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TulsaPets Magazine Queries Tulsa Mayoral Candidates

posted April 23rd, 2013 by
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On Saturday, April 20th, TulsaPets Magazine Publisher Marilyn King sent the following Facebook message to the three 2013 Tulsa mayoral candidates, Bill Christiansen, Kathy Taylor, and Mayor Dewey Bartlett.

Good afternoon – I am the publisher of TulsaPets Magazine, and I would like to know your stance on how, or if, you would address the pet overpopulation problem we have here in Tulsa. If you are elected Mayor, would you tackle this problem and more strictly enforce our spay and neuter laws that already exist? In light of the staggering number of animals put down just at our Tulsa Animal Shelter here, it is obvious that something must be done to curb the number of stray and unwanted pets that end up killed on our highways, dumped, or killed in shelters. It also has been proven that spay and neuter is the key to the pet overpopulation problem; we cannot adopt our way out of the situation. The pet lovers of Tulsa would be curious to know your thoughts on this problem and what you would do about it, if anything.


Marilyn V. King
TulsaPets Magazine
[email protected]

Kathy Taylor

On Saturday afternoon, Kathy Taylor messaged back:

Marilyn- I agree spay and neuter education is a key – as well as others efforts … more than I can write in my phone! Could we talk by phone ?

Marilyn King and Kathy Taylor spoke by phone on Monday, April 22nd, and a summary of that conversation is below:

Kathy Taylor said that spay/neuter was absolutely a priority for her, and she reminded us that while she was mayor:

-She was the person instrumental in bringing the Tulsa shelter under the umbrella of the city’s Working in Neighborhoods department, rather than the Tulsa Police Department. 

-Upon election, she immediately signed off on a study by the HSUS on the City Animal Shelter and started implementing their recommendations.

-She was responsible for an executive order that prohibited surrounding counties from bringing their dogs into the Tulsa shelter to be euthanized.

-She converted the city shelter to practice euthanasia by injection, rather than via gas chamber.

-She also created a partnership with the OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2008 to help upgrade and provide better care at the Tulsa Shelter.  

She said there is lots of work yet to be done, at both the city shelter facility and in educating Tulsa about spay/neuter.  She also stated she would like to see more enforcement of pet licensing.  She ended by stating that our animals are a “quality of life priority for her” and she wants to bring various local agencies together to aggressively educate the public on responsible pet ownership, and also investigate and implement best practices from other states.

Bill Christiansen

On Sunday, Marilyn King received a message reply from Bill Christiansen.  He stated that he has been a pet owner for many years, from dogs to birds, and that he loves animals.  He said he would do his best to enforce our spay and neuter laws and if the laws need to be strengthened, he would do that.  He questioned whether the laws needed strengthening or just stricter enforcement.







Dewey Bartlett

As of this writing we have had no reply from Mayor Dewey Bartlett.

Concert for the Dogs

posted April 23rd, 2013 by

Dogville Daycare & Boarding is bringing classical music to dogs and their owners in the Tulsa area by hosting the first annual Concert for the Dogs, Saturday, April 27 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Dogville is located at 9525 E. 47th Pl in Tulsa, one block west of Mingo on 47th Place.

“We wanted to give owners an opportunity to enjoy this type of music and bring their dogs along with them,” said Owner/Manager Delana Taylor McNac, a retired veterinarian and licensed professional counselor. McNac notes that music has a positive impact on animals and people in a variety of settings, but dogs aren’t always allowed in places where classical music is played. “Scientific studies have shown that classical music helps dogs in shelters and kennels relax,” McNac says.

The Concert for the Dogs will feature the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences String Orchestra, led by Ms. Jennifer Sherman, accompanied by “mystery guests” from the Tulsa Symphony. Admission is $5 for each human/canine couple with all proceeds to benefit the TSAS Music Program. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the outdoor concert.

Dogville Daycare & Boarding is a new Tulsa business specializing in caring for senior dogs and special needs dogs.  Staffed by caregivers 24 hours a day, Dogville was recently voted the winner for Best Pet Boarding in the 2013 Tulsa People Magazine Readers’ Choice Poll.

Dogville Daycare & Boarding 

9525 E. 47th Place Tulsa, OK  74145 

For more information  Contact 

Delana Taylor McNac (918) 289-5015

or Jenny McElyea (918) 698-1948


TONIGHT! Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald at TCC

posted April 23rd, 2013 by
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TCC students get boost in education from

star of Animal Planet’s Emergency Vets

Veterinarian, comedian and former bouncer brings Wild Life tour to Tulsa

Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, best known as one of the veterinarians featured on Animal Planet’s Emergency Vets brings his unique mix of on-the-job tales and humor to Tulsa.  He will headline an evening of laughter and learning on Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m., to help raise money for Tulsa Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program.


