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February 2020

Jade & Mushu - Featured Pets for February 2020 Jade & Mushu

Pet's Names: Jade and Mushu

Proud Parents: Mary and Bob

Ages: Mushu: 15   Jade: 2

Breeds: Mushu: orange tabby    Jade: Pit Bull mix


Our Personalities: 

Mushu:  Mushu is the one in charge and makes sure Jade knows that.  He can be very cantankerous, especially when he goes to the vet and when people come into our home.  With us he is a love bug and a true pal. He protects the house (from the inside) and knows all that is going on.


Jade:  Jade has a lot of energy.  So much that she can get a bit too excited, especially when we come home.  She loves her walks, being 2 years old I don’t think she will ever get tired out!   She is a very loving dog who wants to please everyone and be happy.


Favorite Toys: 

Mushu being old does not play with toys much anymore, but he still likes his scratching post and box.


Jade likes toys that make noise, though they don’t last very long as she also loves to chew and tear toys apart! She also loves toys that we can fill with treats and she has to work a bit to get them out.


Favorite Games: 

Mushu:  When Mushu was younger he would hang out with your youngest daughter while she told stories with doll houses, animals and Thomas the Tank Engine.  Mushu was also a very good listener to Laura as she read to him! He also likes to sleep on ottomans between the feet of anyone who is reading.   


Jade:  Loves to run and catch things, such as balls and Frisbees. As previously mentioned she LOVES to chew and tear toys apart!

Our Special Talents: Being super loving and making us very happy!

Mushu and Jade’s mom tell us their adoption stories:

“Mushu:  Someone from my husband’s work said he had an orange tabby he was trying to find a home for, we said yes we would love him.  But we were on vacation and when we got home Bob’s co-worker had given him away. So we went to the Humane Society and lucked out that they had a male orange tabby ready to join a family.  We again said yes, and Mushu became part of our family. He got his name as our girls were 2 and 5 at the time and were watching a lot of Mulan, Mushu is one of the main characters!


“Jade:  Jade is our 3rd dog.  Our last one was our beloved dog Bingo who was my father’s dog and loving companion. He was an extremely special dog that we were very thankful to have with us after my father died.  We only made it 2 months without a dog after Bingo died. We went to the Humane Society but had not been there in years and did not know they were a Pit Bull center. I had a bit of work to do to educate myself regarding false myths and stereotypes about the breed.  I’m very thankful my 17 year old daughter without these stereotypes was with me as she got me to pause, think and learn about this breed. Jade came home with us for what they call a pajama party, which is a trial run. We adored Jade from the beginning but we were not sure how she and Mushu would get along.  With the help of the Human Society staff and trainers we saw progress and they now are great pals! With Mushu clearly in charge!”

January 2020

Czech - Featured Pet for January 2020 Czech

Pet's Name: Czech 
Proud Parents: Elyse and Ben 
Age: 9 months
Breed: Lab/golden retriever mix 

My Personality: Goofy, sweet, playful and affectionate 

My Favorite Toy: Anything with a squeaker or food hidden inside! Most toys don’t last very long with me, chewing is my favorite hobby!


My Favorite Game: Aside from stealing a socks or old T-shirts, I love tug of war and batting around tennis balls with my paws.


What I Like: Car rides are my FAVORITE, I am so well behaved in the car and love watching the world go by. And after a long day of walks/hikes/meeting other dogs or running free at the park, I love to snuggle with mom and dad on the couch! 


My Special Talent: I love to show off how well I can “sit” and “shake”. Most people don’t ask me to shake, but I tend to do it with both paws anyway! 


Czech’s mom tells us how Czech came to be with them: “Ben and I had been talking about getting a dog for a while, but we had a wedding we were planning, so I asked if we could wait until life settled down a bit.
Fast forward to 3 months before our wedding (you know, crunch time), my coworker sent me the HVHS Love Train email, where I saw pictures of Czech and his brothers/sisters. Although we had nothing ready and hadn’t prepared in the slightest, the second I sent those pictures to Ben, I knew we’d have a new little guy in our life within 48 hours.
Ben immediately cancelled an out of town trip for that weekend, and I was in Cincinnati for my wedding dress fitting at the exact time the adoption event began. So while I had a seamstress pinning my dress, my mom had Ben on the phone while he met the puppies. He fell in love with Czech immediately, and I was all in once I saw a picture of him! 
Six months later, we have a strong, loving, funny pup that has become part of our family and helped us start our life together. We love him like crazy!”

