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Common Bonds sets OKC news conference

posted January 20th, 2020 by
Common Bonds

Common Bonds to announce 90 percent shelter save rate initiative

Common Bonds, a group of organizations and individuals concerned about the wellbeing of Oklahoma’s companion animals, has scheduled a Jan. 21 news conference to discuss its plans to increase Oklahoma’s shelter save rate for dogs and cats to 90 percent.

The news conference is set for 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Oklahoma City Animal Welfare, 2811 SE 29thStreet.

Common Bonds has established three distinct priorities in its effort to reach the 90 percent save rate. Those priorities include promoting methods to reduce the number of animals entering shelters, increasing community engagement and improving data collection. Speakers will discuss these priorities and the steps that will be taken to implement the group’s plan.

 

Speakers include:

Kelly Burley – director, Common Bonds

Jon Gary – animal welfare superintendent, City of Oklahoma City

Brent Toellner – senior director of national programs, Best Friends Animal Society

 

Dogs and cats available for adoption will also be in attendance.

For more information on Common Bonds, visit commonbondsok.com.

OKC Pets Mag Jan / Feb 2020

posted January 12th, 2020 by
Jan / Feb 2020

OKC Pets Magazine  Jan / Feb 2020

Publisher – Marilyn King  [email protected]

Creative Director – Sally Roper

Advertising Sales – Marilyn King, Steve Kirkpatrick, Rosalie Childs.

Web Manager – Steve Kirkpatrick  [email protected]

Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

Contributing Writers – Marilyn King, Heide Brandes, Travis Brorsen, Kim Doner, Nancy Gallimore, Anna Holton-Dean, Bill Snyder, Shauna Struby

PO Box 14128 Tulsa, OK 74159-1128

(918) 520-0611

(918) 346-6044 Fax

©2018 All rights reserved.

No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written consent of the publisher.

OKC Pets Magazine provides Oklahoma City area pet owners with a one-stop resource for local products, services, events and information.  Now OKC Pets Magazine Online is able to provide you with all of that and much more, interactive and up-to-the-minute!

Pet Tips – A Clean House

posted December 22nd, 2019 by
Pet Tips

Money (and Sanity) Saving Tips for Pet Owners

That Like to Keep a Clean House

by Nick Burton

Pet Tips

 

We all love our furry friends, but that doesn’t mean we like cleaning up after them. When you have a pet, you can expect a few messes. Scratch that — lots of them. Between shedding and unscheduled indoor potty breaks, cleaning up after a four-legged family is almost a full-time job. However, before you post a want ad for a housekeeper, take a few minutes to scope out these tips that can help you save money while cleaning your house.

 

Stock Up Early

 

One of the worst things that you can find is an empty cleaning supplies closet when your dog has tracked in something unsavory from the outdoors. Instead of rushing to the closest store in a panic, make sure you have everything you need on-hand all the time. Buy at least two bottles of cleaner, two sponges, and two packs of absorbent paper towels and keep them close at hand (especially if you have a puppy). To save some cash, look online for a Target coupon code; there are three Target locations in Tulsa if you would rather shop in person.

 

Learn How to Use a Lint Roller

 

A lint roller is essentially a roll of inverse tape on a handle. These ingenious little inventions, which typically cost $5 or less, are one of the most versatile tools you can use around the home. Any time you see hair stuck to the sofa, grab your lint roller. Remove it as soon as you see it and your home will be better for it.

 

Scrub Dirty Paws at the Welcome Mat

 

If your dog typically tracks in mud and dirt after your walks, keep a towel and spray bottle just inside of your door. This way, you can tackle their toes before they walk all over your floors.

 

Quit Using Perfumes to Eliminate Odors

 

In addition to dirt, pets are notorious for leaving a lingering odor everywhere they go. Even if you wash your pet weekly, there is no guarantee that you won’t smell them before you see them. And when one urinates on the floor, the scent can stick around. HC Summers Feed and Supply recommends using an enzymatic cleaner or baking soda to get rid of the smell. For everything else, a $2 bottle of white vinegar, a spray bottle, and a dry towel may be all you need. Vinegar is safe on most fabrics, but you should test an inconspicuous area before you spray.

 

Brush Your Pet’s Hair Every Day

 

Your pet’s grooming routine does more than keep them adorable. According to the Animal Humane Society, regular brushing can ensure a healthy coat by distributing natural oils. Further, running a brush through their fur, no matter how long or short, can help remove dry skin. This simple act won’t cost you a dime but will save you time on vacuuming.

 

Clean the Kitty Litter

 

You already know that you have to scoop and clean the kitty litter. However, if you are only doing this once every other day, your house probably smells on the unpleasant side. For the most effective odor elimination, clean the kitty litter at least twice each day, no matter how many felines occupy your home. Also, quit spending money on the priciest cat litter out there; they honestly don’t work any better than budget brands.

 

When you have pets, you’re going to have messes. And you are also going to have to spend money managing these messes. Save yourself stress and strain — and dollars and cents — by following the tips above. Your pet and your nose will thank you.

