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Pooches Plays It Forward

posted May 19th, 2010 by

Pooches Plays It Forward
Local Business Will Help Local Charities

The dog days of summer just got better. Pooches, a Tulsa dog care center, is “playing it forward” with a special promotion that will benefit nonprofit dog-focused charities this summer.

“Pooches will donate 10 percent of boarding revenues from June 7-25 to the dog-focused charity of each customer’s choice,” said co-owners Lawanna Smith, CPDT-KA, and Nancy Gallimore Werhane, CPDT-KA.

“What they are doing is amazing,” said customer Amy Hoagland. “It is just another reason to love them. I wish more businesses would give back to our community.”

Pooches owners and employees are dedicated to getting rescued dogs placed in good homes. The dog-care center always has a family of homeless dogs living in the facility for training and care until permanent homes can be found. The purpose of this promotion is to give nonprofit organizations, which also rescue dogs, access to grooming, training, daycare or boarding services.

“So many of the dogs we rescue are dirty and matted, having them properly groomed is a big influence to getting them adopted,” said Linda Baxter with Pet Adoption League. “We also use Pooches to train our rescued dogs so they are ready for a new family.”

This past year Pet Adoption League rescued over 450 dogs in the Tulsa area. With so many dogs needing homes, Pooches hopes this promotion will help more families find their perfect match.

“It doesn’t surprise me that they are doing this,” said long-time customer Hoagland. “They are passionate about taking care of the animals in our area. This is just another example.”

Pooches was established in 2005 by Lawanna Smith, CPDT-KA, and Nancy Werhane, CPDT-KA. They have 20 employees including four certified trainers. Pooches offers dog daycare, boarding, grooming and training.  They also host several Adoption Days where people can interact with the dogs to find the perfect fit for their family.

Pooches Plays It Forward is designed to help find homes for these dogs faster,” said Werhane.

The promotion will run June 7 through June 25, 2010, and applies to all boarding charges. Upon payment, customers will specify the 501(c)(3) dog-focused charity to receive their donation.

Pooches welcomed their first canine visitors in 2005. They offer day care, boarding, grooming and training. Their goal is to provide a fun, safe operation staffed with pet care professionals where owners can leave their dogs with confidence and preace-of-mind. For more information visit

Spring Open House at Wild Heart Ranch, May 22

posted May 17th, 2010 by

Wild Heart Ranch is an amazing place to bring your family to visit wildlife that Annette King has poured her heart into for many years.  I picked up an injured crow at Park and Cherokee in Claremore, rushed it to her and stood in amazement as she set the exposed wing bone, stitched it and then casted it.  She then gave the crow an antibiotic shot, put fresh water and raw meat in its cage and we are hopeful that it will be able to fly again.  This, after she had spent a 14 hour day caring for the many injured and orphaned wild animals before I arrived at around 7:00 that night with this crow. 

She struggles to make ends meet and I fear that she does without food herself sometimes in order to buy milk replacer for her orphaned babies.  Even if you can’t visit May 22, please consider donating to her cause.  Thanks so much.

Wag Your Tail Postponed, Now June 5th

posted May 14th, 2010 by

We will have to cancel Wag Your Tail at Whiteside for tomorrow.  We have a few small lakes starting on the grounds here at the park.  We have set a rain date for Saturday, June 5th and would love it if you all could still attend.  Please let me know at your earliest convenience.  I apologize for the inconvenience.  We should have known; it always rains during Mayfest.

Blaze’s Volunteer and Adoption Day, May 15th

posted May 12th, 2010 by


Governor Signs Puppy Mill Legislation

posted May 7th, 2010 by

Governor Brad Henry signed the puppy mill bill into law Thursday!   A big step in the right direction for doing right by the puppies!   High volume breeding operations will now be regulated in Oklahoma, and for those legitimate hobby breeders the bill does not mean that much — it will target those operating in substandard conditions.   Thank you Governor Henry and for all those who worked so hard for years to get regulations passed for the breeding of Oklahoma’s companion animals!

Paws Under the Stars, May 8th

posted May 6th, 2010 by

Try to attend this Joe Station Dog Park fundraiser.

It is this Saturday evening, May 8th at 6:00

At Joe Station Dog Park

2279 Charles Page Blvd

Bring your pooch and enjoy live music and food!

For more information email:  [email protected]