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PAWsh Palaces voting kicks off

posted November 2nd, 2018 by
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Adrien, Katelyn, Alyssa and Kaylen show off their prototype.

After you vote at the polls head on over to Woodland Hills Mall to vote in the inaugural PAWsh Palaces competition.

Voting is now open for the Tulsa SPCA’s newest event in partnership with the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAEOK), the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (TRSA) and Tulsa area schools.

Located just outside the lower level of Macy’s, shoppers can vote on six dog houses and one cat condo, each paired with a student team prototype. Each $5 vote gives participants a chance to win their favorite creation while raising funds for the Tulsa SPCA.

Mindy Tiner, executive director of the Tulsa SPCA, said via press release the program is modeled on a similar event hosted by the SPCA of Texas. “We currently offer school presentations on a variety of subjects including anti-bullying (using animals to teach empathy) and responsible pet ownership. This event fits in perfectly as it uses STEM skills to teach students about shelter and pet responsibilities for outdoor animals.”

The seven AIA architect teams, working with local builders, began work on dog house and cat condo designs in July. This fall, students in STEM programs in local elementary schools began making prototype doghouses and cat condos with mentorship from architects, according to a press release.

Students and architects both presented their designs this morning at Woodland Hills Mall. Student prototypes included themes such as Halloween house and rainbow house and featured finishing touches like chandeliers, TV’s and a safe room.

The life-size dog houses also included some extraordinary features, including a reflecting pool, storage areas and places for owners to sit with their pets.

The school teams were paired with the AIA/Builder team entrants and their works will be displayed side by side through Nov. 18 when voting closes.

Rebecca Harris, media specialist for Mark Twain Elementary who also helps with after school programs, said this has been a dream for her students.

“Teachers are so limited right now on any type of learning that has to do with starting from scratch, whether it be writing, creating a dog house or anything else where the kids have that luxury of being able to have divergent thinking from knowledge gleaned from whatever professional or educator and then to build on that. That’s a luxury,” Harris said.

“And so the fact that these people came, these angels, from the architecture society, from STEM, from SPCA, what wonderful people those are in our community,” Harris continued.  “They gave up their time to help these children have an understanding to where they can make this happen.”

Harris said at first the children were not sure what to make of the program, but each week she could see their self-esteem building and their sense of community growing as they worked on creating and building together.

Kaylen, Katelyn, Alyssa, Adrien are the students who made up the peer-voted team representing Mark Twain Elementary. Adrien said working on the project was a lot of hard work but also fun.

“An architect came and he was telling us about architecture and he was telling about how to build everything. We had to make a checklist,” Adrien said. “In the second meeting we had our client and we had to talk to the client, which was a dog. We measured the dog and talk to it and figured out what it wanted.”

After that the team put together blueprints and finally began construction on their project.

“It was really fun and the best part is that we get to come to Woodland Hills Mall and show it off and try to win,” Adrien said.

His teammate Katelyn agreed saying, “This is the best after school program I have ever been to.”

Both children said they would be interested in learning more about architecture in the future.

The top three STEM elementary school teams will win awards of $1,000, $500 and $250, respectively. Architect/Builder design+build award winners will be determined by a jury panel, while the People’s Choice award will go to the team with the most votes received by the public

An awards celebration will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 18 at Woodland Hills Mall.

Participating schools include Tulsa Public Schools Mark Twain Elementary and Union Public Schools Ochoa, Boevers, Clark, Jarman, Jefferson and McAuliffe.

You can view all of the submissions below.

— Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

OK Berners photo featured on walk website

posted May 22nd, 2018 by
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bernerwalkFor the past two years, Oklahoma Berners has participated in a worldwide walk for friends and companions of Bernese Mountain Dogs. This year, 21 Berners and their families participated and had their photo featured on the Bernese Friends Worldwide website.

Held on May 12 at Mitchell Park in Edmond, the group also enjoyed a picnic lunch and time to socialize.

Oklahoma Berners is a relatively new group and looking to connect with other Bernese owners. You can request to join their Facebook group at Oklahoma Berners.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

 

Jenks opens dog park

posted April 28th, 2018 by
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The City of Jenks welcomed its first public dog park with a grand opening and ribbon cutting Friday morning.

Barkwest is the result of a partnership between the Jenks Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation and the City of Jenks.

Photos by Jessica Stacy/Jenks Chamber of Commerce

Photos by Jessica Stacy/Jenks Chamber of Commerce

The new park, located at 990 W. 101st St. (behind Reasor’s), spans three acres and features separate areas for large and small dogs, water fountains, double gate entries and natural shade.

Barkwest is open daylight to dusk seven days a week. It will be closed from 7 to 10 a.m. on Thursdays for maintenance.

You can find more information and pictures at the Barkwest Facebook page.

— Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Muddy Paws offers free groom for teachers’ pets

posted April 24th, 2018 by
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For the month of May, Muddy Paws is offering teachers one free dog grooming.

“We know that the Tulsa metro community has helped us so much. And the Tulsa school teachers walk out had such an impact on all of us that we felt like we wanted to give back to the community,” said Debbie Davis, director of operations and outreach.

“We may not as an organization understand everything that was involved with the teacher walkout, however we want to give that same unconditional acceptance of the teachers, we want to honor them, just like these little doggies honor us,” Davis said.

Teachers must call to set up an appointment and dogs must be current on their vaccinations. Grooms typically range $20 to $65 depending on the size and type of dog. The free groom is good for one dog, no matter the size, and will include bath, nails, ear cleaning, anal expression and full haircut.

Muddy Paws is staffed by Pets helping People, a training program for incarcerated women. During the month of March, the group groomed 1,000 dogs, the most groomed during a single month since the program started in 2010.

As of the end of 2017, the group’s recidivism rate was down to 1%, the state rate for females for the same time period is 14.4%.

To make an appointment at Muddy Paws, call 918-749-5255 or visit muddy-paws.org for more information.

— Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Weekend brings fun adoption opportunities

posted April 12th, 2018 by
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This Saturday brings with it two fun opportunities to support local animal rescues, or better yet, to adopt a homeless animal.

From 8:30 a.m. to noon, Sky Fitness and Wellbeing will host its second annual Cardio for Canines event at all three area locations. Each location will support a different local rescue group.

For every mile run, meter rowed, stories climbed, group fitness class attended, or training session completed between 8:30 a.m. and noon, Sky will donate money to local non-profits that support animals. There will also be adoptable dogs at each location.

Sky Broken Arrow — Legacy of Hope Dog Rescue
Sky South — River Trails Dog Rescue
Sky Midtown — Route 66 Dog Rescue

Non-members can bring a dog item (food, collar, etc.) to donate in exchange for a one day guest pass. For more information, view the Facebook event here.

After you have worked up an appetite breaking a sweat at Sky Fitness, head on over to Fuel 66 from noon to 4 p.m. for some good food and a beer to celebrate the opening of its new dog park.

The Humane Society of Tulsa will be on-site with low cost vaccinations, $25 microchipping and adoptable animals.

You can get more info about Community Dog Day at Fuel 66 here.

So get out there and make the most of your weekend while supporting local animal shelters and local businesses.

–Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Free pet tag on Shutterfly today only

posted April 11th, 2018 by
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Did you know you could create pet tags on Shutterfly? Neither did I. Today only, you can snag your favorite pet a free pet tag using the code PETDAY.

You can choose bone, heart or circle shaped tags and customize with up to 2 photos. Of course, there are plenty of designs available as well.

Get started on your custom tag here.

–Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

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