December 2019

Ryder - Featured Pet for December 2019 Ryder

Pet's Name: Ryder
Proud Parents: Katy & John
Age: ~8 1/2 years old
Breed: Great Dane

My Personality: I love mom and dad, but not many other people. I love to cuddle, on the bed, the couch, anywhere!

My Favorite Toy: My giant Kong ball - I love to chase it and run with it in the yard. It even has a handle for carrying/tossing. I like it best when mom or dad throws it for me.

My Favorite Game: Chasing and running with my big Kong ball. I also like hide-n-seek with my mom, she's a really good hider.

What I Like: Let's see, I like my three cat siblings. I love going on walks. I love ice cubes. And I really love peanut butter - yummy!

My Special Talent: I can sit very still so mom or dad can take my picture. Of course it's usually an embarassing picture, like me with treats balancing on my ose, or something like that, sigh...

Ryder was also the Featured Pet in November 2018, his adoption story is repeated here.

Ryder’s dad tells us his adoption story: “Our last dog, Jake, a Rottweiler/Doberman mix (and absolute pussycat) had passed away a couple years before. We were in no hurry to adopt, as we own a dog walking business, and see dogs every day. But we felt it was time. We went to the Humane Society of Huron Valley to check out a dog they had on their web site (we were looking for an adult, bigger dog). But, having 4 cats, we had to make sure the dog would be okay with cats. He was not. We had also seen another dog on their web site (Ryder), but he wasn’t in the general population. We asked, and they took us to him. He passed the “cat test” (and still gets along great with our cats), and before you knew it we were taking him home! We are glad we did. He has his issues, to be sure, but we love him! And the cats don’t seem to mind him either.”

November 2019

Connie - Featured Pet for November 2019 Connie

Pet's Name: Connie
Proud Parents: Susan and Stephen
Age: 3 or 4. We aren’t sure since she is a rescue. 
Breed: “American Classic” mutt

My Personality: Lovable, rambunctious, enthusiastic.  47 pounds of Good Girl!

My Favorite Toy: A bully stick

My Favorite Game: Pretending she is a rhino, making snurffle noises as she rolls in her back. 

What I Like: To lick a kid’s face all over. 


My Special Talent:  Getting us to take her for walks by being super attentive and lovey. 

Connie’s mom relates her adoption story: “We had her over for a sleepover a couple of weekends - from POET Rescue. We are first-time dog owners, so we weren’t sure what kind of dog we wanted, or if we were even up for dog ownership! The foster mom was sure we were the right people for Connie because Connie loves kids. Connie loved her grandson. So the POET rescue foster mom let us get (R) know her gradually and try her out. 
She is a great dog! So lovey! So patient! She has a great happy face and loves to run.” 

October 2019

Buddy & Esther - Featured Pets for October 2019 Buddy & Esther

Pet's Names: Buddy and Esther
Proud Parents: Ros and Steve
Ages: 11 years
Breeds: Domestic short hair

Our Personalities: We are twin sisters but you would never know by looking at us!

Our Favorite Toys: Esther: a stuffed mouse, Buddy: twist ties. Both: ping pong balls.

Our Favorite Games: Ambushing each other and chasing each other all over the house

What We Like: Catnip! Esther loves to play outside, and Buddy loves to snooze in a quiet spot. We also love when book group meets at our house and we can lap-surf!

Our Special Talents: We can open sliding doors. We can sense when a ride in the car is imminent and we hide in the most impossible places.

Buddy & Esther tell us their adoption story: “We were born in a barn (literally) and still get excited by the smell of horses. We were adopted at 10 weeks of age from someone at Steve's office, and we were the pick of the litter!”

