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PupPod

posted September 28th, 2015 by
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New US pet toy ‘PupPod’ promises to keep pups active and engaged while owners are away.

PupPod allows:

  • Pet parents to watch live video of their pups and interact remotely with them as their dogs play
  • Offers a new way to reduce boredom, destructive behaviour and separation anxiety
  • Allows dogs to learn new skills while owners are at work

 Pup Pod

No more lonely, bored dogs.

 

PupPod is a new interactive pet toy that helps reduce boredom, anxiety and destructive behavior in your dog, helping them learn new skills when you’re at away. Pet parents can tune in and interact with their dog while they’re playing with PupPod as well as share and compare progress with friends via a mobile app.

Seattle based Erick Eidus, CEO and founder of PupPod said: “The response to PupPod has been amazing. After dogs have tested it and I go to pack it up, dogs tend to look at me like ‘hey, don’t take my toy away.’ You can tell they are totally engaged and want to keep playing and learning.”

“The feedback we’ve received from the Kickstarter campaign to date has been amazing. We’ve heard from dog experts as well as pet parents who all think that what we are doing is a real break-through in stimulating dogs mentally. Dogs can play PupPod on their own and the game evolves so that the dog is always challenged. In a recent interview with the Discovery Channel, their science reporter said that in four years of covering technology, he’d never seen anything like PupPod and he was super excited about the product.”

“PupPod is actually a very ambitious project. There’s the toy and treat dispenser for the dog. There’s the video camera in the hub for streaming video to a pet parents phone. There’s the PupCloud service and algorthms to analyze all the data from game play so the dog is always challenged and pet parents can start to understand what their dog is thinking and how their dog compares to other dogs of the same breed or age. And we have big plans – a roadmap for a series of toys that all connect to PupPod.”

“PupPod is really a platform to connect dogs and pet parents in a way that hasn’t been available before.”

See it at http://puppod.com/

Barking Dog Bakery – OKC

posted September 26th, 2015 by
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Ween Pic 31It turns out I am not Mom and Pops’ biological child. I know this is shocking. Since they don’t know when my actual birthday is, they decided to celebrate my Adoption Anniversary with a trip to Barking Dog Bakery, 10455 N. May Ave. Barking Dog has a variety of handmade treats made with high quality ingredients just for me! You can also special order birthday/celebration cakes, and they’ll even do custom cakes for kitties, if you are so inclined. In addition they have a boutique of packaged upscale treats and pup accessories.

Mom and Pops let me sniff around a little… Read More

Fuzzy’s Tacos – Edmond

posted September 26th, 2015 by
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Ween Pic 29We have been huge fans of the Fuzzy’s Tacos in Bricktown for some time now, so saying that we are super excited for Edmond to finally have a Fuzzy’s, well, that is an understatement! Mom and Pops have been doing drive-bys of the new location, 1462 S. Bryant, Edmond, just waiting for news of its opening. This week it finally happened. If you’re thinking we might be a bit too enthusiastic over tacos, you have obviously never been to Fuzzy’s!

First off, we give HUGE props to Fuzzy’s for being actively dog-friendly (see sign to the left). We weren’t really worried, since we know that other locations welcome wieners and my kind, but it is always nice when businesses want me there. That just means they will be getting more of Pops’ money. Also, their beer is served in big goblets, which always seems to make Mom and Pops be in a better mood. Third, their food is super… Read More

KIDS FOR OKC ANIMALS

posted September 23rd, 2015 by
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by Julie Bank, Animal Welfare Superintendent

OKC Animal Welfare

 

Kids and AnimalsWhen I was young, I wanted to be a veterinarian.  I was that kid who loved everything about animals. I had pictures of animals from an old calendar on my wall. I had over 50 stuffed animals on my bed at any time. My dog, Brandi, was my best friend. As I got older, I still loved animals, but the thought of going to school to be a doctor was daunting and left my thoughts very quickly.

It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized there were many more ways to help animals; I just didn’t know about them. I found my passion in animal sheltering and never looked back. Boy, how I wish there was something for me as a kid, however, that would have exposed me to animal issues at a much younger age. I believe it would have changed the course of my life earlier on and in college. Luckily, I found what I was meant to do but not every kid is as lucky.  Until now!

