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Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation

posted March 23rd, 2019 by

Rescue + Rehabilitation + Sanctuary:

Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation

By Amy Greene


Three decades ago, give or take a few years, Oklahoma’s race tracks were at the peak of popularity. The horses were fierce, lively and beautiful. They shook the ground with the sheer power of their hooves; they kicked up the walls of dust the state fought to settle in the ‘40s. Unfortunately, for all of their magnificence, Oklahoma’s racing horses were also viewed as replaceable commodities.

Nelda Kettles, the founder and owner of Horse and Hound Rescue, remembers that time well.  “When we first got started, Oklahoma had a serious problem,” Nelda says. “Injured race horses were just being sent to slaughter by owners and trainers who didn’t want to spend the time and money to fix them. We (at Horse and Hound Rescue) got in touch with those owners and trainers, as well as the tracks themselves, and worked to show them that there was another option.”

While the rescue itself was only first officially established in 2015, the owners of Horse and Hound Rescue have now been in the Thoroughbred industry for more than 30 years, specializing in Off the Track Thoroughbreds: Jockey-Club registered Thoroughbred horses that were previously racing or in training to race and have since been retired due to reasons such as injury, lack of talent or old age.

With experienced riders as volunteers and decades of experience, Horse and Hound Rescue retrains horses from top racing competitors headed for the slaughterhouse to family members with a purpose in new careers including jumping, eventing, trail work and Western discipline. In 2018 alone, Horse and Hound took in approximately 50 horses, 46 of which have already found their forever homes. However, as their name suggests, Horse and Hound Rescue doesn’t stop with equines.

When the Kettles began rescuing Off the Track Thoroughbreds dumped for being too much work or financial trouble, they also found a staggering number of special needs dogs being euthanized or dumped by their owners for the same reason. Similar to the horses, these dogs continue to come to the rescue from all over Oklahoma. However, while the horses are stopped from being sent to slaughter, the dogs are usually saved from being homeless, abandoned, surrendered or victims of tornados. Most of the dogs Horse and Hound takes in are blind, deaf, diabetic, or a combination of the three, requiring adopters to invest in the animals not only financially but with their time and energy.

Approximately five months ago, in the heat of the Oklahoma summer, one such dog was found by a woman and her grandkids. The family had decided to go for a walk together when they heard the sound of crying coming from a nearby dumpster. Peeking inside, they found a small black and white puppy baking in the 100-degree weather. The woman called animal control, but because it was a Sunday all the shelters were closed. Eventually, Horse and Hound Rescue was notified, and rescuers crawled into the burning hot dumpster to save the dog thrown out like trash. The 1-year-old mixed breed was terrified but finally safe. She was named Miss Kitty in honor of one of the rescue member’s affection for the CBS Western television show, “Gunsmoke.” With time, Miss Kitty recovered from her physical and emotional wounds and is now part of a forever family.

Unfortunately, due to the bigger investment and level of experience these special needs dogs require, not all of the animals that make it to Horse and Hound Rescue are able to have success stories as wonderful as Miss Kitty’s. In fact, the reality is that only about half of these dogs are able to be retrained and rehomed because of the severity of their conditions. Instead of giving up on these animals, however, Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation has created a sanctuary nestled into 50 gorgeous acres onsite in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

It is here the dogs, horses—and even the occasional cat—live out their days in the safety of Nelda and Larry Kettle’s home, receiving the attention and love they need and deserve. But while Horse and Hound Rescue goes to great lengths to help animals in need, they cannot do it alone.

“Nobody can make it on their own,” says Nelda. “I get tons of help from other rescues and trainers. People care, and it’s a blessing.”



To fund their belief that “every horse and every hound deserves to be loved unconditionally… just like they love us,” the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization depends on a combination of grants and donations to continue making a difference. If you would like to donate, you can visit the website at, click the convenient Paypal link, and 100 percent of your donation will go directly to Horse and Hound Rescue as they help these special animals find their place in someone’s heart and home.


While on their website, hover your mouse over the “How to Adopt” tab at the top of the page. Here, you can check out the foundation’s list of adoptable animals, be it “horse” or “hound.” Simply fill out the adoption application also found on the website, or call (405) 206-4689 for more information and to set up a meet and greet with available animals.


