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OKC Pets Mag July / Aug 2018

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OKC Pets Magazine  July / Aug 2018

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, Derinda Blakeney, Angela Botzer, Heide Brandes, Connie Cronley, Anna Holton-Dean, Vickie Jenkins, Manda Overturf Shank, Barb Perry, Zack Reeves

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!

DVM Rebekah Hartfield Nominated for Award

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DVM Rebekah Hartfield Nominated for Award

by Anna Holton-Dean

Dr. Rebekah Hartfield likes to say, “I fought to get into vet school, fought to stay in, and fought to get out.” Her personal struggle to pursue her passion of being a veterinarian is a badge she wears with honor.

Hartfield’s quote comes from a nomination letter which has earned her a spot as one of five finalists in the fifth annual American Humane Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards™, sponsored by Zoetis.

Pistol Pic 1.jpg (1) Hartfield, DVM, is a graduate of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. At the Cushing Veterinary Clinic in rural Oklahoma, she is one of about 25 veterinarians that cares for over 57,000 food animals in Payne County—equating to 2,200 animals per veterinarian.

 

In addition to a 60-hour per week schedule of caring for animals, she has authored two children’s books—the Doctor Hartfield Veterinary Book series.

 

The series chronicles Abby, a young girl who lives on a farm, and Dr. H. as they examine, diagnose and treat various animals on Abby’s farm. The series focuses on stories about caring for small and large breed animals, like pigs and horses, to increase exposure and interest in large breed animals as well as companion pets. She hopes to spark a desire in young children to help care for all of God’s creatures and encourage the next generation of veterinarians.

Her first book, “Rosie the Pig” was published in July 2017 and tells the story of Abby’s pig, Rosie.  Hartfield has sold over 1,500 copies of “Rosie the Pig” and read to over 5,000 students in schools across Oklahoma and Texas. The educational tools like quizzes and glossary of terms included in each book make the book series a great addition to animal science curriculum.

Her American Humane Hero Veterinarian nomination comes just one month before the release of her second book, “Pistol the Horse,”  available to the public at a book launch party on Saturday, June 16 from 2 – 5 p.m. at Stillwater Milling Company, 502 E. 6th Ave. in Stillwater.

Proceeds from the sale of the books are used to support a scholarship at the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

The public is also invited to visit www.herovetawards.org every day between now and August 2, to vote for Dr. Hartfield as 2018’s top American Hero Veterinarian.

 

Join us at OKCPets in congratulating Dr. Hartfield for this worthy nomination. We say thank you for working to better the lives of animals in Oklahoma and giving back to future veterinarians.

The Mission to Find Brisby

posted May 25th, 2018 by
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The Mission to Find Brisby:

OKC’s Amazing Pet-Loving Community

By Anna Holton-Dean

When Mercedes Wessels made the trek from Minnesota to Oklahoma City for the BrisbyBetter Barrel Races World Finals on April 24, she didn’t expect the theft of her Border Collie mix puppy, Brisby, to be the most memorable aspect of the trip. However, the pet-loving community of OKC has banned together to help bring him home, and that is an even greater memory Mercedes will always cherish.

The Day Brisby Went Missing

“We stayed at a lady’s house for the day because the fairgrounds didn’t allow horses on the property until midnight. So we stayed off of Chisholm to sleep (we drove overnight) and let our horses stretch and relax,” Mercedes says. “We left that house at 9 p.m. to head to the fairgrounds. We stopped at McDonald’s off of Meridian and Reno, ran inside for maybe five minutes, came out, and Brisby was gone.

“We had two dogs with us, both in the living quarters of the trailer. Normally, Brisby always rides with me in the vehicle, but it was a short 2.5-mile trip, and both dogs were sleeping in there when we loaded up.”

‘Find Brisby OKC’            

One month later, Brisby is still missing, but hundreds have rallied together and are still actively searching for him with the hope of bringing him home to Mercedes in Minnesota. The Facebook group “Find Brisby OKC” has over 1,200 members and is steadily growing. In addition to sharing the page and searching the OKC area, members have even taken the search nationwide, posting Craigslist ads in various states and searching shelter photos daily. From the use of tracking dogs to organizing group prayer, members are doing all they can and say they will not give up until Brisby is found.