Fitzgerald is a stand-up comedian and a veterinarian at the VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver.  You may recognize him from his 11 seasons on Emergency Vets or as the opening act for Bob Hope, Jeff Foxworthy, and George Lopez.  “Nobody laughs enough and we should never take ourselves too seriously,” said Fitzgerald. “The lighter side of working with animals is you never know what is going to come in the door and you never know what they are going to do or what the people are going to say!”


The evening with Dr. Fitzgerald promises to be part stand-up routine as he shares insights based on his experience as a veterinarian and part education as he shares photographs and stories from his travels on behalf of endangered animals.  The event is designed to raise money for the Dr. Jan Weaver Veterinary Technology Scholarship, an annual scholarship given to a second year veterinary technology student.


TCC’s Veterinary Technology program was started in 1999.  It is one of three programs currently in the state of Oklahoma and one of 200 accredited programs across the country.  “All of TCC’s graduates from the program are in high demand and are recruited by employees on a local and regional level,” said Dr. Jan Weaver-Barnett, coordinator of the veterinary technology program.


“I believe that veterinary technicians are the life blood of our profession – but also the forgotten children of veterinary medicine and I take every opportunity I can to champion their cause and celebrate them,” said Fitzgerald.  “I am very proud to come to Tulsa and to be associated with this wonderful program.”


In addition to being a veterinarian and TV star, Fitzgerald was a former bouncer for such groups as The Rolling Stones and The Who.  A job, he said, that brought him to Tulsa many times while working for the rock promoter Bill Graham in the early seventies.  “I came through with Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings and I worked for Tulsa’s favorite son on a tour – Leon Russell,” said Fitzgerald.


Fitzgerald returns to Tulsa, Tuesday, April 23 and tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $10 for students.  There is a premium ticket package for $50 that includes select seating, a meet-and-greet reception prior to the event with Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald and a signed DVD featuring some of his fascinating animal expedition footage and highlights of his best stand-up.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the TCC VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education ticket office at 918-595-7777 or by going to



TCC is one of the most comprehensive community colleges in the United States ranking 27th in the number of graduates among 1,150 community colleges nationwide.  Serving 27,000 students annually in credit courses, TCC is the state’s largest two-year college with four campuses in the Tulsa area. For more information on TCC, visit


TCC Mission Statement

Tulsa Community College betters its community through the intellectual achievement, creative energy, and responsible citizenship of its students, faculty, and staff by their engagement in teaching, learning, and service opportunities that transform and enrich lives. Tulsa Community College commits to innovative, flexible, and affordable public higher education that responds to a dynamic global environment.

Royal Canin® Pet Owner Preferences

posted April 10th, 2013 by
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Royal Canin® Best in Breed Survey Reveals Pet Owner Preferences

posted April 5th, 2013 by
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Nationwide survey uncovers America’s favorite breeds 

and how owners choose what’s best for their pets 

With more than 74 million pet cats and 69 million pet dogs living in the United States*, it seems to be “reigning” cats and dogs. A recent survey set out to determine America’s favorite breeds, uncover how “dog people” and “cat people” really differ and reveal factors that come into play when making decisions for our four-legged friends.


The survey, commissioned by Royal Canin, the leader in breed health nutrition, reveals that when it comes to cats, looks have it! In fact, more than 55 percent of cat owners rank appearance as the most important factor when choosing a feline friend. By contrast, more than 62 percent of dog owners think size really does matter when choosing a canine companion.


However, when it comes to breed preferences, dog and cat owners agree that America’s favorite breed actually isn’t a breed at all – it’s the mutt. Nearly half (40 percent) of cat owners and a third (28 percent) of dog owners chose “mixed-breed” as their favorite type of cat or dog.


“It’s interesting to learn how different cat and dog owners can be when choosing, and making decisions for, their pets,” said Dr. Brent Mayabb, veterinarian and manager of education and development at Royal Canin. “Whatever factors come into play, understanding an animal’s physical and physiological traits is critical to providing the best care.”


Survey Dispels Stereotypes

Physical traits aren’t the only factors owners consider when choosing a pet. In sharp contrast to the “cat lady” stereotype, more than half (53 percent) of cat owners identify most with the personality of a Maine Coon cat, which leads an active lifestyle, spending the majority of their time with family and friends. Additionally, 20 percent of cat owners compare themselves most to the Siamese, saying they tend to be outspoken, have lots of friends and an outgoing personality.


Foiling the myth that dog owners lead more active lifestyles, 59 percent of respondents identify most with the personality of the English Bulldog, which tends to be more laid back, easy going and prefers spending most of their time relaxing at home.


“Matching a dog or cat’s personality with that of your family is essential,” said Steve Dale, certified animal behavior consultant and host of Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. “Before bringing home a new pet, owners should research a breed’s energy level and temperament to make sure it matches up with the owners’ lifestyle.”


Nutrition Drives Decisions

When asked how owners select food for their pets, more than half of dog owners (56 percent) and cat owners (53 percent) indicate nutritional factors as most important.


