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Small Paws Rescue 20 year Anniversary

posted August 24th, 2018 by
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Small Paws Rescue 20 Year Anniversary

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Small Paws® Rescue is the largest breed rescue in the country. We are National Bichon Frise rescue and adoption, based right here in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Robin Pressnall, wishes to invite Bichons, (and all honorary Bichons!) and their owners, to celebrate our 20th Anniversary with us!

We will be having fun filled events over the weekend of Friday, October 19, and Saturday, October 20th, at Post Oak Lodge, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Post Oak Lodge

5323 West 31st. Street  North

Tulsa, OK 74127

On Friday evening at 7:00 we will have a beautiful banquet with entertainment, for all Bichon lovers!

The cost is $28.00 per person and you would pay at the door.

We accept all major credit cards. It’s a very nice meal.

Anyone who loves their pets will find this an uplifting evening to remember!

Then on noon on Saturday, October 20th, 2018, there will be a picnic at the lake at Post Oak Lodge.

It is a catered event with a hot meal prepared by the Post Oak Chef.

There will be a costume contest for your dogs and prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third prize!

The cost for the picnic is $18.00 per person.

Then on Saturday Evening at 6:00 p.m., we will have an old fashioned Barbeque!

It’s a wonderful time for you and your dogs!

Catered by the Post Oak Lodge Chef, down at the Pole Barn, the price is $25.00 per person. Outdoor Heaters will be provided.

Inquiries welcome.

Oklahoma Foster Homes Needed!

Media Relations Contact

Name: Robin Pressnall

Company Name: Small Paws® Rescue Inc.

Phone Number: 918-638-5854

E-mail: [email protected]

Related Links

http:www.smallpawsrescue.org

http://www.smallpawsrescue.org/page.aspx?id=558&name=okiebash2018

Please R. S. V. P. to attend any or all events to [email protected] by October 12, 2018.

Small Paws

Robin Pressnall 

Executive Director 

Small Paws® Rescue Inc. www.smallpawsrescue.org 

Rib Crib Raises $105,000 for Charities

posted April 7th, 2018 by
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RIB CRIB PITMASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES $105,000 FOR TULSA CHARITIES  

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Abby (Rib Crib’s office dog), Danielle Palm, Sherri Hardy and Marc Chastain

 

Tulsa, Okla. – Rib Crib BBQ & Grill presented $105,000 to five local Tulsa charities April 4 from proceeds of its 15th annual golf invitational, the 2017 Pitmasters Golf Tournament presented by Prosperity Bank.

More than 144 golfers participated in the annual golf event to support the five local nonprofit organizations: The Foundation for Tulsa Schools, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, Pet Adoption League (PAL), Emergency Infant Services, and 12&12.

“We are so thankful to the sponsors, golfers and employees who helped raise this money for us to give back to these charities who provide wonderful services to our community,” said Marc Chastain, Rib Crib President.

Chastain and Danielle Palm, Rib Crib tournament director, presented oversized checks to each of the agencies and their representatives, which included: Bryan Day, CEO, and Clayton Woodrum, board member, of 12&12; Tom Neff, Senior Vice President of Saint Francis Health System and Kacie Frazier, Coordinator at The Children’s Hospital Foundation; Sherri Hardy, Pet League Adoption President; and Bill Andoe, Executive Director, and Ranan Gangel, Board Secretary, for Emergency Infant Services.

“Our vendors, volunteers and charitable donations helped make the tournament a success,” said Bret Chandler, Chairman & CEO. “The Rib Crib family is proud to be a part of such a generous community, and we’re so thankful for all the time and effort everyone donated for us to give our local charities.”

The tournament was held at the newly remodeled Oaks Country Club, featuring a shot-gun start four-person scramble, hole-in-one prizes from Land Rover of Tulsa and

Don Thornton Cadillac, a smoked tenderloin lunch and lunch on the course from Rib Crib’s competitive BBQ team, and live and silent auctions.

Rib Crib acknowledges the many contributors of financial, in-kind and services donation who made the tournament possible. Special thanks go to tournament presenting sponsor, Prosperity Bank. Major sponsors were Andreini & Company Insurance, Auto Chlor, Barcas, LLC, Curtis Restaurant Supply, Dr. Pepper, Farmer Brothers Coffee, The Barkley Law Firm, The Hub Group, Tyson Foods and Saint Francis Hospital.

