Named one of the Top 10 Islands in the World by Conde Nast Traveler, and a Top 10 Car-Free U.S. Destination by Sherman’s Travels, Mackinac Island is known for it’s countless unique attractions and peaceful scenery. If ever you’ve enjoyed a trip to Michigan’s Mackinac Island, you might have rented a bike to cycle around the island or taken a carriage ride to view the sights. In fact, automobiles aren’t permitted, enhancing the vacation feel and appeal to the unique island and all it has to offer.
As one of our own favorite vacation destinations, it’s disheartening to hear of the utter chaos that has been occurring on the island over the past few months. With summer right around the corner and the onset of vacations it appears millions of dollars in revenue will be lost due to the recent over-population of monkeys.
That’s right, we said monkeys!
We have all taken our pets to the groomer to get them all spruced up at one time or another. How would you feel if you went to pick them up and they had an injury they didn’t go in with?
That is exactly what happened after Gladys Kupuwai dropped off her granddaughter’s Pomeranian-Maltese mix, Dodo, for routine grooming at Petco in Kaneohe, Hawaii. A couple of days later, she realized one of her ears had been cut. “(She) was dried, bloody, was dry blood, everything,” Kapuwai said. “I noticed that at home, so when I took her to the vet, the doctor had told me it looked like they tried to glue it back.” The doctor told Kupuwai he could have saved the ear if the groomers had told her right then, but they didn’t.
Time Magazine published an article written by Carl Zimmer that goes into remarkable detail about nonhuman friendship. Studies have shown that friendships among animals are indeed true and display sharing, grieving, sacrificing, forming bonds, and loyalty. It is quite interesting to learn the types of friendships that exist between chimpanzees, dolphins, hyenas, elephants, baboons and horses. The discoveries could change the assumptions we have about how nonhuman societies work and perhaps change how we think about our friendships.
I recently perused the U.S. government’s official web portal where the notifications section gives the general public easy access to a variety of updates. As I was reading over the different updates, I stumbled upon an announcement that stated “every household that has a pet will be taxed for each pet they own.” The more I read, the more further I went into orbit. I try to keep up with the pending new laws, but this one has not received the attention that it should have!
The law clearly states that an average $250 tax will apply to all dogs and cats throughout the nation. While farm animals are still undetermined, taxes will definitely be imposed on any animal that can be considered a domestic pet. Evidently the tax for smaller pets such as hamsters, rats, snakes, ferrets, guinea pigs, etc. will be assessed at a reduced rate, depending on size.