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DIY Pet Costume Series II

posted October 1st, 2016 by
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Nicole Castillo

DIY Pet Costume Series II

This edition of our Pet Costume series comes from the dollar store! There are so many great finds at your local Dollar Tree, I don’t know where to start!

I chose a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume to retrofit for Cheyanne. This is the shell I bought at Dollar Tree. There were many accessories to go with the shell, like arm and headbands, and little weapons to complete a great outfit.

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You will need:

A children’s costume turtle shell

Pack of arm and head bands, or strips of orange, red, blue, or purple fabric

Thin elastic

Needle and green thread

Plastic weapons

The shell has little arm straps like a backpack. It did not fit Cheyanne, so I used a seam ripper to take the straps off and reattached them with needle and thread. Be sure to place the straps where they will fit your pet comfortably. I held the shell on Cheyanne and marked where they needed to go.

DIY Pet CostumeDIY Pet CostumeThe arm bands would fit Cheyanne perfectly, but she does not like her legs messed with, so I won’t use them. Remember to consider your pet when creating costumes. If they don’t like their ears touched, don’t push a hat on them. If shiny fabric scares them, don’t use it. Make it fun for everyone.

For the headband, I tied a loop that would loosely fit around Cheyanne’s ears. I then sewed a piece of thin elastic to each side of the loop to hold it on her head. Now I can put the headband over her ears and under her head.

I chose the plastic ninja sai because it included the little throwing star and extra knife to add to the costume. Use your imagination and attach the weapons to the costume. Watch out for any sharp edges that may poke your pet. I attached the sai, star, and knife to the shell. I cut the arm bands into strips to brighten up the weapons and tie it together. All in all, this costume cost me $3 and about an hour of work.

DIY Pet Costume

This shell can also be used for a normal turtle costume. Perhaps add a little hat with a flower on it and you have the tortoise costume from the old cartoon Tortoise and the Hare. You could also spray paint the shell (in advance) to make a whimsical pink or blue turtle.

There are a great collection of events approaching for the fall. Once you have your little four-legged ninja ready, why not take them to these fun activities?

DIY Pet Costume

Puggerfest – October 8th – 10am-4pm – $5

The 13th Annual Puggerfest is a fundraising event benefitting Homeward Bound Pug Rescue & Adoption of Oklahoma. Adult admission is $5, Kids under five and all pugs are admitted free. Located at Stars and Stripes Park by Lake Hefner.

So get out your scarf and softest flannel shirt for these any many other fall activities in the area. It’s the perfect weather for you and your dog! If you have any events you would like to share with us, feel free to leave a comment! Until then, go have a adventure with your best furry friend. You won’t regret it!

Barktoberfest – Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

It’s that time of year again! The annual Barktoberfest at Mann’s Best Friend will have local animal rescues, vendors, trick or treat for dogs, costume contest, food trucks and more! Bring out the furkids for a family friendly fun time!

Howl-O-Ween Doggy Parade – Oct 29 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

1st Annual Howl-O-Ween Doggy Parade & Costume Contest at Frontier City!

Pets will meet in the Starlight Amphitheater, parade past the Main Street rope to open the park, then return to the amphitheater to participate in the costume contest.

Prizes will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, including goodies from Barking Dog Bakery, All Fur Paws, Louie’s Lakeside, and more! Dog Talk TV will also do some filming.

Advanced tickets are $20 +tax. Just use the promo code “doggy” at frontiercity.com. (coming soon!)

Day-of tickets are $22 +tax at the Frontier City main ticket booth.

Portion of every ticket sold benefits the Central Oklahoma Humane Society!

For more information, or to donate items for the prize baskets or reserve booth space, call 405-478-2140 x234 or email [email protected]

Spooky Pooch Parade – Oct 29 @ 9:15 pm – 10:15 pm

Join the Myriad Botanical Gardens for our Spooky Pooch Parade on the Great Lawn. Enjoy spooky music and our parade of pooches. Judges will present prizes to the best dressed pooch! You don’t have to register a dog to take part in the fun or even have a dog. Bring the family and be an observer.