Oklahoma City Animal Welfare recently introduced a new program called Kids for OKC Animals to encourage kids to get involved and to learn about animal issues in OKC. This community engagement program is designed for kids 18 and under, giving ideas and tools to make a difference for homeless animals.  A colorful packet describes ideas ranging from reading humane books, writing stories and fundraising drives, to hands-on volunteering at the shelter. Kids are encouraged to get creative and to come up with their own ideas as well. Activities are appropriate for individuals and groups, and are great for school-based community service projects.

 

Madaline, 9, and Hank, 7, are a brother and sister team that comes to the shelter once a week with their mom to help socialize cats. They have both become a “Kid for OKC Animals.” “There are a lot of animals that people don’t want, but they all need good homes,” Madaline says passionately. “Making them more friendly and comfortable helps them get adopted,” she says. This is what motivates them to get up early on Saturdays to brush and pet the cats.

When the brother sister duo joined the Kids for OKC Animals program, they were asked to sign a pledge that reads:

I will work hard to:

  • Give time to help animals at OKC Animal Welfare.
  • Be respectful and kind to all animals.
  • Share experiences about OKC Animal Welfare with others.
  • Complete one service project per year.

They have made their pledge and have volunteered every week since. They have also both committed to bringing this program to their school to encourage others to participate and to do a fundraising drive during the holidays.

“The Kids for OKC Animals program is all about making a difference and learning that you, no matter what age you are, can do something small or big to help,” says Jon Gary, Unit Supervisor at OKC Animal Welfare. “Our goal is to help animals at the shelter and to instill empathy for animals at a young age in an effort to create compassionate adults. Who knows, maybe because of this program a kid will grow up to work with animals someday?”

For more information, or to become a Kid for OKC Animals and to receive a packet, email [email protected].

How to Find a Pet Friendly Apartment

posted September 16th, 2015 by
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BY CRYSTAL TSENG

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

If you have a furry family member, it can be challenging to find the perfect apartment where you can all live. Apartment List recently published data about the top cities for dog and cat lovers; today, we’re here to help you understand how to find a pet-friendly apartment.

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Fees and Restrictions

First, we’ll address the common restrictions and fees that you may face.

Restrictions

Every landlord has a different pet policy, but most have one or more of the following rules for tenants bringing pets:

Number of pets: Most apartment buildings limit residents to a total of 2 pets.

Weight restrictions: Some apartments do not allow (or may charge additional fees for) dogs over 55 lbs.

Aggressive dogs: Many landlords will not allow residents to bring dogs deemed “aggressive”. There’s no set list, but this usually includes Pit Bulls, Dobermans, Rotweillers, German Shepherds, and Great Danes. While your pet may be harmless, most landlords (and insurance companies) find these breeds to be risky tenants!

Pet Fees

In our experience, almost all apartments require tenants to pay a premium for bringing your canine or feline friend along. Some states and cities place limits on these fees, so you may want to research local regulations if your landlord requires payments that are astronomically high. Here are the fees that we commonly see:

 Pet Friendly Apts

Know your rights

Note that people with disabilities have a right to have service or emotional support pets, even if the leasing agreement specifically prohibits pets. You do not have to disclose your disability to the landlord. Additionally, service and emotional support pets are not subject to pet fees.

What you can do

The list of fees and restrictions can be daunting, but Apartment List is here to help! Many landlords and property managers can be flexible with policies as long as you can show that you and your pet are responsible tenants. Here are three strategies to convince your landlord that your pet is a safe bet.

  1. Build a pet resume

Building a pet resume is all about showcasing your pet, and makes the screening process faster. Things you can include in your pet’s resume are: photo, description, training certification, health records, habits, grooming. The Peninsula Humane Society provides a good example of what your pet resume can include.  A letter of recommendation from previous landlords and neighbors helps too!

  1. Promote yourself and your pet

Let your landlord know you share similar concerns about cleanliness. Express that your pet is potty-trained, vaccinated, flea-controlled, etc. Getting a training certificate like the Canine Good Citizen’s for dogs is a good way to prove to your landlord your pet would be a good tenant.

  1. Get insurance for your pet

Liability is a top concern for landlords, and one of the main reasons landlords are against pets. Landlords will feel more comfortable allowing pets if they are insured – this can be especially helpful if you have an aggressive breed. Be sure to find out whether your insurance has a dog bite exclusion, dangerous breed exclusion or other limitations.

