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Conscientious Dog Owner

posted April 22nd, 2019 by
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How to be a Conscientious Dog Owner

by   Nick Burton



As a dog owner, it may be a shock to learn that not everyone shares your love for man’s best friend. You see Spot as more than a companion; he is an essential member of your family. You accept his flaws, laugh when he tracks mud in your kitchen and love when he answers your hugs with sloppy face licks.

Others, like those you run into during a walk and your neighbors,  probably won’t share your enthusiasm, so here are a few tips to make sure that your dog isn’t a disturbance.


You are the master — be in control

A courteous dog owner values the importance of obedience. Some people shun training because they believe it requires a certain amount of meanness toward the dog, but it is, in fact, a crucial element to your dog’s happiness. Think about what happens in the absolute absence of obedience training. An untrained dog will likely be aggressive, destroy property and possibly hurt someone. This undesirable behavior is not because the dog is “bad,” but because he doesn’t know any better. Dogs are pack animals that look to a pack leader for guidance on correct behavior. And for your dog, you are the pack leader.


Train for courtesy, and your sanity

Obedience training will accomplish several goals. People appreciate a friendly, well-trained dog. It’s easier than you think to instill good behavior in your dog because your canine companion naturally wants to be led.

Consider two typical problem dog behaviors: pulling on leashes during walks and excessive barking. Simple repetition of expected actions during walks can nip lousy leash habits. Take steps to calm a dog as part of the walking process, such as slowly pulling on the leash, then stopping to do a few household tasks. This doesn’t confuse your dog, it reinforces the need for restraint and cements your position as the one in control.

Dog barking is similarly best curtailed as a process of establishing acceptable behavior, but also requires some common-sense tactics on your part. Ignoring barking, refraining from yelling (to your dog, it’s like you’re barking along with him), teaching the “quiet” command and asking for incompatible behavior such as giving a treat for going to his bed when another dog passes the house – are all training-based ways to limit barking.

If you need additional weapons in your training arsenal, look to training accessories. For example, some people opt for clicker training, others like to use training collars. The latter can be particularly effective at behavior modification, especially if your dog has a tendency to bark at the mailman or ignores commands. Whatever method you choose, remember that you’re helping your dog be a model animal citizen.


Wear him out

A tired dog is usually a well-behaved dog. And remember, by keeping your dog active, you’re not only helping him to expend pent-up energy, but you’re also contributing to his health and fitness. Avoid missing walks and play time to ensure your dog’s behavior doesn’t falter. If you need the extra help, look into hiring a regular pet sitter to help your dog get in his daily steps when you’re stuck at work.


Protect the planet from pooch poop

A courteous, well-behaved dog owner, of course, picks up after their pet. Make sure dog waste is bagged and properly disposed of during a walk – every time. And, since dog feces contain numerous nasty pathogens, it’s essential to remove it from your yard quickly, too. A yard full of dog poop is not just your problem – it can be a neighborhood eyesore, foul-smelling and unhealthy for your dog.


Accept others’ opinions

Not everyone is going to love your dog. Your pet could sit quietly and happily in his poop-free yard, and your neighbor across the street may still complain. Some just aren’t dog people. You may think non-dog lovers are missing out on a joy of life, but they disagree. And research suggests that the benefits of dog ownership may be exaggerated. Resist the need as a die-hard dog lover to defend the species. Accept their opinion, and do your best to prove them wrong through training and proper dog ownership practices.


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Luna the Therapy Dog

posted March 26th, 2019 by
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By Heide Brandes


Nacole Schopfer’s mother was unable to speak or walk. When Nacole visited her mother in hospice care, the only way they could communicate was through hand signals. It was a depressing and hard time for them both.


But when Nacole started bringing her new snow-white Husky pup named Luna to the nursing home on visits, she noticed a change in her mom’s attitude.


“I just saw the huge impact that Luna had on my mom and how much happier my mom became. Luna was really good at it. She would always walk up to the bed and say hi to mom,” said Nacole. “My mom was unable to walk or speak, but when Luna would come and visit, it would just make her day. She’d be smiling and happy, and that was a huge thing. And the other residents, they loved Luna too.”