Silent and live auction items included:  $500 Bruce G. Weber gift card raffle, a Hasty Bake Grill, Yeti coolers, an Argentina Dove Hunt, 100 -Person PigMen BBQ cater, a Fleming’s Steakhouse private dinner for 12, a Duck Hunt at Dillingham Ranch, Polo Grill dinner for ten, Cigar dinner from SMOKE On Cherry Street, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and OKC Thunder memorabilia.
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About Rib Crib BBQ & Grill

With 60 locations in eight states, Tulsa-based Rib Crib BBQ & Grill offers a fast-casual environment and family-friendly menu featuring a wide variety of hickory-smoked meats served in sandwiches, dinners, salads and combination platters. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Rib Crib’s bold barbecue is perfect for dining in, carryout or catering. The Tulsa-based company has headquarters located at 4535 S. Harvard Ave. For more information about Rib Crib BBQ & Grill, or for past tournament charities and team results, visit www.ribcribgolf.com.

 

The Foundation for Tulsa Schools is a community based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was formed March 29, 2001 with the mission of building a better community through resources in educational quality, creativity and innovation.

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis was founded to welcome and foster charitable giving and to provide and care for the special spiritual, emotional and physical needs of children and their families. Funds raised support pediatric care, programming and facilities for sick children, regardless of their ability to pay.

12 & 12 offers life-saving recovery tools for adults suffering with addiction or co-existing mental health and substance use disorders to achieve individualized recoveries. They are a leader in the substance abuse and addiction treatment and recovery fields and the largest non-profit addiction treatment facility in the four-state area.

Pet Adoption League finds approved, loving and forever homes for rescued animals. They make the transition of adopting dogs to their new homes as easy as possible with educational materials.

Emergency Infant Services is a non-profit organization that provides temporary assistance to children five and younger in the Tulsa area whose families are in dire economic straits. They provide the most basic of needs: food, formula, clothing, and diapers, along with other children’s items.

St Simeons Blessing of the Animals

posted October 11th, 2017 by
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BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

SAINT SIMEON’S EPISCOPAL HOME

OCTOBER 3, 2017

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St SimeonsSt SimeonsIt was beautiful…the Blessing of the Animals by Father Bill Holly that took place at Saint Simeon’s Episcopal Home on Tuesday, October 3rd in observance of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  Residents, staff, guests who came to watch and family members who brought dogs, a turtle, a Bearded Dragon and a black and white Tegu lizard named Alphys were present at this annual event.  Special guests also came – 5 adoptable dogs, brought by the Tulsa SPCA.

As Father Holly laid his hand on each animal, he said the pet’s name and the name of the owner along with saying the prayer for the Blessing which recognizes every animal’s importance in their own right.

 

St SimeonsSt SimeonsEleven dogs, from our Golden Retriever, Simone, to German Shepherds, mixed breeds, and several terriers that were rescued by the Tulsa SPCA from a hoarding situation were blessed on this day.  Thirty-one people were present for this special yearly event.  Thirty-one people came away with a more intense special love for a pet.

Donna M. Mayotte

Executive Administrative Assistant

 

Saint Simeon’s Episcopal Home

When Pets Grieve

posted August 10th, 2017 by
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When Pets Grieve

By Cindy Webb

When Pets Grieve

Turns out, Isabelle wasn’t dying, but she was a mess. One veterinarian recommended immediate euthanasia. Unwilling to give up on the little cat, Kathryn took Isabelle to another veterinarian who found that most of Isabelle’s teeth were bad. After dental surgery and a few weeks on a gluten-free diet, Isabelle blossomed.

Scarlet, however, was not happy with the newcomer. Growling, spitting and even slapping were common occurrences over the next three years that the cats shared living space. Yet, when Isabelle suddenly and tragically passed away one night, Kathryn and her husband were shocked to discover that Scarlet seemed to share their grief.

“She seemed depressed and was clingy,” said Kathryn of the usually aloof cat. “She became very needy and wanted to cuddle all the time. We have lots of pictures of her from that time because it was so unusual.”

“It might surprise people that pets grieve just as we do,” said Lindsay Benson, M.S., LPC, and certified pet loss and bereavement therapist. “But there’s actually a lot of scientific evidence to support that fact. In the wild, and in the home, animal behaviorists see definite changes in behavior when there’s been a loss.”

According to Benson, people often don’t realize their pets are grieving because they are so caught up in their own grief.

“I’ve had many people come in after they’ve lost their pet and say, ‘My other dog is being so bad. He peed in the house, and he’s just being so annoying.’ I try to help them understand that the dog they lost, and the dog they still have, were best friends.”

Signs of Grief in a Pet

“Grieving animals might display anxious behaviors, much like a human would,” said Benson. “In humans, anxiety is a huge marker of grief. Another common indicator that an animal is grieving is pacing or going to the preferred spot of the animal that died,” said Benson. “It can be comparable to separation anxiety.”

