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Comfort Dogs Help to Heal Newtown

posted December 19th, 2012 by
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Help came to Newtown, Conn. Tuesday in the form of a dog. Or, rather, several of them.

A group called Therapy Dogs International of New Jersey brought four of their four-legged friends to Sandy Hook Square to help people who might be feeling a lot of pain and emotion right now. The goal is to let grieving people pet animals and feel comforted by a pet who oozes unconditional love.

The small city of 27,000 needs it: Four days ago, Adam Lanza stormed on the Sandy Hook Elementary School campus, killing 20 first graders, six adults, his mother and then himself in what is considered the nation’s second-worst mass school killing in history. The worst, in terms of numbers, was at Virginia Tech, where 32 were killed.

These New Jersey dogs are trained and have a lot of experience in helping people cope in traumatic situations.

“It’s amazing when you see a child that’s sad…sit on the floor and talk to a dog,” Sister Mary Foley of the dog group told NBC Bay Area.


This effort follows on the heels of other groups bringing in “therapy dogs,” too.

A Chicago church group brought ten trained Golden Retrievers to the town of Newtown. Some residents told NBC News that any little thing that can make someone smile – like a pet or a wag – is worth it in times of deep tragedy.

Holiday Pet ER Visits Increase due to Festive, Preventable Dangers

posted December 18th, 2012 by
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Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation promotes awareness of holiday hazards to eliminate costly illnesses, injuries

This holiday season, the leading U.S. pet health insurance provider has set out to ensure that all holiday festivities are safe and enjoyable for our four-legged family members.


To help pet parents with this important task, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation has released a list of the common, often times preventable reasons why pets are brought to emergency rooms during the holidays.  Humans’ holiday festivities help create cheer, but in many ways, also create opportunities for pets to fall ill.


“Each year, thousands of pets are brought to emergency rooms due to holiday-related illnesses and injuries such as ingesting holiday decorations or plants, ligament injuries from scaling holiday decorations and over-excitement from holiday guests,” Healthy Paws’ C.O.O Steve Siadek said.  “Pet parents will find that most of these costly ER visits are easily preventable by simply being aware of the most common holiday hazards.”


To that end, Siadek recommends pet parents print out, review and prominently post the following list within the home:


Injury:  Ligament Tears and Damage

Common Causes:  Climbing on holiday decorations such as Christmas trees or slipping from banisters trying to get to decorations; jumping off of a deck in the snow; slipping on ice; playing hard with kids on holiday break or guests.


Average ER Visit Cost Without Pet Insurance: $2,216


Prevention:  When possible, pets should be kept on leashes and closely monitored by pet parents when outdoors. Discourage rowdy play with pets.  Keep an eye on pets’ interactions with holiday decorations and adjust as necessary.



Injury:  Poisoning (Toxicity)

Common Causes:  Ingestion of chocolate, sugarless candies with xylitol, poinsettias, mistletoe, holly and Christmas tree needles.


Average ER Visit Cost Without Pet Insurance:  $646


Prevention:  Ensure all holiday treats are kept in re-sealable containers that prevent access by pets.  Also ensure any candies that fall on the floor are immediately cleaned up.



Injury:  Vomiting and Diarrhea

Common Causes:  Over-ingestion of human holiday foods and fatty scraps.


Average ER Visit Cost Without Pet Insurance:  $499


Prevention:  Discourage family and guests from feeding pets and make sure trash bags and cans are tightly sealed to prevent scavenging.


Injury:  Foreign Body Ingestion

Common Causes:  Play with tinsel, small holiday trinkets, materials used to wrap gifts and ornaments may lead to accidental ingestion.


Average ER Visit Cost Without Pet Insurance:  $1,191


Prevention:  Ensure holiday decorations and toys are kept off floors and are hung higher than a pet’s eye level.  Look for signs of distress in pets and any unusual behavior that may indicate accidental ingestion.



Of course, not all holiday-related injuries are preventable, which is why it’s important for pet parents to have pet health insurance, Siadek said.


“Just like with small children, pet parents do their best to keep pets safe during the holidays,” Siadek said.  “But in the case where an unpreventable holiday illness or injury occurs, it’s important that pets are properly insured.  This will allow an ER to perform the best, most advanced treatment while limiting the financial burden for pet parents.”


For more information about Healthy Paws’ pet insurance policies, including free quotes, please visit


About Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation®

Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation was co-founded by Steve Siadek and Robert Jackson in 2009 with the mission of helping pet parents give their pets the best veterinary care available while giving back to the animal welfare community.


Now, Healthy Paws is one of the leading pet insurers in the U.S. and ranked No. 1 by customers on  The company is backed by Aon Corporation, the world’s largest global insurance broker, and insurance policies are underwritten by Markel Corporation with over $1 billion in surplus.  For more information about Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation, or to receive a free quote, visit


Through their 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Healthy Paws Foundation, Healthy Paws provides cash grants to pet adoption organizations specifically for life-saving vaccines, spay/neuter surgeries and advanced medical treatments of homeless pets in their care. To learn more about their mission to save more homeless pets and how you can help, visit

Giggle with the Goats

posted December 11th, 2012 by
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posted December 9th, 2012 by
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More Days at Biscuit Acres

posted December 8th, 2012 by
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Biscuit Acres Dog Park at 5804 E. 91st has been scheduled to be closed three days a week from November until January when it was scheduled to begin closing four days per week for maintenance to allow the grass to regrow.  Now the park will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays only.  It will be open the rest of the week from 5:00 am till 9:00 pm.

Joe Station Dog Park, the City of Tulsa’s first Dog Park, will remain open every day as usual from 5:00 am till 11:00 pm.  It is lighted after dark.


posted December 4th, 2012 by
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Partnering for Pets is extending a HELPING PAW by providing Christmas bags stuffed with LOTS of toys, canned food, treats & small throws or blankets for the cats and dogs whose owners are participants in the Tulsa Metro area


 You can help us make sure the bags are stuffed full and make a pet (and pet parent) happy this Christmas by donating cat toys and treats, dog treats, cat and dog dental chews, canned dog & cat food or small pet blankets & throws.

 Can you help us make a difference?

 We have donation boxes set up for your convenience at:

Southern Agriculture of Owasso, Thompson’s General Store in Owasso

C&R Liquor in Owasso

Owasso HS Athletic Department (Dee Huggins),

Owasso Mid High (Don Huggins)

SAHO of Owasso.


Your monetary donation can be mailed to:

Partnering for Pets, Helping Paw Campaign

12324 E. 86th S. North #142

Owasso, OK. 74055


You can also donate online by clicking the paw below.

Please designate it is for the ‘Helping Paw Campaign’

We ask that you please make your donation by December 10th.

The bags will be distributed on December 15th with the regular meal deliveries.


THANK YOU for your support in our efforts to make just a small difference in the life of an animal, and in this case an owner who may be a shut-in or unable to afford these small little extra items for their pets.

 If you know someone that might be able to help us in our effort

please forward this email to them.

Partnering for Pets, Inc.

12324 E. 86th St. North #142

Owasso, OK 74055

[email protected]