Although Nacole already had two other dogs, she had an idea that Luna could be more than just a pet and a companion. She had an impact on people. She had a calming influence on people. She could help people.


“Once I realized that she was a really good fit for therapy work, I started looking more into it,” Nacole said.


Thanks to training and an eager spirit, Luna is now known as “Luna The Therapy Dog.” Every month, she and Nacole visit hospitals, nursing homes, schools and more to help others deal with stress and other life challenges.


For the white dog with the fluffy tail and bright pink booties on, helping others seems to come naturally.



Nacole found Luna as a puppy through a Craigslist ad in December 2014. She had two other dogs already, but she had always wanted a Husky. Knowing that Huskies are a high-energy and intelligent breed, she also knew Luna would need training.


“Luna went through training with Kira Schultz Area Pet Trainer. We took six- to eight-week classes at PetSmart—beginner, intermediate, advanced and therapy. And before her therapy class started, we took our Canine Good Citizen test and passed that,” Nacole said. “Kira is able to do the testing for therapy and Canine Good Citizen, but not every PetSmart trainer is. After all of those classes and training, we tested with Alliance of Therapy Dogs and became certified in June.”


Training Luna early and daily was the secret to her becoming a natural for therapy work. Exposing the young hound to the nursing home environment to visit Nacole’s mother also helped.


“Luna was able to visit my mom without being certified because my mom was a resident, and Luna was so well behaved,” she said. “I saw the huge positive impact it had not just on my mom but on other residents as well, so we decided to become a certified therapy team.”


After her PetSmart training, Luna didn’t have to go through all of the training to pass the test with ATD, but Nacole wanted her to be the best therapy dog possible, and with that comes lots of training.


“But I thoroughly enjoy it; it’s such a bonding experience,” Nacole said.



Once Luna received her therapy dog certification, the requests for her came quickly. Within that same month, Luna and Nacole made their first site visit to the First Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City.


“I’m not sure if it was a preschool or daycare type of facility, but this school found Luna’s page on Facebook and messaged us to come out during the summer for an animal camp,” Nacole said. “We got to go and visit the kids, and we loved it. We had snow cones and the little kids got to read to her. Luna loved it. She loved all the kids hugging on her and all the attention that she got from the kids and the teachers.”


Seeing the success of Luna’s first visit, Nacole looked into other places to bring her. She emailed organizations throughout the metro, offering the pair’s services.


“We started visiting [the Academy of Contemporary Music] at UCO once a month to visit all the students and teachers there,” Nacole said. “They loved it, and seeing Luna was definitely stress relief for them. They call it their ‘Stress Paws’ event.”


Soon, Luna was in high demand. The team visited the University of Oklahoma Medical Center patients and staff, specifically patients who requested therapy dogs. Next, the two partnered with Good Shepherd Hospice and The Fountains at Canterbury (assisted living) to make visits as well.


While Luna and Nacole took the month of January off in remembrance of Nacole’s mother’s passing, the months fill up quickly for Luna.


“I can see how she gives stress relief. I love seeing the smiles on people’s faces, and they love interacting with her,” said Nacole. “We also do education. We did an education seminar at Dogtopia where I worked on the differences between service dogs, therapy dogs and emotional support animals because not many people know the differences among the three. We have another one planned for sometime in the spring.”


Nacole said Luna’s personality is what makes her so good with other people.


“She’s very curious, and she’s a character. She’s my most vocal dog, and she loves doing anything and everything,” said Nacole. “She’s also very courteous. She likes to know what’s going on all the time.”


Nacole also knows the responsibility and impact therapy dogs can have. It’s a responsibility she takes seriously.


“I know personally what it feels like to be a family member of a hospice patient. I was really, really close with my mom. So I understand how much having a therapy dog visit can brighten your day because you don’t always have people to come and visit,” she said. “I definitely wouldn’t be able to volunteer at hospice with a different dog or on my own. Luna is definitely my support, and I just want to spread her love and her joy to other people.”