Additional behaviors that are common in grieving animals include:

Loss of appetite: You may notice there is still food in the bowl after feeding them.

Lethargy: You might find them hiding under the bed, taking longer naps, or just not having the zest for life they once had.

Anxiety: You might find that they can’t sleep because they are searching, pacing, and whining. They might seem restless, checking the windows and doors.

Excessive clinginess: Following you from room to room, or wanting to be cuddled and petted.

Negative behaviors: chewing, digging, and housetraining accidents.

Supporting the Surviving Animals

“Your pet grieving the loss of another pet is normal. This is very important to understand,” said Benson. “You can’t stop it from happening, and it needs to happen. But you can do certain things to support them and make the transition easier for them. First,” she said, “you need to own it, and be aware that it is happening: ‘I’m grieving the loss of my pet and so are my other pets.’ Your next job is to support yourself and your pet through the journey of grief.”

Here are Benson’s suggestions for the journey:

Maintain a normal routine: Routine is the biggest indicator to the animal that everything is going to be OK.

Support them nutritionally: Loss of appetite is normal, but if it goes on for days, try putting some favorite treats in their bowl along with their food to entice them. But don’t get excessive with treats, because you don’t want to set a new standard of expectation from your animals.

Increase bonding time: This can be as simple as petting, grooming, or giving them a massage. Touch is calming for them and for you.

Increase exercise: You may want to add more walks and games for dogs or more play time for cats. Exercise can be especially helpful for animals that are anxious and searching. Greater activity tires them out and allows them to rest.

Set boundaries on negative behaviors: Be consistent in discipline. Even though you can acknowledge that their acting up behavior is probably a sign of grief, you can’t just let it go, as it can easily become the norm.

Benson does not recommend medication for the grieving pet but suggests that essential oil compounds “specifically blended for animals” might help calm them. Pheromone sprays can be helpful for cats. When a cat smells a pheromone from its own species, the endocrine system releases a calming chemical.

Remember that your pet’s grieving behaviors won’t last forever. “These behaviors typically last for a few days to a few weeks,” said Benson. “Animals’ recovery time from grief is definitely faster than for humans.”

Sharing in the Experience

According to Benson, there is evidence to support the idea of allowing the other pets in the home to be present for the euthanasia of a furry family member when possible.

“Researchers have found that around 80 percent of the time, the surviving pets will come over to the deceased animal and smell, nuzzle and investigate. They then seem to understand that their companion animal has died,” said Benson. She added that when the other pets are present for the passing, they show less anxious, searching behavior.

“They might search for a few hours, and then it subsides,” she said. “When they are not a part of the passing, it can be days and weeks that they continue that behavior.”

Benson suggests discussing home euthanasia with your veterinarian. Many veterinarians now offer that service. “You can also take your other animals with you to the vet if you don’t feel comfortable having it done in your home,” she said.

Our family opted for having our other pets present for the passing of our 14-year-old Springer Spaniel, Cubby. His hind legs had been failing him for almost a year, and the day came when he simply couldn’t get up. His pleading eyes told us all we needed to know. When our veterinarian arrived at our home, she encouraged us to have our other animals present for the euthanasia. Our surviving dog, Roxie, and cat, Agatha, watched motionless and tense throughout the procedure. Our vet said they would know when Cubby was gone by a change in his scent.

I was concerned that Roxie would have anxiety issues after Cubby’s passing, as she always did when separated from him. Yet, maybe because she was present when he died, she didn’t express the anxious checking and whining behaviors she showed when he went to the groomer or the vet.

Getting a New Pet

According to Benson, the first thing you need to do when you are tempted to get a new pet after a pet dies, is ask yourself: “Why?”

“If you think that it’s going to end your grief, or heal the hurt you are experiencing, that is not the right reason,” said Benson. “Grief is a natural journey after loss, and there is no escaping it. No cute, fluffy kitten or puppy is going to make it go away.”

She recommends that people wait at least 30 days before making any decisions about getting a new pet. “After the 30 days, you will be in a better mental state for making a decision,” said Benson.

Benson“Give yourself time, and make sure the reasons behind getting the new pet are appropriate. You don’t want to get a new pet to replace the lost animal or to stop yourself from grieving. What I find when people jump the gun, is they start feeling resentment toward the new pet because it isn’t just like the pet they lost,” said Benson. “The new pet never stood a chance.”

She said that postponing getting a new pet is also important for your surviving pets. “The grieving pet needs to process its grief before being introduced to another new pet,” said Benson.

“Bringing a new pet into the household is a big transition no matter what the circumstances. You may see an increase in acting out behaviors and accidents if you bring in a pet too soon. Everyone needs to be as emotionally stable as possible before getting a new pet.”

