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What is the Best Way to Move with your Pets?

posted June 19th, 2017 by
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Nicole Castillo

What is the Best Way to Move with your Pets?

What is the best way to move with your pets?Summer is here and that means many people are packing up and moving around. We will be changing addresses at the end of this month from an apartment in Edmond to a house near the Plaza District in Oklahoma City. Edmond has been our home for the past eight years, and our two cats and dog are much older than they were when we moved last. I’m worried how my sixteen-year-old border collie mix, Cheyanne, will adjust to the change. She has lost most of her hearing and her eyesight is fading. She knows every inch of our apartment and the grounds that we slowly walk her on. She will now have to learn a whole new area. The  house will have a yard for her to explore, but with that comes with a plethora of little dangers. For the first time in eight years, we will have to deal with treating a yard for fleas and ticks and making sure our pets have flea prevention. I need to choose something that is gentle for my pets as they are all older adults. Moving cats is never easy and I have some questions. I reached out to Acre View Pet Hospital in Edmond, for some tips to make this move as smooth as possible.

What is the best way to move with your pets?They recommended using nightlights throughout the house for Cheyanne, so she can navigate her way around safely. I will use that same train of thought for the yard as well, making sure there is adequate lighting when she’s outside. Have you heard of the Seresto collar? Don’t worry, I hadn’t either, but it’s what Acre View encourages for a flea and tick preventive. I’ll take three please! As for the yard, they suggested I talk to a pest control expert. I have two cats, Tim a 22 pound bag of fur, and Kitty, a 10-year old black cat. Because Kitty is much smaller than Tim, I asked if I should take her to the house first to establish hierarchy. They let me know that it’s best to move both animals together for comfort. Acre View also said to not wash their blankets so they can have something that smells like home to curl up on.

I now have a plan for moving my fur babies. I will line the cat carriers with blankets and move them into the washroom at the new house. I know to introduce them to the house slowly, one room at a time. I’ll leave the carriers out so they have a familiar place to rest and process the change. And treats. Oh, there will be treats. I want this to be a happy experience for them. I’ll buy a pack of night lights for Cheyanne and install them throughout the rooms. I’m glad it’s summer and the daylight lingers so Cheyanne will have no problem seeing the yard. We are also checking every inch of fencing to make sure nothing can get in or out. I’ll probably not let her out unsupervised for at least a week as I’m extra careful with my old girl.

Do you have any tips on moving with animals? I would love to hear them and share with others! Please drop a comment on our Facebook page or send me an email at [email protected]

Cool Treats for Hot Dogs

posted May 31st, 2017 by
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Nicole Castillo

Cool Treats for Hot Dogs

Summer heat is here! We’ve been waiting for it and now need to focus on keeping our pets comfortable as the temperature creeps up the thermometer. Check out these frozen treats to spoil your pet this summer.

Cool Treats

Sherri Lanier at The Barking Dog Bakery offers frozen sorbets in a variety of flavors. Choose from Strawberry, Banana, Coconut, Pineapple, and Banana Nut. The sorbets are made with all natural ingredients and no sugar. This business focuses on clean, healthy, nutritionally stable treats and foods for pets. Barking Dog Bakery is located at 10455 N May Ave, Oklahoma City, or you may call them at (405) 879-2280.

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All Fur Paws Pet Health Market carries a plethora of cool treats to spoil your dog. I spoke to Carolyn Wernet and she listed the best summer treats in the store. They have frozen bones of all sizes. Beef ribs for large pups, a six-pack of marrow bones for your medium canine, and one-inch bison bones for your little one. Frozen yogurt from The Bear & The Rat are available in Pumpkin and Bacon Peanut Butter. Carolyn also shared a fun recipe her dogs go crazy for. The ingredients are Shredded Coconut Flakes by K9, and organic canned pumpkin, both of which can be purchased at All Fur Paws. In an ice cube tray, she adds a teaspoon of coconut to each cube and fills the rest with the canned pumpkin and freezes them. Her dogs literally beg at the freezer door, waiting for these treats. I’m going to try this for my senior dog, Cheyanne. She likes pumpkin and it will be gentle on her elderly stomach. All Fur Paws is located at 15220 N. Western Ave., Suite E2 in Edmond, or you may call (405) 348-6888.

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Pawtopia, Your Pet’s Nutritionist is another sweet stop for this summer. Gwen Pruitt gave me inside scoop on the coolest treats in Yukon. Scoop of yogurt, that is. They also carry The Bear & The Rat yogurt in mouth-drooling flavors of Bacon Peanut Butter and Pumpkin. Frozen yogurt is the must-have treat for all the trendy dogs out there, you know. Pawtopia also carries everything on your dogs to-chew list. Choose from frozen chicken backs, turkey necks, and the popular beef marrow bone. Pawtopia is located at 335 S Mustang Rd, Ste E, Yukon, or you can reach them at (405) 265-2950.


