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Thanksgiving: 10 Things to be Thankful for

posted November 15th, 2016 by
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Nicole Castillo

Thanksgiving is around the corner and we are reminded of what we are grateful for. Pet owners are, of course, thankful for their pets, but this year, I am thinking of the little details that make life with animals so much easier, and I am thankful for these things.


The Litter GenieThanksgiving

If you have cats and don’t know what this is, then this is a life-changing moment for you. Much like the Diaper Genie, the Litter Genie is a cat waste system that eliminates poo odors from creeping through your house. I will never be without this product. Thank you, Litter Genie, my house smells like apple-cinnamon because you do your job so well.


 Tropiclean Fresh Breath Plaque Remover Pet Water Additive

My senior dog, Cheyanne, has a heart murmur and cannot be put under anesthesia, therefore she can’t have her teeth cleaned by the vet. I clean her teeth as best I can, but her breath smells horrible. A few drops of this in her water make a great difference! It is safe for both cats and dogs and uses green tea extract to help freshen breath. Thank you, Tropiclean, for making car trips with this old dog much more pleasant!




I used to be a pet groomer and I understand the back-breaking job it is to send 10-20 furry customers home shiny and smelling like heaven. These people work extra hard to clean and style over-excited, frightened, or downright livid pets every day, without injury to the pet or human. It’s a dangerous job! Thank you, groomers, for making our pets look like a million bucks.



 Large Cat Litter Pans

If you have ever owned a plus-sized cat, you know what I’m talking about. Thank you, XL cat litter pans, for thinking of the husky domestic felines who need to use the litter just like any other cat.



Veterinarian staff Thanksgiving

These people have seen it all. They have vaccinated new puppies, performed life-saving surgeries, and held hands of those who must say good-bye to their best friend. Though it may look chaotic and fun, a vet office is a labor of love. Thank you to our veterinarians and vet techs, you keep our furry families together as much as you can. (Britton Road Veterinarians shown in picture)



I know this sounds violent, but I assure you, it’s not. The Furminator is a de-shedding brush that catches your dog or cats’ wooly undercoat. It’s a must-have tool come springtime when your pet starts to shed like crazy. Thank you furminator, for combing out a pile of fur that is equal in size to the animal being combed.


 Animal Shelters


These individuals never take a day off. This Thanksgiving and Christmas, while most are at home with their families, the staff at these shelters will be walking and feeding those who have no home or family to go to. They fall in love with the animals and cry happy tears when a dog or cat is finally adopted. Selfless. Optimistic. Kind. Thank you to all who work at our Oklahoma animal shelters, you are changing the world, one soul at a time.



 ThanksgivingRetractable leashes

How did we manage before retractable leashes? Although it not a great idea to use these leashes where there are many people, these are great for quiet walks at the park. Once you’re dog is leash trained, it is a nice treat to let them roam about with a bit more freedom. Thank you, retractable leash, for allowing my dog to run around while I stay still!

Locally-owned Pet StoresThanksgiving

You guys are the bread and butter of the pet community. Not only do you provide healthy food and products for our pets, but your store is an adventure to all four-legged customers who trot through the door. Thank you, local pet store owners, for giving us a fun place to shop and spend time with our fur kids.




I am thankful for you, sweet reader. You are the pet community. There is no better gathering than a pet event, filled with loving, gentle people who all have one thing in common. We love animals. We care for animals. We fight for animals. We work for animals. We write for animals. We see the good in the world through the innocent eyes of our fur kids. Because of you, thousands of dogs and cats have loving homes. Because of you, our animal shelters stay afloat. Because of you, I can write a blog about what I am thankful for. Thank you, pet community, for always choosing love, and making more room in your heart and life for your pets. (Free to Live Animal Sanctuary in picture)

Thankful for each day

posted November 14th, 2012 by
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It seems each year that the time between Halloween and Christmas gets shorter and shorter. Christmas ads and decorations are everywhere but we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet!

I really do think it is important before the gift-splosion of December happens, that we use November as a time to reflect and be thankful.

In the coming month, there will be plenty of time for blogs about holiday treats, pet portraits with Santa and gift guides for your pets.

But in the meantime, I think it would be nice if we all took some time from shopping and wish lists to think about what we already have.

Every year I am most thankful for my family, furry members included! But this year, I am especially grateful for each day that we get with Yoda. It has now been more than three months since he had heart surgery and the average dog with his condition would not have made it this long.

When it comes to my pets, I am also thankful for:


• Cats who snuggle on your feet. It’s especially nice now that it is getting chilly outside.

• Crazy dog antics. Watching Spock and Yoda is more entertaining than reality TV. Seriously.

• Unconditional love. It needs no explanation because every pet owner knows exactly what I’m talking about.

What about your pet are you thankful for this season?

- Lauren Cavagnolo

Happy Thanksgiving

posted November 23rd, 2011 by
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Pilgrim Turkey Standing

As Thanksgiving approaches, many people start checking off their Thanksgiving lists to ensure everything is accounted for this year.

One list includes the food, from turkey to stuffing, while another includes the long list of relatives expected this year, from that crazy aunt to the sugar-hyped nephew. But if that list of relatives does not include a family member that purrs or wags his tail, then maybe this year is the year to add one more to that list. And with this month that focuses on family and giving thanks, why not adopt a new family member that would have much to be thankful for after finding a forever home?

      This month is not only about thanksgiving and family, however.

November is national Adopt a Senior Pet Month, a title given to hopefully inspire the public to not forget about those animals that are often overlooked. The sad truth is aging animals are frequently the first to be euthanized as people often search for that perfect puppy or cuddly kitten to take home. Some even assume that if an older animal finds himself in an animal shelter or rescue organization, the pet must have caused problems in the previous home. The truth is many of these animals find themselves in unfamiliar cages for many reasons, including anything from an owner’s financial hardship to the death of the animal’s previous owner.

Whatever led these older animals to the place they are in is simply a piece of their past, and aging animals still have much love to give in the future.

Plus, typically these animals are better-behaved and have already had some training. So, this November, if you feel like something is missing in your family or you just feel like adding one more, take a look at those often overlooked. At first, they might be thanking you for a home, but soon you will be thanking them for their devotion.