HSBC’s Cattery Project

Our friends at the Humane Society of Bay County have been working incredibly hard to complete their renovations and open their facility to the public. Check out the latest update on their progress!

The last major remodeling project to complete the new Pet Adoption Center of the Humane Society of Bay County is proceeding at a good pace.  This large “Cattery” area will feature four glass “cat condos” holding up to four cats each with beds, perches, toys and climbing blocks. Outside these cat enclosures there will be sitting areas for visitors and potential adopters to interact with the HSBC cats and kittens available for adoption.  To date, the ceiling, lighting and an exit door have been replaced, the original flooring removed, and, most recently, a new and easily sanitized extra-thick epoxy floor installed to meet the animal sheltering license requirements of the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development. While the Pet Adoption Center is not yet open to the public, the HSBC is hoping for a January 2019 completion date.  

Let’s help the HSBC achieve their goal! Please consider donating to this wonderful cause at


Meet Marjorie

In our continued efforts to support The Humane Society of Bay County, we’d like to share an adoption success story. Please consider adoption or fostering!

Labadie - Marjorie

Marjorie, a Neapolitan mastiff, came to the HSBC as a medical transfer from a rescue in November, 2015. She was a stray that had gone unclaimed, and because of her breed, the rescue reached out looking for placement with the Humane Society of Bay County, among others. It was also discovered that she was positive for heartworms, but luckily we had room in our HSBC Dog Foster Program to take her.

Before Marge even began her heartworm treatment, she met with Michelle and Bob, who had contacted us through a family friend who had adopted Hemingway (a special-needs Yorkie) from our program some months prior. They were looking to add another canine family member and needed a good match for their current mastiff, Sheba. At a meeting, Marjorie and Sheba hit it off right away, and Michelle and Bob confirmed that they would like to add Marge to their family after her treatment was complete.

Marjorie’s treatment and recovery required three months of strict crate-rest, but Marge was finally able to resume normal activity and go home with her new family in late February, 2016, where she continues to live a happy and healthy life.

NOTE: To enable the HSBC to achieve more foster and adoption success stories
like Marjorie’s, we need foster homes to care for dogs temporarily until their
forever family can be found. Please consider fostering a dog in our program. For
more information, email or call 989-893-
0451. Fostering is a great way to enjoy “short term” pet ownership while having
the flexibility to travel, host major events, etc. between foster placements.



Some of our Favorite Michigan Vacation Destinations!

Do you have the desire to get away but not sure where to go? Below are some of our favorite spots around the state that we highly recommend!


Craving some fudge? Then head up to Mackinaw City!
Looking for beautiful beaches? Check out Frankfort!


Prefer the city? Grand Rapids is home to the John Ball Zoo and many other awesome activities!
Want to check out “Good Morning America’s Most Beautiful Place in America”? Then head over to the Sleeping Bear Dunes!
Got a few days to spare? Then Tahquamenon Falls is a must!



We’re Ready for Summer!

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We’re ready for Summer! Are you?It may be hard to believe, but we love having fun away from work too! Here are some Summer activities folks here at the dealership are looking forward to.

“I’m excited to spend the summer with my very first nephew, Weston!” – Sam Reetz (Media & Marketing Specialist)

Weston – Picture by: Sam Reetz

“I am looking forward to our camping trip in June in Indian River, MI. We will be going boating, river tubing, and spending time with family.” – Mark Brock (New Car Sales Manager)

“I look forward to spending time with family/friends, playing ice hockey, and working towards my goals! Hope everyone has a safe, fun, and positive summer!” – Scott Naples (Sales Professional)

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“I am looking forward to more barbecuing, hanging out with friends and visiting Lake Michigan this Summer.” – Taylor Gradowski (Media & Marketing Director)

 Ludington, Michigan – Lake Michigan (Picture by: Taylor Gradowski)

“I look forward to camping this year.” – Adam Cruff (Parts Manager)

Toyota Sienna Vans hauling a boat and a camper. (Picture by: Adam Cruff)

“I look forward to traveling with my kids” – Stephanie Histed (Service Advisor)

“I look forward to spending time with my dog.” – Alexandra Sauer (Sales Professional)

“I look forward to an absurd amount of golfing.” – Adam Everett (Sales Professional)

“I am looking forward to northern Michigan camping and visiting Mackinaw Island” – Andrew Schwaiger (Sales Professional)

No matter where we’re going or what we’re doing, we have plans to go places.

Question is, where will you go or what will you do?


Labadie Toyota is a Toyota dealer located in Bay City, Michigan. As part of our “People Going Places” efforts, where we highlight those in our community who have stories to share, we’d like to encourage you to reach out to us. If you are interested in submitting a piece as a guest blogger, please email us at We’d love to hear from you! :)




4 Useful Tips for Planning Your Next Road Trip

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With many of us celebrating spring break in the coming weeks and warm weather and summer fun just around the corner, it couldn’t be a better time to jump in the car to take a family road trip. Whether you’re going on vacation, visiting family and friends, or checking off the next item on your bucket list, here are some helpful tips for a successful getaway.

Rev Up the Fun

Growing up in a time without iPhones and tablets, many of us remember taking family road trips playing 21 Questions or singing along to the radio. Make your next outing a technology-free event and make some memories too. Remember Mad Libs – the comical fill in the blank storybooks they used to sell at the school book fair? They’re only a couple bucks on Amazon, provide many laughs, and are a fun way to brush up on your grammar skills. Another favorite is road trip bingo. Print a few bingo cards with spaces that feature items you might see on the highway (think a traffic barrel or McDonalds). You won’t believe how fast the time will fly when you’re playing games.