The need for more therapy dogs in the area is growing. Many times, Luna and Nacole may be the only visitors residents and patients have every month.


“If you are interested, contact us. I can answer any questions,” Nacole said. “You should start training early because the dogs have to be OK with wheelchairs and noises and food and just a variety of situations.”


Luna now has her own following on Facebook and Instagram as well. You, too, can follow on Facebook @LunaTheTherapyHusky and on Instagram @luna.thetherapydog.


And when people see Luna, they also notice her hot pink and black booties.


“Everyone asks about the boots. Not only does it help to keep her feet sanitary and protect people from accidental scratches, it’s also how she knows she is working,” Nacole said. “It’s just so rewarding for both of us to help other people.”

Welcome Home to Travis Brorsen

posted March 26th, 2019 by
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Say Hello and Welcome Home to Travis Brorsen

World Famous Dog Trainer and Oklahoma Native


By Anna Holton-Dean


Growing up in Perry, Travis Brorsen was a typical Oklahoma kid. Elected a state FFA officer his senior year in high school, his interests in pets, education and public speaking were piqued—areas that would all meld together and later culminate into his passion and dream career as a highly sought after, world-known dog trainer and educator. He just didn’t know it yet.

After graduating from Oklahoma State University in 2001, Travis packed his bags and headed for Los Angeles where he attended acting school and pursued an acting career. “My parents thought I would just be heading home at any time, but I’m a very competitive person. So, I was driven to do it,” Travis says. “I did four years of acting school until I got my first job as a guest star on ‘JAG.’”

The part was for a guy in his 20’s, a Marine from Oklahoma. His agent told him if he couldn’t land this job, he should consider a different line of work. Fortunately, he got the part and went on to star in other shows like “Desperate Housewives” and “Bones,” along with other pilots and movies.

In the down time of the 2008 writers’ strike, Travis noticed almost everyone had a dog except him; with all of the great parks in L.A., a four-legged companion was exactly what he needed. So, on a visit home to Oklahoma, he adopted his first pet Presley, an unruly Boxer. “I did not know what I was doing at all. It felt like a nightmare; I was a bad (pet) parent,” Travis remembers. “I did everything wrong from putting him in the crate when he was in trouble to yelling his name when he did something wrong. All of the things I teach now, I was doing them wrong at the time.”

He could never have anticipated all the ways Presley would impact his life.

“Presley was an unruly pup, and it was all my fault. After a little guidance and pet education, Presley truly changed the course of my life,” Travis says. “That’s why I got into behavior and training, to help other pet owners bridge the gap before it is too late.”

It was the Boxer’s misbehavior—running off during a hike at Runyon Canyon—that led to the pair’s appearance on CBS’s “Greatest American Dog.”

“A lady ran up to me and said, ‘Is that your dog?’ I thought, ‘Oh no, what did he do?’ She said, ‘Oh no, he’s great,’ and she asked if we were interested in auditioning for a reality show called ‘Greatest American Dog,’ all about building relationships between the owner and the pet. I thought that’s great because we don’t have one.”

While Travis’ first impression was that reality shows are not a respectable thing for an actor to be a part of, he decided to give it a shot and went to the interview.

“Halfway through the interview process, they asked, ‘Is your dog even trained?’ I was like ‘No, I thought that was why we’re here’… We were cast, and each week we barely made it, but I was soaking it all in.”

No one expected Travis and Presley to come out on top, but the pair came from behind and won the entire competition including $250,000—the most money ever won by a dog and human, but it was the knowledge Travis gained that would eventually prove invaluable. Through the experience he found a passion to help other dogs and their owners create similar positive learning and relationship building experiences. “I learned the best ways of training a dog, keeping it short and turning it into a game. I learned patience, mutual respect and unconditional love,” he says.

