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Pet-Friendly Patios in Oklahoma City

posted September 27th, 2014 by
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Pet Friendly Patios

 

These local restaurants welcome your well-behaved pooch on their patios. Enjoy drinks, dinner and the warm spring weather with your pet by your side, but please be a courteous, responsible pet owner, both to your host and other diners.

Be sure to snap a photo of your furry dining companion or even someone else’s and share it with us. We may feature it in an upcoming issue.

S&B Burger Joints
5929 N May – Near North
14020 N May – Far North
20 NW 9th – Midtown
102 W Main St. – Norman
7745 S Walker – Southwest

Jazmo’z Bourbon Street Café
Bricktown
100 E California Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 232-6666

Earl’s Rib Palace
Bricktown
216 Johnny Bench Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 272-9898

Café Do Brasil
Midtown
440 NW 11th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
(405) 525-9779

Deep Deuce Grill
Deep Deuce
307 NE 2nd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 235-9100

Pizza 23
Uptown
600 NW 23rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
(405) 601-6161

Urban Wine Works
The Plaza District
1749 NW 16th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
(405) 525-9463

Captain Norm’s Dockside Bar
Bricktown
103 E California
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 600-6092

In the Raw Sushi
Bricktown
200 S Oklahoma #130
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 702-1325

Rally Around the Pits Motorcycle Rally and Adoption Event

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Rally Around the Pits, Inc. is a small non-profit organization organized for charitable, humane, and educational purposes, including to educate the public about animal welfare and pet adoption. Our primary fundraising event is a family-friendly motorcycle rally meant to bring people together for the love of motorcycles and dogs, specifically pit bull type dogs. The term “pit bull” is often associated with the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Pit bull type dogs are often vilified in the media. Our goal is to educate the public about these type dogs by creating a family and pet friendly event to show they are just dogs and need a home like any other, while raising awareness and funds for local non-profit animal rescue organizations that specialize in the bully breeds.

Rally Around the Pits Motorcycle Rally and Adoption event is scheduled for Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm at Iron Nation Harley Davidson. Iron Nation Harley Davidson is located at 3433 S. Broadway in Edmond, OK. We have two local animal rescue organizations signed up to be beneficiaries of this year’s event, PitEssentials Rescue, Inc. and Bald and Bully, Inc. We use a mix of vendors, displays, and live music by Mudflap Nichols and the Twisted Spokes to keep people having fun and raising money for dogs in need.

Numerous national and local companies have donated items to our organization for raffle and silent auction. National sponsors include Lowbrow Customs, VNM, Thundershirt, Stella and Chewy’s, and Forever the Chaos Life, while local sponsors include Carey Pet and Home Care, Monster Graphx, Raise Hail, LLC, Quail Tag Agency, SB Body Arts, K9 Konfections, Best Friends Total Pet Care, and Interurban Restaurants. All net proceeds from Rally Around the Pits Motorcycle Rally and Adoption event will be split equally between the participating animal rescue organizations. The money raised goes directly towards the care of the animals in the rescue’s possession while they wait for their forever homes.

Rally Around the Pits, Inc. recognizes all sponsors large or small with several sponsorship levels. For more information, please visit our website, www.rallyaroundthepits.com or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PitRally. Anyone interested in being involved with this year’s event or future events can call Kelli or Erik White at 405-463-0552 or send us an email at [email protected].

Thank you for your time and consideration. You will find our current flyer attached to this email.

Sincerely,

Kelli White

Ask The Doc

posted September 22nd, 2014 by
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Ask the Doc

By Brad Roach, DVM / Best Friends Animal Clinic, Shawnee

Q: My dog Elmer goes to play school two or three times per week, and he comes home worn out. When he is tired like that and eats dinner, he sits down and eats rather than stand. He eats at an elevated feeder that is up on legs. Is this dangerous for him to sit and eat; could it bring on bloat by chance.

A: I don’t know how old Elmer is, but my first question would be, why is he eating from an elevated feeder in the first place? Some dogs need this if they have weak esophageal muscles that won’t allow proper swallowing.

It is also helpful to use these feeders when there is neck pain. This is not going to hurt him by eating in this position, but I am concerned that he is doing so to take the weight off his hips, and since you mentioned that he might bloat, I would assume that he is a large breed dog that is prone to hip dysplasia.

