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Al Fresco Dining with Fido!

posted April 7th, 2010 by

Story by Kristi Eaton

As temperatures start to warm up, enjoying a nice meal with your dog at a local restaurant is the perfect way to start or end the day.

Here are some local restaurants that allow dogs on their outdoor patios.


3421 S Peoria Ave.


Type of food: American

The Chalkboard

1324 S. Main, Tulsa


Type of food: European continental


10902 E 71st Street


Type of food: Mexican

The French Hen

7143 S. Yale, Tulsa


Type of food: French cuisine with an American twist.

Garlic Rose

3509 S. Peoria, Tulsa


Type of food: Italian

Genghis Grill

1619 E. 15th St., Tulsa


Type of food:   Mongolian Stir Fry

Mexico Lindo

301 E. 86th St North, Owasso


Type of food: Mexican

Michael V’s Restaurant & Bar

8222 E 103rd, Ste 137, Tulsa


Type of food: American

Mr. Tacos

130 N Lewis Ave


Type of food: Mexican

Panda Express

4728 E. 21st St., Tulsa


Type of food:  Chinese

Polo Grill

2038 Utica Square, Tulsa


Type of food: American, Continental


1834 Utica Square, Tulsa


Type of food:  American Comfort

Stone Mill BBQ & Steakhouse

2000 W. Reno (on 145th between 61st & 71st)

Broken Arrow


Type of food: Barbeque

Ti Amo

6024-A S Sheridan


Type of food: Italian


1344 E 15th Street


Type of food: Italian

Wild Fork

1820 Utica Sq, Tulsa


Type of food: American, Continental

Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation Dedicated to Helping Keep Children Fire Safe

posted March 30th, 2010 by

Story by Kristi Eaton

Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation, based in Clarksville, Arkansas, was recently designated as a tax exempt, 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized specifically for charitable and educational purposes.

Founded by Fire Safety Educator Dayna Hilton, a firefighter, the foundation’s mission is to help keep children and their caregiver’s fire safe nationwide. The Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation develops and distributes educationally sound innovative fire safety related materials at little or no cost to children and their caregivers, fire departments, schools and other organizations.

According to the United States Fire Administration’s Children and Fire in the United States Report (1994-1997), the very young (those under age five) have a much greater risk from fire than others. The group accounts for 11% of fire-related deaths~ the highest population for any age group.

Hilton, a nationally recognized fire safety expert, along with her fire safety dogs, have made it their mission to save lives, reduce injuries and decrease property loss from fire for almost a decade, concentrating their fire safety efforts on children in pre- and elementary schools and their caregivers.

Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation’s mascot, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, rescued from a home with 62 other dogs and adopted by Hilton in 2003, has received critical acclaim along with Hilton, for their innovative fire safety programming methods. Together, the two have reached millions of children and their caregivers their efforts have resulted in helping save the lives of two children and members of their families.

The Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation goals include the following:

  • To be the premier fire safety education association for children and their caregivers
  • Identify characteristics of excellence in fire safety education
  • Provide a forum to promote fire safety for children and their caregivers in America and throughout the world
  • Promote continuous improvement in fire safety education through utilizing the latest fire safety research, thereby benefiting children, their families and the public
  • Establish a continuing relationship with individuals and groups interested in promoting excellence in fire safety, including schools, business and industry, government agencies and professional associations
  • Promote innovation and creativity in teaching and learning fire safety, including the sharing of best practices and assisting in the professional development of fire safety educators
  • Be a resource and provide beneficial services for schools, fire departments, and fire safety educators concerning issues in fire safety education
  • To assist fire departments in benchmarking through the sharing of best practices and providing research and information
  • To support worthy projects and research in fire safety education
  • To present appropriate awards to and confer recognition upon outstanding supporters of fire safety education


To learn more about the foundation or to support the work of the foundation in helping keep children and their caregiver’s fire safe, please visit the foundation’s website at

Overweight Canines

posted January 15th, 2010 by

By Kristi Eaton

A recent study shows that almost half of dogs are overweight or obese, and local veterinarians say it’s the owners that need to take control if they want to keep Fido around for years to come.

Earlier this year, a study conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention revealed that more than 44 percent of dogs are overweight or obese – a 1 percent increase from the previous year. That calculates to about 7.2 million obese and 26 million overweight dogs in the U.S.

