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Calling All Dog Ladies!

posted January 30th, 2018 by
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Nicole Castillo

Calling All Dog Ladies!

Tucked into tCalling All the Dog Ladies!he pages of Facebook, a small group of females chat daily about everything canine. OKC Dogs Moms was created two years ago this month by Lauren Rutledge, a savvy dog owner who wanted a place just for women and their dogs. In the twenty-four months the page has existed, it has accrued 1,331 members who touch on subjects from lost dogs to cute pup pics.

“This group is for women and their pups.” says Lauren. “I am a member of a ton of meetup groups in OKC and there isn’t one place that is specific to just women and dogs.”Calling All the Dog Ladies!

Lauren has two adorable French bulldogs named Peewee and Louie. “They love going on car rides. Seriously, they don’t get excited about anything else like they do about getting in the car!” She loves driving her pups to their favorite places around the Oklahoma City metro, like Hollywood Feed and the Edmond dog park.

What I noticed about this page is the high level of support the members receive and offer each other. Many posts ask for opinions on dog food, veterinarians, pet stores, and training. The comments on these posts are always helpful and informative.

I have not seen any petty drama, which goes hand and hand with social media. These are animal-loving ladies that have formed a gentle community in the crazy world of Facebook. There are also the hard posts. Stories of sickness, loss, and beloved dogs passing on. The kind words of encouragement and sympathy touch my heart.

There are tentative plans for this group to gather together this year. “In 2016 we did a Halloween Party and silent auction. Everything went really well and we had a blast! Looking to do that again in 2018!” Lauren excitedly adds. The group also sells quarterly t-shirts and donates the profits to a local shelter or rescue. The last round of shirts benefited Mutt Misfits. They have a new “Dog Mother, Wine Lover” shirt coming out just in time for Valentine’s Day!

I’m glad I came across this page. I think every OKC dog mom needs to benefit from this community of lovely women. It definitely brightens my day!

Calling All the Dog Ladies!

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

posted January 16th, 2018 by
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Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR ProgramHands Helping Paws Inc., a cat rescue and adoption organization in Norman, has some exciting news. This month, they have started a TNR program for the area! TNR stands for trap, neuter, and return to help control the cat population by spaying/neutering community cats. Community cats are strays, feral, or alley cats that live on the streets. These colonies of community cats are usually looked after by someone who feeds them in the neighborhood.

Hands Helping Paws is reaching out to these feline ambassadors to trap the cats and bring them in to have them spayed or neutered at no charge.

They started last week with four cats getting the simple operation and today, five more cats will be spayed/neutered.

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR ProgramLook at it this way. If a stray female cat has five kittens each year for five years (five years is the average life span of an unspayed female stray), then these 9 nine surgeries will prevent 225 kittens from being born on the streets. That does not include the litters of kittens coming from each hypothetical kitten!

Yes. The math is staggering.

Hands Helping Paws saw this problem and is doing something about it.

If you know of a colony of cats, or would like to donate to this worthy cause, contact Hands Helping Paws on Facebook.

Check out our January/February issue of OKC Pets Magazine to learn more about cat overpopulation and Operation Catnip Stillwater, another TNR organization dedicated to this problem.

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

OKC Pets Mag Jan / Feb 2018

posted January 13th, 2018 by
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OKC Pets

OKC Pets Magazine  Jan / Feb 2018

Publisher – Marilyn King  [email protected]

Creative Director – Debra Fite

Advertising Sales – Marilyn King, Steve Kirkpatrick, Nancy Harrison, Michelle Wynd, Rosalie Childs, Midge Jones.

Web Manager – Steve Kirkpatrick  [email protected]

Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

Contributing Writers – Marilyn King, Dr. Kelly Barger, Heide Brandes, Nicole Castillo, Lauren Cavagnolo, Kaycee Chance, Nancy Gallimore, Mary Green, Anna Holton-Dean, Jordan Southerland, Kirstie Starr-Carter

PO Box 14128 Tulsa, OK 74159-1128

(918) 520-0611

(918) 346-6044 Fax

©2018 All rights reserved.

No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written consent of the publisher.

OKC Pets Magazine provides Oklahoma City area pet owners with a one-stop resource for local products, services, events and information.  Now OKC Pets Magazine Online is able to provide you with all of that and much more, interactive and up-to-the-minute!

All Your Pet Wants for Christmas is…

posted December 22nd, 2017 by
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Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

All Your Pet Wants for Christmas is…

It’s definitely feeling a lot like Christmas today! The temperature is icy, and everywhere I go the twinkling lights of Oklahoma City sparkle cheerily at me from shop windows and neighborhoods. Have you finished your holiday shopping? Were there any furry family members or fluffy friends on your list?

What do our pets really want for Christmas? I asked a few friends and found out!

Oakley got a Christmas bandanna and Carlo got a new Christmas sweater!! It was exactly what they wished for!

 All Your Pets Want for Christmas is...