Spooky Pooch Parade presented by Bank of Oklahoma & Midtown Vets

Great Lawn & Band Shell

$10 per dog for members

$12 per dog for nonmembers

All dogs must be leashed at the event and nonaggressive.

 

Cat Health

posted September 26th, 2016 by
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Cat Health

At the Animal Emergency Center we see a lot of sick cats. One of the number-one ways to keep your cat healthy and avoid a trip to see us is to keep your cat indoors. Here are the top reasons to keep your cats indoors.

*You can monitor your cat’s urinary tract/bowels. We commonly see male cats with blocked urinary tracts at the ER. If not treated quickly, this condition can be fatal. Monitoring is key to catching problems early and seeking treatment.

*Indoor cats are much safer from diseases. Coming in contact with outdoor cats increases the risk of contracting diseases such as

FeLV (Feline Leukemia)
FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis)
Panleukopenia(Feline Distemper)
FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
Zoonotic Diseases

*Indoor cats do not get hit by cars. Each year more cats are killed by cars than euthanized in US animal shelters. Cats are quick and even the most careful driver has a hard time avoiding a cat running across the street.

*Indoor cats are safe from stray dogs and wildlife. Cats are low on the food chain and are prey for most wild animals and dogs. Keeping them indoors will prevent them from being attacked.

*Indoor cats don’t get lost. Statistics show only 3% of owned cats are returned to owners when they end up at a shelter. Even microchips aren’t a guarantee. Why take the risk?

*Indoor cats are safe from human abuse. Some people find outdoor cats a nuisance and will use poisons and other means to get rid of them.

Rib Crib raises $100,000 for Tulsa Charities

posted September 23rd, 2016 by
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Rib Crib

Rib Crib’s 2016 Pitmasters Golf Tournament

Raises $100,000 for Tulsa Charities

Rib CribTulsa, Okla. – Rib Crib BBQ & Grill will present $100,000 to local Tulsa charities on Sept. 22 at 1p.m. at their company headquarters from proceeds of their 14th annual golf invitational, the 2016 Pitmasters Golf Tournament
In a new twist this year, Rib Crib chose not one, but five local non-profit organizations to benefit from the Pitmasters event. More than 140 golfers came out in support of The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, the Oklahoma Animal Care Foundation, the Tulsa Zoo and 12&12.

“We are excited to present the tournament proceeds checks to these wonderful community service and enrichment entities on behalf of all of our golfers, sponsors and employees,” said Bret Chandler, Rib Crib founder.

Representing each agency for the check presentations on Thursday will be Eileen Bradshaw, Executive Director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma; Kacie Frazier, Program Director at The Children’s Hospital Foundation; Bob Poteet, Trustee of the Oklahoma Animal Care Foundation Board; Terrie Correll, CEO & President at the Tulsa Zoo Foundation; and Bryan Day, CEO of 12&12.

“Our vendors, sponsors and participating golfers’ generosity make these charitable gifts possible, but our Rib Crib employees and volunteers make the day the resounding success it was,” said Chandler. “We are proud and grateful for everyone’s contributions. We are honored to be able to give back to our community in this way.”

The tournament was held at the 18-hole Tillinghast-designed Oaks Country Club last summer, featuring a shot-gun start four-person scramble, hole prizes, an all-you-can-eat Rib Crib BBQ luncheon, and competitive live and silent auctions.
Rib Crib wishes to acknowledge the many contributors of financial, in-kind and services donations to make this tournament and community outreach possible. A special thanks goes to tournament presenting sponsor, Prosperity Bank.
Rib Crib vendors and major sponsors were Andreini and Company, Auto-Chlor Services, Tyson Foods, Saint Francis Health System, The Barkley Law Firm, Barcas, Dr. Pepper, The Holmes Organisation, Curtis Restaurant Supply, McCain Foods and Farmer Brothers. Top sponsors included Ventura Foods, Ben E. Keith Co., Decision Logic, Sweet Street Desserts, Jetlinx, Smithfield and UBS. A special thanks to our many hole sponsors as well as to Waller & Company Public Relations for publicity assistance.

