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DIY Pet Costume Series III

posted October 18th, 2016 by
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Nicole Castillo

This edition of DIY Pet Costume Series is truly a trash to treasure project.

DIY CostumeI made Cheyanne a Captain Jack Sparrow pirate costume a few years back and I think you’ll enjoy it. The list of materials is vague because this is a great project to use any leftover scraps of fabric, cardboard, and ribbon you have around your home.

You will need:

A white button down shirt or t-shirt that fits your pet

Black, yellow, white, and red felt

Small pieces of cardboard

Aluminum foil

Hot glue gun

Yarn

Scissors

Wide and thin ribbon, any color

Any scrap fabric, costume jewelry, and glitter pens you have around the house

 

DIY Costume

Ok, let’s start with the pirate hat. Find a pirate hat and skull and bones template on the internet. There are loads to choose from!  Cut two hat shapes out of black felt. If you need to make the hat smaller or larger, now is the time. The hat should reach past the outher edge of your pets ears. Cut the skull and crossbones out of white felt. Take your yarn and braid 6 thick braids to mimic Jack Sparrows dread locks in Pirates of the Caribbean. You may add more if you like.

photo-oct-18-1-44-26-amCut two pieces of thin ribbon long enough to be able to attach to the hat and tie under your pets chin. Glue the ribbons and braids on each bottom corner of one of your hat pieces. You can add an earring to one side for even more swashbuckling pizazz. Glue the skull and crossbones (I used little bits of black felt for the eyes, nose, and teeth so I wouldn’t have to cut out tiny holes) on the front of the other hat pieces. Now, glue the hat pieces to each other, only gluing the outer edge and the very top part. Bam! You have a Jack Sparrow pirate hat!DIY Costume

The rest of the costume can be made in many ways. Cheyanne’s costume has a skirt for a girly pirate. You can leave out the skirt and tie a sash made of an old t-shirt or extra fabric for a more masculine pirate look. I cut off the buttons of the shirt and trimmed it to where the sleeves are the only thing holding the shirt on. I try to make costumes that fit on Cheyanne like a harness for ease of putting on and comfort. I cut little zig-zags on the sleeves to give it that battered look.DIY Costume

For the skirt, I used a bit of leftover tulle and felt scraps glued on a wide ribbon and then attached it to the shirt at the waist. The ribbon needs to be long enough to tie loosely around your pet’s stomach. I made sure to cut some jagged edges on the skirt as well.

I made the little dagger with a piece of cardboard. The blade end was covered in aluminum foil and a piece of felt completed the handle. The bag of gold was made with two pieces of felt sewn together, filled with fabric scraps and topped with some beads and plastic gold coins. I hot glued each of these to either side of the costume.

When the costume was assembled I went crazy with my glitter glue pens and outlined the hat and made sparkly jewels for the bag of gold and dagger. I also found a little bird from a wreath I ws about to throw away and I covered it with felt to make it look like a parrot.

Now that you have a feisty pirate at the end of your leash, why not take them to any or all of these great upcoming events? Check them out!

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Petsmart Halloween Monster Bash – Oct. 22nd & 23rd – 12pm

Ready for a monster bash? Stop by your local PetSmart between 12-3pm on Oct. 22nd and 23rd for ghoulish giveaways, family-friendly crafts, a freaky photo BOOth, and lots of tricks and treats.

Petco Halloween Pet Costume Contest – Oct. 22nd – 2-3pm

Bring your costumed pet in to strut their stuff at our Halloween Pet Costume Contest. Prizes and treats will be awarded including the grand prize – a Petco Gift Card! Dress up with your pet for bonus points!

DogFest OKC 2016 – Oct. 22nd – 9am-12pm

Location: Earlywine Park
3101 SW 119th Street
Oklahoma City

The Southwest Region is proud to present DogFest Walk n’ Roll OKC 2016 to support Canine Companions for Independence! Come support the active 339 graduates and 244 puppies being raised region-wide.

DogFest OKC will be hosting a costume contest and all canines are invited to participate! Come with your dog dressed in his or her favorite Halloween costume for a chance to win a prize! Check out our Calendar for more details.

A New Leash on Life’s Howl-o-ween Bash – Oct. 22nd – 10am-4pm

The Howl-o-ween Bash will be Saturday, Oct 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our new location, 4000 N. Lindsay, Oklahoma City! Come trick or treat with your dog! The parade and costume contest will be at 1:30 p.m. so dress up yourself and/or your dog.There will be $5 professional pet photography (take home a photo!), games and treats for everyone, adoptions with local rescues, concessions, and more!! It will be fun for the whole family!

Petoberfest – Oct. 22nd – 11am-4pm

Hefner Paw Park

3303 NW Grand Blvd.

Pet Parade and Costume Contest. Check out our Calendar for more details!