Be Patient with the Process

“While you want to support your pets through grief, there is no magic wand that will make it go away,” said Benson. “People want to hurry through grieving, but that is not realistic. You can’t do that for yourself; you can’t do it for your pet… But,” she added, “the more supportive and aware we are about our surviving pet’s grief, the more kindness we are probably showing to ourselves as we also grieve.”

Vampires Helping Cats in Tulsa

posted July 11th, 2017 by
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Vampires Helping Cats in Tulsa, Ok.

PC KC 3bToday is the release of LOVED, the first book in the House of Night Otherworld series. This young-adult series is based in Tulsa and is about a group of vampyre friends protecting their beLoved city and the rest of the world from a dark and malevolent enemy. LOVED is the continuation of the House of Night series, which follows these vampy teens through a vampyre boarding school named House of Night.

P.C. and Kristin Cast, a mother/daughter writing team, and Tulsa residents at the time, penned these books, the first of which came out a decade ago.

What does this have to do with pets, you say? Well, a lot. Read on.

Each vampyre at the House of Night has an animal familiar, usually cats, but a sweet canine comes into play further into the stories. There is also a stable blessed with gentle horses where the students can learn to ride and care for them. One of the recurring locations in the House of Night series is a cat shelter called Street Cats, ran by the Benedictine Sisters. P.C. and Kristin modeled this fictional feline rescue after Tulsa’s real life StreetCats Inc. While it is not run by nuns, it is powered completely by volunteers and donations from cat-loving people like you and I. For more information, check out the StreetCats Inc.

Both authors love this particular pet paradise and gladly share the limelight with it. In fact, P.C. and Kristin are covering all StreetCat adoption fees for July 5th-12th to celebrate the release of LOVED and the House of Night’s 10-year anniversary.

I have been a fan of the House of Night series since the beginning and am so excited to see the characters return for more adventures. I contacted P.C and Kristin about the upcoming book and their relationship with StreetCats in Tulsa. Not only did I get to correspond with them through our electronic interview, they even sent me an ARC (advanced reader copy) of LOVED. I immediately made time to devour the book and was not disappointed. These young characters have grown up into powerful vampyres and the stakes are high as another attack on Tulsa threatens to destroy everything. It was a thrill to connect with some of my favorite authors, especially for my favorite magazine! Here is a sneak peek of our email palavers.

How was the House of Night born? How did you two decide to pen these novels?

PC: In 2005 I was at a writers’ conference with my agent, Meredith Bernstein, and she said that she would like me to consider writing a series set at a “vampyre finishing school.”  I was teaching then at South Intermediate High School in Broken Arrow (Go Tigers!), and I instantly thought about a high school setting.  Meredith was thinking more adult and sexy, especially as I already had several adult paranormal romances already published, but I was insistent.  She gave me the green light to write a proposal and the first three chapters, and they totally won her, and St. Martin’s Press, over!

Do you write together? Tell me about your writing process.

PC: For the House of Night, Kristin is my teen voice, front lined editor.  I do all the writing.  She brainstorms with me, helps me outline, and is my first editor.  We do actually co-write books, though.  THE SCENT OF SALT AND SAND is a novella we co-authored that is set in Kristin’s world of her series, THE ESCAPED.  Right now, we are hard at work co-authoring a brand-new YA paranormal series called THE DYSASTERS, which will begin releasing spring 2018.  When we write together we each choose and create characters, and then take turns writing chapters.  Whose turn to write depends on whose character is the main focus of that particular chapter.

Introduce me to your pets.

PC: I have a personal protection Eastern European German Shepherd named Badger who is a fantastic warrior and working dog.  Three Scotties: Cameron, Captain Kirk, and The Mighty Khan.  A Maine Coon named Xena Warrior Princess Cast, and two quarter horse mares, Anjo and The Black.

KC: I have two alien baby French bulldogs, Grace Kelly and Sir Laurence Olivier, and a squishy, giant mastiff puppy named Baloo (like from The Jungle Book)!

Which animals are your supervisors during writing?

PC: Oh, mine “help” every night!  I write late, late at night, surrounded by three Scottie dogs, my German Shepherd, and my Maine Coon. Sometimes I worry about what I’m writing, though, because I always seem to put them to sleep…

KC: Gracie loves to “help” me. There’s a bed for her right next to my desk where she curls up into a little furry ball and snores away. Sometimes the big one (Baloo) will come in, but it’s really just to get Gracie to play with him. Once they get started, I have to kick them out. Mastiff/Frenchie play time is sooooo loud. Sir Laurence is very anti-social and prefers to stay in his house on his heating pad. He has the right idea. If I didn’t have any responsibilities, I’d stay in my room on a heating pad too.

