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Rescue Dogs in Japan

American and British search-and-rescue canine teams have been busy in the quake and tsunami devastated areas in Japan looking for survivors. These teams also helped find the missing in Haiti after that earthquake struck near its capitol in 2010. Rescue dogs are specifically trained to find the scent of people who are still alive and trapped in rubble after a disaster. To learn more, check out Scent of the Missing.

New Dog Park Opening in Canton

A new Dog Park, located in Cherry Hill Village at Preservation Park, will open on Friday, May 20th. Dogs can run and play freely in a fenced, six-acre outdoor space. The park is divided into two sections: one for large dogs (over 20 pounds) and one for smaller dogs (under 20 pounds). Membership fee for the park is $25 for Canton residents and $50 for non-Canton residents. Current dog licenses are required.

Best in Show

Hickory, a 5-year old Scottish deerhound from Virginia, won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. She is also the first of her breed ever to win America's top dog prize. The other final contestants were: a Pekingese, Portuguese water dog, Chinese shar-pei, smooth fox terrier, bearded collie, and a black cocker spaniel.

Loving our Pets

February is not just for Valentine's Day. It's also Responsible pet owners month. All those squeaky guinea pigs and fluffy kittens our relying on you, their owners, to take good care of them. You can also learn about different kinds of pets to have from library books like, Extreme Pets or The House of a Million Pets. Are you taking good care of your special pet?

Cleo the Cat who Mended a Family

Cleo the Cat who Mended a Family is Helen Brown's memoir of loss and recovery. Cleo, a black kitten with emerald eyes, launches a charming offensive on her unsuspecting and grieving family. Through many endings and new beginnings, Cleo manages to be the glue that holds them together.

Choosing the Perfect Pet

Choosing the Perfect Pet can be a daunting task. You're inviting a new member of the family into your home. Let veterinarians Mark Alsager and Judi Fleischaker steer you in the right direction. Should it be cat or dog, big or little, young or old? What would fit your family's lifestyle best and be best for the pet? The doctors from Alsager's Animal Clinic in Canton will guide you on the path to a long, happy relationship with your pet on Thursday, September 23 at 7:00PM in the library Community Room.

Pet-Friendly Dorms

Located in Columbia, Missouri, Stephens College is no longer just an all-girls school anymore. Pets are welcome too! The school has recently added their first pet-only dorm. It's one of many pet-friendly colleges. The library has the latest college directories for you to check out.

Canton's Going to the Dogs!

The 2nd annual Paws in the Park event returns to Canton's Heritage Park this Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29. The weekend is packed with fun activities for the whole family — including your four-legged friends, so don't leave Fido at home! Take your dog through an agility course and the "Chase It" lure course, participate in the Paw Walk to benefit the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV), enter the dog costume and float contest, cheer on your favorite Ultimate Air Dogs competitors (jump into a 40-foot pool) and visit the pet adoption and pet vendors areas. Other don't-miss shows: Rock n' Roll K9s and Pawsitive Vybe disc dogs. Admission is free for dogs and children 10 and under and $5 at the gate for everyone else. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit HSHV.

New Improved Dog Park Opened

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano cut the ceremonial leash to officially open the park, located at Hawthorne Ridge along Hines Drive west of Merriman in Westland. Wayne County Parks requires registration for the new park. The cost is $5 to register and proof of vaccinations and current dog license is mandatory.

Why Pets are Good for You

In Sunday's Free Press USA Weekend section, researchers reported what pet owners have know all along; that having pets helps reduce the stress in our lives. When we are around our pets, the "feel-good" hormone level in our brains rises thus lowering our anxiety and less stress means a longer life. So reading a book about pets with our pet is all good. Check one of our newest books in the pet collection, It's a Dog's Life.

Dog Daze

Attention 3rd and 4th Grade Dog Lovers! Gather with other doggie lovers to share some great dog stories, learn something new about dogs, make a dog craft, enjoy a doggie snack, and play a dog bone game.
When: Monday, July 26th from 7:00-7:45PM
Where: Purple Room
Registration Begins Monday, July 12th

Dogs and Poetry

Do you love dogs? Do you love poetry? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then head over to the Children's New Book Shelf and check out our newest poetry book full of doggie poems, Name that Dog: Puppy Poems from A to Z! Who knows...it just might inspire you to write your own ode to to your favorite dog. Happy reading!

Fishy Books

With books like these, who needs a Nemo movie?

A fishy story by text by Gail Donovan ; illustrations by David Austin Clar Studio

Hooray for fish! by Lucy Cousins

Professor Bumble and the monster of the deep by Daniel Napp ; translated by Hilary Schmitt-Thomas

Feed Your Pet Right

We, as humans and consumers, may look at food labels before we buy a product. Maybe if it's too high in sugar or sodium or fat we won't buy it. If you have a pet, have you ever read the labels on pet food? You might be surprised. This book, Feed Your Pet Right, is by a human nutritionist, Dr. Marion Nestle, and an animal nutrition expert, Dr. Maldon Neheim. The authors take a fascinating look at the science behind pet food and guides pet owners to make informed decisions to provide a healthy, balanced diet for their pets.

Michigan's Gray Wolves: Should People Be Allowed to Kill Them?

If wolves attack livestock or pets, do humans have the right to kill them, even if they're on the Endangered Species list? This long-standing debate has reached the states of Michigan and Wisconsin. Both states have requested permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to obtain permits allowing the killing of wolves, including gray wolves, which are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. There are roughly 600 wolves in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The FWS is accepting public comments on this issue through May 19. Email your comments to Regional Director Peter Fasbender at: permitsR3ES@fws.gov. For more information, check out FWS's web page.

Gentle, Please!

The fish tank located in our Children's Department is often the first place many kids go to on a library visit. In order to keep our fish happy, they need a peaceful environment, including keeping the glass free from scratches so that everyone can enjoy viewing our aquatic friends. Please remember to use gentle hands around the tank, so that we can continue to enjoy our "library pets." Thank you!

What's Wrong With My Plant?

What's Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?) A Visual Guide to Easy Diagnosis and Organic Remedies by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth

This book is just what you'd expect from the title, and it's filled with brief, detailed explanations of plant problems accompanied by color illustrations of each. There is also a full-color photo gallery of problems that I found extremely helpful for seeing the difference between similar-looking problems. There are also a bunch of organic remedies, safe for use on edibles and in areas where children or pets are active. This is a book I can see myself coming back to on a regular basis.

Service Dogs help Vets

service dogsDogs are a man's (and woman's) best friend. But when a soldier is wounded in war, service dogs become a helping hand. Service dogs offer assistance to those with special needs and veterans injured during combat missions. Recently, veterans met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill in a very different fight: for more support for the service dog program. Check this book about dogs with purpose-driven lives, called To the Rescue.