Meanwhile, everyone assured him a big break was sure to follow as an actor or T.V. host. But after a year and a half with no offers and the winnings depleted, Travis knew he needed to do “something worth something” with the money he had left. He and Presley moved back to Oklahoma where he created “Adventures with Travis & Presley,” an early childhood education program focusing on bully prevention and character building, which is now being used in thousands of elementary schools across the country. He and Presley would go to conferences and speak at any venue where people needed to be empowered.

Travis also apprenticed under Victoria Stilwell who was a judge on “Greatest American Dog.” Stilwell is a world-renowned dog trainer from Animal Planet’s show, “It’s Me or the Dog,” known for her positive reinforcement. The two trainers worked on many projects together including an updated version of “Rin Tin Tin.”

After winning “Greatest American Dog,” Travis built a highly successful dog training business in Los Angeles. In 2012, he married his sweetheart—also an Oklahoma native—Broadway singer Heather Jones. That same year the couple adopted another Boxer, Pete, from the Boxer Rescue of Oklahoma, and the family moved to New York where he founded Greatest American Dog Trainers, proving himself to be a successful trainer on both coasts.

Dubbed “the Animal Guru” by the New York Post, he was also approached by a production company to host and produce a show, “My Big Fat Pet Makeover,” which went on to air on Animal Planet, can be streamed on Hulu and at, and viewed on many Southwest Airlines flights.

With the successful training business still thriving in New York, and the addition of their son, Bleu, in 2017, the Brorsens decided to move back to Oklahoma in 2018 (while Travis maintains his NYC clientele and travels there frequently) to prioritize family life and a new project benefitting Oklahomans with disabilities.

“Part of moving back to Oklahoma was to create healthy, ‘Made In Oklahoma’ dog treats. Our first line is a single ingredient, all natural, premium beef jerky treat. We partnered with Enid’s 4RKids, a nonprofit that provides jobs for adults with disabilities. [Individuals at] 4RKids hand cut, pack, label, seal and ship all of our treats. Each bag purchased helps provide jobs for their organization. ‘Pete’s Mesquites Beef Jerky Treats’ can be found online and at all A1 Pet Emporium locations.”

Most recently, he appeared on “The Rachel Ray Show,” was nominated for TV’s Best Dynamic Duo for the Fox Reality Awards and was honored with the Humanitarian of the Year at the New York Pet Fashion Show in 2018.

And here at OKC Pets, we’re excited about his newest role in 2019 as a contributor to our publication. You can check out his first article in this issue on teaching children responsible pet ownership. It may just be the information you need to quell quarrels, relieve parents and ensure the pet’s forever home.

And If you see him out and about around the OKC metro, be sure to welcome Travis home.

Hudiburg Subaru

posted March 25th, 2019 by
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Drives Adoptions for Homeless Pets

Steers Animal Welfare in OKC

By Heide Brandes


Brad Smicklas, general manager of the Hudiburg Subaru dealership in Oklahoma City’s metro area, grew up helping homeless dogs and cats in a car dealership setting.


He and his father, who owned the Smicklas Chevrolet dealership, created an organization at Smicklas Chevrolet called Friends for Life, a nonprofit dedicated to finding forever homes for stray animals.


“We took in strays. People would drop stray animals off at the dealership where we had kennels, and we found forever homes for them,” Smicklas said. “We’d hold adoption events.”


Today, that tradition continues. Although Friends for Life is a separately-run nonprofit now, Hudiburg Subaru is still active in the mission to help pets and animal welfare causes.


However, the Oklahoma-based dealership isn’t an exception for the Subaru company. Nationally, Subaru has been an active and outspoken advocate for pets, shelter animals and stray animals. Vehicles and animal welfare working together? Smicklas says, “Why not?”



For several years, Hudiburg Subaru partnered with the Central Oklahoma Humane Society to host pet adoption events at the dealership.


“We did several adoption events with them and with PetSmart. We also had local veterinarians come in and do free vaccinations, and we also made it possible to lower the adoption fees for animals to $25,” Smicklas said. “I have four dogs that I got from the adoptions. Every time we host one, it seems I come home with a new dog.”


