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Upcoming Dog-Friendly Events in the Metro

posted April 2nd, 2014 by
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April 3rd- Western Avenue on the Lawn; This is a new monthly gathering on the lawn behind Whole Foods. According to the event page, there will be performances and pop-up patios of local restaurants. Mom has confirmed with the event coordinator that leashed dogs are welcome. The plan is that this will be a recurring happening on the first Thursday of each month.

April 4, 5, 6- Medieval Fair in Norman; find their pet policy here. (Mom and Pops are skipping this one because they think a medieval fair without mead is just stupid, but at least they allow pups!)

April 6th- Plaza Sunday; check out the Plaza District area on the first Sunday of every month.

April 11th- Live on the Plaza; another opportunity to Read More

Premiere on Film Row

posted March 21st, 2014 by
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Ween Pic 1Premiere on Film Row is the latest of the regular food truck gatherings/street parties in OKC. Located on the stretch of Sheridan between Dewey and Shartel, Film Row is another OKC area being gentrified and includes such places as Joey’s Pizza and the Paramount. But, since neither of those places have patios/are ween friendly, let’s talk about the magic that happens on the 3rd Friday of each month.

On these nights, a bunch of locate food trucks congregate. But the best part is what happens READ MORE…

The Ice House & Saints Pub

posted March 17th, 2014 by
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Ween Pic 2Now that spring is well, springing, we’re back out on the scene! Mom and Pops both had today off from work. That seemed like good enough reason to drink during the day, so off we went.

We had been wanting to try The Ice House, 101 Ron Norick Blvd., for a while. I mean, it is a burger stand in a park. This joint features burgers inspired by the semi-famous Nic’s Grill.

Let’s start with the good: plenty of patio seating, food was adequate, AND they have a “bag of bones” READ MORE…

7th Annual ACVO® National Service Animal Eye Exam Event

posted March 16th, 2014 by

AVCO 1MERIDIAN, Idaho (Mar 16, 2014) – Service animals including: Guide, handicapped assistance, detection, military, search and rescue, and registered therapy animals, selflessly serve the public. To honor these animals and their work, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) is launching the 7th Annual ACVO® National Service Animal Eye Exam Event throughout the month of May. More than 250 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will donate their time and resources to provide free eye exam screenings to thousands of eligible service animals. Registration for service animal owners and handlers runs from April 1 – 30 at

Since the program’s launch in 2008, nearly 22,000 service animals have been examined. In addition to dogs, other service animals including horses and even a service donkey named Henry have received free sight-saving exams.

“Early detection and treatment are vital to these working animals,” Stacee Daniel, executive director of ACVO, said. “Our hope is that by checking their vision early and often, we will be able to help a large number of service animals better assist their human friends.”

Ben is a black American Field Labrador who can climb a three-story ladder, unassisted. Ben’s eyesight is vital to his job.  He is a search and rescue dog from Ventura, Calif. that can be called upon at any time to rescue someone who is alive, during a disaster. Ben’s handler, Eric Darling, has brought Ben to participate in the ACVO National Service Animal Eye Exam Event for three years in a row. “Catching something early is huge!” Darling said. “This event ensures that we have the opportunity to get this exam done, with no excuses.”

The event is sponsored by ACVO and generous industry sponsors. Other non-profit supporters that endorse the event include the American Veterinary Medical Association, most state veterinary medical associations in the U.S. and Canada, the American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives, and other national service animal organizations.


To qualify, animals must be “active working animals” that were certified by a formal training program or organization, or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. The certifying organization could be national, regional or local in nature. Owners/agents for the animal(s) must FIRST register the animal via an online registration form beginning April 1 at Registration ends April 30. Once registered online, the owner/agent will receive a registration number and will be allowed access to a list of participating ophthalmologists in their area. Then, they may contact a specialist to schedule an appointment, which will take place during the month of May. Times may vary depending on the facility and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dr. Robert M. Gwin

Animal Eye Clinic    Oklahoma City, OK  73120

405-751-3821  or  800-256-6454

About the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists®

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® (ACVO) is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Its mission is “to advance the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence as specialists in veterinary ophthalmology.” To become board certified, a candidate must complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, a one-year internship, a three-year approved residency and pass a series of credentials and examinations. For more information, please visit

Cat holds family hostage

posted March 16th, 2014 by
This photo provided by Lee Palmer shows Lux, a 22-pound Himalayan cat that attacked a seven-month old baby. Portland police had to be called in to subdue the 22-pound  house cat that trapped its owners inside their bedroom after attacking their baby. The baby was not injured in the Sunday, March 9, 2014, incident. (AP Photo/Lee Palmer)

When the following headline popped up in my newsfeed on Facebook, I had to click it: “22-pound pet cat holds family hostage until police arrive“.

As the momma of both a 22-pound cat and a seven-month-old baby, this article makes me shake my head. No, no one was seriously injured and yes, I do find it somewhat absurd that two grown adults needed to call 911 for help with their cat…

But what really bothered me about the story was that it would appear that an infant’s interaction with a family pet wasn’t very well supervised. And on top of that, the parent’s reaction once the interaction went poorly was to kick the family pet. Yikes!

No wonder Lux held his family hostage!

In all seriousness, our pets and children cannot learn how to treat each with other without parental guidance and example. If you kick your pet, so will your kid. And pets can’t be held responsible for their animal reactions when they are allowed to be mishandled and mistreated.

While the story has spread on the internet as somewhat of a joke, there is a serious lesson to take from it. For a great resource on pet and child safety, visit

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

New radio program focuses on pet health

posted March 15th, 2014 by

A new weekly short radio series will focus on animal health. OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, KOSU and the Kirkpatrick Foundation have partnered to create Vet Met Moment which airs Wednesdays at 1:20 p.m. and Sundays at 6:40 a.m. on Uniquely Oklahoma KOSU, 91.7 in Oklahoma City, 88.3 in Stillwater, 107.5 in Tulsa and

“Public radio listeners love their pets and they love to be informed,” said Kelly Burley, KOSU Director.  “This program will be a great way for Uniquely Oklahoma KOSU to bring these two things together.”

According to the press release:

The launch of the program comes at a time when pet ownership continues to climb.  The American Pet Products Association estimates the population of pets includes 95 million cats and 83 million dogs in homes nationwide.  According to its 2013-14 annual survey, 68 percent of households own a pet, up from 56 percent in 1988, the year of its first survey.   As the pet-as-family member bond grows, so does the need for information about how to keep pets safe and healthy.  

“Our goal is to engage the audience around the powerful bond between animals and humans,” said Dr. Lesa Staubus, Clinical Assistant Professor in the center’s Veterinary Medical Hospital and host of the program. “Each week, we’ll touch on a subject that is important to animal health and hope to give listeners information that will promote excellent animal care.”

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]