Maybe a lifetime commitment isn’t an option for you right now, but a short-term commitment is. Horse and Hound Rescue is in need of foster families! Consider temporarily giving an animal a home until the right forever home is found. Fostering animals teaches them they are loved, helps their socialization adjustment, and gets them into a comfortable environment where they can thrive and their personalities will shine, all the while helping save a life! Just click the “Get Involved” tab on the website or contact Nelda for more information on fostering.


If you would like to help out but donation, adoption and fostering aren’t for you, consider giving your time. From the mouth of the horse hero herself, Nelda stresses the constant need for more helping hands. “I don’t want to preach,” she said, “but volunteers are always needed, even just to come out and love on the animals.” Brushing horses, walking dogs, playing ball, giving kisses, receiving tail wags, and being on 50 acres of a serene animal sanctuary may be as beneficial for you as the animals you’re helping. Visit the website or call to set up volunteer opportunities.

Spread the Word!

At the very least, anyone can help spread the word. Go to, look at the “Happy Tails” success stories and feel inspired! Tell your friends about the amazing things the rescue does and how they make a difference. Lastly, visit the Facebook page @horseandhoundrescue to like and share with your friends.

OKC Loves Its Pets

posted March 18th, 2019 by

OKC Loves Its Pets

OKC loves its pets—a fact that’s evident even in the business community.


So, we’ve rounded up a list of some of our favorite pet-friendly businesses, from restaurants with patios that welcome pets to those that help memorialize them when they’re gone. Whether you want to delight Fido with a downtown dinner date or simply want to patronize a business that professes to love pets as much as you do, we’ve got you covered!



Café do Brasil

Café do Brasil “is a place to savor authentic and scrumptious regional dishes and stellar caipirinhas” in the heart of midtown OKC. Chef and owner Ana Davis wanted to create a restaurant that tasted and felt like Brasil: “colorful, happy and loud in many ways.” So, she packed the menu with the foods that reminded her of her home country and would give everyone the same experience.


OKC immediately discovered a love for the Brazilian fare. The restaurant’s record speaks for itself. It has been chosen as the “Best Latin Restaurant of OKC” from 2009- 2016, Best Brunch in Town, Best Patio and Best Roof Top Bar.

Pets give it rave reviews, too, as they are allowed to enjoy the colorful atmosphere on the pet-friendly patio while their human companions dine.



At Coolgreens, their mission is to fuel healthy communities with fresh and natural food through a chef-inspired menu of signature salads, wraps, bowls, flatbreads and more. New quinoa bowls, sandwiches and flatbreads have recently been added to the menu. But they are committed to providing “even more” than just a high quality, fresh dining experience.


The eatery is dedicated to making the markets they serve better places to live. Part of furthering that mission is their pet-friendly patios for customers whose pets are more like children. Ashley Castle, general manager at Nichols Hills—who refers to her own German Shepherd, Elvis, as her “fur child”—says the location has quite a few regulars with pets. And for those customers, the beautiful patio features a pet station with water and treats, so all members of the family can enjoy their meal outdoors.


Earl’s Rib Palace

At Earl’s Rib Palace Bricktown, their passion is, and always will be, to create BBQ and a welcoming destination for anyone wanting affordable, authentic BBQ. Any with the warmer temps of spring, you can enjoy it all on the shaded pet-friendly patio with scenic river views.


General Manager Leslie Curtis says there’s water available on the patio and special treats behind the counter just for four-legged visitors. “So, bring the whole family out and enjoy some delicious, slow smoked Oklahoma BBQ.”


Heavenly Glass

Shari Booth says she began to dream in glass after taking her first glass blowing class in 2009. Now a glass artist and the owner operator of Heavenly Glass OKC, she creates unique memorials of molten glass fused around cremation ashes, causing them to reflect light and sparkle while suspended next to a favorite color. Each memorial is handmade at Blue Sage Studios in downtown OKC.