 

Image via Pexels

4 Best Apps for First-Time Dog Owners

posted December 8th, 2019 by
Apps Article 2

4 Best Apps for First-Time Dog Owners

by Nick Burton

You’ve just brought home your first dog. You’ve got the basic supplies — foodbedleash, maybe even a cute holiday dog costume wardrobe. But being a dog owner is also about training, monitoring your pet’s habits, and keeping track of your pet’s medical information for the vet and any temporary caretakers. So to give you a hand, we assembled our favorite apps to put everything you need at your fingertips.

Apps Article

Image courtesy of Unsplash

 

iTrainer Dog Whistle and Clicker

The iTrainer app comes with a bundle that combines a dog whistle with squeaky sounds, over 40 animal sounds, and a training clicker. You can also use the app to record commands, phrases like “Want to go for a walk?” or any other sounds you choose in order to entertain and educate your pup. The app is easy to use and will help you get your dog trained in no time.

 

Paw Tracks

With the Paw Tracks pet tracker, you can track all your dog’s activities. The app tracks the time and distance of your dog’s walks, as well as who walks them. You can also use Paw Tracks to log your dog’s meals and bathroom habits. Paw Tracks includes a GPS tracker, but it’s also great for storing and sharing health data or any other important information to family and caretakers.

 

Dog Monitor and Pet Cam by Annie

CNET notes Annie’s Dog Monitor and Pet Cam is a reliable, feature-rich app. You can monitor up to four pets at once on any device, and if there is a Wi-Fi outage, it will keep searching for a signal and reconnect automatically. The app comes with full-screen video and has long reach when there’s an available network. The app also works well when viewed with a front or back camera and with your device’s night light feature.

 

Say BARK!

Don’t forget to feature your new dog on this year’s holiday cards! Celebrate your dog ownership by designing your very own animated greetings. Product Hunt explains Say BARK! is an app that lets you create cards starring your very own lovable pup. You just need to take a photo of your dog, then select one of the humorous filters that comes with the app. Add an audio message or record your own, and finally, share your original, animated card with all your friends.

 

Word of Warning

When you’re in the midst of checking on your dog’s health, or even creating a hilarious greeting card, the last thing you want to have happen is for your phone to freeze up. If you’re using an older smartphone, you might need to upgrade your phone or plan to keep your apps all running smoothly.

Thankfully, new phones are out in abundance. For instance, you can find Samsung models to fit any budget, and some service providers offer packages which include an Echo Dot and unlimited data. Apple fans can check out the new Apple iPhone 11. The iPhone 11 comes with wide and ultra-wide lenses that let you crop and zoom after you take the photo, and the new video feature QuickTake will have you capturing every moment with your new pup.

Remember, dog ownership entails more than stocking up on doggy equipment and dressing your pup to the nines. Add some apps to your phone and take some time to learn about dog health and training. With a bit of effort and engagement, your pup will be a healthy, happy canine good citizen, and you’ll be able to take the best possible care of your new furry family member.

OKC Pets Mag Nov / Dec 2019

posted November 7th, 2019 by
OKC Pets Nov/Dec 2019

OKC Pets Magazine  Nov / Dec 2019

Publisher – Marilyn King  [email protected]

Creative Director – Sally Roper

Advertising Sales – Marilyn King, Steve Kirkpatrick, Rosalie Childs.

Web Manager – Steve Kirkpatrick  [email protected]

Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

Contributing Writers – Marilyn King, Heide Brandes, Travis Brorsen, Kaycee Chance, Lisa Dingle, Kim Doner, Eleanor Edwards, DVM, Jonathan Gary, Anna Holton-Dean, Jordan Klingler, Louisa McCune

PO Box 14128 Tulsa, OK 74159-1128

(918) 520-0611

(918) 346-6044 Fax

©2018 All rights reserved.

No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written consent of the publisher.

OKC Pets Magazine provides Oklahoma City area pet owners with a one-stop resource for local products, services, events and information.  Now OKC Pets Magazine Online is able to provide you with all of that and much more, interactive and up-to-the-minute!

OKC Pets Mag Sep / Oct 2019

posted September 15th, 2019 by
OKC Pets

OKC Pets Magazine  Sep / Oct 2019

Publisher – Marilyn King  [email protected]

Creative Director – Debra Fite

Advertising Sales – Marilyn King, Steve Kirkpatrick, Nancy Harrison, Rosalie Childs.

Web Manager – Steve Kirkpatrick  [email protected]

Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

Contributing Writers – Marilyn King, Heide Brandes, Travis Brorsen, Kaycee Chance, Kim Doner, Nancy Gallimore, Anna Holton-Dean, Shauna Lawyer Struby

PO Box 14128 Tulsa, OK 74159-1128

(918) 520-0611

(918) 346-6044 Fax

©2018 All rights reserved.

No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written consent of the publisher.

OKC Pets Magazine provides Oklahoma City area pet owners with a one-stop resource for local products, services, events and information.  Now OKC Pets Magazine Online is able to provide you with all of that and much more, interactive and up-to-the-minute!

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