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DVM Rebekah Hartfield Nominated for Award

posted June 5th, 2018 by
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DVM Rebekah Hartfield Nominated for Award

by Anna Holton-Dean

Dr. Rebekah Hartfield likes to say, “I fought to get into vet school, fought to stay in, and fought to get out.” Her personal struggle to pursue her passion of being a veterinarian is a badge she wears with honor.

Hartfield’s quote comes from a nomination letter which has earned her a spot as one of five finalists in the fifth annual American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards™, sponsored by Zoetis.

Pistol Pic 1.jpg (1) Hartfield, DVM, is a graduate of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. At the Cushing Veterinary Clinic in rural Oklahoma, she is one of about 25 veterinarians that cares for over 57,000 food animals in Payne County—equating to 2,200 animals per veterinarian.


In addition to a 60-hour per week schedule of caring for animals, she has authored two children’s books—the Doctor Hartfield Veterinary Book series.


The series chronicles Abby, a young girl who lives on a farm, and Dr. H. as they examine, diagnose and treat various animals on Abby’s farm. The series focuses on stories about caring for small and large breed animals, like pigs and horses, to increase exposure and interest in large breed animals as well as companion pets. She hopes to spark a desire in young children to help care for all of God’s creatures and encourage the next generation of veterinarians.

Her first book, “Rosie the Pig” was published in July 2017 and tells the story of Abby’s pig, Rosie.  Hartfield has sold over 1,500 copies of “Rosie the Pig” and read to over 5,000 students in schools across Oklahoma and Texas. The educational tools like quizzes and glossary of terms included in each book make the book series a great addition to animal science curriculum.

Her American Humane Hero Veterinarian nomination comes just one month before the release of her second book, “Pistol the Horse,”  available to the public at a book launch party on Saturday, June 16 from 2 – 5 p.m. at Stillwater Milling Company, 502 E. 6th Ave. in Stillwater.

Proceeds from the sale of the books are used to support a scholarship at the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

The public is also invited to visit every day between now and August 2, to vote for Dr. Hartfield as 2018’s top American Hero Veterinarian.


Join us at OKCPets in congratulating Dr. Hartfield for this worthy nomination. We say thank you for working to better the lives of animals in Oklahoma and giving back to future veterinarians.

The Mission to Find Brisby

posted May 25th, 2018 by

The Mission to Find Brisby:

OKC’s Amazing Pet-Loving Community

By Anna Holton-Dean

When Mercedes Wessels made the trek from Minnesota to Oklahoma City for the BrisbyBetter Barrel Races World Finals on April 24, she didn’t expect the theft of her Border Collie mix puppy, Brisby, to be the most memorable aspect of the trip. However, the pet-loving community of OKC has banned together to help bring him home, and that is an even greater memory Mercedes will always cherish.

The Day Brisby Went Missing

“We stayed at a lady’s house for the day because the fairgrounds didn’t allow horses on the property until midnight. So we stayed off of Chisholm to sleep (we drove overnight) and let our horses stretch and relax,” Mercedes says. “We left that house at 9 p.m. to head to the fairgrounds. We stopped at McDonald’s off of Meridian and Reno, ran inside for maybe five minutes, came out, and Brisby was gone.

“We had two dogs with us, both in the living quarters of the trailer. Normally, Brisby always rides with me in the vehicle, but it was a short 2.5-mile trip, and both dogs were sleeping in there when we loaded up.”

‘Find Brisby OKC’            

One month later, Brisby is still missing, but hundreds have rallied together and are still actively searching for him with the hope of bringing him home to Mercedes in Minnesota. The Facebook group “Find Brisby OKC” has over 1,200 members and is steadily growing. In addition to sharing the page and searching the OKC area, members have even taken the search nationwide, posting Craigslist ads in various states and searching shelter photos daily. From the use of tracking dogs to organizing group prayer, members are doing all they can and say they will not give up until Brisby is found.

While she is devastated by the loss of her pup, Mercedes is overwhelmed at the kindness and selflessness of so many strangers who want to reunite her with her beloved pet.

“It really warms my heart,” she says. “I’ve never been so thankful. God couldn’t have handpicked a better crowd. You forget on occasion that people care—what a wonderful reminder!”

Brisby could be anywhere by now and is currently 11 months old. He is a red/white Border Collie mix with a white-tipped tail. If you believe you have possibly spotted him, take a picture and text it to (218) 820-2309.

Calling All Dog Ladies!

posted January 30th, 2018 by
Nicole Castillo

Calling All Dog Ladies!

Tucked into tCalling All the Dog Ladies!he pages of Facebook, a small group of females chat daily about everything canine. OKC Dogs Moms was created two years ago this month by Lauren Rutledge, a savvy dog owner who wanted a place just for women and their dogs. In the twenty-four months the page has existed, it has accrued 1,331 members who touch on subjects from lost dogs to cute pup pics.

“This group is for women and their pups.” says Lauren. “I am a member of a ton of meetup groups in OKC and there isn’t one place that is specific to just women and dogs.”Calling All the Dog Ladies!

Lauren has two adorable French bulldogs named Peewee and Louie. “They love going on car rides. Seriously, they don’t get excited about anything else like they do about getting in the car!” She loves driving her pups to their favorite places around the Oklahoma City metro, like Hollywood Feed and the Edmond dog park.

What I noticed about this page is the high level of support the members receive and offer each other. Many posts ask for opinions on dog food, veterinarians, pet stores, and training. The comments on these posts are always helpful and informative.

