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Her Memorable Mug Makes it Big

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Sugar the Bull Terrier has more starring roles than we can count and plays them all to the hilt.

She’s been Cinderella, a Viking (think Opera, helmet and horns), a calendar girl, gone cruising Route 66 with ears flying in the breeze, and “pictured” smack in the midst of Presidents on the famous face of Mount Rushmore.

As a 2002 cover dog on TulsaPeople magazine, she’s hanging out with the Golden Driller and smiling almost as big as the Fairgrounds landmark.  For the story, she toured the town hitting 50 things every true Tulsan should do during summer dog days.

Last holiday season, she was the portrait on the label of “Bullie” wine, the latest in a long and creative series of family fun gifts featuring her distinct image. 

Sugar’s the unforgettable mug with a message on the front-of-the-book masthead of TulsaPets Magazine and the mascot model for TulsaPeople when photos call for a charming dog.  

Around the clock, she’s the personal family clown of Langdon Publishing owners Juley Roffers and Jim Langdon.

And she’s sweet, too, when she’s awake.

Ask Sugar’s favorite human Jim what Sugar does best.  “Mostly she naps.”  Have you learned any life lessons from her?  “The power of a good nap.”

When the Langdon family German shepherd, Bear, is bouncing and barking for breakfast first thing in the morning, Sugar is sleeping in, snug in her bed.  Even gray/brown tiger striped Cleocatra has finished her morning munchies before Sugar moseys downstairs to join the action and spread around a few kisses.

And all this is just fine with everyone in the family because Sugar’s cool and doesn’t even have to do much to earn fans.  She’s an endearing short, stocky package, with a long black-tipped nose, small-almond shaped eyes, and sprawls on the floor with legs splayed like a frog.  

This day’s outfit is a pink collar covered with OU logos — complementing the University of Oklahoma shirts in her wardrobe.  (OU is as loved in Sugar’s house as she is and that’s big.)

Remember Spuds MacKenzie, Budweiser’s guru party dog?  Or think Target stores dog.  They make an entrance and along comes the “goofy” factor.  Sugar’s a great party guest.  People just look at her and smile.

“Bull terriers are somewhat goofy dogs,” Jim explains. “They’ve been described as ‘clowns in a dog costume.’  

“Sugar definitely has her moments, but she mainly is content to nap much of the time.  She doesn’t like to take walks, unfortunately; she stops walking after about a block and I have to carry her home.”  (That’s a 50-pound tote, so forget the walks.)

“Bull terriers are very stubborn dogs,” he says.  

The Langdons are “pet people” and Sugar was a surprise 16th birthday gift seven years ago for daughter Emily, a dog-lover, who is now a human mom to a Boxer puppy.  Sugar is named for her all-over white coat, with undertones of pink.

What Jim likes best about Sugar is her “cartoonish” looks, which bring out his playful photographic talents.  Sugar has been captured in dozens of poses, locations, and costumes, immortalized into small glitzy frames as fanciful gag gifts to family and friends.  

     Doggie-style bling!  Snow globes.  Watch faces.  Plates.  And more.

     Everyone loves Sugar, Jim says. “She has perfected napping and sleeping.”

      Ahhh, life is sweet.

Story by Pat Atkinson

Saving Sarah

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Story by Susan Payne

An Online Diary of Airedale RescuerFrancis Martin   March 23, 2007

“Meet Sarah, a two-year-old Airedale with severe demodectic mange. She was an owner give-away and was to be put to sleep if no one responded to the ad on Petfinder. The owner had bought her to use as a breeder, but her skin ‘allergies’ had prevented him from breeding her.”

Demodectic mange is a treatable mite infestation that dogs can have at birth, according to Martin. “Her skin was infected, and she had oozing, smelly sores. I was constantly cleaning up blood drops that fell from her wounds.”

April 1, 2007 

“Sarah continues to improve daily. Her sores are drying out, which is good; however, they’re causing her to scratch like crazy…. Earlier today, she met and played nicely with resident Airedales, Ben and Harry. I was very pleased with their interaction and think they will all be good friends soon.”

Martin painfully tells of Sarah’s former life. “She spent her first two years, out in the elements,” Martin said. “She came to me shortly after the ice storm, and I couldn’t help but think about her being outside in that weather.”

