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Econo Foods Cares!

Econo Foods of Houghton has a long history of giving to the community.  Their “We Care We Share” program is an example of a local business giving back in a big way.  We would like to thank Econo Foods for their incredible donation.   We would also like to thank everyone who submits their Econo Foods receipts to CCHS.  They so add up to help our wonderful shelter and our precious animals.

The “We Care We Share” program goes throughout the entire year, so please continue to save all your Econo Foods receipts for CCHS.  You can mail them, drop them off at the shelter, or even just drop in the CCHS bin at the Econo Foods store customer service desk.  Also, don’t forget to save the “Our Family” bar codes.  CCHS also gets $0.05 for every bar code we turn in.  IT ALL ADDS UP to an incredible donation bi-annually to CCHS by Econo Foods.  We just need you to save your receipt and bar codes!    Thank you all for your support.  And don’t forgot to  shop Econo Foods and help CCHS!

 

We found our new best friend here!

My husband and I moved to Houghton so that my husband could attend Michigan Tech, and we brought our cat Salem with us. We had roommates before that had a small daschund dog, and we felt that Salem was feeling lonely being our only pet, so we decided to find him a friend. When we got to the shelter, we looked at a lot of cats, but none were really speaking to us, until my husband randomly decided to stick his hand at a cat sleeping in a somewhat hidden area of the shelter, and she seemed shy but started purring and rolling around. Something about this kitty spoke to him and we almost immediately decided she would be our new kitty.
The shelter volunteer/employee told us that her name was Jasmine, but that she did not come with the name and the shelter gave her the name, so we felt fine changing it to “Nara” as a little tribute to where she came from (Nara Nature Trails). Nara was extremely nervous, shy, and skiddish at first, and we started to wonder if she would be able to blend with us well, but after about a week she started to come around, and after a month she was completely transitioned into a full-time lap cat. We love how cuddly she is, and she is the perfect addition to our home and personalities. Salem really wants to be her friend and even cuddles and licks her, but she is still not certain about him and will sometimes hiss or even bat at him, but we know that in time they will be good friends.
We love Miss Nara and feel that she was meant for us, and it was the great staff and volunteers at CCHS that helped us discover and choose her. The staff was extremely helpful and never seemed to say “no”, no matter how many cats we asked to see and didn’t bat an eye at how many hours we stayed at the shelter trying to choose our kitty.
Salem was the son of a stray that showed up at my parents home, so Nara is our first adopted cat and we are completely sold on the concept, every cat from now on will be adopted and that is partly because of our experience here!

Seminar – Understanding Dog Behavior

Would you like to build a better relationship with your dog?

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Turid Rugaas has had a lifelong commitment to understanding dogs, their behavior and body language.  Turid is perhaps best known for her acclaimed book, On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals. 

Highly popular and acclaimed, Turid travels almost every week-end through the Far East, North America and Europe offering seminars to a wide variety of groups and individuals working with dogs.

Turid will be in the United States in the fall of 2017 and will offer a two-day seminar at the Canine Consultants Behavior & Training Center in Rumely, Michigan on October 28 and 29.  Topics for the weekend will include canine communication, nose work, canine emotions, and building better relationships with our dogs!

For more information or to register contact:

Ann Becker    anjbecker@charter.net

Edith Finsaadal     efinsaadal@sbcglobal.net

Chris Olson    chrisol@frontiernet.net

https://www.facebook.com/T.Rugaas/

THANK YOU ALL! THE BASH WAS AMAZING!

Absolutely no words could possibly express how wonderful the 13th Annual CCHS BASH was! It was amazing! We are so grateful to Everyone who donated, sponsored, attended, bid, bought raffle tickets, apparel and spun the prize wheel. It truly represents the kindness, generosity and spirit of helping that makes our community so great! Thank you all for making a difference for animals at CCHS!

Also a special thanks to all the incredible volunteers and dedicated staff for all your time and effort to pull the bash together for everyone to enjoy.