Max is a collector of all the treasures! He may be part border collie and part pirate, because of the bounty of things hidden in his yard. He likes to chew on everything! Especially water hoses and flower pots. He would like for Santa to bring him something to help keep him busy… and of course, something on which he can gnaw.

 All Your Pets Want for Christmas is...

Kaia (right) wants to be able to run and play again. She is not feeling well right now. Rhea (left) wants her sister to get well soon so they can go on adventures!

All Your Pets Want for Christmas is...

Ruby wants her busy mom to spend more time with her!

All Your Pets Want for Christmas is...

Sophie wants a stuffed toy. And it looks like she got her wish!



Most of all, our pets just want our love and attention. Be sure to cuddle up with your furry and/or feathered family this chilly weekend, and they will have the happiest of holidays. They deserve it.

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

posted November 26th, 2017 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]

Federal I.D. 43-2024364


October 2, 2017


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.




Friends, I come to you today to ask for your assistance.  The last 2 months have been extremely slow in adoptions and low on donations.  I know so much is going on in this world that have a negative impact on so many, which is why I hate to even ask for your support right now, but we have horses in need and we need your support.  If you are able to donate any amount, great or small, it is truly appreciated.  We have quite a few horses that have recently entered our program that need our assistance.


To start, we assisted Hughes County Sheriff’s Office on August 24, 2017 with 10 horses.  These horses range in body condition of a 1 to a 5.  Most of the horses are in extremely poor shape.  Sadly, we lost 1 just a few days after the seizure.  We tried everything to save him but in the end, we had to humanely euthanize him when he was no longer able to stand and support himself.  His system was shutting down and the last thing we wanted was for him to suffer anymore.  He was such a sweet boy and will forever be missed.  He was greatly loved during the 4 days we had him in our care.  Rest in Peace Sweet Boy, Moon!


The additional 9 seized that day are doing well and slowly gaining the weight.  Here are just a few of the others that came into our care that day that ask for your support.  The black and white paint shown is in decent body condition, however, he has a hole inside his mouth that goes all the way through.  Food and water come out of that hole when he eats or drinks.  This is not ideal and will have to require surgery to repair.  Please consider making a donation towards the Hughes County Horses’ Rehabilitation!


Before we were made aware of the Hughes County Case.  We were contacted by MARS of Illinois.  A representative of their Equine Division reached out to us, after reaching out to numerous other horse rescue organizations, requesting assistance.  They had an appaloosa gelding that was diagnosed with a Frontal Sinus Cyst that required surgery.  They are not located with many large equine surgical veterinarians close by and many didn’t want to pursue helping, if they did, the cost was expensive.  They needed help for Gunner and didn’t want to put him down without a chance.  At the time, we felt we could help Gunner.  I felt it was important to assist another rescue organization, as we are all in this together fighting to save horses lives.  We hadn’t taken in a large amount of horses this year, had some funding set aside that we could use for surgery.  We agreed to take him on and arranged for transport to us.  Wouldn’t you know, the same day Gunner is scheduled to arrive, we are called out to seize 10 horses with Hughes County Sheriff’s Office?  We now fall short on the funds available for Gunner’s work up and possible surgery.  Once the sweet boy known as “Moon” above from Hughes County went down, we quickly found ourselves depleting the funds set aside for Gunner, with our efforts to save Moon.


Gunner is a beautiful, Leopard, Appaloosa, Gelding, estimated to be around 7 years of age.  We aren’t completely sure the first diagnosis is accurate but we plan to take him into OSU for a CT Scan to know for sure.  He has a large knot on his forehead directly between his eyes.  He is a super sweet boy and has settled right in.  He certainly deserves a fighting chance to receive the help he needs.  He is a big, beautiful, stout boy.  Please consider making a donation towards Gunner’s Medical Care!


We have been hit with other instances that leave me repeating the statement, no good deed goes unpunished.  We try really hard to extend ourselves and help out where we can.  This brings us to our next story. 


Born to be Special came into our rescue program on August 11, 2017.  Born to be Special came into our rescue program from an Oklahoma Kill Pen after being saved by the Save our Standardbreds from Slaughter (SOSS) group.  Born to the Special was registered in the Full Circle Program.  Full Circle is an owner enrolled program that alerts the owner when the horse in in trouble, such as landing at a kill pen.  The Rescue Network contacted the original owner and that owner stated they wanted to get their horse back, but since they was located in another state, they needed a layover.  We were contacted to help!  Born to be Special had a leg injury that required treatment and she needed a safe place until the owner could get to Oklahoma.  “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished”, Right?  We agreed to help as long as the owner paid the veterinary care that was needed for Born to be Special.  We get the mare pulled and safely to our facility, called the vet out to treat the injury and then contacted the owner, who then decided he didn’t want the mare back.  He felt that it would cost too much to bring her back to his state and he left us holding the vet bill.  Now, you know I am going to stand up for the horse and my instant thought was, she deserves better than you anyway.  So, now we have Born to be Special in our rescue program.  I am not sure what all she has done in her life other than being a harness race horse, but she clearly has something to prove and Born to be Special, she will be, without her original owner.  Born to be Special was foaled on April 21, 2001.  She is a Beautiful, Bay, Standardbred, Mare.  Her leg is doing great and she has no lameness issues stemming from that injury.  We will be fully evaluating her for adoption soon.  In the meantime, please consider making a donation to assist towards Born to be Special’s Rehabilitation. 




