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Dog Smells

posted November 13th, 2016 by
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5 Tips for Getting Rid of Dog Smells

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5 Tips for Getting Rid of Dog Smells without Expensive Products There are plenty of great things about owning a dog. Companionship, exercise and love toThere are plenty of great things about owning a dog. Companionship, exercise and love to name a few. But one of the downsides is that “doggy” smell that seems to be impossible to remove.

Considering the benefits of owning a dog, most owners are happy to just accept the smell as part of the deal. Dogs don’t hold themselves to the same hygiene standards as humans, so it’s not a surprise they smell a bit! But the good news is that a dog smell doesn’t need to be an unavoidable side-effect of owning a dog, as we’ll see in this article.

What Causes the Dog Smell?

All animals have a natural smell, but the dog version seems to be particularly strong and distinctive. This is mainly because dogs are larger than other indoor domestic animals, which is why cat owners don’t have a similar problem.

The doggy smell is often caused by paw sweat which is carried around the home. The continuous build-up of sweat and bacteria leads to sofas and other furniture starting to smell.

Smells may also be caused by unconscious scent-marking. Don’t worry – this doesn’t involve urinating on the carpet! Dogs naturally produce a smell to mark their territory, and this is often the main culprit when it comes to a lingering smell in your home. Other causes for a dog smell include skin oil, which is why dogs with oily skin often smell more strongly, and ear wax.

In many cases, the smell is simply because your pet is dirty. Dirt provides the perfect environment for odor-releasing bacteria (just like humans).

Tip #1 – Freshen Up Your Upholstery

Furniture is one of the most commonly overlooked sources of a dog smell. Most people don’t vacuum upholstery as often as carpets, which is why the fabric can harbor odors – especially if your pet loves to sleep on the sofa.

 The first step is to remove and wash any covers that can be machine washed. Use a high heat (check the label first though) to quickly get rid of odor-releasing particles.

For parts of the sofa that can’t be machine washed, baking soda can be useful for getting rid of smells. Just sprinkle it over areas you think are particularly smelly and leave for 2-3 hours, before vacuuming up the powder.

Tip #2 – Wash (And Dry) Your Dog More Regularly

The cleaner your dog, the less he is going to smell. When giving your pet a bath, make sure you check the feet and fur for anything he might have stepped or rolled in. Then use a dog shampoo (don’t use regular shampoo) on his entire body.

Once washed, it’s also important to dry your dog thoroughly. Dog hair is a perfect location for bacteria, which also thrives on moist conditions. This is why “wet dog” is such a distinctive smell!

Unfortunately, most dogs hate having baths. You can often make the process more fun for them by providing the occasional treat throughout the process.

Tip #3 – Get Rid of Carpet Smells

Carpets, wood floors and even vinyl can start to smell if not cleaned regularly. In fact, flooring is probably the most common cause of a dog smell that never seems to go away. This is because your dog’s feet picks up all sorts of bacteria on walks, which are then carried into the home.

For this reason, hard floors should be regularly cleaned with an anti-bacterial floor cleaner that’s suitable for the type of material. The goal isn’t to make the floor look clean, although this is a bonus, but to kill bacteria living on the floor.

You can also use the baking soda trick on carpets to clean areas that smell noticeably bad. Sprinkle the powder on the worst areas and leave it overnight.

Note: if your carpets are heavily soiled, you may need to hire a professional carpet cleaner. This can be expensive, but provides a much cleaner starting point to maintain a smell-free home.

Tip #4 – Vacuum Three Times Each Week

Dog hair isn’t the only thing that drops off your pet. Skin particles, bacteria and dirt are all released from your dog – especially when he shakes after a walk.

That’s why it’s a good idea to vacuum at least three times per week. This sounds like a lot, but you’ll be amazed at how much dirt and hair a vacuum with strong suction will remove from your home even when cleaning regularly.

If you own a steam cleaner, the high pressure output can kill bacteria in carpets and on hard floors. Some steam cleaners also come with an upholstery tool, which can be useful for removing stubborn odors from sofas and other furniture.

Tip #5 – Brush Your Pooch’s Teeth

Finally, bad dog breath is another common source of unwanted odors. The best way to solve this is to regularly clean your dog’s teeth.

Admittedly, many dogs hate having their teeth cleaned. If your pet won’t let you clean his teeth, you can try treats that clean while the dog chews them. These aren’t as effective as a proper toothbrush though.

Summary

An unpleasant smell doesn’t need to be an unavoidable consequence of owning a dog. By following the tips in this post, you can get rid of the dog smell and make your home smell fresh and inviting.

While it’s a good idea to follow all the tips in this post, the most important is keeping your upholstery and carpets as clean as possible. These are reservoirs of bacteria that cause your home to smell, so cleaning them can have a big effect on odors.

- Andrew Webster

Promises Made

posted October 9th, 2016 by
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Making a Distinction

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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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.

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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

Barry Switzer – ‘No’ on SQ 777

posted September 6th, 2016 by
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Thanks to our friends at https://nondoc.com

Letter: Barry Switzer and his wife voting ‘No’ on SQ 777

Barry Switzer

To the editors:

My passion for the gridiron is well known. What a lot of people don’t know about me is my love of animals.

My wife, Becky, and I own several dogs and they are a big part of our life. We have trained working dogs, and we own others that are being trained for search and rescue missions. We’ve also rescued many dogs over the years who were abused or neglected and we do whatever we can to elevate animal welfare, including facilitating adoptions. Our passion for animals is just one of the reasons we oppose State Question 777.

If SQ 777 passes, it will make it easier for puppy mills to exist. Puppy mill operators will be able to classify themselves as farmers and their animals as livestock.

Puppy mills are atrocities where neglect, disease and abuse is rampant. Animals are caged 24-7 and some live their entire lives in wire cages, never once touching or rolling in the grass. Adult dogs are often debarked, which involves ramming a steel rod down their throats to rupture their vocal cords.

I could go on with the atrocities, but you get the point: puppy mills are an abomination.

Another reason Becky and I are voting no on SQ 777 is because it threatens Oklahoma’s ability to maintain clean water and air for our grandchildren. Instead, it gives constitutional protection to corporations who profit off industrial farming, entrusting them, and not local and state officials, to decide what’s best for Oklahomans’ public welfare.

These corporations are trying to mislead voters by painting SQ 777 as “right to farm” and using wholesome imagery of family farmers and Oklahoma landscapes to lure votes to change our state constitution. This is a problem because SQ 777 isn’t about family farmers; it’s about big-time corporate agriculture wanting fewer and fewer restrictions on how they operate.

Oklahoma’s family farmers have always been good team players, taking care of land, water and air. Big Ag doesn’t have the same game plan and winning record.

Big Ag is trying to represent itself as the underdog, as the little team being blitzed. They’re actually going town to town across our state saying they’re in danger of being sacked and that our food supply could be compromised.

I’m not making this up. That’s what they’re saying to scare Oklahomans into voting yes. Football coaches would call this a trick play, a tight end around, and we shouldn’t be fooled by it.

Consider this football analogy: One team is Big Ag. The other team is natural resources and animal welfare. The referees are state and local officials who make sure both sides play fair. But a “yes” vote for SQ 777, gives Team Big Ag the referees, too.

If this happens, it’s game over. Big Ag will “hang half-a-hundred” on us.

Join me in voting “No” on 777.