Kaycee Chance, good friend and fellow writer at OKC Pets, makes her own frozen treats for her furry family. She fills a Kong toy or old marrow bone with natural peanut butter or plain yogurt and freezes them. Sometimes she will add dry food to the peanut butter and a small amount of pineapple chunks to the yogurt. Kaycee also has a cute star-shaped ice tray that she uses for these recipes. Her pets have a blast snacking on these great concoctions! Below is a cute pic of Faith, Kaycee’s senior girl, happily licking away at her frozen treat.

Cool Treats

So, as we raise our ice cold glasses to toast the sunny season, let us not forget our four-legged friends while we celebrate all that is summer.


Therapy Dog Encourages Learning

posted May 23rd, 2017 by
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Therapy Dog

Therapy Dog Encourages Learning

at Oklahoma School for the Deaf

SULPHUR, Okla. – When Jasmine, the therapy dog, arrived at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf, the students naturally knew what to do. 

They loved her.

Therapy Dog

Jasmine, Oklahoma School for the Deaf’s new therapy dog, is surrounded by fourth grade admirers.

Jasmine and her adult humans, however, still had a few things to learn.

A Labrador-mix breed, Jasmine had been adopted and returned twice to P.A.W.S. animal shelter in Ada, through no fault of her own.

A New Leash on Life, Inc. in Norman selected her to attend 10-weeks of obedience training through their Pen Pals Prison Program at CCA-Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville. 

“We look for dogs that are easy-going, laid back and not bothered by a lot of things for placement as therapy dogs,” Barbara Lewis, A New Leash on Life executive director, explained. “They are homeless dogs, so we try very hard to match them with a working opportunity when they graduate.” 

Oklahoma School for the Deaf Counselor Gayla Jackson and Librarian Lesa Price were approved for a therapy dog in time for the prison trainer to teach basic sign language hand signals for the commands sit, stay and come. 

When Jasmine first arrived, the students gave her a sign name. But she did not want to go upstairs at the school. A New Leash on Life trainers came to OSD to help their therapy dog adjust. After coaxing by a favorite student and a few cheeseburgers, her phobia came to an end. 

“She’s a good therapy dog and a good home dog,” Jackson explained. “Once she got here, I was determined to keep her, whether she worked out as a therapy dog or not.”

Jasmine lives with Jackson after work, on the weekends and vacation breaks. The dog keeps a watchful eye on Jackson most of the time. 

Price, who shares handling responsibilities, takes care of Jasmine in the school library when Jackson is not available during school hours.

“Jasmine calms students down and opens them up – makes them feel comfortable – and she loves coming to work,” she said. “Once she goes past the guard shack, she knows she’s here.”

During the interview, Jasmine happily cuddles with students and then lies down with sigh after the lunch light flashes.

“It’s a great idea to have a therapy dog at the School for the Deaf,” Lewis agreed. “Children and even adults feel more comfortable with dogs as a companion than they do with other people. I think it’s because they are not judgmental and seem to relate to people emotionally.”   

At first, Jackson worried that her two Boston Terriers, who lack formal training, might be a bad influence. 

“The trainer said that it doesn’t work like that,” Jackson explained. “Thank goodness.”

Training continues for Jasmine and Jackson. They are currently enrolled in an obedience class at Canine Sports Academy in Norman soon to be followed with a class to prepare them to take the Canine Good Citizen test. After that, it’s more testing so Jasmine can become certified by Therapy Dog International. 

“I want the kids and adults to know that she actually passed her certification test, and there is nothing to worry about,” Jackson said. “Plus, the trainer is going to work on tricks with her, so the kids can be more engaged with what she does and she can become less attached to me.”

“This summer, I plan to bring her to summer camp, and I’ll probably take her to nursing homes to keep her working until school starts up in the fall,” Jackson said. “She loves working. She loves people. We’ve got this.” 

As the statewide resource center on deafness, OSD offers the ultimate learning environment for deaf and hard of hearing students who meet the same graduation requirements as students in other public schools. In 2016, 240 students lived at the school during the week, commuted from home or attended summer school classes. OSD operates two satellite preschools at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and the University of Arts and Sciences of Oklahoma in Chickasha. As the statewide resource center for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, OSD provides thousands of free evaluations and direct services each year for students attending local public schools, their families and educators. The school is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

For more information, phone (580) 622-4900 or (888) 685-3333 toll free or visit the website at

In a Perfect World

posted May 13th, 2017 by
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Looking Back

In a Perfect World


I don’t mean perfect no flaws, but manageable reality that brings a smile to my face.

We’ve been open 2 years and 1 month.  Our direction is different – but it is working and the options for homeless/unwanted dogs and cats is improving.  We’re not to perfect, yet, but I can see “manageable reality” down the road.  Two years ago I didn’t even want to look down the road. 

