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Zeeland potbellied pig breaks world record

ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM)-Zeeland is now home to the oldest living potbellied pig on record.

At 21 years and 14 days old, Mr. Chops broke the Guinness World Record on July 2. The previous record holder died after turning 21 years and 13 days old.

Mr. Chops lives at the Critter Barn in Zeeland. His owner, Mary Rottschafer, bought him as a piglet during the Ottawa County Fair. She says he's as stubborn and determined as a four-year-old child, but he's doing quite well.

Rottschafer says she filed paperwork to add Mr. Chops to the Guinness Book of World Records last week; however, it will take four to six weeks to confirm his place in history.

Rescued pup wins national photo contest

Rescued pup wins national photo contest

HOLLAND, Mich.— A rescued dog from Holland is now a top winner in a national photo contest.

Bailey the Yorkshire Terrier took first prize in the “Rug Doctor to the Rescue” online pet photo contest.  Kim Bos of Holland adopted Bailey, despite his numerous health issues.

Numerous pet owners from across the country took part in the competition, which launched in May during National Pet Month.  Bailey’s prize package includes a $500 cash prize, a grooming brush and toy from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and a $500 donation to Headin’ Home Rescue in Holland.

Whitney Wiechmann of Jenison tied with two other pet owners for second place.  They will all receive an Apple iPad mini and an ASPCA Collection grooming brush and toy.

Ottawa County canvassing for Unlicensed Dogs

Ottawa County canvassing for Unlicensed Dogs

If you live in the Allendale or Park township area and have a dog, you may be getting a visit from an Ottawa County official in the next few weeks. They are canvassing the areas for unlicensed dogs.

Having your dog licensed assures it will be returned to you should it ever become lost. It is very simple to obtain a license in person at many government offices, on line or at many veterinarians. Cost for a license can run from $10 to $70.

Households with unlicensed dogs will be given information on how to obtain a license that includes proof of a current rabies shot and proof of spaying or neutering. Those who do not obtain a license run the risk of being issued a ticket. Having a license that can be identified eliminates the need for your dog to end up going to the animal shelter, should they become lost.

Funds from licensing help with shelter costs provided by the Harbor Humane Society.

Million Meal March 5K Hike for families and pets in need May 18

Million Meal March 5K Hike for families and pets in need May 18

HOLLAND, Mich.-- The Million Meal March 5K is the perfect opportunity to make a difference for families and pets that are less fortunate.

Make plans to put on your walking shows and  visit  the Outdoor Discover Center, located at 4214 56th Street in Holland to take part in this 5K hike on Saturday, May 18. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Children and pets are invited too!

All donations will directly benefit the homeless pets and families in need that are served by Harbor Humane Society and  Feeding America West Michigan’s food bank.

A summer fundraising luncheon will also take place on Tuesday, June 4 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Enjoy art from Alpacas at Michigan Fiber Fiesta May 11

Enjoy art from Alpacas at Michigan Fiber Fiesta May 11

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Visitors are encouraged to enjoy food, fun and fiber as the Michigan Fiber Fiesta returns to Greenville May 11.

The event will feature the latest yarns, wools and textiles, as well as a spinning cirle, demonstrations and live animals. More than 30 vendors will attend the Michigan Fiber Fiesta, including:

Hope College Pre-Veterinary Student Group Receives National Award

Hope College Pre-Veterinary Student Group Receives National Award

  HOLLAND – The Club Animalia student organization at Hope College has received the national “Outstanding Community Service Award” from the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (APVMA).

                        The award was presented during the association’s 2013 Annual Symposium, held on Friday-Sunday, March 1-3, at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  More than 500 students from more than 60 colleges and universities from throughout the United States and Canada attended the event.

                        The club’s advisor, Dr. Gregory Fraley, noted that the recognition is especially remarkable because the competition for it included much larger programs.

Holland dog wins at Westminster Dog Show

A dog from Holland has won best of breed at this year’s Westminster Dog Show.

“Riverwatch Grand Illusion” is a nine-year-old curly-coated retriever. Her owners are Gary and Mary Meek of Holland.

A five-year-old Russell Terrier from Sawyer, Michigan also won best of breed Tuesday.  “Goldsand’s Columbus” is owned by Mark Ulrich and Kristina Areskough.

Both dogs will compete in their respective groups 8 p.m. Tuesday. If they win again, they will continue on to the best of show competition.

The Westminster Dog Show runs through February 19.