May 6, 2007 

“Sarah just seems to be a normal dog now. She has a great appetite, loves to run and play with her buddies, and loves to chew on anything she can get her teeth into! She is now a typical two-year-old Airedale; a vast improvement from two months ago.”

Martin, a third-grade teacher at Hoover Elementary in the Tulsa Public School system, started out in Scottie rescue – a 10-year pursuit. She still has her Scotty named Mikey, along with Sage Marie, a Cairn Terrier, who is “the boss of the family, even though she’s the littlest,” Martin said.

Martin’s brood – for today – also includes four Airedales: Henry and Ben, permanent residents, and Sarah and Annie, foster dogs.

“Annie is moving to her new home in Fayetteville tomorrow,” Martin said. “She’s about 6 or 7-months old – it’s much easier to adopt out the puppies [like Annie].”

June 13, 2007 

“The Dr. tells me that I am FREE of mange! No more medicine or medicated baths! I am also spayed now and am feeling great and looking beautiful. I am ready for my people to come and adopt me so I can settle into my permanent home as a beloved member of the family.”

Applications to adopt Sarah and other Airedales come in through the Oklahoma Airedale Rescue Society’s web site, www.okairedales.com. “We screen the applicants through an adoption application, a home visit, and even a vet check,” Martin said. 

“We want to make sure that people know what they’re getting into,” Martin said. “[Airedales] need agility work, long walks and quite a bit of grooming. If you leave them alone too long in the backyard, they may dig.”

Martin is quick to tell why she loves Airedales, with their often comical personalities. “They remind me of the comic Robin Williams. They are quirky, funny and free entertainment.

“Airdales are very athletic dogs, and they need a lot of stimulation,” Martin said. “They learn quickly if you give them structure. They become confident, social and calm.”

August 18 – a new start for Sarah

And there is good news for Sarah. 

On Aug. 18, the once neglected and largely forgotten Airedale, will join her new family in Henderson, Nevada, near Las Vegas.

“She is going to live with an active, retired, educated couple who are home all day,” Martin said. “The woman walks every day, and they live in an active senior village of homes.”

Martin said the couple’s previous Airedale had died, and that they were ready to adopt another – a secret they are keeping from the neighbors. 

“The neighbors wanted them to get another Airedale so much, they even offered to help take care of the dog, if that was what it would take,” Martin said.

“Sarah will be part of the community,” Martin said. “People in the neighborhood gather at the plaza at night for coffee, and they all bring their dogs. She will be loved – and that’s what matters most.”

And now, for the rest of the story:

I  fell in love with Sarah the instant I saw her.  She was so beautiful and healthy looking.  As soon as I hugged her I knew it was for keeps.

When we got home, there was a banner on the door from a neighbor, welcoming her to her new home.  She walked right up to my husband and kissed him.  That won him over!  Then she explored the yard.  She found a rabbit hole under a rosemary bush.  She didn’t come out with a rabbit, but she sure smelled of rosemary.  Then she discovered koi in a pond.  She watched them for awhile and was only a little bit tempted to dive in after them.

She follows me around during the day and sleeps in our bedroom at night.  Sarah has found a wonderful home, but more importantly, we have found a wonderful buddy.

I wish more people would consider adopting rescue dogs.  There have been a lot of people to thank for our having this dog, but the biggest appreciation goes to Frances Martin in Tulsa for her patience, dedication, and love of dogs.  If it were not for the efforts of Frances Martin, a wonderful dog would probably be dead today.  It gives me chills to think what this dog went through.  This is our third rescue dog and our third happy ending.

Joyce Jensen, Henderson, Nevada, Sarah’s new Mom

Reporting Animal Cruelty and Neglect

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Story by D. Faith Orlowski

From your back porch, you can tell that your neighbors’ dogs have not been fed or watered for days.  Or on your way to work, you see the same dog on the same short chain out in the sun and weather sitting in a puddle on a concrete pad.  
Or you notice things even worse.  What should you do?

If you witness animal abuse or neglect, you should always report it.  In the Tulsa metropolitan area and surrounds, there is always confusion as to who to call.  My advice – call everyone until you are sure that the matter has been investigated.