“Heavenly Glass is now very pet friendly because it is conveniently available through all OKC pet cremation centers and all OKC vet clinics,” she says. “Pets are important to all of us because they teach us to love unconditionally, remind us how important we are and bring us much needed comfort. I respect how difficult it is to face the reality of loss. There are few thoughts more comforting to me than imagining our protective family Boxer and crazy family cat with my son in heaven.”

Shari says her current pets include a black German Shepherd and two Russian Blues who she often bribes with treats to pose for pictures.


Herban Mother

Mary and Hector Najar discovered the benefits of CBD oil when they started their 10-year-old pooch, Skipper, on it due to tumor growths all over her body. Today, she is still alive and living pain free.

“We love our furry friends,” Mary says. That’s why they help other pets now through their store Herban Mother, where they sell CBD products.

“We have pet treats and oral tinctures for smaller pets like dogs, cats, etc., and we have topical balms that may help with pain and inflammation and equi-pelletes for larger animals like horses and cows,” says Mary.


Janice Winchester, Realtor, Churchill Brown

As a realtor with Churchill Brown and a pet lover herself, Janice Winchester knows how important pets are to life, and she considers their importance when helping families find their perfect homes.


“In my own life and [in real estate], I see how our lives wrap around and include our furry family, how our homes are adapted to include our pets, and without a doubt, they become part of our family,” she says. “They are so important to all families; they know when we need them, they are so astute to know our pain, when we’re sick, they never leave our side. They love us unconditionally, and we are their whole world.”


McIntyre Law

“At McIntyre Law, we all love dogs” says Attorney Jordan Klingler of McIntyre Law P.C. Owner Noble McIntyre allows employees to bring their pets to work if needed or on occasions just to visit. “So, we are happy when clients drop in with pets or when we bring our own. Pets are family and a huge part of our lives and our clients’ lives.”


Many of the employees have pets of their own. McIntyre has a stray he took in 10 years ago with the intention of taking it to the shelter after the weekend, but the family fell in love with him and decided to keep him, Klingler explains. “Everyone said he was ‘lucky,’ so that became his name. His daughters also have a 1-year-old Corgi.  Lucky didn’t like Milo [the Corgi] much at first, but they are becoming friends.”



Wyndam Place Senior Residences

At Wyndam Place Senior Residences, they know pets are important to their residents, which is why small animals, 20 pounds and under, are allowed. “Many of our residents live alone since they are 62 or older,” says Property Manager Diane Hayes. “And their animals provide much needed companionship.” Not only is Wyndam Place pet friendly, but they also provide activities to further give residents a social connection.


Hayes says she has two small breed dogs of her own. “We have two miniature Dachshunds. Finnegan ‘Finn’ is 5, and Jack is 1. Finnegan came to me from the Humane Society after he had been attacked by a racoon, and his previous owners didn’t come pick him up from the shelter. Woohoo for me! He is one amazing little guy. And Jack came from my daughter after they became very busy with life and felt like he needed more attention. Boy, does he get it now!”

OKC Pets Mag Mar / Apr 2019

posted March 12th, 2019 by
OKC Pets

OKC Pets Magazine  Mar / Apr 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, Kim Doner, Amy Greene, Anna Holton-Dean, Shauna Struby, Mary Logan Wolf

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!

Successful Working Dogs

posted March 5th, 2019 by

Successful Working Dogs

Select, Train and Use Service and Therapy Dogs


Noted OkSelect Train and Uselahoma dog trainer Barbara Lewis has authored a new book to provide guidance on the selection, training and use of service and therapy dogs. Lewis, the chief executive officer of Norman-based non-profit A New Leash on Life, combines her extensive background in dog training with her practical experience placing service and therapy dogs to develop this fully illustrated guidebook.

Entitled Successful Working Dogs, the book provides positive-motivation training techniques for basic manners and specific tasks expected of working dogs. In addition to training techniques for these animals, the work provides information on how to evaluate both the suitability of a working dog and the suitability of the dog’s client.

“With her usual kind tactfulness and yet real-world experience, Barbara discusses subjects with the business of producing an excellent service dog,” says nationally-renowned trainer and author Brenda Aloff, who operates Heaven on Arf Training Center in Midland, Michigan. “Whether you are training service dogs or interested in getting a dog, this book will educate you about the ins and outs of starting on this journey.”