Note that most rental insurance companies do not cover dog bites, so you may need to get a separate pet insurance policy.The Federation of Insured Dog Owners will provide canine liability insurance policies for all breeds of dogs.

Finally, we at Apartment List are here to help! You can use our site to search for apartments that allow dogs or cats, making it easy for you to find the perfect place for you and your furry friend. Good luck hunting!

 

Photo attributions:

Cat and dog: Photo by kitty.green66 / CC By 2.0

Dog: Photo by Hotphotochick / CC BY-SA 3.0

Cat: Photo by Adriano Makoto Suzuki used under CC BY 2.0

September 16, 2015   |    by Crystal Tseng

Who’s Helping the Animals Near You? Likely Not the ASPCA

posted September 13th, 2015 by
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Posted: 09/11/2015 2:03 pm EDT Updated: 09/11/2015 2:59 pm EDT

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As the saying goes, it’s déjà vu all over again. This weekend I received two letters from the New York City-based ASPCA. The letters were identical, although they came with different envelope stuffers. Why does this seem familiar?

Well, back in October 2010, the ASPCA sent fundraising letters throughout the San Francisco Bay Area that told the story of a dog named Brutus who had been horribly abused then rescued and treated by ASPCA. Although some organizations with national sounding names make up their stories, I have no reason to doubt the ASPCA tale of Brutus, and I have no reason to do anything but commend ASPCA for that effort and others like it that they make to save animals.

What I did take exception to then was the argument meant to encourage the reader here in the Bay Area to send donations to ASPCA. Quoting now from its text:

  1. “As you read this letter, somewhere — perhaps not far from you — someone is inflicting pain on an innocent and helpless animal.”
  2. “You may not be able to rescue that particular animal.”

3. “Please send the largest gift you can manage to help the ASPCA save animals like Brutus…”

My problem, then as now, is that ASPCA operates out of a shelter in Manhattan. Manhattan is literally a country away from the San Francisco Bay Area. If an animal “perhaps not far from you” in the Bay Area is being abused, contacting ASPCA will do nothing to help that animal. If you “send the largest gift you can manage to help the ASPCA save animals like Brutus,” that gift will do absolutely nothing to help an animal “perhaps not far from you.

Back in 2012, residents of the Bay Area started again contacting me about another fundraising letter from ASPCA, this one telling a remarkably similar story about a dog named Spike. Again, this letter included the exact same language as above, only inserting Spike’s name. Again, I have no reason to think the story untrue, but I have every reason to know that gifts from residents of the San Francisco Bay Area will not help animals here in the San Francisco Bay Area. That claim is, simply, a lie.

In 2013 and 2014 I received the same letter about Spike, which caused me to wonder: If ASPCA is doing so much to help animals, I’m sort of surprised they don’t have a more recent case to write about!

My guess is someone at the ASPCA had the same question, so perhaps no surprise that this past weekend’s two ASPCA letters now focus on a dog named Wickham. Otherwise, it’s pretty much the same letter I’ve been receiving for the past five years.

ASPCA is not the “mothership” of the SPCA in your community, although presenting itself as if it is obviously proves to be an effective fundraising method for them. Shame on them. Each of the thousands of SPCAs, humane societies and animal control agencies around the country is an independent organization. Sometimes we work together, sometimes not. Sometimes we agree with each other, sometimes not. We are each of us distinct.

The letter goes on to talk about ASPCA’s work in places around the country, claiming that last year they “…traveled across the country assisting in anti-cruelty raids and disaster relief efforts… …from Miami to Sacramento and many places in between.” That’s carefully written, assuming it’s true (and I have no reason to doubt that it is) to make it seem like a coast (Miami) to coast (Sacramento) campaign. However, let’s be clear that there are a whole lot of places in between Miami and Sacramento, places with local humane societies and SPCAs and animal control agencies doing really hard and good work to help animals in their community without a stitch of help from ASPCA’s New York City-based employees.

Know who is asking for your money, and know who is spending it to help the animals near you. If you need help figuring out who that is in your community, send me an email and I’ll see if I can find the answer. Chances are it’s not ASPCA.

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