We could not help so many animals if not for the incredible community, support and animal loving people who call come together to make this happen.  Thank you!

OUR WONDERFUL CCHS BASH SPONSORS – 2017

ALPHA DOG – $1000 – SUPERIOR NATIONAL BANK

COOL CAT – $500 – AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.  – Ted Simonsen

CAT’S MEOW – $250 – RE/MAX Douglass Real Estate

Animal Lover – $100

  • Aspirus
  • RC Mechanical
  • Superior Family Chiropractic
  • IR Telemetrics, Inc.

CCHS Partner – Up to $100

  • Advance Tec Auto Body
  • Northern Auto
  • Ace Hardware – Calumet

Advertising Sponsors – Houghton Community Broadcasting and Eagle Radio

CCHS BASH DONATIONS MADE BY THESE AMAZING SUPPORTERS AND BUSINESSES: 

Donations:

5th & Elm

Adventure 4X4
Alana May

Ambassador

AmericInn

Anonymous

Apple Blossom Mercantile

Applebee’s

Armando’s Restaurant

Auto & Towing

Auto Pro

Auto Zone

Automated Pet Care Products

Barb’s Favorite Jams & Jellies

Beam Suntory Inc., Kris Rivest

Becki Clouthier

Betty Aebli

Bigby Coffee

Bisonette Sew & Vac

Bodies in Balance

BOGS

Bonfire Sreakhouse Bar & Grill

Bonfire Steakhouse Bar and Grill

Bonita Blackburn

Bookworm

Burger King

By Nature

Calumet Golf Club

Candie’s Corner

Car Quest

Carmelita’s Restaurant

Carol Steen

Caroline Penny

CCAA

CCHS Volunteers and Staff

Charmed Gifts & Jewelery

Chickadee’s

Chris Rothbauer

Clare Gaff

Clyde Elmblad

Coca Cola – Hancock Bottling & Marquette

Copper World

Country Inn & Suites

Cross Country Sports

Culvers

Cyberia Café

Detroit Red Wings & Detroit Tigers

Domino’

Down Wind Sports

Drive Thru Depot

Erickson’s Feed, Seed & Pet Supply

Ed Gray

Ed LeBonte

Eve Wakeham

Ferrall Gas

Frog Valley Lumber

Garden View Asst Living

Good Times Music

Green Bay Packers

Hahn Copper

Haily Morris

Hancock Bike Shop

Hardee’s

Hilltop Restaurant

Homestead Graphics & Design

Iron Mountain Motor Sports

Joey’s Seafood & Grill Restaurant

Kaleva Café

Kangas Café

Karen Dugdale

Kerri Sleeman

Keweenaw Automotive

KONG Company

Kurug Dog Supplies

L & L Bar

La Cantina Restaurant

LB’s Chill & Grill

LeRita & Kurt Allert

Lindell’s

Lisa Ruelle

Loading Zone

Lois Siler

Lynn & Jason Makela

Mac Marzke

The Jam Lady

Magic Kiln

Magnuson Franklin Square Inn

Mary Ann Gedda

Margaret Landsparger

McDonalds

McGann Building Supplies

Melissa Parker

Michigan House Restaurant

Michigan Made

Mike’s Auto Repair

Miller’s lanes

Mine Shaft

Miners Café

Mont Ripley

Northside Auto

O’Reilly’s Auto Parts

OutletRhythm Bike & Board

Paige Waird Gallery

Pat’s Foods

Penninsula Auto Repair

Peterson Fish Market

Phoebe Wienke

Pizza Hut

Pizza Works

Properly Pampered

Quincy Footware

Quincy’s Dining

Red Carpet System

Regis Salon

Robin Stimac

Roger & Teresa Woods

Rosemary Grier
The Rosetta

Salon 1281

Sara Pingel

Sayen’s Auto

Sherri Kunnari

Soumi Restaurant

Sounds & Motion

Studio Pizza

Subway

Sue & Todd Ingram

Superior National Bank

Superior Rent All

Taco Bell

The Wood’n Spoon

The Zen Garden

Toni’s

Up & Running

Victoria’s Kitchen

Waterfront Ramada Inn
Wendy Morris

Advertising Sponsors:

Houghton Community Broadcasting

Eagle Radio

The Mining Gazette

 

Mark Your Calendar! The Bash is Back!

