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Heard on Hurd

posted October 2nd, 2014 by
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Ween Pic 18bMom and Pops have been saying for MONTHS that Edmond needs its own food-truck rally along the lines of H&8thPremiere on Film Row, etc.  Well, the universe finally listened, because Heard on Hurd had its debut this past weekend! Food trucks and pop-up shops lined Broadway in downtown Edmond Saturday night. Roughtail Brewery was also on hand to provide grown-up beverages. The rumor is this could possibly become a monthly event. Judging by the turnout, we think it will.

Pops got himself a burger from Truckburger, operated by Bricktown Brewery.  Yum yum gimme some (he did!). Mom sampled some lighter fare from Cafe Bella on Wheels. Both were happy with their choices. Mom also got a shaved ice from Katiebugs, but forgot to snap a picture.

We recommend that if Heard on Hurd does have a repeat date, that you go early. While the event did not officially start until 7:00, we were there at 6:30 and most of the trucks Read More…

A Cat Tale – Livin’ the Good Life

posted September 30th, 2014 by
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Cat Tale

by Camille Hulen

 

 

“Hi there! It’s Rio here. That’s me in the first picture, basking under the sunlamp in my ‘beach house’.  At least that’s what Mom calls it. You see, I moved here with my roommate, Oso, last winter when it was very cold outside. Mom set up double adjoining crates on a table in the barn and furnished them with nice, warm beds and heating pads. Sure is lots better than life on the street!”

 

 

“I was found in a shed at an apartment complex where people moved away and left me. I was a pregnant teenage mom when some nice lady found me. She took care of me and found homes for my babies, then got me ‘fixed’ so that wouldn’t happen again.”

 

 

“Oso tells me that another nice lady helped her even more because her situation was worse. She was found with four babies behind a vacant house and was so young that she didn’t know how to care for them. The lady helped feed them and gave her assurance; so much, in fact, that she was able to nurse another orphan.”

 

Unfortunately, this happens all too often. People get a cute little kitten, but care little about it when the novelty wears off. Then circumstances change, so they simply move away and leave it because they cannot afford the pet deposit at the new apartment. Every apartment manager could repeat this story verbatim.

 

Others fail to get veterinary care and let their cat outside because it is crying to get out. Chances are that the cat wants outside because it is a female “in heat.” Many do not realize that a female cat can become pregnant as young as four months of age. Since they didn’t care properly for one cat, they certainly do not care for a litter of kittens either. Hence they are abandoned.

Now back to our story. Rio and Oso were found in different neighborhoods but under similar circumstances. Their plights became known through a network of emails. (Email through personal contacts is the most effective way to rehome rescue cats because shelters are usually full.) Ideally, all of these cats would be placed in loving indoor homes. However, many now prefer life outside, and therefore, make ideal barn cats.

It so happened that Nancy, one person in this network, was looking for barn cats to control the mice in her husband’s shop. She had barn cats in other outbuildings on the ranch, but the cat guardian of this building had died recently. She sought two cats, so they could have the companionship of each other. Rio and Oso should fill the bill.

“Hi! Oso speaking now. I’m the sleek, black little girl with big eyes. The lady who found me called me ‘Hooter’ because my eyes were as big as an owl’s, but Nancy renamed me the minute she saw me. She said that I was ‘oh, so beautiful.’ Hence my name became ‘Oso.’

“I met Rio, formerly called ‘Stripes,’ at Camille’s Cathouse where we were introduced. We were both recovering from our spaying and bunked together in a double cage. I wasn’t sure about Rio at first because she seemed a little rowdy. However, we decided that we were now starting our lives anew, so we might as well be friends. Nancy came to visit us regularly and spoke to us gently, using our new names. Plus, she brought us treats!

“When we first came to our home in the shop, we stayed in our cage (aka: beach house). After we were here for a couple of weeks, Nancy opened the cages at night, so we could explore. What fun!  There are lots of nooks and crannies for mice. Rio is the best hunter, but I help her; we usually bring our prizes to show the people. Mom still feeds us morning and evening, ’cause the cat food has a lot more nutrients than just mice.

“Rio has told you a little about life here. Let me tell you more. When Mom Nancy introduced us to her husband, he talked to us and petted us, and then he went to work. Oh, the noise! He ran these big machines that made a lot of noise, but we knew we were safe. Sometimes he stops work and fires up the grill. Yummy! It has become a tradition to share his lunch with us. Now we just hang out during the day up high, away from the noise, but always come when called.”

This illustrates several things:

 

1. When cats are introduced to the barn, they must be confined in order to learn that this is their new home;

 

2. Give them a comfortable bed to keep them warm;

 

3. Introduce yourself to them gently;

 

4.  Feed them daily, so they know that you are their food source. Cats cannot live healthy lives by mice alone;

 

5. Give them food in small quantities, so they look forward to your next visit;

 

6. Call them by name, so they learn to come when called.

 

“It’s spring now, and Mom opens the door to let us outside during the day. The sun is glorious!  We really don’t need the sunlamps now, but still appreciate our nice soft beds. We stay close to the shop, ’cause that’s our home, but we have gotten to meet some other cats and even horses and dogs.

“We have a special cat door up off the ground that only we can access, so we can come and go during the day, but Mom locks us in at night after she feeds us to keep us safe from all the wild things. Yes, we’re livin’ the good life as barn cats!”

Pet-Friendly Patios in Oklahoma City

posted September 27th, 2014 by
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Pet Friendly Patios

 

These local restaurants welcome your well-behaved pooch on their patios. Enjoy drinks, dinner and the warm spring weather with your pet by your side, but please be a courteous, responsible pet owner, both to your host and other diners.

Be sure to snap a photo of your furry dining companion or even someone else’s and share it with us. We may feature it in an upcoming issue.

