Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
I'm renting my mom's cousin's place this year. If you walk out the door at Bozo's and turn right (towards the Chapel), it's about the 6th or so cottage on the left. Not the greatest spot on the lake for the beach aspect (no beach, steep hill, have to float out for sun b/c the dock is shaded) but he's got a really long property so I never have trouble with my dogs being outside off lead. He's only got one bathroom and we've got so many people now my mom caved and rented one of those mcmansion places but I'm still renting the other place b/c of my dogs, hopefully my income tax return will cover it! All the places we grew up at would be on your section of the lake but on the other side, facing south, on Chapel Road (just a sandy two-track, between the Chapel and the fire station). They're all tiny places - Jipping's, Greidanus', Owen's (the one we're after), Elhart's (one my family has rented since the 60s).
I'll tell you when I fell in love with GSDs.... are you familiar with the Burger place? It's a red house and a smaller red cottage, it would be across from you and to your right. Those people had a GSD called Chelsea. I say "had" because I don't believe there's any chance she could still be alive given the time frame. That was the dog that sold me on GSDs. We'd walk the beach down to their place frog hunting and she would come out and say hi. Then she'd follow us back to our place and play with us. At the time it seemed like everyone around there knew her so it was never a problem. When we got called in for supper we'd say "Chelsea go home now" and she'd trot back down the beach to the Burger's. There was a very old woman living in the home, she may be passed now too. Sometimes my cousin and I would talk to her. I'm sure the people that come now would have no idea who I am, but I still walk down that beach. They are on their third, maybe even forth generation of GSD. Chelsea, then her daughter Heidi, then her daughter Greta. One of them, I think Heidi, lost a leg in a boating accident and is a tripod dog.