About Rib Crib BBQ & Grill
With 61 locations in eight states, Tulsa-based Rib Crib BBQ & Grill offers a fast casual environment and family-friendly menu featuring a wide variety of hickory-smoked meats served in sandwiches, dinners, salads and combination platters. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Rib Crib’s bold barbecue is perfect for dining in, carryout or catering. The Tulsa-based company with headquarters located at 4535 S. Harvard Ave. For more information about Rib Crib BBQ & Grill, or past tournament charities and team results, visit www.ribcrib.com.

About Rib Crib Tournament 2016 Causes –

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is the largest, private hunger-relief organization in eastern Oklahoma, providing food and other donated product to 450 Partner Programs in 24 counties of eastern Oklahoma and more than 346,000 meals to hungry Oklahomans each week.

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis was founded to welcome and foster charitable giving to and to provide and care for the special spiritual, emotional and physical needs of children and their families. Funds raised support pediatric care, programming and facilities for sick children, regardless of their ability to pay.

The Oklahoma Animal Care Foundation is committed to improving the health and welfare of animals in Oklahoma through education, public service and disaster response activities.

The Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum inspires a passion for wildlife in every guest, every day as one of the state’s leading wildlife education and conservation resources. Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, operates the zoo for owner the City of Tulsa. Funds from this event will help build a bigger, better zoo.

12 & 12 offers life-saving recovery tools for adults suffering with addiction or co-existing mental health and substance use disorders to achieve individualized recoveries. They are a leader in the substance abuse and addiction treatment and recovery fields and the largest non-profit addiction treatment facility in the four-state area.

Rib Crib

Blaze’s

posted September 22nd, 2016 by
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Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

17667 Markita Dr.  Jones, OK  73049

(405) 399-3084 or (405) 615-5267

[email protected] www.blazesequinerescue.com

Federal I.D. 43-2024364

 

September 13, 2016

 

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc. located in Jones, Oklahoma, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that strives to improve the lives of neglected, starved, and abused horses.  We provide equine rescue regardless of age or disability.  We promote and teach horse care and humane, natural methods of training horses.  Our primary focus is Animal Cruelty Cases.  We work closely with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office with their Equine related Animal Cruelty Cases.  We also assist any other local/rural county sheriff’s office who request our assistance.

 

Rescues:

 

It continues to be a busy year with assisting several rural county sheriff’s office this year.  In our earlier newsletter we spoke about assisting Pottawatomie County and Blaine County Sheriff’s Office with 43 total horses and cattle.  Since our last newsletter, we have assisted Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division, Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office, Luther Police Department and Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

So far for this year, we have rescued 58 horses and 26 cattle.  We are asking for your assistance!  Any donation, big or small, is a huge help to our rescued horses.  We have a lot of outstanding Veterinary bills that we need to get caught up, as well as, our normal monthly expenses caring for these beautiful souls that were horribly mistreated by their former owners.  We have seen some extreme medical cases this year, from leg injuries that affected the joint or tendon which required profusions, eye injuries, crypt-orchid surgery, foundered horses, to our normal protocol of physical exams and blood work for our new arrivals that come from cruelty cases.  All these expenses add up quickly!  We believe that our rescued horses deserve the highest standard of care.  

 

Adoptions are also down and we are desperately asking for anyone interested in adding a horse to your family, to please come visit the horses in our program.  We are currently caring for 128 horses and have many nice horses that desperately need their forever, loving home.  The daily cost to care for these beautiful creatures can become quite taxing.  Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.  Every little bit helps tremendously!  We currently have 128 horses in our program.  Your generosity has helped us save over 1352 horses and 26 cattle.  We can’t thank you enough!  Here are just a few of our current rescues that need your support. 