I have not seen any petty drama, which goes hand and hand with social media. These are animal-loving ladies that have formed a gentle community in the crazy world of Facebook. There are also the hard posts. Stories of sickness, loss, and beloved dogs passing on. The kind words of encouragement and sympathy touch my heart.

There are tentative plans for this group to gather together this year. “In 2016 we did a Halloween Party and silent auction. Everything went really well and we had a blast! Looking to do that again in 2018!” Lauren excitedly adds. The group also sells quarterly t-shirts and donates the profits to a local shelter or rescue. The last round of shirts benefited Mutt Misfits. They have a new “Dog Mother, Wine Lover” shirt coming out just in time for Valentine’s Day!

I’m glad I came across this page. I think every OKC dog mom needs to benefit from this community of lovely women. It definitely brightens my day!

Calling All the Dog Ladies!

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

posted January 16th, 2018 by
Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR ProgramHands Helping Paws Inc., a cat rescue and adoption organization in Norman, has some exciting news. This month, they have started a TNR program for the area! TNR stands for trap, neuter, and return to help control the cat population by spaying/neutering community cats. Community cats are strays, feral, or alley cats that live on the streets. These colonies of community cats are usually looked after by someone who feeds them in the neighborhood.

Hands Helping Paws is reaching out to these feline ambassadors to trap the cats and bring them in to have them spayed or neutered at no charge.

They started last week with four cats getting the simple operation and today, five more cats will be spayed/neutered.

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR ProgramLook at it this way. If a stray female cat has five kittens each year for five years (five years is the average life span of an unspayed female stray), then these 9 nine surgeries will prevent 225 kittens from being born on the streets. That does not include the litters of kittens coming from each hypothetical kitten!

Yes. The math is staggering.

Hands Helping Paws saw this problem and is doing something about it.

If you know of a colony of cats, or would like to donate to this worthy cause, contact Hands Helping Paws on Facebook.

Check out our January/February issue of OKC Pets Magazine to learn more about cat overpopulation and Operation Catnip Stillwater, another TNR organization dedicated to this problem.

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

All Your Pet Wants for Christmas is…

posted December 22nd, 2017 by
Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

All Your Pet Wants for Christmas is…

It’s definitely feeling a lot like Christmas today! The temperature is icy, and everywhere I go the twinkling lights of Oklahoma City sparkle cheerily at me from shop windows and neighborhoods. Have you finished your holiday shopping? Were there any furry family members or fluffy friends on your list?

What do our pets really want for Christmas? I asked a few friends and found out!

Oakley got a Christmas bandanna and Carlo got a new Christmas sweater!! It was exactly what they wished for!

 All Your Pets Want for Christmas is...

Max is a collector of all the treasures! He may be part border collie and part pirate, because of the bounty of things hidden in his yard. He likes to chew on everything! Especially water hoses and flower pots. He would like for Santa to bring him something to help keep him busy… and of course, something on which he can gnaw.

 All Your Pets Want for Christmas is...

Kaia (right) wants to be able to run and play again. She is not feeling well right now. Rhea (left) wants her sister to get well soon so they can go on adventures!

All Your Pets Want for Christmas is...

Ruby wants her busy mom to spend more time with her!

All Your Pets Want for Christmas is...

Sophie wants a stuffed toy. And it looks like she got her wish!



Most of all, our pets just want our love and attention. Be sure to cuddle up with your furry and/or feathered family this chilly weekend, and they will have the happiest of holidays. They deserve it.

Give Me That Old Time Walk ‘N Roll

posted October 13th, 2017 by
Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

Give Me That Old Time Walk ‘N Roll

Give Me That Old Time Walk 'N RollDogFest Walk ‘n Roll OKC is a family-friendly, dog-friendly walk and festival benefiting Canine Companions for Independence. Activities include vendors, music, and a short walk with your pooch. Grab a leash and join in!

The Canine Companions for Independence was founded in 1975 and strives to provide highly trained assistance dogs to aid individuals with disabilities. They work closely with both human and canine to ensure a healthy and quality relationship. Money raised at Dogfest OKC allows people to receive a highly trained assistance dog free of charge!

This non-profit organization has helped thousands of people get back their confidence and security to obtain a more independent lifestyle. These dogs function as the hands, legs, and ears of their charges and have changed many a life. I checked out the website and was amazed to see the difference these animals make every day!

Here are a few tails of triumph for the humans who have benefited from this awesome organization.Give Me That Old Time Walk 'N Roll

We train four types of assistance dogs

Service dogs assist adults with physical disabilities by performing daily tasks.
“Mork helps me help myself. He can retrieve my phone and other dropped items, pull my wheelchair and open doors for me.”
—Wallis and Service Dog Mork

Hearing dogs alert their partners, who are deaf and hard of hearing, to important sounds.
“Thanks to Hazel, I don’t have to rely on someone to wake me up. I am less dependent on my family now.”
—Karen and Hearing Dog Hazel

Facility dogs work with clients with special needs in a visitation, education, criminal justice or health care setting.
“Sherlock allows many children to surprise themselves into doing things they might never have had the courage to try!”
—Kristen and Facility Dog Sherlock

Skilled companions enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities.
“He has really changed my life and I like showing people how he helps me.”
—Carter and Skilled Companion Hollen  (


Give Me That Old Time Walk 'N RollSunday looks to be a gorgeous day, so why not grab your best friend (human or canine), and attend Dogfest Walk ‘n Roll OKC for a fun afternoon all to help a most wonderful cause.

October 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Earlywine Park
3033 SW 119th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73170


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