CCHS BASH – Saturday July 22  

12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Live Auction 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Come enjoy a free hot dog and beverage, and check out all the gift baskets that you could win for only a buck!  Plus there are thousands of dollars in live auction items to bid on. And don’t forget the prize wheel where every spin WINS!

Each year the annual summer BASH is the  biggest fundraiser for CCHS. Help us grow our fundraising capacity through your generous  tax-deductible donation and feel good about a valued partnership and support of a great  community resource.

Special thanks to everyone who helps make the CCHS BASH an amazing event.  Supporters, businesses, visitors and volunteers all come together to help the animals!  Thank you!

OUR WONDERFUL CCHS BASH SPONSORS – 2017

ALPHA DOG – $1000 – SUPERIOR NATIONAL BANK

COOL CAT – $500 – AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC.  – Ted Simonsen

CAT’S MEOW – $250 – RE/MAX Douglass Real Estate

Animal Lover – $100

  • Aspirus
  • RC Mechanical
  • Superior Family Chiropractic
  • IR Telemetrics, Inc.

CCHS Partner – Up to $100

  • Advance Tec Auto Body
  • Northern Auto
  • Ace Hardware – Calumet

Advertising Sponsors – Houghton Community Broadcasting and Eagle Radio

CCHS BASH DONATIONS MADE BY THESE AMAZING SUPPORTERS AND BUSINESSES: 

Donations:

5th & Elm

Adventure 4X4
Alana May

Ambassador

AmericInn

Anonymous

Apple Blossom Mercantile

Applebee’s

Armando’s Restaurant

Auto & Towing

Auto Pro

Auto Zone

Automated Pet Care Products

Barb’s Favorite Jams & Jellies

Beam Suntory Inc., Kris Rivest

Becki Clouthier

Betty Aebli

Bigby Coffee

Bisonette Sew & Vac

Bodies in Balance

BOGS

Bonfire Sreakhouse Bar & Grill

Bonfire Steakhouse Bar and Grill

Bonita Blackburn

Bookworm

Burger King

By Nature

Calumet Golf Club

Candie’s Corner

Car Quest

Carmelita’s Restaurant

Carol Steen

Caroline Penny

CCAA

CCHS Volunteers and Staff

Charmed Gifts & Jewelery

Chickadee’s

Chris Rothbauer

Clare Gaff

Clyde Elmblad

Coca Cola – Hancock Bottling & Marquette

Copper World

Country Inn & Suites

Cross Country Sports

Culvers

Cyberia Café

Detroit Red Wings & Detroit Tigers

Domino’