 

 

 

McKenzie Rae came into our rescue program on August 07 2016.  McKenzie Rae came from the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office as a recommended owner surrender along with one other horse, Allon.  It certainly was a joint effort to get these two babies to safety.  I want to thank everyone involved.  What started out as a plea for help, became an investigation by Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office and then a rescue effort collaborated by many animal rescue friends to help get these guys to safety.  A huge thank you to one of our amazing adopters/volunteers for taking the time out of your weekend to pick these guys up and safely transport them back to us.  The part about this story that we find disturbing is, Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office, along with a local veterinarian stated these horses were not neglected but yet suffered from some other underlining issue.  The Veterinarian continued to state that McKenzie Rae was a danger to herself and others and that she declined treatment.  They claimed that McKenzie Rae was wild.  This sweet girl is far from wild and she was certainly too weak to put up a fight or “Decline Treatment”.  I was unaware that an animal could decline treatment. 

 

McKenzie Rae is estimated to be 10 months old.  She is by far one of the worst cases of starvation I have seen on a horse so young and still able to stand.  This sweet little filly is emaciated, body score of a 1, which is the lowest you can go, but I feel like she is a -1.  She had fly bites all over and covered in blood when she arrived.  The pictures just don’t do justice of how bad this sweet girl really is.  No horse should ever have a hip bone’s protruding to the point that it can be used to hang something on.  This just breaks my heart.  This special girl has a long road to recovery ahead of her.  We pulled blood for a CBC/Chemistry to make sure she wasn’t suffering from any underlying issues.  We found blood work to match a very neglected/starved young filly.  She became so weak immediately after she arrived, that she went down and we was afraid that we would lose her.  Our Veterinarian ran fluids and thankfully she was able to get back on her feet.  For the first week, we had to assist her on her feet.  She is slowly gaining strength.  We named her McKenzie Rae, as it means, “Hope for a New Beginning”, this sweet girl deserves a new and improved beginning.   Please consider making a donation towards McKenzie Rae’s Rehabilitation.

 

  Redneck, Choctaw, & Boston came into our rescue program on August 13, 2016.  These sweet boys came from the Luther Police Department along with 3 other horses, totaling 6 neglected horses.  We have six horses ranging from a body score of a 1 to a 3.  All are emaciated and infested with internal/external parasites.  Several had severe vitamin and mineral deficiencies and dehydration.  These sweet babies have gone without for far too long.  Each of these horses have a long road of recovery ahead of them.  Please consider making a donation towards The Luther 6 Rehabilitation.

 

Luna & Sol came into our rescue program on August 30, 2016.  Luna and Sol came from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office as a recommended owner surrender.  Luna is just a baby herself, estimated at 4 years of age.  Luna is a beautiful Bay, Quarter Horse, Mare.  Luna needed a minor surgery, as when she came in, it appears that she had an old injury on her hoof that was never treated, therefore, appeared to have healed incorrectly and grew a secondary large mass off the side of her heal bulb.  It was successfully removed and she is healing nicely.  Sol is estimated to be around 4 months old.  He is a super cute, sorrel with a flaxen mane and tail, colt.  Luna is emaciated, body score of a 1.  It is clear she is giving all she has to her colt.  Sol is in decent shape, but could stand a bit more groceries.  Both are super sweet and love attention.  Luna has a long road of recovery ahead of her.  Please consider making a donation towards Luna & Sol’s Rehabilitation.

  