“This is encouraging, as it shows that owners understand the importance of feeding pets according to their unique nutritional needs,” said Mayabb. “Whether they own a pure breed or a mixed-breed, owners should always aim to provide the most precise care and nutrition for their four-legged friends.”


Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition

Since Royal Canin believes pets deserve nutrition that’s both unique and exceptional, the company offers distinct formulas for some of the most popular breeds of dogs and cats, including:

  • Labrador Retriever: puppy and adult formulas help support healthy weight and joints, maintain the Lab’s unique waterproof coat and include a unique kibble shape that helps prevent gulping and encourage chewing.
  • Yorkshire Terrier: puppy and adult formulas promote healthy growth, stimulate fussy appetites, maintain skin and coat and boast a kibble designed for the Yorkie’s fragile jaw.
  • English Bulldog: puppy and adult formulas support a sensitive digestive system, promote healthy skin and joints and feature a kibble shape for the dog’s unique (brachycephalic) jaw.
  • Siamese: features a donut-shaped kibble to encourage chewing and slow ingestion, added protein and fat-burning L-carnitine to promote lean muscle and Omega 6 fatty acids and L-tyrosine to enhance the cat’s trademark coat.
  • Maine Coon: includes Omega 3, glucosamine and chondroitin to support joints and keep the cat’s large body active, Omega 6 to maintain a healthy coat and a king-sized kibble to promote proper ingestion.
  • Persian: features Omega 6 with biotin to support a shiny coat, soluble and insoluble fibers to reduce hairballs and an almond-shaped kibble to help the cat grasp and chew its food.


Royal Canin’s breed specific formulas are available at pet specialty stores such as PetSmart and PETCO, as well as independent pet stores nationwide.  For more information, and to download a coupon to try the Royal Canin formulas, visit


About Royal Canin USA
Royal Canin USA is a forerunner of nutritional and technological advancement in dog and cat food. With more than 40 years of experience in the animal health and nutrition industry, the company prides itself on putting knowledge and respect for the animal first. Royal Canin collaborates with nutritionists, breeders and veterinarians from around the world on impartial and relevant research to ensure dogs and cats receive the best nutrition. For more information, find Royal Canin at or visit


About Royal Canin’s Best in Breed Survey

Royal Canin’s Best in Breed Survey was conducted online February 27-March 4, 2013, through Impulse Research Corporation, with a random sample of 500 men and women 18+, who own cats, as well as a random sample of 500 men and women 18+, who own dogs. The overall sampling error rate for this survey is +/-3% at the 95% level of confidence.

Tulsa Round-Up of Dog Shows

posted April 5th, 2013 by
Tulsa Roundup Dog Shows

A bevy of bassets and a mass of mastiffs will all be part of the poodle posse, golden gaggle and dobie drove that descend upon Tulsa’s Expo Square for the “Tulsa Round-Up of Dog Shows.”  This horde of hounds will be in town May 24-27th, 2013.

The Mid-Continent Kennel Club of Tulsa (MCKC) hosts this prestigious series of shows annually.  Over 2,000 of the top AKC registered dogs and handlers from across the United States travel to Tulsa, all competing for that coveted top spot: Best In Show.


Interested in seeing a true dog star up close?  Pull up a chair ringside and watch past and future Westminster and Eukanuba canine celebrities and their rock-star handlers strut their stuff in the ring.  Need a “spinone italiano?” (Hint: It’s NOT a flavor of gelato.) You just might find one at the QuikTrip Center Memorial Day weekend.  Xoloitzcuintli anyone?  Venture forth and find information being shed about the AKC’s exotic and unusual breeds!


The “Tulsa Round-Up of Dog Shows” has historically been considered one of the top dog show venues in the United States.  Tulsa’s MCKC has a special emphasis on educating children in attendance at this show about dog safety, while exposing them to the many wonderful AKC breeds that will be battling on leads for blue ribbons.  Area students, K-12, are encouraged to compete in “The Art Show at the Dog Show.” The theme for 2013 is “Big Dog, Small Dog.”  All entries will be on display May 23-27th at the QuikTrip Center.  Winners will be awarded cash prizes, and one special piece will be chosen as the design for tee-shirts that will be sold during the four-day event.


This dog show, which is held at Tulsa’s Expo Square QuikTrip Center, is the primary fund-raiser for MCKC and it is free to the public.  The monies raised during this show are distributed to worthy local groups such as the SPCA, the Humane Society of Tulsa, the City of Tulsa Animal Shelter, Therapetics, and area canine search and rescue organizations.  The club also supports the Oklahoma State School of Veterinary Medicine and the American Kennel Club‘s “Take The Lead” Foundation.


The Mid-Continent Kennel Club of Tulsa (MCKC) is a local philanthropic organization dating back 75 years. Our club is dedicated to responsible dog ownership, with members focusing on the welfare of Tulsa’s citizens and canines.

This effort is accomplished through education, training seminars and legislation.