September 2019

Madeline & Leonardo - Featured Pets for September 2019 Madeline & Leonardo

Pet's Names: Leonardo & Madeline
Proud Parent: Denise
Ages: 10 & 3
Breeds: Buff tabby & gray tabby

Our Personalities: Leonardo: Master to no one, but himself, but a sweet boy.   Madeline: Totally a woman of her own mind

Our Favorite Toys: Leonardo: felt mice that rattle Madeline: anything that she can chase

Our Favorite Games: Both: jumping and trying to catch the toy midair

What We Like: Treats!

Our Special Talents: Leonardo: super smart from day One!    Madeline: Bug spotter extraordinaire!

Leonardo and Madeline’s mom tells us how they came to live with her: “Both rescues.  Leonardo as a 6 week old came to me via a cat allergic woman who saved him at 4 weeks old from an abusive 2 year old whose parents thought a kitty would be a perfect pet.  He did not think so.  Madeline was the runt of the litter who was found in a garage on the coldest day of the fall, and was thought she was too little to survive the night in the garage with her siblings. She weighed just 1.5 lbs on her first vet appt, 2 weeks later.”     

August 2019

Penny - Featured Pet for August 2019 Penny

Pet's Name: Penny
Proud Parents: Carol & Kevin
Age: 4 1/2
Breed: Greyhound

My Personality: Sweet & Sassy

My Favorite Toy: A squeaky pink donut!

My Favorite Game: Looking for bunnies on walks

What I Like: Curling up on the couch and "roaching" on my bed

My Special Talent: Outrunning the other big dogs in the dog park (for 5 minutes then napping)

Penny’s mom tells us how Penny came to be with them: “We adopted Penny from the Greythounds of Eastern Michigan (GEM) group 3 months ago. Before that Penny was a racing greyhound in Birmingham, Alabama. She had a very different life on the race tracks so it took some time to adjust to her retirement. She first went to TGIE (The Greyhound Inmate Experience) and inmates trained her how to sit, walk on a leash, and to respond to her name. She in turn helped teach the inmates patience and responsibility. She was then fostered for a few months and learned things like how to go upstairs, what windows are, and how to walk on hardwood floors. We met Penny in her foster home and immediately fell in love with her - we took her home the very next day! She's a sweetheart that loves curling up on the couch and greeting strangers on walks. We've come to know her sassy side too. She sometimes steals things from our laundry, and can be selective about who she lets on her couch (we are working on that). As I'm sure all new dog owners notice, suddenly there are more friendly faces and struck up conversations when you are walking your dog. We absolutely love living in Ann Arbor with Penny and are so thankful for Pet 'N Play so we can go to work and know she is in good hands (unfortunately we aren't retired yet like Penny!).”

July 2019

Pippin - Featured Pet for July 2019 Pippin

Pet's Name: Pippin (after Lord-of-the-Rings character who is so well-meaning but so-under skilled for the task ahead. His intrinsic goodness saves the day).
Proud Parents: Lisa & Joe
Age: ~13-15 years old.
Breed: GSD (German Shepherd Dog).

My Personality: Patient and easily pleased.  More bravado than bravery.  Likes to have favorites--favorite toy, favorite cat, favorite kid, which happens to be whomever is home visiting and taking him for walks too.

My Favorite Toy: Plush wolf with minimal stuffing.

My Favorite Game: Tracking a hidden food treat.

What I Like: Walks, walks, walks.

My Special Talent: Recovering from extreme abuse.

Pippin’s mom tells us where he came from: Last known location before adoption was a junkyard in Los Angeles.  In the first year lots of dysfunctional stuff to set aside. For example, fear of gas stoves when lit, fear of candles when lit, fear of tall skinny men, fear of people in hoodies, protection schutzhund moves, fear of kennels, fear of people walking into room when lying down, fear of basements,  Still not a fan of 4th of July fireworks.  In the first weeks, Pippin learned quickly and easily dog basics. For example, walking on tile and wood floors; going up and down the stairs, how to move to the side when family comes walking down the hallway, playing with a ball--playing with toys in general.