Hell hath no fury like a rescuer scorned!  We started freeze branding our horses in 2012.  I so desperately wish we had started way before that.  The reason for freeze branding our horses come in many forms.  One of my biggest reasons was due to the large number of rescues we have taken in and adopted out, many colors, sizes and breeds and many look alike.  But, let’s be honest, after you have rescued hundreds of horses, it becomes hard to identify each of them.  We do the best we can to keep an eye out for our rescued babies and make sure that they are continuously cared for in their adopted home.  Sometimes, our best just isn’t enough.  With all this said, imagine my anger when I realized that one of our former rescued horses, saved, rehabilitated and adopted out, and once again had to be rescued.  I can’t even begin to tell you the anger and sadness I felt looking into the eyes of a horse that I already saved and already promised a better future for.  But, what really angers me, is when an adopter signed a contract, agreeing to our terms of an adoption, takes it upon themselves to place that horse with another family, without notifying the rescue, without following the proper protocol to ensure the future and safety of that horse.  A horse that we spent hours of our time saving, hundreds of dollars making sure that the horse was properly rehabilitated.  That adopter put our rescued horse in danger, once again, without even giving a second thought of that contract or the organization that worked so hard to promise that horse a better future.  It is bad enough that a horse has to suffer neglect and cruelty once in their life, but twice?!  Yes, I am angry but I am also angry at myself.  I am angry that I trusted this adopter, I am angry that I wasn’t notified, and I am angry that this poor baby had to return here in the same condition he originally came to me.  We have rescued 1352 horses over the last 16 years and we have only had a handful of our horses land in a bad situation, thankfully, we have always managed to get them back here where they belong, but those handful still break my heart.  We are blessed with hundreds of wonderful adopters that make sure they do what is right for their adopted horse every day.  To those of you that have adopted and continue to provide for your babies, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  In the meantime, Seth is back here at the rescue and once again being rehabilitated due to the negligence of not only the original adopter but by the individual that neglected Seth and was seized by the Luther Police Department.  A huge thank you goes out to Luther Police for investigating this case and doing right by these horses.  Pictured below is Seth after original seizure in 2011 and second picture is Seth after second seizure in 2016.  He didn’t deserve this!

2011   2016

 

Adoptable Horse of the Month:

 

 GT Mystic Pistol is a beautiful, Registered Quarter Horse, Blue Roan, Mare.  She is estimated to be 4 years of age.  She has received some basic ground work and is ready to start under saddle.  She is a big, stout, beautiful girl!  She has a current negative coggins, up to date on vaccinations, deworming, teeth floating, and hoof maintenance.  Her adoption fee is $600.00.  Remember, our adoption fee’s go back into our program to help the next horse that comes to our rescue.  When you adopt a horse, you save 2 lives.  The one you adopted and the one you opened space up for a rescue to come in. 

 

  Hi Hopes is a beautiful, Bay/White, Paint, Pony, mare.  She is estimated to be 13 years of age.  Hi Hopes is 13 hands tall.  Hi Hopes recently went through Saddle Up Horsemanship’s training camp, where Kelci has 4 young students that aspire to be horse trainers.  Hi Hopes was paired up with Halle Barker.  Halle spent a solid week from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm working with Hi Hopes and preparing her for her forever, loving home.  Halle and Hi Hopes bonded quickly and she helped Hi Hopes come out of her shell.  Halle has done a lot with this sweet girl.  Hi Hopes would be a great lead line pony, pony party pony, or for any direction you want to take her.  She just needs a family of her own where she can bond and continue to excel.  Schedule an appointment to check this sweet girl out.  She would make someone an excellent addition to their family.  Hi Hopes has a current negative coggins, up to date on vaccinations, deworming, teeth floating and hoof maintenance.  Her adoption fee is $600.00.  Remember, our adoption fee’s go back into our program to help the next horse that comes to our rescue.  When you adopt a horse, you save 2 lives.  The one you adopted and the one you opened space up for a rescue to come in.    

 

Flo  Eddie

We also have some beautiful companion animal only horses that desperately need a retirement home of their own.  We have 2 super beautiful ponies, both blind that would love a forever home to call their own.  Flo, is a beautiful, Bay, Pony, Mare estimated to be 22 years of age.  Eddie is a beautiful, Black/White, Paint, Pony, Gelding, estimated to be 20 years of age.  Would you be interested in offering one of these sweethearts their retirement home?  If so, please contact us and come meet these sweethearts.

 

We have so many wonderful horses in our program, and so many with needs that ask for your assistance.  From horses with lameness issues that need treatment, to horses with severe fungus issues, eye injuries, emaciation, wounds, hernia surgeries, castrations, EPM treatment, squamous cell carcinoma, teeth floating, vaccinations, deworming, etc., our horses are our top priority and it takes a lot to properly care for so many rescued horses.  Whether you make a monetary donation, adopt a horse, or simply say a prayer for Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, we truly appreciate your support.