The Midwest City-based dealership also donates food, cat litter, bowls and other necessary items to local shelters but also welcomes customers’ pets into the store. Pets can go along for test drives and are allowed throughout the dealership.


“Animal welfare is something Subaru strongly believes in. They are big on animals, but also on the idea of doing the right thing,” Smicklas said. “It’s the right thing to do to take care of animals, because they can’t take care of themselves. But it’s also the right thing to do to take care of the earth, our teachers, the elderly and our community. Subaru has always been big on making sure each dealership gives back to their communities.”


Nationally, the Subaru company is also passionate about animal causes. With more than 6.5 million animals entering shelters each year, according to the ASPCA, Subaru made it their mission to keep all animals—including those in shelters—safe and healthy.


Every October, through the Subaru Loves Pets initiative, Subaru retailers ask citizens to donate new pet supplies at their partner stores to give to local animal organizations within their communities. It also provides shelter supply kits for animals awaiting adoption and starter kits for new pet-adopting families.


Since 2015, Subaru retailers have partnered with local animal welfare organizations through the Subaru Loves Pets initiative to impact over 109,000 animals in need across the country. Since 2008, Subaru has also donated nearly $22 million to the ASPCA, helped support more than1,500 animal welfare-related events and was instrumental in the rescue, transport and adoption of more than 50,000 animals nationwide.


Subaru also sponsored two studies conducted by the Center for Pet Safety, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to companion animal and consumer safety.

Hudiburg Subaru has hosted pet adoption events for the past three to four years, and in that time, the dealership has adopted out “several hundred” pets, Smicklas said.


“Like most people, I wish we could control the stray animal population. I wish people would spay and neuter their pets,” he said. “I hope to do more adoption events this year.”


Hudiburg Subaru will also be a sponsor for the American Heart Walk’s Doggie Hydration Station this summer. Because many participants walk with their dogs at the fundraiser, Hudiburg Subaru will have a tent with water, doggie bowls, leashes and other items to give away.


“We also host other community events, but animal welfare is something we believe in,” he said.


Hudiburg Subaru is located at 210 East Interstate 240 Service Road in Oklahoma City.

Pet-Vet Supply

posted March 24th, 2019 by
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The Evolution of Pet-Vet Supply

36 years of service to the OKC pet community


By Heide Brandes


Thirty-six years ago, a tiny large-animal supply store opened in Midwest City. What started out as a store catering to owners of horses, cattle and other livestock quickly turned into the largest locally-owned pet and veterinary supply store in the state. Now with more than three decades of loyal customers and an ever-expanding menu of services, Pet-Vet Supply in Midwest City just keeps on growing.


Beyond its duties as a retail pet store, pet grooming salon and veterinary practice, Pet-Vet Supply is also a champion for animal rescue and adoption as well.


“We started off as large animal retail and kind of morphed into a small animal, dog and cat retail,” said Manager Becky Keupen. “We got our customer base up with that, and then people started asking for vet services, vaccinations and things like that, so we added the clinic.”


The evolution of Pet-Vet Supply reads like an almanac of growth. In 1983, it opened as Midwest Farm and Home Supply, which doubled its square footage in 1987. The company changed the name to Pet-Vet Supply and began focusing on small animals in 1991, moving to its present location at 1215 E. Lockheed Drive in Midwest City.


By 2002, the Pet-Vet Animal Clinic opened, and the practice expanded its vet services by hiring Kim Mudroch, DVM, in 2004. Once again, Pet-Vet Supply expanded its services by opening the Pet-Vet Grooming Salon in 2009 and adding a second veterinarian, Dr. Denise Fruitt, in 2010. In 2017, training classes were being offered at Pet-Vet.


“People come mostly from the Oklahoma City metro area, but we have customers who come from all over,” said Keupen. “We do special shot clinics twice a year and offer half-price vaccinations. When that happens, we get people in from Tulsa and Lawton and from all over.”


