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4 Best Apps for First-Time Dog Owners

posted December 8th, 2019 by
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4 Best Apps for First-Time Dog Owners

by Nick Burton

You’ve just brought home your first dog. You’ve got the basic supplies — food, bed, leash, maybe even a cute holiday dog costume wardrobe. But being a dog owner is also about training, monitoring your pet’s habits, and keeping track of your pet’s medical information for the vet and any temporary caretakers. So to give you a hand, we assembled our favorite apps to put everything you need at your fingertips.

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Image courtesy of Unsplash

 

iTrainer Dog Whistle and Clicker

The iTrainer app comes with a bundle that combines a dog whistle with squeaky sounds, over 40 animal sounds, and a training clicker. You can also use the app to record commands, phrases like “Want to go for a walk?” or any other sounds you choose in order to entertain and educate your pup. The app is easy to use and will help you get your dog trained in no time.

 

Paw Tracks

With the Paw Tracks pet tracker, you can track all your dog’s activities. The app tracks the time and distance of your dog’s walks, as well as who walks them. You can also use Paw Tracks to log your dog’s meals and bathroom habits. Paw Tracks includes a GPS tracker, but it’s also great for storing and sharing health data or any other important information to family and caretakers.

 

Dog Monitor and Pet Cam by Annie

CNET notes Annie’s Dog Monitor and Pet Cam is a reliable, feature-rich app. You can monitor up to four pets at once on any device, and if there is a Wi-Fi outage, it will keep searching for a signal and reconnect automatically. The app comes with full-screen video and has long reach when there’s an available network. The app also works well when viewed with a front or back camera and with your device’s night light feature.

 

Say BARK!

Don’t forget to feature your new dog on this year’s holiday cards! Celebrate your dog ownership by designing your very own animated greetings. Product Hunt explains Say BARK! is an app that lets you create cards starring your very own lovable pup. You just need to take a photo of your dog, then select one of the humorous filters that comes with the app. Add an audio message or record your own, and finally, share your original, animated card with all your friends.

 

Word of Warning

When you’re in the midst of checking on your dog’s health, or even creating a hilarious greeting card, the last thing you want to have happen is for your phone to freeze up. If you’re using an older smartphone, you might need to upgrade your phone or plan to keep your apps all running smoothly.

Thankfully, new phones are out in abundance. For instance, you can find Samsung models to fit any budget, and some service providers offer packages which include an Echo Dot and unlimited data. Apple fans can check out the new Apple iPhone 11. The iPhone 11 comes with wide and ultra-wide lenses that let you crop and zoom after you take the photo, and the new video feature QuickTake will have you capturing every moment with your new pup.

Remember, dog ownership entails more than stocking up on doggy equipment and dressing your pup to the nines. Add some apps to your phone and take some time to learn about dog health and training. With a bit of effort and engagement, your pup will be a healthy, happy canine good citizen, and you’ll be able to take the best possible care of your new furry family member.

posted November 13th, 2019 by
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Tulsa SPCA Teams Up with Southern Agriculture for 2019 PAWsh Palaces Fundraiser

Second Annual PAWsh Palaces event reminds Tulsa pet owners to provide shelter for pets with fundraiser located at stores throughout Green Country

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Sheldon plays at the Tulsa SPCA after he was rescued by the agency’s Cruelty Investigator. Sheldon was chained up without shelter until his owner surrendered him to the Tulsa SPCA. Sheldon was neutered, fully vetted and microchipped before he was adopted. Photo by Angela Rodriguez | Tulsa SPCA

Tulsa, Oklahoma (Saturday, Nov. 2) – The second annual PAWsh Palaces fundraising event starts today. Six palaces are on display at Southern Agriculture locations in Tulsa and surrounding communities. The public is invited to vote for their favorite dog house or pet furniture. Each $5 vote enters the donor to win the house they voted on. Voting takes place online at tulsaspca.org/pawshvoting Saturday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 7. This event helps us improve the lives of dogs and cats, and their human companions. Dogs like Sheldon (above).

