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The Pump Bar + Uptown 23rd Farmer’s Market

posted July 4th, 2015 by
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Ween Pic 26Mom and Pops don’t need much of an excuse to day drink, so we figured the Uptown 23rd Farmers Market was a good reason to go have a boozy brunch at The Pump Bar, 2425 N Walker Ave.

Now, a few warnings. #1 it can be incredibly difficult to find a table at The Pump. While there is an abundance of outdoor seating, we have done multiple drive-bys when we were in the vicinity, only to find the whole joint completely jam-packed. This time, we arrived right after they opened for brunch at 11:00 and they were already pretty busy, but we managed to find a spot. Warning #2, their sign says “service dogs only” on the patio. but we are pretty sure this is just some sort of legal mumbo-jumbo to avoid liability in case of any accidents. No one batted an eye at me, there were TONS of dogs there, and they even have water buckets labeled for pups.

Mom and Pops split breakfast tacos and french toast sticks, and they started stuffing said food into their faces before they thought to take a picture. But they gave a double thumbs up to both. The Pump serves upscale bar snacks during their regular operating hours, and also… Read More

The Patriarch + New Fast-Casual Patios

posted July 4th, 2015 by
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Ween Pic 24Heaven is a place on earth, and it’s located at 9 E. Edwards St., Edmond. The Patriarch Craft Beer House and Lawn opened this week and it already seems poised for extreme success.

Located in a renovated circa-1903 house near UCO, The Patriarch offers 48 (!!) beers on tap, plus a few bottles, wines, whiskeys, and craft root beer for your DD. This joint is ACTIVELY dog-friendly which is a huge plus for me! There is tons and tons and tons of outdoor seating, including some grassy areas for me, in case I need to well, do my business.

An outdoor window allows pup parents to order without having to leave their furries outside, but there is an enclosed dog-run if needed. A water bowl for me and my kind is also located near the dog run.

Now, the downside. We have already seen that lines can get incredibly long. The night we went was a special “Pint Night” for Roughtail Brewery, and… Read More

 

Collaboration – it works

posted July 4th, 2015 by
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Collaboration and social media are powerful and they validate the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”. It applies to rescue as well.  Downtown Oklahoma City is an example – – today it is a vibrant place – – 16 years ago – – there was blowing dust and vacant buildings.  PAAS recently used both collaboration and social media to help some adorable, cute, funny, fantastic dogs.  It started with a connection made more than a year ago.  The result was 13 puppies will have new homes, information will be shared via social media and three rescues, lots of volunteers – especially Tom the bus driver – -are now connected to build a wider net to save more dogs.

 

If collaboration was embraced by more rescues, more dogs and cats could be saved, more adoptive homes discovered and the synergy that comes from collaboration would significantly change the face of rescue.  When you are passionate about rescue, it can be challenging to work together – – but  the dogs and cats do not carewho saves them – – they just want someone to step up.

Kay Stout, Executive Director – PAASVinita  – – e:  [email protected]  918-256-7227

End-of-life care is not a topic to avoid

posted May 20th, 2015 by
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With five senior pets in my home (they are all 10 years and up!), end of life care is something that is very much front of mind. One dog has a heart tumor and has had heart surgery among a variety of other procedures. Another dog just started taking medication for arthritis. My three kitties are faring better at the moment but are the oldest animals in the house.

So, some recent articles that popped up in my Facebook feed on euthanasia for pets caught my eye. It’s a topic I really don’t want to think about, unfortunately it is one that will need to be addressed whether I stick my head in the sand or not.

I took a deep breath and clicked on the first link. “A Vet’s View of Home Euthanasia for Pets” actually provided some relief and presented an option I hadn’t considered because I hadn’t spent much time considering any options at all.

The idea of keeping my babies in the surroundings they are most comfortable and familiar surrounded by the family who loves them was comforting to me and would hopefully be a comfort to them. It would mean at a time they were most likely in pain, they would not have to take an uncomfortable car ride to a place that already causes them anxiety.

At my latest vet visit, I made sure to ask if this was a service that could be provided. I was relieved to hear that it absolutely is something that I can plan on for my babies when the time comes.

The second article that I noticed flipped the tables. A woman who died last November requested in her will that her healthy dog be put down, cremated and buried with her.

Currently, it appears that the euthanasia has been put on hold. But here was yet another topic that I had avoided instead of facing. What would happen to my animals if I died before they did?

While I would never consider having a healthy put euthanized just because I had died, what would happen to them if I didn’t make a plan? Would they potentially end up in a shelter and put down because of their old age? My love of animals came from my parents, who have a small menagerie of their own. If godparents for pets are a thing, I need to secure some.

Both articles have given me some things to think about and I definitely have some planning to do when it comes to end-of-life plans for my pets and myself. Not pleasant, but it is something that is important to prepare for.

Have you made decisions about how you will handle your pet’s last day? Or made plans for your pets in your will? Let me know in the comments below.

– Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

May / June OKC Pets Magazine

posted May 11th, 2015 by
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Publisher – Marilyn King

Creative Director – Debra Fite

Advertising Sales – Marilyn King, Steve Kirkpatrick, Nancy Harrison, Cheryl Steckler, Nicole Castillo

Web Manager – Steve Kirkpatrick

Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

Contributing Writers – Marilyn King, Anna Holton-Dean, Holly Brady Clay, Emily Cefalo, Pat Becker, Lauren Cavagnolo, Nancy Haddock, Bria Bolton Moore, Nancy Gallimore, Khara Criswell, Animal Emergency Staff

PO Box 14128 Tulsa, OK 74159-1128

S&B Burger Joint and Half Price Books

posted May 6th, 2015 by
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Ween Pic 22So our Saturday night did not go exactly as planned. We intended on an early dinner at Bleu Garten, 301 NW 10th,  arriving at 4:30 to beat the crowds. That was a huge joke, as a drive-by showed absolutely zero table space and not much parking. We had to make a quick decision, and drove one block over toS&B Burger Joint, 20 NW 9th St.

Now, this was NOT the first visit Mom and Pops have made to S&B Burgers. They have made several sans-ween trips to the location at 14020 N. May, to take advantage of their “Rock Hour” for cheap beer and sliders. They can usually get away for about $20 including two sliders and a couple drinks each, and split fries. But it has been a rocky road trying to make a wiener-centric trip.

The above-mentioned N. May location changes the set-up of their patio, seemingly with no pattern. Sometimes it is set up with bar tables and chairs. Sometimes it is set up more like a waiting area, with no real convenient place to eat. The two times Mom and Pops have intended on taking me, it has been the “waiting area” set up. So your results may vary.

We even tried to visit the 9th St. location about a year ago, and we were turned away by the hostess, saying dogs weren’t allowed. We think she must have been new or something, because S&B is a major advertiser for our friends at OKC Pets Magazine. 

So anyhow! The 9th street location does have a proper patio set-up and was more than welcoming to me on this trip. Since we were… Read More