You might try a session or two of acupuncture for him on a day before the play day to see if that helps and start him on a good glucosamine/ chondroitin sulfate supplement as well.

This will take several weeks to start showing improvement, so keep up the good work and well done on letting your canine friend have the play school.

Q: My old lab has these horrible “growths” on her elbows that I think are called hygromas. They sometimes burst open and bleed and ooze. I’ve tried to wrap them, but since they are on her elbows, nothing stays on good. What can I do to clear these things up?

A: This can be a very difficult thing to treat because they can be infected and even progress on to a bone infection if not handled properly. Well done on trying to bandage the elbow. It is important to study your dog’s habits and what surfaces she is laying on. Sometimes all you need to do is strategically place fluffy bedding.

You might try getting some larger pipe insulation and tape it on the forearm only with Elasticon tape. Many times it helps to bandage with honey, and the laser treatments have been known to help as well.

If the wounds are open, it would be a good idea to have it cultured by your vet so the appropriate antibiotic can be used. This entire process could take up to three months, so hang in there.

Q: My dog has a horribly gross habit—she is a poop eater. She won’t eat her own poop, but eats the poop of my other two dogs, and it’s just disgusting. I have tried everything from getting the stuff to feed the other two to make their poop “undesirable,” to pouring Tabasco on the others’ poop, but nothing works.

Now the only thing I can do is run out and scoop every time there’s more poop, but I can’t always do that with the weather. What can I do?

A: This is definitely a gross topic and hard for us to understand. In fact, it’s not known what really causes this to happen. Some say it is a mineral deficiency, seeking undigested protein or just a bad habit.

I definitely recommend a good source of vitamins and minerals for  the offender as well as adding pro-biotics and enzymes to all dogs of the household. You already mentioned giving the other dogs the Forbid powder, and sometimes that will work.

There have been reports that feeding fresh pineapple and Adolph’s meat tenderizer to the poopers will discourage the eater too. Sometimes adding anise to the food in small quantities can also help.

It also goes without saying, but I will say it anyway: clean up duty is even more important than ever, and for goodness sake, think twice before letting them give you a big doggie kiss on the face!

Animal Resource Center of Oklahoma City

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Keeping animals where they belong…in loving homes

by Anna Holton-Dean

What better way could there be to help pets, their owners, shelters and rescue groups than to provide a facility meeting all of their greatest needs? That’s why the Lockhart Foundation established the Animal Resource Center (ARC) in Oklahoma City.  

In 2010, through a survey of local rescue groups and shelters, the Foundation discovered the city lacked an affordable, animal-friendly event center for training classes, adoptions, fundraisers, meetings, conferences, spaying/neutering and vaccinating. Additionally, while some local services and organizations are available to help pet owners, most people do not know about them, much less how to contact them.

Barbara Lewis, board president of the Animal Resource Center, says the survey also revealed a need for a central location to maintain a database of information.

 “Additionally, the Foundation was trying to figure out what could be done to keep dogs in their homes and really saw there was no central site for information con-cerning available services such as when someone loses a job and needs pet food, or even simply getting help overcoming problem behavior by talking with a trainer,” Lewis explains.

The Animal Resource Center is now in place to help meet all of these diverse needs, thanks to the Lockhart Foundation, which remains a major supporter, and donations from the community.

Essentially, Lewis’ goal at ARC is to remove the stumbling blocks for animal advocacy and effectively keep dogs and cats out of shelters and in their homes, helping each rescue organization or shelter to be as effective as possible and helping at-risk pet owners keep their pets.

Some ways ARC advances this goal is by providing workshops to the public on responsible pet ownership,  and providing a facility to hold adoption events and dog training classes, ranging from puppy kindergarten to agility.

Lewis says ARC stresses the importance of responsible decisions by pet owners. “It’s dogs, and it’s cats too,” she says. “Cats often impact the neighbors more than dogs, but there are solutions for those problems…We can help keep someone from surrendering their cat because their neighbor is mad.”

Today, ARC is located in a 32,000-square-foot building in Oklahoma City equipped with rooms for dog training classes, a free self-service bathtub area for pets, an “animal library” stocked with books, DVDs and videos, and rental space for animal- and non-animal-related events.