While she is devastated by the loss of her pup, Mercedes is overwhelmed at the kindness and selflessness of so many strangers who want to reunite her with her beloved pet.

“It really warms my heart,” she says. “I’ve never been so thankful. God couldn’t have handpicked a better crowd. You forget on occasion that people care—what a wonderful reminder!”

Brisby could be anywhere by now and is currently 11 months old. He is a red/white Border Collie mix with a white-tipped tail. If you believe you have possibly spotted him, take a picture and text it to (218) 820-2309.

OK Berners photo featured on walk website

posted May 22nd, 2018 by
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bernerwalkFor the past two years, Oklahoma Berners has participated in a worldwide walk for friends and companions of Bernese Mountain Dogs. This year, 21 Berners and their families participated and had their photo featured on the Bernese Friends Worldwide website.

Held on May 12 at Mitchell Park in Edmond, the group also enjoyed a picnic lunch and time to socialize.

Oklahoma Berners is a relatively new group and looking to connect with other Bernese owners. You can request to join their Facebook group at Oklahoma Berners.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

 

Faith’s Story

posted May 20th, 2018 by
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Hi.  My name is Faith and I really didn’t know what it meant to be loved until PAAS rescued me and I got to go to the Richardson Birthing and Rehabilitation Center.  At first, I was scared so I went to the laundry room and just looked at the back door.  I even slept there.  Then I realized that all the other dogs living in this wonderful place were having fun in the rest of the house.

They tell me that after a week, I finally started to play with the others and even spent some nights sleeping on a bed made especially for me in their bedroom.

Faith

Faith before and after

 I had terrible itchy skin and big sores all over me. The nice people here started giving me these wonderful baths every other day for weeks.  It felt so good, so did all the pets and loving I got. I had big scars on my side from when I had my 4 litters of babies.  They had left some stitches in and those got taken out. They gave me special food to help me gain my weight back, I was really feeling good. They said I was in a foster home. Those are great places to go to, and I loved my foster parents and gave them lots of sloppy kisses. I even learned to sit, lie down, roll over and walk on a leash like a lady and best of all to trust humans again.

Next I remember going on this long, long ride with lots of other dogs.  We stopped, in the middle of the night, so all of us could stretch our legs, water and fertilize a dog park.  Then we loaded back up and headed to Colorado.

Here’s my update – I’ve left the building (Dumb Friends League) in Colorado for my forever home.  Patti wrote this so I know it’s correct:  I got adopted by a woman with a French bulldog who has obviously been very well cared for.  I got along with her and my new Mom.  So…keep the Faith – – – I did – – and I’m home!!!!

Save Lives 90% Live Release Rate by 2025

posted May 12th, 2018 by
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Save Lives 90% Live Release Rate by 2025

Best Friends Animal Society has set a goal for Oklahoma to have a 90% live release rate for dogs and cats in shelters by 2025.  Based on what PAAS and our transport partners have accomplished the past two years, it no longer seems to be an impossible goal to reach.  Certainly, what I learned at the Collective Impact Convening Conference validated this is an attainable goal.

In the coming weeks, I will try to not sound like a broken record about spay/neuter and transport successes.  No guarantees – – just fair warning.  J  J  J.

Here’s the first installment.  Rhonda, Lacee and I attended the SAVELIVES.UNITEOKLAHOMA conference Monday, April 30th in Oklahoma City. It was sponsored by The Kirkpatrick Foundation and Best Friends Animal Society   They experienced the same “aha” moments I did while I was in Austin.  On Tuesday afternoon, we had a recap of the conference and it was fascinating to hear the excitement in their voices, the animation in their stories and the profound belief that we can have a 90% Live Release Rate by 2025 in rural Oklahoma.

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It was especially rewarding to see all the teal blue PAAS Ride to Rescue t-shirts sprinkled throughout the conference room with the PAAS logo.  I’m writing this on a Tuesday evening, and tonight 31 dogs will head to Colorado – arriving at Dumb Friends League tomorrow morning.  Those that are “fixed” will soon have new homes, the other will join them after a brief stop in the operating room and a recovery period.

At the HSUS conference in May PAAS Pets for Life will be recognized for exceeding the goal of 400 spay/neuters in the first year of the program!!!!  We’re getting there.

Kay

 

Kay Stout, Director

PAAS Vinita

[email protected]

918-256-7227

http://www.paasvinita.com

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