Groovy Paws at Pawtopia – Oct. 22nd – 12-5pm

Groovy Paws will be celebrating their 3rd anniversary of saving Pomeranians and their friends. Please join us this day with an adoption event and big celebration. See our Calendar for more details!

Bark Happy OKC – Oct. 27th – 7:30pm-10:00pm

Call all Oklahoma City dog lovers! Who’s ready for a Howl-O-Ween Party with your dog? All to benefit Centra Oklahoma Humane Society!

Grab your pups and your friends and join BarkHappy for a pawesome party at Fat Dog Kitchen & Bar! Come dressed up in your best costume! It’s sure to be a blast!

On Thursday ,October 27th from
7:30pm – 10:00 PM
at Fat Dog Kitchen & Bar
1234 N Western Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Tickets start at just $10 and include:

– Free Goody Bags from Fat Dog
– Exclusive Yappy Hour Drink Specials
– Three Free Singo Cards
– $7 credit to FarFetched.com
– Raffle tickets for prize giveaways all night:
– Extra Raffle Tickets for Any Dogs in Costume!

NOTE: All friendly, well behaved, leashed dogs welcome!

Tickets are available at http://barkhappyokchalloween.eventbrite.com/

Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance online before we sell out! Tickets will not be sold at the door and a limited number of tickets are available. They are first come, first serve so buy your tickets now!

Also remember to RSVP in the BarkHappy mobile app under “Events” or on http://www.facebook.com/BarkHappy

As this is a charity, there are NO Refunds.

Norman Fall Fest 2016 – Oct 28 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We are DOG GONE excited to bring back the pet costume contest!! The  Norman Fall Fest 2016 thanks our Founding Sponsors for their continued support! Check our Calendar for more details!

Spooksville – Yukon – Oct 29 – 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Full Halloween festival includes dog costume contest, kids costume contest, carnival area with games, clowns, magicians, and lots of candy. Costume contests begin at 2 PM while the carnival is open from 3-6 PM.  Event is held at the Yukon Community Center, 2200 S. Holly Ave.  Admission $3 per child 12 & under.  For more information, call (405) 354-8442 or (405) 350-8937.

Howl-O-Ween Doggy Parade and Costume Contest – 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 @ 6 pm – 7:30 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.

Ghost Runners 5k Dog Run – Oct 30 – 12:00 pm

Heartland Weimaraner Rescue will host their seventh annual ‘Ghost Runners 5K Dog Run’ at Lake Hefner’s Stars and Stripes Park on October 30, 2015 from noon – 4:00pm.
Participants are encouraged to bring their dogs to the event and will be allowed to complete the entire run with them as long as the dogs are leashed and runner-friendly.
Local area animal groups and businesses are also invited to attend the event. A designated area will be set up for booths. In addition to the booths there will be numerous activities, including pet/owner costume contests, micro-chipping and a large kid’s area with face painting, a moon bounce and crafts. Money raised from the ‘Ghost Runners 5K Dog Run’ will be used to assist Heartland with medical and foster expenses for dogs in the program.

Registration for the race is available at www.GhostRunners5k.com.

Rock 4 Rescue 2016 – Oct 30 – 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Rock 4 Rescue on October 30th at Power House for The Boxer Rescue of Oklahoma. The event will feature a silent auction for art by talented, local artists, a dog Halloween costume contest, local bands, a photography booth for pups/owners, vendors, and raffle prizes from local businesses. 100% of the money raised will go to the TBRO organization to help with medical expenses and general care expenses of the boxers rescued.

ARF of Nichols Hills Pooch Parade – Oct. 30th – 11:30am

Animal Rescue Friends of Nichols Hills will host its annual Pooch Parade on Sunday, October 30th. In honor of its 20th anniversary, A.R.F. has decided to eliminate the usual competition event and offer prizes to all parade participants. Everyone (and dog) is encouraged to dress up in their Halloween/ MardiGras best, style up that stroller, trick up that bike and treat the family and their best furry friends to a fabulous fall afternoon in Grand Park.

Father John Marlin will offer a dog blessing at the start of the Parade at 1:00 pm. Nick Bentley will be serving as our Master of Ceremonies and Dr. Summer Heatly will hold well-checks in her mobile veterinarian clinic. Other activities include Candid Canine Camera courtesy of Zack Seat and Laure Anderson’s “kissing booth” sponsored by Milos Rescue. Everyone will wag to the live tunes of ZUZU Petals as they shop with vendors offering various dog items or snag a delicious treat from a selection of food trucks. We would be delighted to welcome cheer or dance groups who would like to add to the fun and strut their stuff.

All participants (on four legs or two) in the Parade will pay an entry fee of $15 and we ask all Pups to remind their people that leash etiquette must be observed. We know our BFF’s will all get along on this Neutral Ground, but we wouldn’t want them to lose their people in the excitement of the day. Paws-itively everyone and their dog will be there!

