Last week, we began approaching the upcoming 4th of July holiday with some thoughts Jodi has on helping your pet cope with the loud noises that pop up at this time of the year.  Like most of her advice, it all begins with positive reinforcement, not being an alarmist yourself and preparing your pet in advance when there's any kind of loud noise that it's not a threat to them.  Practical, simple and pretty easy to implement.  

The Summer of coming back to life is coming on stronger.  If your cup hasn't been filled just yet with the absoultely staggering amount of activity in Muskegon or maybe the offerings have not quite hit what pleases your palate when it comes to what to do, well maybe Wednesday nights at Heritage Landing will be what gets you out and about and enjoying the sounds of the West Michigan Concert Winds as the prepare for their month of FREE shows at Heritage Landing.

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It's that time of year.  Well, there are those times a year where fireworks are allowed in the State of Michigan and local municipalities get the final word on when they are permitted and wat times they are allowed, but time is really not much of a factor to the four legged friends we have around, so...all the rules and regulations and what not, they don't do much to quell the fear that some pets find when really loud noises start happening around them.

With Taste of Muskegon now being a fond memory and clothes that are a little more tight fitting after consuming the amazing tastes offered, it's back to business at Hackley Park this Friday night for our weekly gathering Party in the Park.  You know the one....the fundraiser that's disguised as a community gathering/ concert/ picnic/ place for kids to play/ car show...... you get the idea right?  It's where we go. 

Last week we featured some thoughts about CBD for your pets from the CBD Store of Michigan and the focus this week is sticking with older pets and some best practices for their care.  Jodi has Paula Smith back, her partner in the Dog Blessed program they run.  Paula brought her beloved Pepper who's a semi retired competitive dog.  Semi retired meaning that although a little older, that spirit within is still that of a champion and in the twilight years, finding ways to make sure that mind, body and spirit are still stimulated, well....that's what this weeks episode is all about.

It's like this.  The Summer of 2022 was shot out of a cannon.  There's no other way of looking at it.  We kinda crept back a little last year with the brief respite from the problems we all faced and, ya 2021's summer wasn't a total loss when it comes to growth, fun and new in Muskegon....but if you've set foot outside a door this year so far, you have seen first hand that all the years of blood, sweat and tears have come ROARING to life in this lil ole town we call home and if you can't find something to do...the problem lies within.  Muskegon, is firing on all cylinders and the pedal is to the floor!

Look who's back and bringing the Soul Filled heat in the kitchen?  LaKisha Harris found a few minutes to bring all of the deliciousness she and her friends know all there is to know about to you and when the word got to us she had 5 minutes to tape....we went running with the camera!  Let's be honest, anytime LaKisha is cooking and there's "product" after the taping...who better to have on hand?

Marisela and Felix Sierra took a plunge a little over a year or so ago to keep a long time family business in Muskegon open.  Navarro's had been where Marisela grew up working with her family most of her life and as she grew, she ventured out into the "working world" to learn and grow.  As time marches on, it came down to the family business closing for good or, someone stepping up to take over.  Deep thought....long conversations, belief, faith and teamwork told the couple that it was up to them to continue the family legacy.  Navarro's re-opened to an amazing reception and is working to grow in both what they serve at their take out location just off Sherman in Muskegon Heights as well as their offerings for quick serve ready to eat meals that you can take home.  To have watched the reemergence of this business fueled by such an incredible young family has been a joy!

If you blink, you're going to miss it.  The Summer of 2022 that is.  If the immersion of all things Muskegon hasn't hit you just yet, it will.  If it doesn't hit you....the problem lies within because the efforts of so many, for so long have gotten us to a place that was seemingly unimaginable 20 years ago.  Where we used to have 2 or 3 events a year, we've grown in to 4 or 5 major events and the number of new up and coming events is literally breathtaking.  For our purposes today however...we're talking about one of the enduring staples that Muskegon got rolling a minute ago.  BIKE TIME!

It's a big week here on Dog Blessed with Jodi-Jarvis Therrian on the Muskegon Channel.  Not only are you getting to meet the other half of Dog Blessed, Paula Smith who's going to be sharing her insight and knowledge about aging pets and arthritis, we're taping with Rod Glupker of The CBD Store of Michigan who's located in Fremont and he's got a wealth of knowledge on how CBD works to help pets with mobility so they can live their best lives as they age.