What, to you, is the message of House of Night?

PC: There are several messages in HoN.  One of the most important is that it is not our mistakes that define us, but how we recover from them and then learn and grow.  We also make very clear points about the importance of empathizing with those who are different – and that being different is not synonymous with being bad or sinful or evil.  And, of course, we continue to fight racism, misogyny, and homophobia with every book.

P.C. and Kristin will be at Books a Million at 7404 S Olympia Ave in Tulsa TODAY at 7pm for a meet and greet and to sign copies of LOVED. You can read more about this dynamic duo in the July/August issue of Tulsa Pets Magazine. Check it out!

P.C. Cast link https://www.pccastauthor.com/

Kristin Cast link https://www.kcastauthor.com/home

House of Night link https://www.houseofnightseries.com/

StreetCats Inc. link http://www.streetcatstulsa.org/

Shoes & Boots for Dogs…Really!

posted December 12th, 2016 by
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Fashion Tips for Your Trusted Friend

– Shoes & Boots for Dogs…Really!

By Will Tottle

We love our dogs, and there is nothing more important than their happiness and well-being. So when we take them out in the rain, many of them end up with cold paws – especially if they have short coats. Some even suffer from allergies to grass and other irritants that are found on the ground, making walking an uncomfortable time for them.

Whether your dog needs something between them and the ground, or you just want them walking in style, there are a pair of shoes or rain boots waiting for your canine companion. Here are the five we consider to be the best.Boots

Mosunx Dog Boots

These adorable booties for dogs are cheap and come in five different sizes, so practically every dog can benefit from a pair of these. They feature a sweet design with a soft inside for your pooch’s comfort.

They are waterproof as well as anti-slip so that even in wet weather your dog will come home with dry paws. The rubber sole offers protection from broken glass, sharp stones, and nails, so walking in urban areas doesn’t need to cause stress. Plus, they are incredibly fashionable.

BootsWaterproof and Reflective Dog Shoes

Perfect for medium and large dogs who suffer from allergies, these boots will ensure their paws stay dry in wet weather, but also have reflective Velcro for safe night time walking. They are ideal for protecting the pads of their paws from hot road surfaces or snow.

The soles are made from thick rubber and are anti-slip so they won’t be falling over everywhere in wet or icy conditions. Plus, it helps protect their paws from broken glass and other sharp debris that might be lying around.

BootsPesp Rain Boots

These adorable rain boots come in a variety of colors and in five sizes that are sure to have your dog looking spectacularly stylish in no time at all. They have a Velcro fastening and are really easy to get on as well as off again.

Ideal for rain and snow, they are also waterproof and anti-slip, which is perfect for winter walks. They are really comfortable for your pet to wear and allow free movement for them while walking. Plus, all the colors will have them looking fab.

BootsDenim Dog Shoes

Want your dog’s style to match yours? What better way than these stylish denim dog shoes. These casual booties fasten with a small shoe lace, so they really will be the most fashionable dog in town. They are made from denim and have a thick rubber sole.

This means they are non-slip, so in wet conditions, they won’t be falling over. They act to keep your dog’s paws clean, comfortable, and protected from sharp debris such as glass or sharp stones. A truly stylish look that comes in two sizes.

BootsPetacc Waterproof Dog Boots

These cute boots from Petacc are made from a tough and durable material that is also waterproof and will prevent your dog from slipping over. They help to keep their paws clean, and the rubber soles protect them from debris and sharp objects.

It has reflective Velcro straps so that your dog is safe at night and passing vehicles can see them. They also feature adorable embroidery that is sure to make an impression on other pet owners. People will be asking you where they can get a pair!

Of course, your dog’s style is important when it comes to walking, but so is yours. It’s important that you, like your canine companion, are wearing the right footwear for the task. When walking out in the winter, spring, or after rain/snow has fallen, a pair of rain boots is ideal. They keep your feet warm, dry, and free from mud so that you can enjoy your walk.

There are some great rain boots out there for you, many of which will have you looking as stylish as your dog. So when you go out walking together, you can do so with pride.

To Conclude

Giving your canine companion a pair of rain boots or shoes can be really beneficial, both in terms of their health (if they suffer from allergies and such) as well as their safety when walking in urban or littered areas. Plus, they leave them looking really stylish and fashionable. So when you’re thinking about what to get your dog, why not a pair of boots?

 

About the Author

Will is a freelance writer, his blog can be seen here . If you are interested in more information on outdoor clothing, footwear and accessories, then check out his ultimate welly boot guides for more details

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