Jennie from the Humane Society of West Michigan, stopped by with Nacho. Nacho is a 5-year-old Chihuahua mix. He came to us earlier this month as an owner surrender. Nacho is a goofy guy who gets along with other dogs and is extremely friendly with everyone he meets.

Jennie also talked about Obedience Classes - HSWM holds 7 different obedience classes here- each class is focused on whatever level your dog may be at. For instance, a puppy class, a reactive dog class, or a shy dog class. We would like to focus on these along with National Chip Your Pet Month.

Car Ride Safety - Traveling can be a stressful and crazy time for people and families; however, it can be equally as stressful for your pet. It is important to prepare for your trip with your pet in mind, so here are 10 tips to do so: 1. Bring your pet’s vaccination records 2. Take your pet to the vet before you travel 3. Make sure your pet's identification tags are up to date 4. Have a recent picture of your pet on your phone 5. Prepare a travel kit for your pet; this may include food, bowls, medication and first aid, a toy or object that may comfort your pet, etc. 6. Do not let your pet roam free or put their head out the window 7. Keep your pet in a well-secured crate while traveling (big enough for your pet to stand up and turn around in) 8. If not using a crate, keep your pet secured in the back seat with a harness attached to the seat buckle. 9. Stop every two to three hours to allow your pet to have a break from the car 10. Never leave your pet alone in the car Keep in mind that traveling may not be for all pets, a pet sitter or a familiar boarding facility may be a better option for your pet. Some pets may be prone to carsickness, contact your veterinarian about medication options.

You can get all the information on the Humane Society website or call (616) 453-8900.