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TulsaPets Mag Nov / Dec 2018

posted November 18th, 2018 by
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TulsaPets Magazine  Nov / Dec 2018

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, Heide Brandes, Connie Cronley, Kim Doner, Amy Greene, Karen Holman, Anna Holton-Dean, Bill Snyder

PO Box 14128 Tulsa, OK 74159-1128

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©2018 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!

MISSING OUR CALICO

posted November 11th, 2018 by
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MISSING OUR CALICO

Our sweet cat has a story to tell.. bare with me

This sweetheart was born approximately eight years ago on my Granma’s property in TMissingurley/Sperry. It was feral and although my Granma swore the cat wasn’t hers, she put food and water out for it. Daily. (sure Granma, its not your cat winkwink)

My Granma passed away early 2012 and when discussing amongst the family, what would happen to the cat, no decision was made.

Fast forward to a few months later. My girls and I were at my Granma’s place helping sort and clean with other family. Once we finished we were headed home. Upon our arrival to the house, I wasn’t paying attention to anything but getting everyone inside and relaxing, but from somewhere I heard meowing. Long story short, my girls had somehow caught the feral cat, wrapped it in a blanket and snuck it our house in Owasso. I rolled my eyes as my children pleaded the cats case and I caved. (mostly because it was my Granma’s cat. Well, a cat lived on her property. That she fed. Because we all know Granma, it wasn’t your cat, ).

Remember, the cat was feral so there was no way it was letting us close enough to check its hiney to sex it. But, for whatever reason, the girls assumed it was a boy and they named it Magnus. Sounded good to me. So we kept Magnus in the house for over a year in fear that if it got out it would resort to its feral ways and take off. And it was a fun year too. Of trying to coax Magnus out from under beds, behind furniture. Hissing. Loud growls. Finally over time Magnus started coming out to investigate. Magnus spent the year getting to know us, becoming tame. And then the day came that you would never know Magnus was ever feral. So, in my infinite wisdom I decided we could let Magnus outside for a trial. It went off without a hitch! Magnus used the neighbors flower bed for a liter box ( no joke, but we put an end to that once the neighbor told me. Oops.) and then came to the door to come back in. Fast forward to 2014 when for a split second we thought we might soon become millionaires because Magnus was pregnant! Ya, we still never checked Magnus hiney. So Magnus had kittens, whom had responsible forever homes with other family members, before the kittens were weaned. And as soon as they were weaned, Snip Snip went the scissors and the Magnus kitty factory was put out of business .

Shortly thereafter, she became know as Maggie (affectionately Maggie Moo). Although I liked the name Magnus because it reminded me of the movie Matilda. You may recall, Matilda’s teachers name was Ms. Honey. And Ms. Honey’s fathers name was Dr. Magnus Honey and he was a good MAN. But since we knew Magnus was all girl, I decided she needed a more feminine feline name. So Maggie (Maggie-Moo) it was. (yes one of my daughters still calls her Magnus).

She has had a royal life and being and indoor/out to potty cat. She loves her chihuahua sister and her sister is very protective of her.

Fast forward again to September 6th, 2018. The girls and I loaded up and went down to the QT on 86th and 129th Street (Owasso), to meet a friend that I bought stuff from. I visited and went about my merry way. Later on that evening I see a post on facebook from that friend that she had heard a cat meowing and found it under her truck. After coaxing it out, she took it home to try to find its owner. It was only through her posting on facebook, did I realize, THAT WAS MAGGIE MOO! I contacted her post-haste. Just short of a dna test, sure enough, it was Maggie-moo!

I hope I still have your attention.. Because now I need more than your attention. I need your HELP.

It became apparent that our Maggie-moo had climbed under my truck, rode over two miles from our house in Owasso, to the QT where we met my friend. Once there, she mustof grown tired of me talking so much (I have never been accused of being long winded but, well, ya okay, thats a lie ) and jumped out from under my truck. I have only to guess she was confused and that caused her to get under my friends truck (we both have white trucks). And that is how she ended up in Turley, where she started her life over eight years ago (this is movie material).

Well.. She was kept overnight in Turley. But upon arrival this afternoon we were all sad to find that she had escaped the enclosure .

We are so sad and need YOUR help ️! PLEASE help bring our beloved cat home! She escaped from the 66th St North and Utica area in Turley. That is just East of the intersection of North Peoria and 66th Street, Turley. Pictures are below !Please Please watch for her! If you see her, message me! Catch her if she’ll let you and put her in a crate or your house, PLEASE! She does not like other cats or dogs. And most likely will be just sitting on someone’s porch. My friend did a good deed by taking her in and now I need your help finding Maggie-moo and bringing her home. I am sorry if you feel like you just wasted an hour of your time reading this (long-winded), but I wanted you to hear the story and ask you to be a part of it. Please help us find Maggie! Tag your friends, Tag your neighbors, Tag your neighbors neighbors, Tag all animal lovers to unite and join our story in bringing home Maggie-moo ❣ Thank you for taking the time to read this plea for assistance in finding Maggie-Moo.

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]

4 DAYS VS 11 DAYS VS 3 MONTHS VS 1 YEAR

posted October 22nd, 2018 by
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First, and foremost, this blog is what works for PAAS and our partners.