A.R.F. is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to helping lost or abandoned animals, providing them with medical care, spay/neuter services and boarding until they go to their new forever home. A.R.F. has found loving homes for more than 1080 dogs and cats over its lifetime. The Pooch Parade is the annual fundraising event that supports this work. Sponsorships or donations are greatly appreciated.

Key Facts:
Register online at signmeup.com/116959 or
at Grand Park in Nichols Hills at 11:30 on Parade Day, Sunday, October 30th

Pets and Kids

posted October 16th, 2016 by
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Pets and Kids

Pets and kids can be an amazing combination.  They can also be a disastrous combination when safety measures aren’t taken.  Here are some tips to ensure your kids and pets are the perfect pair:

~Teach your children from an early age not to pull on the ears or tails of animals.  They should also never pinch or squeeze them, or make loud noises.  Teach them to never disturb a dog while it is sleeping, eating or playing with its favorite toy.  

~Teach your child to never approach strange dogs or animals.  Always ask the owner if they can pet the animal first. 

~Never allow your child to reach through a fence to pet a dog or to tease a dog through a fence. 

~Don’t allow pets to lick your child’s face and do your best to keep animals out of a child’s face all together.

~Teach your child to be polite and kind to animals.  Don’t let them do anything to an animal you wouldn’t allow them to do to another child. 

Teaching your child to respect animals allows them the opportunity to have some amazing experiences and possibly even develop a best friend for life! 

 

Promises Made

posted October 9th, 2016 by
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Promises Made

PromisesPeople live longer and so do their pets.  Unfortunately, too often the pet outlives the owner and someone is left with a problem that has many options for a solution – only most of them are not realistic.

Families are frequently scattered hundreds of miles apart, have busy lives and do not feel they can take care of an elderly cat or dog that was the beloved pet of one of their parents or relatives.  When that is the case, it really helps all of us in rescue if a sibling or relative will make the necessary decisions regarding the pet’s future. Sadly, too often, that isn’t the case and it is left to a friend or neighbor.

There are no easy answers. But here are some facts that need to be considered.  Elderly dogs and cats are very difficult, if not impossible, to rehome.  Rescues are hard-pressed to find a good home for the puppies/kittens and young dogs/cats. When you call us and we listen, then explain why we can’t take the pet – it tears at our hearts.  But we also know, we have to be sure we save as many homeless dogs and cats as possible and the stark reality then means we can’t save all of them.

I can speak for PAAS and the 15+ rescues who now work with us – – we are saving 100+ dogs each month that are transferred to our partner in Colorado.  That keeps us going because we can see the positive impact it has.  We also know we can’t lose sight of that progress when faced with a phone call or conversation with someone who’s promised a friend/relative they would take care of their elderly pet, then realize it isn’t possible.

Social media can sometimes come to the rescue – especially Facebook sites.  But there’s no guarantee.  Plans and decisions should be made ahead of time – – for everyone involved.

Remember your pets have no voice – – you – – only you  – – are their voice.

Kay Stout, Director 

PAAS Vinita

[email protected]

918-256-7227

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Fall Tips for Animal Safety

posted October 6th, 2016 by
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Fall Tips for Animal Safety

1. Beware of ticks! Just because the weather is getting cool doesn’t mean the ticks are gone. In fact, several species of ticks can survive until the first frost. Keep up your flea/tick prevention to help keep your pets safe from ticks and the diseases they carry with them.
2. The incidents of poison increase during the fall and winter months. We are already seeing cases of rat poisoning this year! If you have pets, rodenticides are just not worth the risk. Seek out other solutions to rid your home of rodents.
Anit-freeze is another poison concern. Propylene glycol is used to make both anti-freeze and used to preserve moisture content in some dog foods. It is sweet tasting, leading both dogs and cats to lick the anti-freeze causing them to become ill. Check your vehicles for leaks and keep all anti-freeze secure and out of your pet’s reach.
3. Make your holiday reservations now! As the holidays approach, we get busier and busier. Get your reservations in now with your pet sitters and boarding facilities to make things easier.
4. Be careful with holiday treats! We know the hazards of chocolate but many fruits and vegetables can also be life threatening to pets. Here is a quick list of foods to avoid giving to your pet:
Alcoholic beverages
Apple seeds
Apricot pits
Avocados
Cherry pits
Candy (particularly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
Garlic
Grapes
Gum (can cause blockages and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
Hops (used in home beer brewing)
Macadamia nuts
Moldy foods
Mushroom plants
Mustard seeds
Onions and onion powder
Peach pits
Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
Raisins
Rhubarb leaves
Salt
Tea (because it contains caffeine)
Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
Walnuts
Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
Yeast dough

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.