is a 7 ½ year old Siberian Husky that was brought home to her human family as a 7 week old puppy, much to the delight of her canine friend Buddy. At 5 months old Misty developed glaucoma in her right eye, which resulted in the loss of sight and eventually removal of the eye. At 2 years old she developed glaucoma in her left eye, but thanks to the professional health care she received at South Shore Animal Hospital the pressures were reduced, and Misty’s eye was saved. Misty and her family then traveled to Indianapolis Indiana for a procedure to help save her left eye.
Misty still has approximately 65% of her vision in her left eye. She gets eleven drops per day, which she thinks is okay, as they are accompanied by a treat. She loves everyone, and everyone loves her. The fall and winter are her favorite times of the year, she likes laying on the cool ground - or better yet the snow. Misty is not very fond of the summer months, because of the heat and bright sunlight. She loves going for car rides, especially if that ride ends up north at the cabin, where she has 20 acres to run and play with her best friend, Buddy.
There are pets who deserve special recognition because of the care they receive, the efforts of their owners to provide that care, or extraordinary health issues. South Shore Animal Hospital will recognize those special pets here. Those pet are called SHINING STARS. We are proud to announce our newest Shining Star, Daisy Laituri! Daisy Laituri, owned by Vern & Joyce Laituri of Prudenville
Daisy, a ten-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever had a rough and tumble start on life. Her first home was one filled with lots of turmoil and stress. Daisy witnessed daily arguing, yelling, and at times, violent behavior. An astute social worker recognized that Daisy needed a better life and took Daisy out of the stressful situation into his own home.
The social worker and his wife grew very fond of Daisy, but when their own dog had nine puppies, it was too much for them to provide care for all of the dogs. They asked their neighbor, Michael Laituri, to take in Daisy, and he did. Daisy enjoyed a great life with them until Michael's work kept him away from home a lot. He then asked his parents, Vern & Joyce Laituri, if they could baby-sit for Daisy while he was out of state for his job.
Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months and Vern & Joyce kept Daisy and she became theirs. Daisy has been a great dog for the Laituri's. She is sweet and loving, and has taught them patience and gives them unconditional love.
Daisy was diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus in 2009. This disease requires a huge commitment from the pet owner. The Laituri's had to bring Daisy into South Shore regularly to monitor her blood sugar. There are diet restrictions and Daisy needs special food. They also had to learn how to give insulin injections, twice daily. This can be very trying on the pet owner and is very costly.
This story could have had a very different ending had it not been for the social worker, Michael, Vern & Joyce Laituri. Like a lot of rescued dogs and cats, it's as if Daisy realizes the love and caring all of these people had for her. She could not be a sweeter, more loving dog! She is one of the staff favorites at South Shore. The Laturi's and Daisy are truly a wonderful example of what a shining star should be!
Congratulations to the Laituri's and to Daisy!!!!
Are you a client of South Shore Animal Hospital and have a special pet that you would like us to consider for the Shining Star? Just provide us with a picture and a short paragraph telling us why your pet is so special to you. Submit your pet information for Shining Star by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), drop it by in person, or send in the mail. We look forward to sharing your story.
My family made the very difficult choice to let me go play on Rainbow Bridge while I await their arrival.
(Daisy for short). I don’t
remember much of this, but I’m told that when I was about 6-8 weeks old, I was
thrown out of a moving car window. Other than a few scratches, I was okay and
luckily some nice people saw this happen and took me to their home and raised
I’ve had a pretty good life with these people, (I can say
they spoil me pretty good). But when I was about 3 or 4 years old, my people
friends noticed a bump nearly the size of an egg on my abdomen. They took me to
the doctor (vet) who diagnosed it as a fatty tumor and would probably never
develop into much of anything. However; as the years passed this thing kept
growing and eventually got larger than a grapefruit. But my people friends had
some money concerns and the vet wanted a lot of money to remove it.It didn’t really bother me too much, made it
a little weird to run, but otherwise it didn’t hurt or anything.<br><br>
But this spring it started really bothering me and by now it
was nearly as big as a football. I started having trouble laying down, eating
my food, etc.So my people friends took
me to South Shore Animal Hospital in Houghton Lake. Everyone there was really
nice and treated me like I belonged there. When my people friends put me on the
exam table, I started bleeding like crazy. The doctor told my people friends
they would need some money to fix it. My people friends were surprised because
South Shore’s estimate was much lower than when I was 3 and I’m 13 now. So the
Doctors at South Shore immediately took me into another room and put me to
sleep, and when I woke up my football was gone. They said I almost died, but
the other vets said this could happen even when I was still young.<br><br>
Well thanks to South Shore, not only did I survive, (lost my
football) I feel better than I have in a long time. I run and play with my old
toys again, (I love my stuffed ducks). And now I eat all the great dinners I
I want to thank South Shore Animal Hospital for making me
feel so much better, working with my people family and literally saving my
life. If I start feeling sick anytime, I want to come back here. <br><br>
On March 11,2013 Ryan's owners unselfishly came to the conclusion it was time to put Ryan to rest. He touched all of our hearts and will be greatly missed.<br>
His story is one that pulls at your heart-strings and will take you from joy to tears. He is a 7 year old black and white party cocker spaniel. Ryan blessed his new owners with his presence when he was just a puppy in 2005, he was just 10 weeks old, as cute as a button and full of love and energy. He was loved by all and he readily returned his owners affection with wags and puppy kisses. He would play fetch for hours if you could keep up with him. His perpetual happy-go-lucky personality easily endeared him to everyones hearts. He was a healthy, active, playful pup.<br>
Before Ryan turned 6 years old, his owners noticed he was acting differently.Laboratory testing eventually led to a diagnosis of kidney failure. Three months later, Ryan lost vision in both eyes and became blind.Several months after Ryan developed pancreatitis.<br>
Ryan quickly adapted to life without being able to see. His owners were patient and began teaching him how to navigate through life without vision. They also began down a long path and delicate balance of health concerns, trying to control the progression of Ryans kidney failure and pancreatitis. Ryan is at the doctors office regularly for close monitoring and his owners are constantly controlling his diet and giving medications to control the symptoms associated with his health problems. As for Ryan, he continues to keep his little tail wagging, happy to see everyone, an extra sniff to make sure you are one of his many friends. He is always looking for his favorite treat of bell peppers as he moves forward in life, not knowing of his handicaps, brave, and loved so much by his family.
On April 4, 2014 Norman's family made the very difficult decision to let him lounge on the big snowy deck in the sky. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.
Norman is a big beautiful 120 lb 10 year old Newfoundland. He spent his early years in an abusive situation until he was rescued by a very loving man. Normans second owner spoiled him with Rice Krispy treats and Wendys Hamburgers (hold the pickle). Norman was even given another Newfie as a companion playmate! When the very loving man found out he had terminal cancer he looked for a home where the two boys could stay together.
Norman and his friend Koda soon found a wonderful forever home in Higgins Lake. Norman is a wise and very laid back gentleman, in spite of having a chronic skin condition and the early stages of arthritis, he is gentle and loving with everyone especially the 7 grandchildren that come to visit. He is very attached to his human companions and has an uncanny way of communicating with his eyes. During the summer months he likes to get in the lake or sit down to a big BOWL of ice cubes that he will only eat indoors. He spends his winters lounging around in the snow, often napping on the deck covering himself in snow.