Beyond training and selection of service dogs, the book intends to provide working dog owners, clients and trainers a better understanding of the capabilities, needs and limitations of these animals.

The last twenty years have seen an explosion of uses for working dogs. Service dogs are now asked to perform a variety of tasks for people with disabilities. And therapy dogs—once largely seen only at nursing homes—are now used for emotional support and motivation in schools, libraries, courts, universities, hospitals, churches and employee lounges.

The book is planned for release on April 1. For more information about this book or its author, contact Barbara Lewis by email at: [email protected], or by phone at: (405) 224-7715.

Your Pet’s Golden Years

posted February 22nd, 2019 by
Golden Years

How to Take Care of Your Pet 
in Their Golden Years

by Nick Burton 

Golden Years

Pets can now enjoy longer lives than ever before. Much of their longevity is because of better diets, modern medicine, and improved veterinary care. However, this doesn’t mean that your pet will live a long and happy life all on their own; it takes special care and attention on part of the owner to give them a chance at long-lasting health and well-being. This is particularly true when your pet has reached their golden years. If you have a senior pet, here are some important tips for taking care of them and, possibly, extending their life.


Dietary Habits


The food and nutrition your pet needs in their later years will change. Healthier snacks (such as apple slices, mini carrots, and other fruits and veggies), lower calorie food, and an increase in omega-3s are common adjustments for senior pets. Also, many pets need antioxidants and joint supplements added to their diet as they age. Each pet is unique, so be sure to consult your veterinarian before radically changing your pet’s diet.


Another supplement that can be beneficial for your older pet is CBD oil. This oil can help ease joint inflammation and pain, skin problems, and mental health issues. If you want your pet to thrive in their golden years, check out Remedy Review’s guide to see the top 10 CBD oils of 2019. As with their diet, don’t give your pet a new treatment without consulting your veterinarian.


Veterinary Care


You’re probably used to annual visits to the vet, but you’ll need to bump that up to twice a year for your senior pet. Medical issues come more often for older pets, and going to the vet every six months will help you stay on top of their health. You can expect appointments to be similar to when your pet was younger, except there will probably be more bloodwork and other tests.


Physical Activity


Exercise is also vital for your pet’s health, as it helps them to maintain their mobility and keep their weight under control. You still want to get your pet physical activity when they’re older, but you will need to watch them more closely and modify when necessary. For instance, instead of playing fetch in the backyard for 45 minutes, it may be safer to take your aging pet on a walk in the neighborhood for 30 minutes. However, it’s important to not overexert your pet.


Managing Parasites


Parasites tend to affect senior pets more frequently than younger animals. This is because their immune system becomes weaker over time, which opens them up to health concerns from fleas, ticks, and worms. Fortunately, there are numerous options to prevent parasitic diseases, so ask your vet what the best path is for your pet.


Home Modifications


Just like with people, home modifications are often necessary for aging pets. For instance, since mobility and joint issues are common among senior pets, it’s sometimes best to keep their living space (bed, food, and water, etc.) downstairs; that way they won’t have to move up and down stairs every day. Here are some other modifications to consider for your senior pet.


  • Purchasing a portable ramp (for arthritic pets)
  • Purchasing an orthopedic bed
  • Putting in slip-resistant mats throughout the home
  • Installing a doggy door for easy access to potty outside


You can make changes to your pet’s life that will help them thrive in their golden years. Remember to ask your veterinarian for any dietary improvements that can be made, and look into whether CBD oil would be beneficial. Start taking your pet to the vet twice a year, and be sure to monitor their exercise. Finally, take preventative measures for parasitic health issues, and make the necessary home modifications for your pet to live comfortably and happy.


Photo Credit: Pexels

OKC Pets Mag Jan / Feb 2019

posted January 15th, 2019 by
OKC Pets

OKC Pets Magazine  Jan / Feb 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, David Branch, Heide Brandes, Lauren Cavagnolo, Kaycee Chance, Kim Doner, Nancy Gallimore, Vickie Jenkins, 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!