In addition to pet food, toys and other pet-centric items, Pet-Vet Supply’s most popular draw is the “treat bar,” where customers and their canines can pick and choose from a multitude of treats ranging from biscuits to pigs’ ears.


“We added that treat bar about a year and a half ago. It offers a variety of treats that people can pick and choose from, and that’s gone really well,” said Keupen.


But a big part of Pet-Vet Supply’s mission is helping animal rescues in the area. The store partners with Underdogs Rescue, the Heartland Husky Rescue and the Animal Rescue Center of Shawnee. Heartland Husky Rescue Foundation is a foster-based rescue group that helps rescue, adopt, save, vet and network Huskies, Malamutes and other Northern Breed dogs in Oklahoma, particularly in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and surrounding areas.


The Animal Rescue Center of Shawnee works with the Shawnee Animal Shelter, which is a kill shelter, to adopt out as many pets as possible. The Underdogs Rescue in Choctaw takes in and adopts out “the underdogs of our society, the animals that nobody else wants who would have a slim to zero chance of being adopted at a shelter.”


“We have adoption events once a month for them, and while they’re here, all of the proceeds of our toys and treat sales go back to that rescue,” said Keupen. “I think the adoption events bring a lot of awareness. Some of the rescues don’t adopt the day of the event because people need to fill out an application and have a home-check done. So, sometimes we don’t have a lot of adoptions that happen on that day, but the organizations make a lot of contacts and raise a lot of awareness.”


Pet-Vet Supply also offers “yappy hour,” which features half-price goodies from the treat bar as well as two big sale events in June and December.


“June is our anniversary sale, and this year we’ll celebrate our 36th year. In December, we do a customer appreciation sale,” said Keupen. “In 2019, we’d like to get our training classes really going and expand our boarding capabilities. We’d like to offer more services for existing and new customers and more specialized services, like our allergy testing.”


Going up against national retail pet stores is always a challenge, but according to Keupen, the personalized service is what keeps Pet-Vet Supply customers so loyal.


“When everyone walks in the door, we just don’t ask them what we can help with. We ask specific questions to help them. And we know everyone’s name—or at least their pets’ names,” she said. “We just try to offer more services to those customers that come in and make it really personal.”


For more information on Pet-Vet Supply, call (405) 733-4648 or visit

OKC Loves Its Pets

posted March 18th, 2019 by
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OKC Loves Its Pets

OKC loves its pets—a fact that’s evident even in the business community.


So, we’ve rounded up a list of some of our favorite pet-friendly businesses, from restaurants with patios that welcome pets to those that help memorialize them when they’re gone. Whether you want to delight Fido with a downtown dinner date or simply want to patronize a business that professes to love pets as much as you do, we’ve got you covered!



Café do Brasil

Café do Brasil “is a place to savor authentic and scrumptious regional dishes and stellar caipirinhas” in the heart of midtown OKC. Chef and owner Ana Davis wanted to create a restaurant that tasted and felt like Brasil: “colorful, happy and loud in many ways.” So, she packed the menu with the foods that reminded her of her home country and would give everyone the same experience.


OKC immediately discovered a love for the Brazilian fare. The restaurant’s record speaks for itself. It has been chosen as the “Best Latin Restaurant of OKC” from 2009- 2016, Best Brunch in Town, Best Patio and Best Roof Top Bar.

Pets give it rave reviews, too, as they are allowed to enjoy the colorful atmosphere on the pet-friendly patio while their human companions dine.



At Coolgreens, their mission is to fuel healthy communities with fresh and natural food through a chef-inspired menu of signature salads, wraps, bowls, flatbreads and more. New quinoa bowls, sandwiches and flatbreads have recently been added to the menu. But they are committed to providing “even more” than just a high quality, fresh dining experience.


The eatery is dedicated to making the markets they serve better places to live. Part of furthering that mission is their pet-friendly patios for customers whose pets are more like children. Ashley Castle, general manager at Nichols Hills—who refers to her own German Shepherd, Elvis, as her “fur child”—says the location has quite a few regulars with pets. And for those customers, the beautiful patio features a pet station with water and treats, so all members of the family can enjoy their meal outdoors.