June 2019

Pet's Name: Marty
Proud Parent: Sue
Age: Almost 14
Breed: Miniature schnauzer

My Personality: Curious and active

My Favorite Toy: Anything round!

My Favorite Game: Fetch or find it at home, agility (retired) elsewhere


What I Like: Humans, walks, good cuddles, rodents, bunnies and balls (food is good too)

My Special Talent: Making people laugh

Marty tells us his own adoption story: “Mom is allergic to dogs so my non-shedding hypoallergenicity helps with that. I'm schnauzer number four apparently, and I flew from Chicago to Washington DC all by myself nearly 14 years ago.  I like Michigan better than Virginia because the chipmunks and squirrel are bigger and there are fewer ticks!”

May 2019

Mia - Featured Pet for May 2019 Mia

Pet's Name: Mia
Proud Parents: Katy & John
Age: ~16 years
Breed: Grey DSH

My Personality: Very shy. It used to be that I never let anyone else see me except Katy and John, but I have become more social as I get older. I rarely run away when someone comes over anymore, and I have even let some other people pet me.

My Favorite Toy: I am not much for toys, aside from the occasional catnip toy. Mmm, catnip.

My Favorite Game: Meowing for food, then eating a couple bites before walking away. Then doing it again a few minutes later. Oh, what fun I have, although I don't think my mom or dad enjoy it as much as me.

What I Like: I like cuddling with my sister Dolly (see our pics on our Facebook page). I like meowing for attention and food. I don't mind my big brother Ryder (Great Dane). I like my dad best. But I don't like hanging out with everyone in the family room - I'm more of a loner.

My Special Talent: I will basically go limp if you pick me up, then you can do what you want to me, like clipping my nails. But you have to catch me first, I'm sneaky fast!

John tells how he and Katy found little Mia: "It was Katy's birthday, in October 2003. We already had a cat named Ralph and a dog named Jake, but Katy wanted a kitten. We checked some ads in the newspaper and found someone giving a kitten away near by. We were a little concerned about the conditions Mia was raised in, as the house was a mess - dirty dishes litterally piled everywhere, and that was the cleanest part. And Mia was crazy shy, they had to pry her out of her box to show her to us. But boy was she cute! We took her home and it took several days for her to slowly warm up to us - she hid inside a piano at one point. But she finally did. Her name comes from the car I just bought before we found her, a Miata, and Mia was ours!"

April 2019

Pet's Name: Dolly
Proud Parents: Katy & John
Age: ~12 years
Breed: Calico

My Personality: I am a lap cat with people, but can be a bully with my siblings.

My Favorite Toy: The occasional balled up piece of paper, ping pong ball, etc. Something to chase. Maybe a catnip toy.

My Favorite Game: Playing in the plants when no one is looking. Following everyone into the bathroom to see if they will turn on the faucet for me.

What I Like: People! Getting in their laps or pawing at them until they pet me. Cuddling my my sister Mia on the office chair. Being a heat-hog: laying on the heat vent. Laying on the big dogs bed in his crate. But especially getting a drink of water from the bathroom faucet!

My Special Talent: Dolly is the best pill-taker ever! Her daily Prozac is no problem.

John tells how Dolly became part of the family: "Our friends' cat, Dolly, had just had kittens. She was a little over-protective of them and began to bully their other cat. So they asked if we could take Dolly for a little while. Well, a little while turned into 10 years, and we couldn't be happier. Although she had some bahavior issues, the kitty Prozac she takes has completely taken care of it. Now she is just a part of our furry family with her big brother Ryder, and her kitty siblings Natty and Mia."

March 2019

Pet's Name: Natty (AKA: Natty Dreadlocks, Natty Dreads)
Proud Parent: John & Katy
Age: ~13 years
Breed: Maine Coon

My Personality: A snuggler. A true lap cat, or stomach or chest or whatever is available. Easy going to the nth degree.