“Pet obesity continues to emerge as a leading cause of preventable disease and death in dogs and cats,” said Veterinarian Ernie Ward, lead researcher and founder of the association. “Our pets are in real danger of not living as long as previous generations and developing serious and costly diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and other largely avoidable conditions.” In some cases, said Mark Appelbaum, a veterinarian at Sheridan Road Veterinary Clinic in Tulsa, a dog carrying too much weight can develop bone and joint disease or heart disease. Unlike cats, overweight or obese dogs don’t usually develop diabetes, although it can happen, he said. The weight and possible resulting diseases play a role in lifespan. Research has shown that dogs with a healthy weight can live two years longer than slightly overweight canines. Too much weight can be attributed to hormone imbalances, at which point the vet will be able to help, Appelbaum said.

But in most cases it is a simple case of calories in vs. calories out, or too many calories consumed and not enough exercise to expend calories. He said it’s a matter of owners keeping track of what and how much their canines are eating.

“A dog will eat whatever you feed it,” he said. “If you feed it right, it will eat the proper stuff because it can’t go get its own food.” Like humans, Appelbaum said overeating and too little exercise can start at a young age.

“Just like with a kid, it starts at a young age and is hard to overcome,” the vet said. When dealing with an overweight pet, the owner must look at him or herself, Appelbaum explained. “They’re (the owners) going to have to look at a change in the diet, a more weight friendly, calorie controlled diet,” he said, adding that table scraps and treats are the biggest food culprits.

Appelbaum used an example of a 10 pound dog to explain his assertion. A 10 pound dog, he said, needs to consume about 200 calories per day to maintain weight. If that dog eats half a piece of toast and some eggs from the owner’s plate, that’s about 250 calories. Then, he added, the canine will consume his regular dog food. On top of that, most owners give their four-legged friend a treat every time he goes outside or does something good. If every treat contains about 25 calories and they get a four a day, that’s another 100 calories.

To combat the overeating, Appelbaum recommends eliminating giving treats when your dog goes outside or does something good. However, if that’s not possible, he said a treat should be broken into five or six pieces and only one piece given at a time.

Paul DeMars, a veterinarian at OSU’s small animal clinic, also believes people play a major role in the battle of the bulge. “When we look at the amount of food we take in, many times someone will look at a little tiny piece of cheese and say, ‘You know, for me this is not many calories.’ But if they look at the same amount of calories for their 10 pound poodle, that little piece of cheese that seemed so innocent may be the equivalent of feeding us two and a half cheeseburgers. It looks so tiny to us on our plate and what we eat in a day, but when you look at the size comparisons and the metabolic differences, you’d be amazed at how many calories they’re actually adding to that small little animal with the treat off their plate.” Exercise is the other important component for a dog to live a healthy life.

The basis guidelines for dogs, DeMars said, is at least 20 minutes of consistent exercise each day, but many pets do not get that.

“I think some people say my dog spends a lot of time outdoors, but if you actually videotaped the animal, you’d actually see the dog spends a lot of time sleeping, rather than actually moving. Like our doctors tells us, get up and do something physical for about 20 minutes a day…a walk around the block, in the park, something physical with the owner,” he said. Moreover, just because a dog is small it doesn’t mean exercise isn’t important.

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention study, small-breed dogs, like Dachshunds, Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers, have more trouble with their weight than larger breeds, such as Labrador Retrievers or Golden Retrievers, due to a lack of exercise. Older pets are also more susceptible to being overweight, according to the study, which said that 52 percent of overweight or obese dogs are over the age of 7 years.

To combat the excess weight, De Mars said owners should take their canine to the vet every year and ask the necessary questions.

“Is this the right food? Is this what he should be fed? Are we feeding the right amount? Let the veterinarian help guide them in that process.” The vet can then determine the animal’s body composition score, DeMars explained. The veterinarians assess the canine’s body composition by examining the dog, palpating its ribs, lumbar area, tail and head. The results are then compared to the breed standard. If a dog is obese, it will have an excess body weight of approximately 10 to 15 percent. In the nine-point scoring system, dogs which have a body condition score greater than seven are considered to be obese.
Appelbaum said that, in addition to normal diet and exercise, there are different prescription diet foods. Purina and Science Diet, for example, each have one. Appetite suppressant medications are also available and can be prescribed by a vet.

“It helps by making the dogs feel fuller faster, so they don’t eat as much and, therefore, they tend to lose weight pretty well,” Appelbaum said.

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