From my point of view – these are the components of manageable reality for most of us in rescue.

#1)      Low-cost spay/neuter programs for those who are income qualified.  Thanks to grants we now offer this program to the outlying areas around Vinita that include Bernice, Disney, Ketchum, Langley, Cleora, Welch, Pryor, Miami, Fairland, Afton and Bluejacket.

#2)      A long-term investment in the community to help all pet owners keep their pets, be sure they are “fixed” (spayed/neutered), and up-to-date on shots.  Thanks to a grant from Pets For Life, this is a manageable reality in Vinita.  You will see our little van sprinting around town on a mission.  If Lacee (Pets for Life representative) knocks on your door – she really is there to help!!!

#3)      Expanded partner relationships with municipal and 501©3 rescues.  The system is simple, the protocols are reasonable and the outcomes are wonderful. Our dogs (and occasionally cats), arrive at Dumb Friends League in Denver or the Buddy Center at Castle Rock and, within days, are in their new homes.  The pictures and stories we get validates the success.

Two years ago I would have never imagined this journey.  Fortunately, we were open to new ideas and solutions, the Board of Directors was supportive, the grantors understood the value of the programs, and we’ve developed a system that works.

Frankly, Mark Zuckerberg has no idea how much help Facebook is for all of us in rescue. It keeps us connected and provides a platform that is easy to navigate.

So – we’re close the manageable reality.  And that feels good.

PAAS is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization. Donations are tax-deductible; checks may be mailed to PAAS, P.O. Box 491, Vinita, OK 74301 or by credit card on our website at For more information, call 918-256-7227.




Kay Stout, Director 

PAAS Vinita

[email protected]




Forecast Calls for Cute Canines!

posted May 9th, 2017 by
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Nicole Castillo

Forecast calls for Cute Canines!

emily sutton - littleIn Oklahoma, we have a unique relationship with our local meteorologists. Here, weather is tricky. Deadly storms can spring up in minutes and the need to be informed and forewarned is priority during the blustery months. It is in these times we connect with our weather warriors. Their voices guide us through damaging winds, hail, floods, and tornadoes. They risk their lives to bring us as much information as they can about upcoming torrents. Wind shear, hook echoes, debris balls, and dry lines are words we know well because each day our weather experts teach us something to keep us safe. I had the pleasure of meeting one particular meteorologist who keeps us in the know on everything from cumulus clouds to funnel clouds, Emily Sutton.

sutton 1Emily, her husband Michael, and their famous fur babies Okie and Winnie don the cover of the May/June issue of OKC Pets Magazine that is piping hot off the press and circulating through the metro as we speak. Pick up an issue to hear a harrowing tornadic experience, puppy love, and the story of a woman from the windy city of Chicago finding her home and heartsong in the sometimes treacherous tailwinds of Oklahoma.



Next Weekend Looks to be Sunny!

posted April 29th, 2017 by
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Nicole Castillo

Next Weekend Looks to be Sunny!

The weather took its toll on multiple outdoor activities this weekend. The next few days may consist of muddy paws and cabin fever, but never fear, there are a plethora of options next week to get you and your pooch out of the house.

barkhappy springSaturday May 6th from 1pm – 3pm

BarkHappy OKC Spring Fling Dog Party & Benefit!

Sauced on Paseo @2912 Paseo, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73103

Spring is here and we’re celebrating dog-style at the BarkHappy SPRING FLING Dog Party to benefit Central Oklahoma Humane Society!
Sauced on Paseo is hosting this fun event on their family friendly partially covered patio! BarkHappy will be offering great raffle prizes and board games but there will be so much more!! Each ticket holder will receive a FREE dog wash to BONE, a FREE package of dog treats from Three Dog Bakery, FREE coupon for a bundtlet treat, FREE gift cards for flight with iFly and recreational sports, FREE dog treats from A-1 Pet Emporium and lots of smiles!


greyhound faceSaturday, May 6 at 12 PM – 2 PM

Northpark Show & Tell by Hounds of the Heartland

The Shoppes at Northpark @12100 N May Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73120

Volunteers and fosters needed!

Bring your greyhounds out to help us show the public what greyt pets Greyhounds make!

If you are looking for a greyhound to adorn your sofa stop by and check out our latest models.




greyhoundSunday, May 7 at 2 PM – 5 PM

Greyhound Gala by Hounds of the Heartland

Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum, & Fallen & Living Firefighters Memorial

2716 NE 50th St, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111

$5.00 Donation Suggested for Entry
Silent Auction
Cash Bar
Enjoy the Museum
All Proceeds go to the Care & Needs for the Retired Racing Greyhounds in the Foster Program While Waiting for Their Loving, Responsible, Forever Homes.
Family Fun Event!

Do you have an event coming up? Let us know! Contact us on Facebook, Instagram or drop me a note at [email protected]