Last week, part one of Jodi's talk with pet nutrition expert and owner of Must Love Dogs Boutique in Grand Haven, Tonya Christiansen provided a wealth of knowledge for pet owners who want a great understanding of the best products for their pets overall health.  The discussion went from the idea of how people have tried to adapt a dogs diet from meat to cereals in kibble over time and that as a species, it's not that natural.  Tonya talked about the molecular level of foods and the process of cooking dog food at such high temps.  It was a conversation to open a lot of eyes.

We've long enjoyed our relationship with Pioneer Resources and sharing the story of how this organization, founded right here in Muskegon back in the 1940's, has grown to become such a force for those in our community who face challenges physically, developmentally or in mental health areas.  In fact, in the video accompanying the story today, Jill Bonthuis shares a little piece of the very beginning that I had never even heard and it truly is where the first heartbeat of the organization began and continues today.



Tonya Christiansen is the owner of Must Love Dogs in Grand Haven and she's also a sponsor of Dog Blessed.  We took the short drive down to Tonya's very cool and comprehensive shop in Downtown Grand Haven to meet up for our next couple of episodes focused on pet nutrition.  The first impression of the store is that you have found a charming and fun place to shop with your pet.  A meeting place for people who love dogs to come and show off Rover and maybe find that unique toy or treat.  If however you ask a question about their product lines, prepare yourself for an education.  Tonya knows her stuff and will instantly floor you with knowledge, insight and care....while presenting it in a way that's easy to understand and convincing enough to not leave you wondering.  To sum that have found an expert and it's instantly understandable. 

Jodi and Tonya start the two weeks of nutritional conversations up this week and it will continue into next.  There's an awful lot to learn here and honestly, it's probably the kind of stuff people would pay to attend a class for.  It's clear to see too the care and passion put in by these women to all things pet.  They are both popular.  As we filmed and the stores traffic comes in and out, lots of friendly faces and plenty of "woofers" in the background add to the ambiance, take a listen. 


Isn't it refreshing to hear a truly knowledgeable duo speak on a subject instead of some loud know it all that wants to cram something in your face and sound convincing?  That's the best part of a place like Must Love Dogs and people like Tonya and Jodi.  We're honored to have them both to help you understand what can give your dog it's best life and next week there will be more on pet nutrition and digestive issues!  Stay tuned. 

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One of our fundamental values at the Muskegon Channel is to watch people grow.  It's inside of all of our work as a team as well as those we have come across here in town who've had a dream and wanted to go a little further with it.  If they are an author, a performer, a photographer or creator, seeing the progression of their careers has been incredible and when they make a jump, and think to include us as part of the next big step, it's an honor of the highest degree.  This is the case with Ricarlo Winston who we met a few years ago at the Back Alley Comedy Club.

Easter is right around the corner.  Easter is a sure sign of Spring and there may be some treats involved if you celebrate with friends and family.  As we've talked in the past on Dog Blesses, pets are part of the family and if everyone is enjoying a treat, well, they shouldn't be left out is the thought.  Problem is, a lot of people treats don't translate well in to pet treats, so whaddya do? 

Every corner of the county is where you'll find a group of friends and neighbors that pull together when the need is there.  One of the things that we are so very fortunate to have here is the ability to draw together to meet a need no matter which neighborhood we live in.  One of the things that I am personally very fortunate to be a part of is sharing those efforts through our work here.  This particular event hits pretty close to home, literally.

Back in January, along came a note from Ken Lapere asking about a show he was putting together to honor Neil Diamond and if I thought that it would play in Muskegon and if the Frauenthal was feesable.  In the back of my mind, with all we've been though over the last couple of years, I had some pretty big question marks floating around in my head, especially when it comes to tickets and events, because who knew where we'd be dealing with the pandemic at that point, but Ken seemed determined, so we'll pitch in.

The last day of the event took its course over eight hours, while we were there to cover all of it, here we have trimmed out all of the excess and timeouts, now includes local area teams interviews, qualification highlights, the complete playoff, district final, and the award ceremony. We added extra camera angles and other improvements, also where you can see the faces of every award recipients.

Jodi Jarvis - Therrian is back with a second round of discussion on researching the type of dog that will best suit you and your families needs.  This is an incredible way to learn more about adding a pet to your home and some very valuable knowledge when it comes to making informed decisions based on knowing what breeds of dogs need and what people's busy schedules can accommodate. 

It's been a long and amazing relationship we've shared with No More Sidelines which was founded here in Muskegon 14-15 years ago.  Why 14 or 15?  Well, it's so easy to get lost in the small details when what you become a part of is so important and so life changing not only for an individual, but for a community who's been shown that different, isn't always something scary and that commonality is a lot closer than most think, if we just open up ourselves to try.

Would you trust your dog with finger paints?  Wait....before you answer that, this is a show about pet lovers and you may or may not have answered yes.  Your call.  People are crazy about their pets, none more than Jodi Jarvis-Therrian who's a partner in Dog Blessed LLC and this week, she's showing another side of herself along with the love of pets that will not only be a fun way to do something a little different with your pet but a way to preserve a memory of your pet for a lifetime. 

We're in a small enough community that we get to know people over the years and like anyone, we have time together and time also pulls us apart some.  Back in about 2005 I was ready to move into a little more permanent place to call home and found a condo in Roosevelt Park that was a great first step away from apartment life and one key thing about that was that it had a basement in it so I could build a little studio, do some "side work" that turned into my actual living, and with that new home came 20 exceptional neighbors who were all welcoming and wonderful.  Neighbors being neighbors, cordial, friendly and helpful, but you never really know what's going on, right?