The library is open to the public and includes children’s animal literature, dog training books, animal novels and books on pet care and more. “People may just want to read a novel about a dog,” Lewis says. “They can probably find the right one in our library, but if they need help with a serious house training issue, we can probably help them with that as well.”

In addition to resources, a large warehouse area serves as an “inside dog park” during operational hours when not rented for an event (which is heated but not air-conditioned).

One of the newest offerings is free spaying/neutering for animal shelters and rescue groups.

Also, “three veterinarians offer low-cost spay/neuter to low-income pet owners, and one offers low-cost vet care for low-income pet owners as well as general vet care to the public,” Lewis says.

“If a person still needs help with vet expenses, ARC does try to work out something for them. Each vet has a different rate schedule and requirements. Low-cost vet care is currently available one day a week and will increase as needed.” 

All of the services provided at the ARC facility are in partnership with other groups, while ARC provides the building, advertising, help setting up, cleaning afterward, tables, chairs, projectors and other necessities for events. 

The varying organizations who utilize the ARC’s facilities are juxtaposed by their inclusive mission: to save pets’ lives. Along with other rescue groups, Mascotas Latinas, an organization dedicated to assisting pet owners in the Latin community, uses ARC as a place to meet with adopters.

SpayFirst, an organization which offers spaying/ neutering in low-income communities, also uses the ARC office as a mailing and delivery address since most of its clinics are held in rural areas. This is an area that ARC is trying to expand upon, Lewis says.

 Some of the regular renters who take advantage of all ARC has to offer include: Oklahoma City Obedience Training Club; German Shepherd Club; Golden Retriever Club; OKPaws Agility Club; two flyball clubs; Central OK Veterinarians Association; A New Leash On Life, Inc., offering training for service dogs, therapy dogs and a prison program; Best Friends Veterinarian (Brad Roach, DVM); and Spay Way (Terri Yonker, DVM), a low-cost spay/neuter service, to name a few.

Upcoming spring events include a yoga class with dogs sponsored by LuLuLemon, a Bella Foundation vaccination clinic, a bird mart and a garage sale fundraiser for rescue groups. Most events for cats are held in the fall.

Space is available to rent for large parties and gatherings, and ARC holds events in conjunction with other community service organizations. For more information, call (405) 604-2892 or visit arcokc.org.

ARC is conveniently located at the intersection of I-240 and I-35. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

Pet-Friendly GetAways

posted July 19th, 2014 by
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Your ideal vacation may entail hiking mountain trails or sipping tea in a Victorian parlor, noshing on a downhome breakfast or doing sunrise yoga, singing around a campfire or shopping ‘til you drop! Whatever your style, we have an extensive list of pet-friendly resort getaways who welcome you to do it all with Fido and Fluffy at your side.

For the full listing, check out our Online Directory under the “Pet-Friendly” tab at www.OkcPetsMagazine.com/directory. We have all the details to help you choose the perfect getaway—written descriptions, information, photos aplenty, links, maps, and all of the contact information.

Each listing even has an online gallery for photos of their four-legged guests. So be sure to share your getaway snapshots this summer no matter where they are from. Please include first names of everyone (two-legged or four) and the name of the getaway!

Each resort’s pet policy varies, so be sure to check with the proprietor when making plans for your pet-friendly getaway! If you have a pet-friendly getaway that we should know about, email [email protected]

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Have you heard of the Yellow Dog Project?

posted January 6th, 2014 by
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I had not heard of the Yellow Dog Project until a friend shared this link on Facebook the other day. As a parent of both pets and kids, I found the idea exciting.

Basically, a yellow ribbon tied on a leash signifies that the dog should be approached with caution. This could be for any number of reasons: the dog may be highly excitable, anxious or nervous, a working dog, etc.

Before I had kids, I was always concerned by the number of children who would seemingly appear out of nowhere to pet and play with my dogs while we were out walking. Thankfully, my dogs are very kid friendly. But what if they weren’t?

And now that I have kids of my own, I understand just how impulsive they can be and how helpful a simple visual cue could be.

Now that I know about this project, I plan to teach my kids about dogs with yellow ribbons and promise to use a yellow ribbon if my dog ever needs one. Let’s spread the word on this great idea and keep our dogs and kids safe and happy.

You can learn more about the Yellow Dog Project at its Facebook page here.

– Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]