Spice, on being our first Pet of the Month for 2015!
2014 PETS OF THE MONTH
December 2014 – Calvin Woods
On May 12, Calvin began to stand on his own – he finally turned the corner and began to thrive. On May 29, Calvin weighed 29 pounds. He went into foster care with Dr. Owings’ mom in May and he learned to play and gained strength in his legs, correcting the angular deformity due to weakness and starvation (photo top right).
Around June 1, 2014, Calvin was adopted by Robert and Rebekah Woods. He found the absolute best family! He joins Winnie, Bella, Liddell, and Gracie in the Woods household. Calvin loves to snooze with the other dogs or the cats, and he even climbs on Robert’s or Rebekah’s lap for a little nap. He is a sweet boy, and he is very grateful for the opportunity to recover and to have the life that every dog deserves. He is now around 45 pounds and the picture of health! Kibby Park Animal Hospital wishes to thank everyone involved with Calvin’s care and rehabilitation.
October 2014 – Mochy Sinclair
Mochy has a disease called Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. This virus is spread through body fluids, such as blood or saliva, to other cats. It can be transmitted through bites, reproduction, and during gestation from the queen to the kittens. Fortunately, with a controlled indoor life, many cats experience few issues from their infection. Their immune systems are compromised so they are more likely to catch viruses and have diminished ability to fight potential bacterial or viral infections. Mochy has a happy indoor lifestyle. We have many patients with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus who live indoors in harmony with other cats, and those other resident cats remain uninfected.
In addition, Mochy presented in April, 2014 with an emergency urinary obstruction. His urethra was severely obstructed and had some structural abnormalities which made it difficult to relieve the obstruction with a urinary catheter. Mochy had a surgery which relieved the obstruction and he was an amazing patient. He has recovered from his surgery and he is doing very well. His family, Evelyn and Scott Sinclair, have been paramount in his recovery. We also wish to thank Dr. John Gumbs, our surgery specialist, for assisting us in saving Mochy’s life.
Congratulations, Mochy, on being our October Pet of the Month!!!
September 2014 – Kirsten and Jaeger Overeiner
Kirsten is the baby of the family, but that doesn’t stop her from keeping Jaeger in line at home. She enjoys playing with her brother, but when she has had enough, she lets him know! She is an excellent patient and we love working with Kirsten.
Jaeger has a condition called epilepsy, which was diagnosed when he was two years of age. He is doing well with combined treatment using herbal medication, acupuncture, and traditional medications. Epilepsy is challenging but can be successfully addressed with time and commitment. We are thrilled that Jaeger is a healthy, happy boy.
Congratulation, Jaeger and Kirsten, on being chosen as Pets of the Month!
August 2014 – Lucy Brennan
Eileen Brennan was volunteering at the Allegiance Health Oncology department when she reconnected with Dr. Owings. Her dearly loved but departed dog, Maggie, had been a patient of Dr. Owings and she was surprised to see that Dr. Owings was a patient in Oncology. Eileen happened to mention that she was looking for a little dog, and Dr. Owings knew that she and Lucy would be a perfect match.
Lucy is a very fortunate dog to have such a wonderful life with Eileen. After her rough start, Lucy was given a second chance and is spending her life with a special person who keeps her beautifully groomed, healthy, and happy. Congratulations, Lucy, on being our Pet of the Month!!
July 2014 – Bently Shier
Bently likes to learn and to interact with his family. Clicker training is utilized in dogs, cats, and even in Binder Park Zoo animals and Shedd Aquarium whales and dolphins. It is entirely reward based and teaches animals that when they do a certain behavior, they get a positive response in the form of a treat, a click, a verbal cue, or any combination of the three responses. It is great for dogs because it teaches them to pay attention to us in situations where we want to distract them from undesirable behaviors such as barking, chasing squirrels, or jumping. Our veterinary technicians, led by Liz Drennan, LVT, have utilized positive reinforcement in our exam rooms in the form of peanut butter, verbal cues, and other tools to encourage our patients to allow us to trim their nails, draw blood, or simply to do an exam on a patient displaying signs of anxiety.
Please check our website at kibbypark.com to check out the dates for Liz’s next class. Classes are held Tuesday evenings at Cascades Humane Society. Congratulations, Bently, on being our honored Pet of the Month!
June 2014 – Coleman Lazaroff
Coleman was hospitalized on intravenous fluids and intravenous medications to help him to survive the viral infection. Not only did Coleman survive, but his broken tibia healed and he found his forever home with his biggest cheerleader – Lisa Lazaroff.
Lisa has taken a total of three Pit Bulls from Dr. Owings over the past decade and is a strong advocate for responsible pet ownership as well as an advocate for Pit Bull terriers.
Coleman has grown into a friendly, social, easygoing guy and we are proud to say that he is one of the luckiest dogs that we know. Lisa and Dr. Owings teach together at Baker College, encouraging students to pursue a career in veterinary technology and enjoying the experience of promoting veterinary medicine.
Congratulations, Coleman and Lisa Lazaroff (AKA Birthday Princess of the Month!)!
May 2014 – Winston Jones
Pastor Steve Jones and his family were traveling abroad, leaving Winston in our care. He had some signs of nausea and diarrhea over the weekend, and he came into the hospital on Monday. His condition declined overnight, and he was transported to Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital by Dr. Owings. He was dangerously low in red blood cells and platelets, which are involved in blood clot formation, and was vomiting and having diarrhea.