Sheldon lived his life on a chain without proper shelter or protection until our cruelty investigator rescued him in June. Despite the Tulsa SPCA’s efforts to promote awareness, dogs like Sheldon are forced to suffer outside in the sweltering heat of summer or the deep freeze of winter.

One way we promote awareness of the life-saving importance of pet shelter is our annual PAWsh Palaces event – a collaborative effort between our agency, Tulsa architecture firms, builders and two student groups. This competition celebrates innovative design and our family pets. These teams come together and design one-of-a-kind doghouses, cat patios and indoor pet furniture.

PAWsh Palaces are on display at these Southern Agriculture locations:

 

Rosewood Retreat

Pet Furniture

Architect: Davies Architects

Builder: Cowen Construction

Location: 92nd ST N. & HWY 169 | Owasso
The Fur Seasons

Dog House

Architect: JCJ Architects

Builder: KBI Construction

Location: 90th & Elm | Broken Arrow
FURniture

Pet Furniture

Architect: Tri-Arch

Builder: Builders Unlimited, Inc.

Location: 71st & Sheridan | Tulsa
Fidopolis

Pet Furniture

Architect: SWE Architects

Builder: Goodwin Company

Location: 78th & HWY 75 | Tulsa Hills
Student Entries

                       

Ruff Housers

Dog House

Student Team: Oklahoma State University

Student Builders: Freedom by Design OSU

Location: 71st & Lynn Lane | Broken Arrow

 

Westminster

Pet Furniture

Student Team: Tulsa Tech

Student Builders: Tulsa Tech Drafting and Design Students

Location: 26th & Harvard | Tulsa

 

 

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About Tulsa SPCA

Since 1913 the Tulsa SPCA has been working with Northeastern Oklahoma animal lovers to protect dogs and cats in our community. Together, we’ve saved animals from homelessness, illness, and abuse. We’ve provided these services while being completely funded by private donations. We are not an affiliate of the ASPCA, nor do we receive government assistance. Community support is critical in helping the Tulsa SPCA to continue providing these critical services to our community.

TulsaPets Mag Nov / Dec 2019

posted November 7th, 2019 by
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TulsaPets Magazine  Nov / Dec 2019

Publisher – Marilyn King  [email protected]

Creative Director – Sally Roper

Advertising Sales – Marilyn King, Steve Kirkpatrick, Rosalie Childs

Web Manager – Steve Kirkpatrick  [email protected]

Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

Contributing Writers – Marilyn King, Lauren Cavagnolo, Lisa Dingle, Kim Doner, Anna Holton-Dean

PO Box 14128 Tulsa, OK 74159-1128

(918) 520-0611

(918) 346-6044 Fax

©2019 All rights reserved.

No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written consent of the publisher.

TulsaPets Magazine provides Tulsa area pet owners with a one-stop resource for local products, services, events and information.  Now TulsaPets Magazine Online is able to provide you with all of that and much more, interactive and up-to-the-minute!

TulsaPets Mag Sep / Oct 2019

posted September 15th, 2019 by
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TulsaPets Magazine  Sep / Oct 2019

Publisher – Marilyn King  [email protected]

Creative Director – Debra Fite

Advertising Sales – Marilyn King, Steve Kirkpatrick, Nancy Harrison, Rosalie Childs

Web Manager – Steve Kirkpatrick  [email protected]

Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

Contributing Writers – Marilyn King, Lauren Cavagnolo, Kim Doner, Nancy Gallimore, Anna Holton-Dean, Shauna Lawyer Struby, Bill Snyder

PO Box 14128 Tulsa, OK 74159-1128

(918) 520-0611

(918) 346-6044 Fax

©2019 All rights reserved.

No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written consent of the publisher.

TulsaPets Magazine provides Tulsa area pet owners with a one-stop resource for local products, services, events and information.  Now TulsaPets Magazine Online is able to provide you with all of that and much more, interactive and up-to-the-minute!