My Favorite Toy: No toys, just love. Or maybe a piece of paper, ping pong ball or balled up tin foil rolling on the floor.

My Favorite Game: Getting under foot. Natty likes to be where the action is, like in the kitchen, then tries to trip you up while waiting to be fed.

What I Like: Climbing on anyone laying down on the couch, then sneezing in their face - it's quite fun and always gets a funny reaction (at least to Natty). My second favorite thing is being fed a little wet food a half dozen times a day.

My Special Talent:
Sneezing in your face - every time! And being cute, very cute.

Natty’s dad tells us his adoption story: “Katy's cousin found Natty one winter, a matted, knarled ball of a kitten. His mats were so bad that she named him Natty Dreadlocks, because his fur looked like dreadlocks. But lots of brushing and love brought Natty around quickly. The only problem was that she and her then husband-to-be were about to enter the Peace Corp. What to do with Natty? So, they asked us to take care of Natty for a couple of years. A couple of years that has now turned into about 12 years - we didn't give Natty back, he was a part of our family now."

February 2019

Gulliver and Mason - Featured Pets for February 2019 Gulliver and Mason

Pet's Names: Gulliver & Mason
Proud Parents: John & John
Ages: Gulliver was born in September 2003, Mason was born in May 2006
Breeds: Grey/brown/black Tiger Stripe Tabby cats

Our Personalities: Gulliver is very relaxed, affectionate, gentle, adventurous, and loves to cuddle; Mason is cuddly, vocal, insistent, and knows what he wants aka bossy.

Our Favorite Toys: Both love cardboard boxes and stuffed mouse toys spritzed with catnip. Mason loves his “crinkle tunnel” and Gulliver loves rubber bands.

Our Favorite Games: Chasing each other around the house, up and down our many stairs; having us chase them; playing hide-and-go-seek; chasing after balls we roll across the floor for them.

What We Like: Gulliver likes drinking water out of the faucet and fish treats; Mason likes food in general. He will eat just about anything.

Our Special Talents: Mason loves to kiss, and Gulliver gives the best hugs. Gulliver also enjoys drinking water from the sink.  They also are very engaging in terms of replying when being talked to—almost as if they’re responding in kind to our comments and questions.

Gulliver and Mason’s dad tells us their adoption stories: “Gulliver was adopted from the Livingston County Humane Society. When he got out of his cage, he jumped on my lap and put his head on my shoulder and was ready to go home immediately. He had been found in a McDonald parking lot.
Mason was an 8 week old kitten sharing a cage with other kittens at the Huron Valley Humane Society. He was yelling and sticking his paw out until he grabbed one of our shirts. His wide eyes and big ears won us over despite the fact he looks so much like his older brother.”

January 2019

Snickers & Simba - Featured Pets for January 2019 Snickers & Simba

Pet's Names: Simba and Snickers
Proud Parents: Allison & Anthony
Ages: 9.5 years old
Breeds: Domestic Short Hair (Simba), Maine Coon (Snickers)

Our Personalities: They are complete opposites. Sims likes to chase his tail after every meal without fail. Snickers likes to observe his humans and make faces.

Our Favorite Toys: Anything with a little catnip, animal shapes, and a rattle.

Our Favorite Games: Alarm goes off. Wake-up the humans because they forgot to feed us after the first snooze.

What We Like: Snickers likes his blanket warm out of the dryer. Sims likes to sit by his plants and imagine he is in the jungle.

Our Special Talents: Sims once caught a chipmunk on the balcony and brought it into our home. He is not an outdoor cat. Snickers knows when you've had a substandard day at work and he will sit in your lap and meow for pets.

Learn how Allison and Anthony came to have Simba and Snickers: “Allison had a friend in college named Ben. Ben knew that Allison wanted an orange cat. Ben happened to take his turtle to the vet and there was an orange, stray kitten for adoption. He informed Allison. Allison went to the vet's office to adopt Sims but there was one problem. Sims was bonded to his cat brother from another mother Snickers. Obviously Allison had to adopt both kittens. Years later both cats adopted Anthony as their cat Dad.”

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