Upon arrival at MSU VTH, Winston was given an emergency ultrasound and a most unusual finding was noted. He had ingested a button, and it was the source of severe Zinc toxicity. The button was very carefully removed using an endoscope as Winston could not have surgery due to his abnormal platelets and red blood cells. Although the button was removed, the Zinc remained in his system while he received treatment to bind the Zinc and remove it from his body. As a result, Winston developed acute pancreatitis, liver and kidney disease, issues with his eyes and skin, and various other conditions associated with Zinc toxicity.
Winston was hospitalized on December 17th ; he was released to Dr. Owings on January 3rd after 18 days in the Critical Care Unit at MSU. He spent several days with Dr. Owings and her family, and was reunited with Pastor Jones and his family on January 6th. His recovery was truly one of the most amazing experiences, and we are thrilled that Winston has now resumed his normal activities such as ball playing and spending time with his wonderful family. Congratulations, Winston, on being our Pet of the Month!
April 2014 – Kiya Maes
Geriatric dogs have specific needs as they age. For example, the signs of arthritis may be very subtle, such as drinking more water, sleeping more, slowing of normal gait, difficulty getting on the couch or into a vehicle, and panting. Kiya has osteoarthritis which is managed very well with diet, exercise, and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication. In addition, Kiya has her teeth brushed regularly to maintain oral health. We adore Kiya, and we are thrilled to feature her as our Pet of the Month. Congratulations to Randy, Sandy, and Kiya!
March 2014 – Lucy and Mitzi DeCoste
Mitzi and Lucy have an older sister at home, Callie (Australian Shepherd) and she also enjoys fun activities like herding her sisters and showing off her amazing Aussie obedience skills. Congratulations to the DeCoste family!
February 2014 – Lucky Poll
At almost fourteen years of age, Lucky is living an idyllic life with Tim and Cathy Poll, their resident cats, and her younger canine brothers Baxter and Clydesdale. She has the usual senior dog issues but her family takes extra measures to address her osteoarthritis and to keep her happy and healthy. Congratulations, Miss Lucky!
January 2014 – Belle and Kia Williams
Kia accepted her sister, Belle, with some reservation. However, they have become close despite their age difference. Kia sometimes has to tell Belle to mind her manners, but overall, Belle helps keep Kia young and they have a fantastic relationship. It is possible to have pets of varying ages and still have a happy household. Congratulations, Miss Belle and Miss Kia!
2013 PETS OF THE MONTH
December 2013 – Maverick
Maverick is a great member of our team, although he does steal food from our lunches!
November 2013 – Gracie and Andrew Herman
Gracie and Andrew make Lana laugh and they keep her yard protected from both real and imaginary invaders. They are wonderful companions and they are fun and adventurous. The Scottish Terriers can find amusement in the simple things in life – and for that, Lana loves them even more!
October 2013 – Conan Landon
September 2013 – Chloe Kirkland
Chloe entered their lives as a shelter dog, shy but friendly. She has a wonderful home with Rod and Colleen. In fact, on any given day you will see Chloe and Rod walking through the Cascades together. Congratulations to Chloe on her forever home!
August 2013 – Winnie, Bella, and Penny Woods
Penny has been an excellent big sister to the “girls”; throughout their long months of dealing with skin infection and Demodectic Mange, she tolerated their puppy crazies and welcomed them into her formerly peaceful home. The youngsters are now growing up, and are healthy and happy. Liddell and Gracie are the sweet feline family members, and they are so fortunate to have such a wonderful home.
Thank you to Robert and Rebekah for their love of animals and for providing their furry family members with unconditional love.
July 2013 – Sugar
Dr. Gumbs repaired her fractured leg with a bone plate and she has completely recovered! Sugar has been adopted by a KPAH staff member and she is enrolled in Clicker Training class.
Best of luck to Sugar for a happy life full of treats and love!!
June 2013 – Percy Hardy
It warms our hearts to see the happiness that humans and animals bring to one another. We encourage everyone to welcome a dog, cat, tortoise, rabbit… any living creature into their lives and to experience the absolute joy of companionship.
“My sunshine doesn’t come from the skies, It comes from the love in my dog’s eyes”. ~Unknown Poet
May 2013 – Tarra, Tesla, and Tison Rubert
Tarra is a cancer survivor; when she was two years old she went through limb amputation surgery and chemotherapy at Michigan State University Oncology Center. She is an inspiration for her family and for our patients who face cancer diagnoses.
Tesla is the big brother of the family; he spends his days entertaining Tison and Tarra. He was Tarra’s biggest supporter when she went through her cancer treatment in 2010. Congratulations on being honored as our Pets of the Month!!
April 2013 – Carsyn and Deidra Annin
Congratulations, Dee and Carsyn, for being our honored Pets of the Month!
March 2013 – Haley and Louie Heyer
Haley was adopted as an adult dog; Hoover approved of Haley and she was allowed to join them as a permanent resident. Haley is a sweet girl and loves to do Clicker Training with Heidi.
Louie was adopted from Cascades Humane Society; he has a great personality and lets Heidi know how lucky she is to have him every single day! Thank you, Louie and Haley, for your significant contributions to Heidi’s life and for being such awesome patients.
February 2013 – Toby, Belle, and Babe Ghesquiere
2012 PETS OF THE MONTH
December 2012 – Bailey, Daisy, Lucy, and Gibbs Brundage
The Brundage Cavaliers are rather unique in that they are the host family for a wide variety of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel rescue dogs. These rescue dogs live with the Brundage family until they are able to be placed in their new homes. The rescue dogs often have sustained traumatic injuries and need time to heal, or they have lost their previous families due to moving, economic difficulties, or other factors leading to rehoming.
Whatever the circumstance, the Brundage family goes the extra mile to make these dogs welcome, and to help them to find their “forever homes”. Congratulations, and Happy Holidays!!