 

Because of YOU and your heartfelt generosity, we are able to save these horses and many others from an uncertain death.  We ask for your assistance as we have so many more horses in our program that need your help.  Our average monthly expenses now total $8500.00.  If you can please help us, continue to save rescued horses, please make a donation to:

 

 

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

17667 Markita Drive

Jones, Oklahoma  73049

 

or you can donate on-line through paypal @

www.blazesequinerescue.com

 

Or you can contact our Veterinarian directly and apply a payment to our account

Exclusively Equine Veterinary Services at 405-973-5740

 

We are currently caring for 128 horses in our rescue program.  We have many wonderful horses that are seeking their forever, loving homes.  I hope that you will consider adopting a rescued horse.  Whether you are able to make a donation or adopt a rescued horse, both help us tremendously. 

 

               

Blaze’s Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride

 

You are invited to join us October 22nd, 2016 for our 7th Annual Blaze’s Haunt for the Horses Benefit Trail Ride at Honey Lee Ranch in Jones, Oklahoma.  You can learn more about Honey Lee Ranch at www.honeyleeranch.com.  Check in begins @ 9:00 am. Guided and Self-Paced rides will begin to leave at 10:00 am.  Lunch will be served at the pavilion at 12:30 and we are excited to announce a change in the menu.  This year we will have Sandy Creek Ranch smoking some brisket and ribs for our lunch.  The costume contest starts at 2:00 pm.  Come join us for treats on the trail, door prizes, drawing, and good times with friends.  All proceeds benefit the horses in our rescue program.  Pre-Registration is available, sign up today at: http://blazesequinerescue.fatcatphotos.com/trail-ride.  Registration covers T-Shirt, Lunch, and Trail Fee’s. 

 

6th Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainer’s Challenge

 

They say they can gentle an untrained horse.  The Challenge is an event designed to showcase the skills of local equine trainers, while increasing the adoptability of previously untrained rescue horses. 

 

Mark your calendars and plan to join us May 20th, 2017 at the Shawnee Expo Center, Shawnee, Oklahoma for our 6th Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainers Challenge.  We will be accepting applications for local trainers next month.  If you are a Horse Trainer and interested in competing in our 6th Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainers Challenge, please email [email protected] and request the application.

 

Do you want to learn more about our rescue efforts and how we operate?  We are thrilled to announce that our full documentary is now online to view.  Our documentary is 44 minutes long, there are moments of laughter, tears, and joy.  This documentary details our lives and how our rescue operates, from the seizures to the entrance of each horse to our rescue, all the way up to our fundraisers.  If you have a few moments to spare, please watch and share.  You can view our documentary here: https://vimeo.com/149973004?ref=fb-share&1

 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support!!  We wouldn’t be here today, without each and every one of you!!  Thank you on behalf of the entire Blaze’s Family!  So many horses would be lost without you! 

 

Over 1352 horses saved in the last 16 years!!

Senior Advantage

posted September 17th, 2016 by
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Senior Advantage

Senior Advantage

There’s an advantage – – a big advantage – – to adopting a senior dog or cat. Too often they’re overlooked when, in reality, they would be the perfect pet for your lifestyle.

First – true confession. I’m no longer young – not even middle aged – – I’ve passed both those milestones, so I can speak with some authority.

When an older person wants to adopt a puppy, I always secretly cringe. Why?
Because this is what has happened too often – I know from experience working in a shelter.
1. The darling puppy causes you to trip, fall, even really hurt yourself.
2. The darling puppy wants to play and play and play – – – – then play some more
3. Unless you have a secret to a long, long, long healthy life – the puppy will probably still be around and need another home
4. Few children, grandchildren, relatives, friends will really step up and bring the puppy/dog into their home. We know this from the phone calls we receive, on a regular basis, either from the owner who needs to rehome the dog or the relatives/friends who say they can no longer care for the dog.

