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Tulsa Falls in Love with GOLDEN RETRIEVERS

posted January 15th, 2010 by

STORY BY KELSY TAYLOR

Previously involved in both the Golden Retriever Club and the Golden Retriever Club of America, Bob Bornstein developed a passion for educating the public about the breed. With the mission of finding loving homes for Golden Retrievers and educating the public about them, Bornstein founded the Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue in 1986.

“Educating the public on the qualities of the Golden Retriever, as well as educating the public on responsible pet ownership, will help people choose the right breed for them, and in the process, reduce pet overpopulation,” explains volunteer Casey Largent.

The breed is very gentle, loving, friendly and intelligent. While young, Goldens are energetic and need basic obedience training. The breed also should have 30 minutes of exercise every day, which might be made up of walks or fetching tennis balls in the yard.

There are a number of reasons why Goldens come into the rescue. “One of the main reasons Golden Retrievers come into the rescue is because the economy has hurt families directly in the pocketbook, and one of the first “expenses” to be cut is usually the family dog, especially larger breeds, like Goldens.”

With the hope that each available Golden Retriever has a foster home, Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue is always looking for interested families. The dogs are given the opportunity to spend time in a home and receive a lot of love and attention. All medical expenses are provided through the rescue, all that is asked in return is food and plenty of belly rubs!

A couple of very special Goldens are currently looking for a loving foster or adoptive home. Laker, who has a great disposition, only has the use of three of his legs and would benefit greatly from being welcomed into a home. A senior Golden named Charlie recently had a tumor removed from his hip and is recovering nicely. He would love to spend time with a family as well.

Rescued Goldens are wonderful additions to families. “I truly believe that rescued dogs realize that they’ve been given a second chance at life. Their only goal in life is to be with their humans. They are big people-pleasers and only want to make their owners happy,” Casey says.

With a gentle wag of the tail and a loving gaze, senior Golden Retrievers somehow find their way into the Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue. These very special dogs are always hoping to have someone come along and make them a part of their family. Senior Golden Retrievers have a lot of love to share and fit so well into a home that a transition is barely noticed. They are calm and often know several commands as well as the rules of the home like being housetrained. “One of the most heart-wrenching things about rescue work is dealing with the seniors. Because they are in their twilight years, most prospective families don’t even consider them when choosing among the dogs available for adoption. Rescuing a senior is an opportunity to give a dog the best years of his life while at the same time receiving all the joy and love that a Golden can give.”

 

The Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue is always hoping to have more volunteers. Having the opportunity to help rescued Golden Retrievers is very rewarding. Volunteers enjoy speaking with visitors during adoption events, taking photographs, helping with home visits, developing newsletters and spending time with boarded Golden Retrievers.

The rescue group meets at the new PetSmart in Tulsa Hills located at 7322 S. Olympia, on the third Saturday of every month. There, visitors have the opportunity to meet Goldens available for adoption, as well as to learn about volunteer opportunities.

For additional information, visit www.sgrr.org or email [email protected].

Tulsa Pets are Safely in the Hands of the American Red Cross

posted July 15th, 2009 by

By Kelsy Taylor

The Tulsa Area Chapter of the American Red Cross has helped the community in so many ways. One very important part of their program is to help families and their pets during emergencies.

“The Red Cross has always included pets in their plan, especially in disaster preparedness and first aid” emphasized Devone Chezum, the Education Community Coordinator of the Tulsa Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

There are a variety of resources and programs that involve pets in the organization. Devone Chezum said that, “most chapters of the American Red Cross offer Pet First Aid classes that are available once or twice a year.” The classes will help prepare pet owners to face a variety of situations with confidence. This is a great opportunity for owners of both dogs and cats in the Tulsa area to learn valuable skills, when to recognize an emergency and how to prepare for one. “Rescue breathing and CPR are taught in the class, instructors also show the students how to create Tulsa Pets are Safely in the Hands of the American Red Cross By Kelsy Taylor a first aid kit for their pets” explained Chezum. The pet first aid kits include helpful supplies such as bandages, ointments, and blankets. The kits are also available, already prepared, from the American Red Cross. Devone emphasized that the kits should be brought along with the dog wherever it goes because you never know when you may need them!

Pets have become a part of the family in recent years. They come along during family activities, welcome long walks with us, and enjoy spending time curled up by our sides. Recently an increase in pet ownership and more people feeling like pets are a part of their family has inspired the American Red Cross to create two very important products to accompany their pet first aid classes.

The organization has prepared a book that includes valuable information for pet owners. The topics range from minor situations up to how to aid an animal while rushing it to a veterinarian. This product can be used as a quick reference guide since the topics are well organized and easy to find. Devone added that the book “is a supplement to being a good pet owner.”

The organization also offers an informative DVD that also covers a wide range of topics. “The DVD is a reinforcement of what is learned in the class” describes Devone. A few of the topics that are covered include: eye injuries, wound care, burn care, and broken bones. The DVD is also a great reference guide designed for easy access to specific topics.

“It is very comforting to know the information from the books and DVD for your own or others pets” mentioned Devone. Often, the skills that are gained through the classes and products from the American Red Cross can save not only the participant’s pet but a stray or injured animal.

Anyone interested in enrolling in a pet first aid class or purchasing one of the products should visit www.tulsaredcross.org or call 918-831-1126. The Tulsa Area Chapter of the American Red Cross has a store in their lobby, located at 10151 East 11th Street Tulsa, OK 74128, where all of their pet products are available.