Down Wind Sports

Drive Thru Depot

Erickson’s Feed, Seed & Pet Supply

Ed Gray

Ed LeBonte

Eve Wakeham

Ferrall Gas

Frog Valley Lumber

Garden View Asst Living

Good Times Music

Green Bay Packers

Hahn Copper

Haily Morris

Hancock Bike Shop

Hardee’s

Hilltop Restaurant

Homestead Graphics & Design

Iron Mountain Motor Sports

Joey’s Seafood & Grill Restaurant

Kaleva Café

Kangas Café

Karen Dugdale

Kerri Sleeman

Keweenaw Automotive

KONG Company

Kurug Dog Supplies

L & L Bar

La Cantina Restaurant

LB’s Chill & Grill

LeRita & Kurt Allert

Lindell’s

Lisa Ruelle

Loading Zone

Lynn & Jason Makela

Mac Marzke

The Jam Lady

Magic Kiln

Magnuson Franklin Square Inn

Mary Ann Gedda

Margaret Landsparger

McDonalds

McGann Building Supplies

Melissa Parker

Michigan House Restaurant

Michigan Made

Mike’s Auto Repair

Miller’s lanes

Mine Shaft

Miners Café

Mont Ripley

Northside Auto

O’Reilly’s Auto Parts

OutletRhythm Bike & Board

Paige Waird Gallery

Pat’s Foods

Penninsula Auto Repair

Peterson Fish Market

Phoebe Wienke

Pizza Hut

Pizza Works

Properly Pampered

Quincy Footware

Quincy’s Dining

Red Carpet System

Regis Salon

Robin Stimac

Roger & Teresa Woods

Rosemary Grier
The Rosetta

Salon 1281

Sara Pingel

Sayen’s Auto

Sherri Kunnari

Soumi Restaurant

Sounds & Motion

Studio Pizza

Subway

Sue & Todd Ingram

Superior National Bank

Superior Rent All

Taco Bell

The Wood’n Spoon

The Zen Garden

Toni’s

Up & Running

Victoria’s Kitchen

Waterfront Ramada Inn
Wendy Morris

Advertising Sponsors:

Houghton Community Broadcasting

Eagle Radio

The Mining Gazette

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ticks and Lyme Disease

After a long winter, it’s hard to find anything bad to say about the arrival of spring. But the Copper Country Humane Society (CCHS) would like to remind everyone that the warmer weather that lets them enjoy long walks with their four-legged friends also signals the emergence of a less welcome arrival: ticks. And, with them, the possibility of Lyme disease.

Shelter director Becki Clouthier estimates that about ten dogs a year arrive at the CCHS testing positive for the disease, a number, she says, that has grown each year.  Typically, she and other shelter workers only test those dogs at greatest risk: hunting dogs, outdoor dogs, animals that come in with ticks on them and young dogs displaying lameness in their hind quarters, a known symptom of Lyme’s.  Confirmation of the disease is followed by a 30-day course of antibiotics, a treatment Clouthier said cost $150 per dog.  

In response to an email, Dr. Ivy Barnhart, DVM, of Copper Country Veterinary Clinic responded that she, too, has seen an increase in the number of animals testing positive each year, partly due to increased testing. “However,” she added, “ people who have lived in the area for a long time have stated that ticks were never as abundant as they are now.” The veterinarian said she suspected environmental and ecological changes may be responsible for the surge in the local tick population.

Primarily, it is through annual testing that the presence of the disease is discovered.  “It is important to note,” Dr. Barnhart reminded, “that dogs do not get a ‘bull’s eye rash’ after being bitten by ticks like people do. When a dog comes in that has a history of limping on more than one leg and seems generally painful and lethargic, we will often test for Lyme disease. Sometimes these dogs are so painful that they can’t walk and have to be carried by their owners.”  

Another Lyme’s red flag may be the discovery of kidney disease, an illness that can develop as a secondary response to the infection. While not every animal’s illness will progress to that point, Dr. Barnhart warned that dogs who do “tend to respond poorly to treatment.”

On a more optimistic note, the vet added that “Thankfully, our canine friends do not typically seem to develop the same chronic illness symptoms associated with Lyme infection that some people do. However, the dogs that develop joint pain and kidney disease are seriously ill, and it is important to do everything we can to prevent dogs from suffering in this way; there is no way to predict which dogs will become severely affected by Lyme disease.”

In closing, Dr. Barnhart noted “ ticks that carry the bacteria are very common in this area,” and recommended, “that all dogs that are at risk of exposure to ticks (which is most of the dogs in our community) be protected with an effective tick prevention product and vaccinated annually.” An annual shot is necessary, she said, because the vaccine “is NOT associated with prolonged immunity.”

While CCHS does not offer Lyme disease inoculations, they provide a reduced cost dog and cat vaccination clinic. DHPP/FVRCP shots are available for $10; rabies shots are $10 for a 1-yr vaccine or $15 for a 3-yr vaccine.  In addition, microchipping is available on site for $20. Pet ear cleaning and nail trims can be provided for a donation. Keep your eyes open for the next vaccination clinic this fall!

Written by Susan Rasch

 

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