I, in no way, am saying one size fits all – – – one way is the only way – – I’m saying for us this works.

Recently, we had a “transport” training day for municipal shelters and non-profit animal rescue organizations.

Kristin, with Dumb Friends League, was at the meeting and shared the following information.

The average stay for a PAAS dog, once it arrives at Dumb Friends League, is four days.

The average stay for the other pets waiting for a new home at Dumb Friends League is eleven days.

Kristin said people wait for the PAAS bus to arrive!!!

Keeping the Faith at PAAS

We’re putting Oklahoma rescues on the map in Colorado – – – and that’s a good thing.

What it means, once you break it down to the basics is: We follow the protocol sent to us by Dumb Friends League.

And, most importantly, all of our partners do as well.

Since 2015, 4,000 homeless Oklahoma dogs/cats have made the overnight trip do Dumb Friends League.

The key factor is we play by their rules.

And, no it doesn’t work for every rescue.

We understand that and, in no way, expect a rescue to change how they do business if it isn’t right for them.

While we all have the same goal – how we get there is very, very different.

The hard part is for all of us to remember that collaboration works – – not everyone will follow our guidelines – – one size will never fit everyone – – no one is always “right” and no one is always “wrong”.

Just as family members are diverse, yet share the same name, rescues are equally diverse.

All of us are driven by passion and/or compassion.

They are different emotions and the decisions made by a passionate animal rescuer will often be different from someone who has compassion.

Meeting somewhere in the middle can be really hard – – but to the homeless pet – – they don’t care.

They just want a home.

Thanks!!!! to all our partners.

Your trust in us and Dumb Friends League is appreciated more than we can express.

Every Tuesday night I say a prayer when the PAAS bus heads out and the staff will tell you …. I’m a royal pain until I know the PAAS dogs/cats have safely arrived at Dumb Friends League.

The best is yet to come because we like the 4 days wait for a new Colorado home.

Global Cat Day

posted October 17th, 2018 by
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Global Cat Day is Today

BETHESDA, Md., USA – Oct. 16, 2018 – Alley Cat Allies will commemorate Global Cat Day on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, with a celebration of the movement of people who protect cats by advocating for humane local policies, adopting or fostering, and carrying out non-lethal cat management including Trap-Neuter-Return.

The president and founder of Alley Cat Allies, Becky Robinson, praised the advancements made so far by advocates who are working to change our society so that all cats are protected.

“Trap-Neuter-Return is the mainstream, humane approach for outdoor cats in this country. But misinformation is still killing untold numbers of cats each year. Too many animal shelters, places that should be safe havens, are still using lethal and outdated practices that harm and kill cats,” Robinson said. “That’s why it’s critical that humane non-lethal cat management becomes a reality across the board. Global Cat Day provides an opportunity to thank all the advocates who are setting the record straight about cats and protecting them.”

Global Cat Day celebrates the hard-fought progress Alley Cat Allies and unsung heroes of cats around the world have made in bringing about new laws and programs protecting and improving cats’ lives. It gives a glimpse on how people are loving, valuing, and protecting cats, and in turn, changing their communities for the better.

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is sound public policy. It reduces shelter intake, “euthanasia,” and calls to animal services, which saves taxpayer money in the process. Thousands of cities and towns conduct TNR and the number continues to grow as more communities learn about its success.

Share your cat story at GlobalCatDay.org and follow online with the #GlobalCatDay hashtag. Advocates who are planning special events for Global Cat Day can upload them to a special calendar page at www.alleycat.org/events.

They Really Are Pets For Life

posted October 17th, 2018 by
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Trust me – this blog is only for those who have a pet, wish they had a pet or had one at one time and miss having four paws climb in their lap.

There are so many wonderful stories about pets and their ability to forgive, to love and to bring joy into your life.

And the stories are true.

Pets For Life

Currently, at PAAS – 7 employees have a total of 13 pets ranging from Marty (hmmm….a smartypants heeler puppy) to her highness, Princesa (a 15-year-old, set in her ways, hard of hearing poodle).

In between are Trigger – a very selective dog when it comes to humans, Moose who loves, loves, loves everyone; Copper – a slightly grumpy older guy; Jazz Man – from the stories a very challenging cat who runs his home his way; Tess and Apollo – adorable, lovable cuddlers; and Buster, Little Bit, Elena and Chicka round out the dogs.

Last but not least is Little Man the cat.

And, thanks to HSUS Pets for Life program, we’re now able to help residents of 74301 and Tahlequah keep their pets – – they do not have to worry when they need food, a pet “fixed”, basic veterinary care.

I recently saw the love and concern in the pet owners faces when their beloved four-legged family member was returning from a spay/neuter excursion.

The family members were here early, concerned about the welfare of their pets and eager to get them home.

If you’re not an animal lover, I know you don’t get it.

But for those of us who do – – we firmly believe you have no idea what you’re missing.

A crummy day at work?? Sarcastic fellow employee?? Hateful people on the phone?? Overworked and definitely underpaid??

Nothing, absolutely nothing, beats walking through the door and having a four-legged, tail wagging, motor purring bundle of fur want your complete attention.

You’re wonderful to them – and they are soooo glad you’re home….because as far as they’re concerned…..you’ve been gone forever!!!

For pet lovers you get it – – for the rest of you – – we’re really sorry you don’t.

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