From a personal point of view, I know it would be difficult for me – and for a young child or teenager – if we were required to live together. I’m past the age of getting a second wind when I’m tired – – now, when I’m tired – – I’m tired – translate that as I’m headed to bed or to take a nap.

Loud music, lots of energy, coupled with knowing I would be personally responsible for a child causes me to gulp – – take a deep breath – – and hope it doesn’t become reality.

Sooo, if you qualify as a mature older person and you want a companion who thinks you’re wonderful, loves to snuggle on the couch, keeps your feet warm at night, frequent daytime naps are awesome – – – visit your local shelter or rescue. Ask to see the older dogs and find your perfect pet.

For those of us who are senior citizens – – older is better – – -trust me~!!!!!

Kay Stout, Director

PAAS Vinita

[email protected]

918-256-7227

DIY Pet Costume Series

posted September 14th, 2016 by
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DIY Pet Costume Series!

DIY Pet CostumeThere is no better way to start the season than to plan what your canine or feline will dress up as for Halloween! I have been thinking of what my dog, Cheyanne, will be this year. In the past, she has donned a pirate hat, fairy wings, peacock feathers, a witch’s hat, a pumpkin’s plump, skeleton bones, and the list goes on. I made most of the costumes out of dollar tree and thrift store items. It’s a blast for me and torturous to her, but I make it worth the hassle by providing treats during the whole tedious affair. She has been such a good sport these 16 years. My cats, Kitty and Tim, endure their hauntingly adorable outfits in the house, with only my husband and my camera to witness their displeasure. Local pet Halloween events are creeping up on us, so I thought I would share some simple and economic costumes that you can make for your furry family member.

Everyone loves garden gnomes, right? The traveling gnome from Expedia.com has made these little guys  popular in yards everywhere. Why don’t you make your pet a gnome for Halloween? This is a super simple costume with much versatility and few materials. I have included a very RUFF pattern to guide you along the way! Happy crafting!

You will need:

Pattern for Hat and Beard (see below)

Thick white felt (about a quarter of a yard for large dogs and a 10”x10” square for smaller dogs and cats)

Red felt (half a yard for large dogs and a quarter for small dogs and cats)

Needle and red thread

Safety pins

Measuring tape

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Cut the pattern out and make sure the hat will fit by placing it over your pets head. The bottom of the hat should reach just past their ears. Trace the shapes on the felt. Red for the hat and white for the beard. Remember to fold the red felt at the side of the hat. Cut the pieces out. Pin the open side of the hat in place.

DIY Pet Costume

Use a sewing machine or hand stitch the hat together. You can also employ bright embroidery thread to have that homemade look. Once it is sewn, turn inside out and you now have your gnome hat! Attach the beard to each side of the hat, with the stitching in back (unless you want the stitching to show, of course). Use safety pins, because you are going to try it on your dog or cat and they may get poked with straight pins.

DIY Pet CostumePut the hat on your pet to see if it fits. The beard should help hold the hat on. If it is too small, you can stretch the felt a bit and see it that helps. If the hat is too big, just remove the beard, and cut a ½ inch off the bottom until it fits. There you go!

You can add flowers, dots, or patches to the hat to make it more festive. A blue shirt would also enhance the look. This can be a Santa costume as well. All you have to do is add white, fluffy trim to the bottom of the hat and a pom pom on top. Use different colors and make elf hats. So many possibilities! As you can see, my animals are thrilled with their gnome hats. Can’t you see the joy on Kitty, Cheyanne, and Tim’s faces?

All dressed up and nowhere to go? The Myriad Botanical Gardens is hosting a Spooky Pooch Parade on October 29th from 6-7:30pm. Attendees will be able to spotlight their costumed canine for prizes and applause. This sounds like an amazing and hilarious event. What a great way to show off your little garden gnome! Check out their Facebook page for more details. Stay tuned for more DIY pet costumes and post a pic of your pet in his or her gnome hat on our Facebook page!DIY Pet Costume