  Our Newest Arrival, This sweet boy just entered in our rescue program on October 1, 2017 from the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division.  We will be learning more about this sweet boy over the next several days as we have him seen by our Veterinarian and prepare him for rehabilitation.  We don’t yet have a name for this special guy, but wanted to introduce you to our latest arrival that is in need.  Please consider making a donation to assist with this sweet boy’s Rehabilitation.



As I stated above, 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 have only adopted out 2 horses in the last 2 months.  Adoptions are another way we put funds back into our program.  We are currently caring for 119 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


I also want to note that we have several Companion Animal Only Horses that desperately need a forever, loving home to call their own.  In the Month of October, We will waive adoption fees on those select companion horses only, to PRE-APPROVED homes.  Companion animal only means, these horses are not rideable due to a disability.  They are Pets only!  Remember, when adopting a horse from our organization, all horses come with a current negative coggins, up to date on vaccinations such as West Nile, Eastern/Western, Tetanus, Rhino, Influenza and Rabies, Hoof maintenance, Dental if needed, and all other medical needs treated prior to adoption.  


We currently have 119 horses in our program.  Your generosity has helped us save over 1408 horses and 26 cattle.  We can’t thank you enough! 



Adoptable Horse of the Month:


Charismatic Missile is a beautiful Chestnut, Thoroughbred, Gelding, estimated to be 9 years of age.  He is not rideable due to a spinal deformity and is a companion animal only.  He is super sweet and loves attention.  He gets along great with other horses, loves to play with the other horses and is not a dominate horse.  He has a current negative coggins, up to date on vaccinations, deworming, and hoof maintenance.  Would you be interested in offering this sweetheart a retirement home?  If so, please contact us and come meet Charismatic Missile and many others.




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 @


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 119 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 28th, 2017 for our 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  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 a great day, great lunch, drawing, costume contest and many friends.  All proceeds benefit the horses in our rescue program.  Pre-Registration is available, sign up today at:  Registration covers T-Shirt, Lunch, and Trail Fee’s. 



7th 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 5th, 2018 at the Shawnee Expo Center, Shawnee, Oklahoma for our 7th 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 7th Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainers Challenge, please email [email protected] and request the application.



Wish List


We have items that we are always needing if you wish to purchase these items instead of making a monetary donation.


Horse Dewormers – Ivermectin Paste, Panacur, Safe-Guard, Equimax

Blue Bonnett Horseman’s Elite Senior Care, average 60 bags a week

Thrive purchased through Janelle Graham, average 30 bags a week

Shavings, average 20 bags a week

Duraflex 15 Gallon Corded Rubber all-purpose Tub’s (20 needed)

Mineral Blocks

Salt Blocks

Fly Spray

Protein Lick Tubs for Horses

Heavy Duty Gorilla Dump Cart/Manure Cart

Fortiflex Muck Bucket

Utility Cart/Crate Wagon/Gorilla Carts

Rope Halter/Lead Rope Combo’s

Electrolyte Gel

Probios oral gel

Soft Ride Boots


Bandage Material such as:

Combine Roll 14” & 16” Bandage Material

Vetrap 4”

Brown Guaze Bandage Roll 6” x 5 yds 12ct

Elastikon Elastic Tape 2in

Telfa Non-Adherent Pads 4in

Soft Kling Conform Bandage Roll 4in 12ct





Blaze’s T-Shirts Available Online


We have some new T-Shirts now available on our website.  You can check them out here:  The price of the shirt also includes shipping.  These are super nice shirts with very soft material.




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:

Happy Holidays Mia Sue

posted November 26th, 2017 by
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Making Connections

Happy Holidays Mia Sue

Mia SueLast week it was Charlie that hit the jackpot and now lives with Vicki, a very special person at PAAS.  This week, say “Hi” to Mia Sue – – the cutie on the left.

No one knows her back story.  Here’s what we do know.  She was found by a dumpster in Vinita.  Usually, that means someone literally stopped, dropped her off and then sped off.  We have no way of knowing.  When she got to the police station, Michael – the guy in the middle – took one look, fell in love and Mia Sue has joined Willow Pillow at the Bowers residence.

These are the happy endings that make all of us in rescue smile – – real big.  It validates there are good people in this world who will go the extra mile to do the right thing.

During the holidays, many dogs and cats will find themselves homeless.  But for Mia Sue, Willow Pillow  (and Charlie), they will celebrate with family and friends, probably get special treats and definitely know the meaning of: There’s no place like home for the holidays”.

Kay Stout, Director

PAAS Vinita

[email protected]




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