S&B Burger Joints
5929 N May – Near North
14020 N May – Far North
20 NW 9th – Midtown
102 W Main St. – Norman
7745 S Walker – Southwest

Jazmo’z Bourbon Street Café
Bricktown
100 E California Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 232-6666

Earl’s Rib Palace
Bricktown
216 Johnny Bench Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 272-9898

Café Do Brasil
Midtown
440 NW 11th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
(405) 525-9779

Deep Deuce Grill
Deep Deuce
307 NE 2nd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 235-9100

Pizza 23
Uptown
600 NW 23rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
(405) 601-6161

Urban Wine Works
The Plaza District
1749 NW 16th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
(405) 525-9463

Captain Norm’s Dockside Bar
Bricktown
103 E California
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 600-6092

In the Raw Sushi
Bricktown
200 S Oklahoma #130
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 702-1325

Rally Around the Pits Motorcycle Rally and Adoption Event

posted September 27th, 2014 by
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Rally Around the Pits, Inc. is a small non-profit organization organized for charitable, humane, and educational purposes, including to educate the public about animal welfare and pet adoption. Our primary fundraising event is a family-friendly motorcycle rally meant to bring people together for the love of motorcycles and dogs, specifically pit bull type dogs. The term “pit bull” is often associated with the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Pit bull type dogs are often vilified in the media. Our goal is to educate the public about these type dogs by creating a family and pet friendly event to show they are just dogs and need a home like any other, while raising awareness and funds for local non-profit animal rescue organizations that specialize in the bully breeds.

Rally Around the Pits Motorcycle Rally and Adoption event is scheduled for Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm at Iron Nation Harley Davidson. Iron Nation Harley Davidson is located at 3433 S. Broadway in Edmond, OK. We have two local animal rescue organizations signed up to be beneficiaries of this year’s event, PitEssentials Rescue, Inc. and Bald and Bully, Inc. We use a mix of vendors, displays, and live music by Mudflap Nichols and the Twisted Spokes to keep people having fun and raising money for dogs in need.

Numerous national and local companies have donated items to our organization for raffle and silent auction. National sponsors include Lowbrow Customs, VNM, Thundershirt, Stella and Chewy’s, and Forever the Chaos Life, while local sponsors include Carey Pet and Home Care, Monster Graphx, Raise Hail, LLC, Quail Tag Agency, SB Body Arts, K9 Konfections, Best Friends Total Pet Care, and Interurban Restaurants. All net proceeds from Rally Around the Pits Motorcycle Rally and Adoption event will be split equally between the participating animal rescue organizations. The money raised goes directly towards the care of the animals in the rescue’s possession while they wait for their forever homes.

Rally Around the Pits, Inc. recognizes all sponsors large or small with several sponsorship levels. For more information, please visit our website, www.rallyaroundthepits.com or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PitRally. Anyone interested in being involved with this year’s event or future events can call Kelli or Erik White at 405-463-0552 or send us an email at [email protected].

Thank you for your time and consideration. You will find our current flyer attached to this email.

Sincerely,

Kelli White

September / October OKC Pets Magazine

posted September 12th, 2014 by
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Publisher – Marilyn King

Creative Director – Debra Fite

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

Web Manager – Steve Kirkpatrick

Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

Contributing Writers – Leonardo Baez DVM, Brianna Broersma, Khara Criswell, Anna Holton-Dean, Sherri Goodall, Bria Bolton Moore, Kiley Roberson

PO Box 14128 Tulsa, OK 74159-1128

Pawsitive Steps 5k Run/Walk and Pet Costume Contest

posted September 3rd, 2014 by
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On October 11 the Pawsitive Steps 5K run/walk and pet costume contest will be held to raise funds for the Oklahoma Pet Overpopulation Fund.  The event starts at 9 am at Wiley Post Park, 2021 S Robinson, in Oklahoma City.  Please join in and show your support for this vital statewide program.  Pawsitive Steps is a project of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Foundation.

The Pet Overpopulation Fund was established by the Oklahoma legislature in 2005 in order to provide a way for low-income pet owners to pay $10 to have a pet spayed or neutered at a participating veterinary clinic near them.    The Pet Overpopulation Fund receives no taxpayer dollars and is supported by the purchase of spay/neuter license plates, a check off box on the Oklahoma income tax form and special events such as Pawsitive Steps.  Donations can also be made directly to the fund.  The Pet Overpopulation Fund spay/neuter program is administered by the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), which receives no fees for their service.

This fund is arguably the single most important tool for helping animals in remote portions of Oklahoma.  A recent statewide animal sheltering survey funded by Kirkpatrick Foundation revealed that a combination of dire factors place many animals in Oklahoma in danger of homelessness and abandonment.   Many households in Oklahoma earn below the poverty level.  While our five largest cities have convenient access to affordable spay/neuter services, over half of rural Oklahoma households are from 50 to 150 miles from a reduced cost spay/neuter clinic, hardly accessible for someone earning minimum wage.  Additionally, most of rural Oklahoma has limited or no access to shelters to receive unwanted animals; the lack of sheltering overlaps with a lack of local affordable spay/neuter services to place thousands of unwanted animals at risk of terrible suffering.  This fund can prevent the overwhelming number of tragedies if everyone will do their part.

If each Oklahoman donated just 25 cents to this fund, the spay or neuter of a pet in a low-income household could be approved and provided as soon as a request comes in. However, sadly the fund is normally low on money and pet owners often wait two to three months for an appointment.   We can make this a more effective tool for stopping suffering by simply doing our part to raise the funds.

Please come out and support the Oklahoma Pet Overpopulation Fund by running, walking or showing off your pet in the pet costume contest.  If you are part of a rescue organization, please join in as a pack (or if you are a cat organization, join as a pride).   You’ll be glad you did!