Accelerate Your Snack Options

Whether it’s an all-day trip or just a few hours, every good road trip needs snacks. Although it can be tempting to grab something at the gas station or a fast food restaurant, bringing your own snacks is a healthier and cost-effective choice. Fill a cooler with lidded drinks and sandwiches, and bring some individually packaged pretzels and cookies. You’ll satisfy your restless travelers and cover lunch at the same time. Don’t forget some Wet-Naps and a trash bag in case there are any messes!

Make a Pit Stop

After a couple hours on the road, it is inevitable that someone is going to need to stop for a restroom break or to do some stretching. Instead of stopping at a rest stop, schedule a break at a unique local attraction or museum. This is also a great opportunity to stop for ice cream at one of the many small town shops off the beaten path. Forgetting about the destination and enjoying the stops along the way will help you make great memories that will last a lifetime. And remember to take some pictures!

Plan for Curves in the Road

Although today’s cars are safer and more reliable than ever, it’s always good to be prepared for any bumps in the road before heading out on a long trip. Make sure your car maintenance is in order and check for things like wipers, batteries, fluid levels, and tire pressure. This is also a good time to restock your emergency kit with items like blankets, flashlights, and first aid supplies. Finally, be sure your GPS navigation system is up-to-date; this will help you get to your destination quickly, avoiding roadwork and traffic congestion.

Planning a road trip doesn’t have to be a daunting task. When you’re well prepared, you have more time to focus on having fun and making memories with family and friends. Follow these simple steps and you will be sure to have a safe and pleasant road trip experience this summer.
Mel Quist is a senior writer at Venture6 Studio—a creative agency in Bay City, Michigan that specializes in video production, branding and marketing, and content strategy. Special thank you for his contribution to this week’s blog.

Views and opinions expressed in this article does not necessarily reflect those of Labadie Toyota, Labadie Auto Company or groups and individuals within. For more information on how you can contribute a guest blog, please contact us at for consideration. Thank you!

People Going Places

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It is always inspiring to learn of someone’s journey from the valley to the mountain. Everyday, people accomplish a variety of great things, big and small. Those great things are what make us who we are and inspire others to chase their great things.

We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome guest blog authors to submit an inspirational, family-friendly article encouraging others to keep going places.

You can submit your article for consideration at:

General Manager, TJ Horner shares his success, sales strategy, culture and motivation in his presentation video below. Check it out and be inspired! :)

Quick Guide to Happiness

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Happiness is a relative term. What defines it, is often different for various individuals. It could be peace, wealth, or something as simple as the first cup of coffee in the morning.

Overall happiness is more than short term contentment. It’s about adding up all the positives in life and being thankful and content with what life has brought us. Things will go wrong, life won’t be fair and our plans are destined to be paved with roads we never planned to travel. How we react to all events, the good and the bad, is how we can essentially measure our level of happiness.

So, here we are in February of 2018. By now you may have forgotten about those resolutions you set shortly after we rung in the new year. You may not have gotten the promotion or big opportunity you were hoping for. You may be facing health issues, lack of money, loss of a loved one or the like.  As I previously mentioned, though we cannot control that of which is around us, we can control how we react to it. We learn how to take life’s lemons and make lemonade. :)

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Here are 5 quick thoughts on how to achieve a happier outlook on life, regardless of your situation.


1.) De-clutter. Studies have shown that excessive anything can have a negative effect on your life. For example, recent studies have shown increases in anxiety and depression associated with excessive use of social media. Therefore, set limits or remove the key anxiety/depression sources altogether. Same with your environment and schedule. Prioritize who and what is most important and remove what is not worth your time or takes up your space. You will find as you de-clutter, the anxiety and stress will minimize.

2.) Give. Have you ever thought, “Why do I have so much time/stuff/money?” Oftentimes it seems as if it is our destiny to give back something. If you have time, use it to volunteer and possibly change a person’s life with your actions or words of encouragement. If you have stuff, donate it to the local shelter or find someone who could use something that you are not. If you have an abundance of money, find a great organization to donate, to help others in need. Everyone has something to contribute and giving can feel good.

3.) Encourage. Everyone can use a kind word or smile. The world is full of negativity and deception. Read or watch anything on the news or on the internet. The world is telling us we need to go faster, be smarter, be thinner, be richer and be better than the next guy. This will only cause more stress and heartache for you. In the end, we all pass away and there’s no avoiding it. Take a moment to encourage others and in the same way you will be encouraged to cherish every moment you’re living.

4.) Be different. Try something different. Whether it’s food, a different route to work/school/home or even learning about a new culture. Trying something different will open your eyes to new opportunities you never dreamed of. You will grow your character and be more adventurous in your time to come.

5.) Live. Laugh. Love. February is often known for Valentine’s Day. While love is the air during that time, we need to remind ourselves to live well, laugh often and love like there is no tomorrow. It is a reminder that the little things in life are truly worth caring about. Whether it is a simple smile, a kind gesture or taking a moment to take it all in, we have purpose in this life for a greater tomorrow.

Happiness cannot truly be sustained by material things in this life. True happiness cannot be found in pizza, money, vacations and the like. These are short lived and fade away soon after. The pizza is ate, the money is spent and vacation is over. And even if you had unlimited vacation and money, would you still be happy?

True happiness comes from the heart of a person who avoids the negativity, is thankful, giving, and truly content with what they have each and everyday.  Happiness is about keeping it simple and not getting caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle.

We have a choice, everyday, to decided whether or not we will strive for true happiness. It begins with a positive attitude and the decisions on who and what we will let guide our paths.

The views and opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Labadie Toyota. This blog was written as a word of encouragement and enjoyment.