Every week, the Humane Society of West Michigan brings in a new furry friend for me to hang out with for a bit, and to be named as “Wendy’s Pet Of The Week“! This week, Trudy from the Humane Society brought Howie to visit!
Howie is a Pit Bull/Terrier mix and he was super excited to check out our studios. He is a very loving and playful dog and would make great pet for any family.

Howie was found outside in the freezing conditions, but after a lot of love and care, he's making a full recovery.

You can find out more about the Humane Society (and Howie) on their website, or give them a call at 616-453-8900.

Trudy also wanted to stress the importance of taking care of your pets during this crazy winter we've been having. Here are some tips for taking care of your pets in the cold weather:

1. Outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. If their are outdoor cats around your home, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to ensure the cat can escape it it's in there.

2. When your dog comes in from outside, thoroughly wipe off their legs and stomach to prevent them from getting tiny cuts or cracked paws. This also prevents them from licking salt, antifreeze, or other potentially dangerous chemicals that they may have walked in outside.

3. Don't keep your dog or cat outside in the cold weather. No matter the temperature, wind chills can threaten a pet's life, too. Even with a dog house in the extreme cold we are currently experiencing, it's not safe to have your dog outside for long periods of time.

4. Limit outside time to bathroom breaks and short walks. As a general rule, if tis' too cold for you, it's too cold for your pet.

5. In cold weather, it takes more energy for your pet to regulate their warmth. Provide them with plenty of water to prevent dehydration.