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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.

Studio D’s 21st Annual Cutest Pet Contest Winners

posted April 4th, 2013 by

And the winners are…

Studio D Photography (formerly Tulsa’s Moto Photo) held its 21st annual Cutest Pet Contest from January 2 through February 28. Entrants received a free 5×7 portrait of their pets, along with a free sitting fee, in exchange for a $10 or more donation to the Tulsa SPCA. Eighty people participated, and $800 was raised for the great cause.

Area judges D’Ann Berson, SPCA Community Outreach Specialist and Board Member; Lori Chrisman-Hall, TPCSA executive director; and Marilyn King, TulsaPets Magazine Publisher, picked first, second, and third place winners. First place earned a $200 cash prize, and the other winners received a family portrait package.

Congratulations to this year’s winners! The judges agreed that it was a difficult decision, as all the entries were priceless.


First Place Winner


Owner, Leah Shrinivas


Second Place Winner


Owner, Cathey Love


Third Place Winner


Owner, Teresa Angel

Star of Animal Planet’s Emergency Vets brings his Wild Life to Tulsa

posted April 3rd, 2013 by
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Veterinarian, comedian and former bouncer helps TCC’s Vet Tech students

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 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, as well as multiple appearances with Joan Rivers, Kevin Nealon, and Dennis Miller.  In addition to those accomplishments, Fitzgerald was a former bouncer for such groups as The Rolling Stones, The Who, Willie Nelson and Parliament-Funkadelic.

Fitzgerald will headline an evening of laughter and learning.  The event 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.  Since 2007, Fitzgerald has assisted in 10 animal expeditions ranging from Antarctica to Mongolia to Manitoba focusing on conservation to endangered species.  He currently serves as consultant to the Smithsonian Institution for veterinary matters and for endangered species world-wide.

His career spans nearly 30 years as a vet and he lectures nationally and internationally and has published more than 150 scientific journal articles and 41 veterinary textbook chapters. Currently, he writes columns for American Kennel club Family Dog Magazine and Police K9 Magazine.

Fitzgerald comes to Tulsa to help raise money for Tulsa Community College’s Veterinary Technician Program.  The money raised will go to the Dr. Jan Weaver Veterinary Technology Scholarship.  It is an annual scholarship given to a second year vet tech student who excels in selfless service and giving of oneself for the benefit of others, embodiment of integrity and honesty, strong work ethic and dedication to the welfare of animals.  TCC started the Dr. Jan Weaver Veterinary Technician Scholarship in 2009 and hopes this year, with Fitzgerald’s help, to reach the endowment mark.

The event is 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 23.  Tickets 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

The Daily Rounds of a Hound

posted April 1st, 2013 by
Daily Rounds

The Daily Rounds of a Hound

The Daily Rounds of a Hound by Ed Payne and illustrated by Britt Sekulic is the tale of Molly Malone – an adorable mutt adopted from an animal shelter by a new family. Once home, the family learns that Molly is carrying stowaways – a litter of nine pups. Molly has no pedigree, but takes her job as family pet seriously. She patrols the house, protects the kids and goes on secret missions (or does she?).

The Daily Rounds of a Hound is the first children’s picture book by Marietta, Georgia-based Ed Payne, an Emmy award- and Peabody award-winning journalist for CNN. The book’s quirky rhyming style is inspired by the books we all grew up with. “While Molly’s story is a very personal one for my family, ultimately, it’s the story of everyone’s dog, our love for them and how much we get in return,” Payne said.

Faux Early Reviews:
· “Four paws up!” – Doggie Digest
· “A real tailwagger!” – Phydeaux Magazine
· “I’m drooling for more!” – The Hound Monthly
· “I kept this story on a short leash!” — The Daily Wag

The Daily Rounds of a Hound is available in the United States and internationally on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions. U.S customers also can purchase the book, Molly Malone T-shirts and plush toys at

It’s Cover Auction Time Again

posted March 22nd, 2013 by
2013 Cover Auction

Hello pet lovers!   Our I.T. folks got the cover auction software ready to roll a little early, and since it’s up and running we decided to go ahead and let the bidding begin!   The high bidder at the cutoff date (May 31 at 5:00 sharp) wins his/her pet on the July cover, and TulsaPets Magazine assumes the cost of the cover photography.  All of the proceeds go to StreetCats.  We have an opening bid of $50.   Put your pet on the cover for a keepsake of a lifetime, and help a great cause!

Here are the past winners:

The 2010 Winner

The 2011 Winner

The 2012 Winner

TulsaPets Magazine Cover Auction 2013

posted March 22nd, 2013 by