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Meet Bean, shop dog at Whitty Books

posted September 23rd, 2019 by
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Shoppers at Whitty Books in the Kendall-Whittier district may have noticed a new helper in the shop in the last six months.

Bean is a year-and-a-half old pitbull mix who recently adopted Whitty Books owners Victoria Moore and fiance Julian DeLesDernier.

“We’ve had Bean a little over 6 months now,” Victoria said via email. “In addition to the store being in Kendall-Whittier, we also live in the neighborhood. Bean had been loose in the area for a few days, but no one had been able to get her to come to them, because she was scared and she is FAST. One night, when the temperature was about 17 degrees, she showed up outside the fence at our house. It took a few hours, but we finally got her to trust us enough to scoop her up and bring her in from the cold.”

At first Bean was very timid and mild-mannered, Victoria said, and she would bring her to the shop every day.

“As she has gotten more comfortable, she’s gotten a little bit rowdier, so now she is up here about half of the time!” Victoria explained. “I’m so happy she’s come out of her shell but now that she has, we’ve got a few things to work on, so she’s going to classes at Spirit Ranch now.”

Bean lounging in the shop. Photo provided

Bean lounging in the shop. Photo provided

Bean, whose favorite treat is literally anything, can often be found snoozing on top of the couch cushions by the window in the shop.

“Bean likes to greet customers, and is convinced that everyone who walks through the door has a treat for her,” Victoria said. “Most of our customers seem to love her.”  

“Like the store, Bean is a work in progress,” Victoria said. “She’s a rescue, so she has some quirks, but she’s so sweet and we’re happy to have added her to our little family.”

Whitty Bookstore

2407 E. Admiral Blvd.

https://www.whittybooks.com/

https://www.facebook.com/shopwhittybooks

Store hours

Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Animal Aid looking for special family for special dog

posted July 14th, 2019 by
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When Gabriel arrived in the care of Animal Aid of Tulsa in September 2018, his rescuers knew immediately that he was a special dog.

Photos provided by Victorious Salsman

Photos provided by Victorious Salsman

Found by a local fire department, the Tulsa Police Department contacted the group to take the dog who was believed to have been hit by a car. He was seen for a couple of days near Apache and Harvard dragging his back legs behind him before he could be caught and brought to a rescue.

Kelly Brown, Animal Aid animal care and adoption coordinator, said right off the bat Gabriel showed them his will to live was high.

“From the get go he has shown us that he is not different,” Brown said. “Once he is comfortable with you he is so playful, funny and full of personality. There is nothing different about him but the way he walks.”

Brown says the care for a dog in a wheelchair is not much greater than any other dog.

“It is not any more time consuming to express his bladder and help him into his wheelchair than to take any other dog for a walk,” Brown said.

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Gabriel with Salsman’s cat Kiki.

Coincidentally, Gabriel is named after Gabby Moore, a former vet tech at Animal Acupuncture. She and her foster dog Hildi, who also did not have use of her back legs, were featured in a previous issue of Tulsa Pets Magazine.

Gabby said to Kelly one night, “Just believe, give him a little bit of time but just believe,” about another dog that had given up. When Animal Aid took in Gabriel, which means to trust and put belief in, Brown told Moore she was naming the dog after her.

Veterinarians initially believed Gabriel would never be able to use his back legs. However, after water therapy with Animal Acupuncture, he is beginning to have more use of his back legs.

“Dr. Owen has believed in him from day one,” Victorious Salsman, his foster mom, said. “Thank God for her.”

He has reflexes but he doesn’t have feeling in his legs, like if you step on his foot, Salsman explained. “If he gets really excited about something, it’s like he forgets he can’t walk, he will stand up and walk. And it’s like ‘Oh if he only knew that he can!’”

On days he has water therapy in the pool or at Animal Acupuncture, for the rest of the day he will stand and he will plant his feet, Salsman said.

After his arrival at Animal Aid, he was in boarding, had a temporary foster and then came to Salsman’s home in early December. He is now in boarding again and in the process of transitioning to a new foster home.

“When he first came to me, I had no idea how to care for a disabled dog. The first two weeks were rough,” Salsman acknowledged. “It’s a learning process.”

Salsman says he is great with other dogs and cats but is slower to trust men than women, which may stem from past abuse.

“Once that trust is established you have his whole heart,” Salsman said. “Gabriel has zero care in the world that he can’t use his back legs. He is so happy, so loving, so full of life. He deserves a family that will give him that total commitment.”

You can fill out an application at: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/iQ10YVPFd8SL9cwl1

You can also contact Animal Aid of Tulsa for more information at [email protected] or call Kelly Brown at 918-951-6138.

— Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Grand Opening at Top Dog Ranch

posted February 9th, 2019 by
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Top Dog Ranch in Broken Arrow

TulsaPets Magazine had the recent opportunity to tour the new Top Dog Ranch facility during their grand opening, and what a facility it is!  From the calming blue paint to the easy-to-clean poured laminate floors, no detail has been overlooked in their multi-faceted campus.  Grooming, boarding, daycare and obedience training are all available here.

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Plenty of well-lit parking

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with an inviting entrance!

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Plenty of folks attended the Open House

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Lots of indoor training space

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Plenty of individual spaces

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Room for guest scrubbing!

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Indoor / Outdoor runs are available

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Clean and airy boarding pens in various sizes

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Artificial turf group play yards

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Giant natural grass play yards when the weather is nice and artificial turf yards when its not!

 

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]

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