Earl’s Rib Palace

At Earl’s Rib Palace Bricktown, their passion is, and always will be, to create BBQ and a welcoming destination for anyone wanting affordable, authentic BBQ. Any with the warmer temps of spring, you can enjoy it all on the shaded pet-friendly patio with scenic river views.


General Manager Leslie Curtis says there’s water available on the patio and special treats behind the counter just for four-legged visitors. “So, bring the whole family out and enjoy some delicious, slow smoked Oklahoma BBQ.”


Heavenly Glass

Shari Booth says she began to dream in glass after taking her first glass blowing class in 2009. Now a glass artist and the owner operator of Heavenly Glass OKC, she creates unique memorials of molten glass fused around cremation ashes, causing them to reflect light and sparkle while suspended next to a favorite color. Each memorial is handmade at Blue Sage Studios in downtown OKC.


“Heavenly Glass is now very pet friendly because it is conveniently available through all OKC pet cremation centers and all OKC vet clinics,” she says. “Pets are important to all of us because they teach us to love unconditionally, remind us how important we are and bring us much needed comfort. I respect how difficult it is to face the reality of loss. There are few thoughts more comforting to me than imagining our protective family Boxer and crazy family cat with my son in heaven.”

Shari says her current pets include a black German Shepherd and two Russian Blues who she often bribes with treats to pose for pictures.


Herban Mother

Mary and Hector Najar discovered the benefits of CBD oil when they started their 10-year-old pooch, Skipper, on it due to tumor growths all over her body. Today, she is still alive and living pain free.

“We love our furry friends,” Mary says. That’s why they help other pets now through their store Herban Mother, where they sell CBD products.

“We have pet treats and oral tinctures for smaller pets like dogs, cats, etc., and we have topical balms that may help with pain and inflammation and equi-pelletes for larger animals like horses and cows,” says Mary.


Janice Winchester, Realtor, Churchill Brown

As a realtor with Churchill Brown and a pet lover herself, Janice Winchester knows how important pets are to life, and she considers their importance when helping families find their perfect homes.


“In my own life and [in real estate], I see how our lives wrap around and include our furry family, how our homes are adapted to include our pets, and without a doubt, they become part of our family,” she says. “They are so important to all families; they know when we need them, they are so astute to know our pain, when we’re sick, they never leave our side. They love us unconditionally, and we are their whole world.”


McIntyre Law

“At McIntyre Law, we all love dogs” says Attorney Jordan Klingler of McIntyre Law P.C. Owner Noble McIntyre allows employees to bring their pets to work if needed or on occasions just to visit. “So, we are happy when clients drop in with pets or when we bring our own. Pets are family and a huge part of our lives and our clients’ lives.”


Many of the employees have pets of their own. McIntyre has a stray he took in 10 years ago with the intention of taking it to the shelter after the weekend, but the family fell in love with him and decided to keep him, Klingler explains. “Everyone said he was ‘lucky,’ so that became his name. His daughters also have a 1-year-old Corgi.  Lucky didn’t like Milo [the Corgi] much at first, but they are becoming friends.”



Wyndam Place Senior Residences

At Wyndam Place Senior Residences, they know pets are important to their residents, which is why small animals, 20 pounds and under, are allowed. “Many of our residents live alone since they are 62 or older,” says Property Manager Diane Hayes. “And their animals provide much needed companionship.” Not only is Wyndam Place pet friendly, but they also provide activities to further give residents a social connection.


Hayes says she has two small breed dogs of her own. “We have two miniature Dachshunds. Finnegan ‘Finn’ is 5, and Jack is 1. Finnegan came to me from the Humane Society after he had been attacked by a racoon, and his previous owners didn’t come pick him up from the shelter. Woohoo for me! He is one amazing little guy. And Jack came from my daughter after they became very busy with life and felt like he needed more attention. Boy, does he get it now!”