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City Manager's Blog - Pit Bulls

City Manager's Blog - Pit Bulls

Recently, the Wyoming City Council was approached by several citizens who voiced concerns regarding Pit Bulls in our community.  In reviewing these concerns, it has become apparent to Police Chief Carmody and other city staff that the concerns mentioned stem from owner responsibility and not necessarily the breed specifically.
 
Over the years, Pit Bulls have been both vilified for their aggressiveness and strength as well as highlighted for the abuse many have suffered due to owner neglect and dog fighting circles; we all remember the Michael Vick dog fighting story.
 
This difference in opinion is largely due to peoples’ individual experiences with Pit Bulls. At the time of the initial discussion, our city council heard from citizens who have had negative experiences with Pit Bulls and from residents who are current owners and find the breed to be a very acceptable and good companion.
 

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.

Click Here to send us your photos!

Make your pet a star at the Wyoming Public Library

Make your pet a star at the Wyoming Public Library

Is your pet cute, talented, smart, funny or special in another way? Then you need to enter it in one of KDL’s summer Pet Shows! Several branches will hold outdoor pet shows this summer, and you and your pet can be part of it. Just pick up a registration form from your local KDL branch and get your pet ready to be a star! For kids and pets of all ages.

Pet shows are scheduled for the following dates:

Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 PM – Wyoming branch
Thursday, July 14, 7:00 PM – Grandville branch

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