Petco and Tulsa SPCA Holiday Wishes

posted September 4th, 2019 by
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Tulsa, Oklahoma (Monday, Aug. 26) – Pets brighten our lives. The Petco Foundation, in partnership with BOBS from Skechers, is giving us a  way to brighten theirs this upcoming holiday season by granting more than $750,000 to qualified animal welfare organizations across the country. Anyone who has adopted a pet from Tulsa SPCA is invited to submit a story of how their adopted pet brightens their life to help give Tulsa SPCA the opportunity to receive up to a $100,000 grand prize grant award. Finalist awards will also be given ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, and adopters with winning submissions will receive up to a $1,000 Petco shopping spree to pamper their pets and BOBS from Skechers shoes for themselves.

 

“We’re asking anyone who has adopted a pet from Tulsa SPCA to help us earn a grant this holiday season from the Petco Foundation by sharing their story,” said Executive Director Mindy Tiner. “You can help our holiday wishes come true by sharing how your pet brightens your life each and every day.”

 

Using the online form at petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes, adopters can submit a story. Stories should highlight how pets brighten their adopter’s lives, in big and small ways, and should celebrate the love of their pet. Submissions must include photos to illustrate the story and can include video as well. Adopters should contact Tulsa SPCA for the organization’s point of contact, email and phone number to include in their submission. Adopters are also encouraged to visit the Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes webpage for more information, to read stories from previous winners, and to complete their submission.

 

The deadline to submit a story is Monday, September 23, 2019, at noon CST. Winners will be announced during the holiday season. For a full list of prizes and for submission FAQs, visit petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes.

 

Since 2013, nearly $4 million in Holiday Wishes grants have been awarded to help make the holidays brighter for pets in need during the holiday season and year-round. For more information, visit petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes and join the conversation on social media using #HolidayWishes and #BrighterTogether.

 

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About Tulsa SPCA

Since 1913 the Tulsa SPCA has been working with Northeastern Oklahoma animal lovers to protect dogs and cats in our community. Together, we’ve saved animals from homelessness, illness, and abuse. We’ve provided these services while being completely funded by private donations. We are not an affiliate of the ASPCA, nor do we receive government assistance. Community support is critical in helping the Tulsa SPCA to continue providing these critical services to our community.

 

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $250 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 6 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved. The Petco Foundation partners with BOBS from Skechers’ charitable collection of BOBS for Dogs and BOBS for Cats shoes, apparel and accessories. Over the past four years, Skechers has donated more than $4.23 million to help over 750,000 shelter pets nationwide, including saving more than 396,000 rescued pets – and BOBS continues to make a difference for animals across the country. Learn more about BOBS from Skechers at www.BOBSfromSkechers.com.

Clear the Shelters 2019

posted August 15th, 2019 by
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TULSA SPCA LEADS 2019 CLEAR THE SHELTERS EVENT WITH AREA SHELTERS

More than 23 Tulsa animal rescues, shelters participate

 

TULSA, OKLAHOMA, AUGUST 1, 2019 – The Tulsa Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is proud to announce its involvement in the national Clear the Shelters event on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Tulsa SPCA will adopt dogs and cats on a “name your price” system in the hopes of emptying the shelter of adoptable animals.

“Our entire organization looks forward to Clear the Shelters every year. The opportunity to see kennel after kennel empty is an amazing gift,” said Tulsa SPCA Executive Director Mindy Tiner. “Knowing this is a national movement and thousands of animals across the country will find their forever homes is even more inspiring.” 

NBC- and Telemundo-owned stations are teaming up with hundreds of shelters across the country to host Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 17 to help find loving homes for animals in need. More than 250,000 pets found their forever homes on Clear the Shelter days since 2015.

“Every year we have people who worry about low-cost adoptions, but we want to assure them the research shows adoption fees don’t predict better homes,” Tiner said. “We want everyone to know we still follow our normal application process.”

Although adoption fees are waived for Clear the Shelters, the Tulsa SPCA spends on average $1,000 per animal to get them ready for new homes.

“We appreciate when adopters choose to make a donation to help cover those costs,” Tiner said.

Currently, 23 animal organizations in Northeastern Oklahoma are joining the Tulsa SPCA in Clear the Shelters.

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For a complete list of organizations participating in Clear the Shelters Day, or for links to research supporting Mindy Tiner’s quote, please visit tulsaspca.org/clear-the-shelter or contact the Tulsa SPCA at 918-428-7722.

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