Start with the Tulsa Animal Shelter (phone: 918-669-6299) or the Tulsa Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (the “TSPCA”, phone: 918-428-7722).  While the TSPCA’s cruelty investigator is part time due to funding restraints, do not let that dissuade you.  The important thing is that the problem is reported and the animal is assisted.  

There are actions you can take to assist the local authorities.  First, gather the facts – the location of the animal (exact address) and a description of the situation (lack of food and water, injuries or sores, inhumanely confined or chained, generally neglected, etc.).  The more specific you can be, the better the chance you have of persuading the authorities to investigate.  If possible, document the incident with photographs or videos.  Learn how to use your cell phones for this purpose.  If the animal cruelty is not witnessed directly but is suspected, document all you can, with all specificity possible (note dates, times, circumstances, type and number of animals, persons involved, addresses, detailed description of the animals and person(s) involved) and report the cruelty to the authorities immediately.

The very slight possibility of having to testify should never outweigh the concern of acting and reporting the abuse.  The main interest is to remove the animal from the situation.  So few of these cases go to Court that your main concern should be for the animal’s welfare and providing the authorities enough information to substantiate your concern so they will investigate.

If the sheriff or police must be involved, the problem is finding someone who has the time to investigate.  The main reason given for not prosecuting animal abuse and neglect cases is that it takes the officers the same amount of time to investigate and gather the evidence for an animal investigation as it does for crime investigations involving people. Unfortunately, animal cruelty matters – especially neglect issues – rarely get much attention from County Sheriffs or police officers for a variety of reasons.  Secondly, pursuing animal abuse issues must be important to the local district attorney, because all the investigating you do will mean nothing if the DA is not interested in prosecuting these matters.  

Now most animal lovers will face a “Catch 22” of sorts when it comes to animal neglect – especially as to the lack of food, water or blankets from the freezing conditions.  If you provide the animal with assistance and then the officer goes to investigate, all he or she will see is an animal that has food, water or bedding.  First, never put yourself in physical danger – from the animal or from the animal’s keeper.  Second, if you fear for the animal’s life prior to an officer investigating the situation and you do not feel you will be in danger, then use the buddy system.  Take a friend with a video camera shooting the scene as it is when you approach.  Then continue videotaping while you place the food, water or bedding within reach of the animal.  Continue videotaping showing the animal’s reaction.  At least this way, the tape will show that you supplied the necessities.  Law officials will never tell you to do this because you are more than likely trespassing, as well as placing yourself in harm’s way.  I am not recommending this action.  I just understand how many of us react to situations like this.

Please be aware that if the animal appears to be suffering from extreme starvation, you should not feed them, since their excessive overeating could cause harm or death.  If horrendous starvation is observed, call authorities, local television stations, newspapers, veterinarians, city officials – anyone and everyone – so that enough excitement is created to remove the animals to emergency care.

“Cruelty” under the Tulsa city ordinances is defined as actions intended “to willfully or maliciously overdrive, overload, torture, torment, destroy or kill or cruelly beat or injure, maim or mutilate, any animal in subjugation or captivity, whether wild or tame, and whether belonging to himself or to another, or depriving any such animal of necessary food, drink or shelter; or causing, procuring or permitting any such animal to be so overdriven, overloaded, tortured, tormented, destroyed or killed, or cruelly beaten or injured, maimed or in any way furthering any act of cruelty to any animal or in any act tending to produce such cruelty.”  The state statute is very similarly worded, but allows such acts to be treated as a felony calling for imprisonment of up to one year in a county jail or up to five years in a state penitentiary and/or a fine of up to $500.00.  Any officer finding an animal so maltreated or abused may also take possession of the animal and is able to place a lien on it which must be paid prior to its reclamation.

The main solution for many animal neglect situations lies in education.  And, fortunately, society has begun to recognize that those who intentionally abuse animals often continue that cycle of violence on humans.  Until it stops, please be vigilant.  If you see a neglected or abused animal, please take action – it could save a life.

Publisher Letter

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Story by Marilyn King

Happy Fall, Tulsa Pet Lovers –

Hip hip hurray for the arrival of fall, my favorite time of year!   I know our furry friends are breathing a collective sigh of relief with the advent of this cooler weather here in Green Country.

It’s amazing that 2007 is nearing its close, and how fast the year has flown!   The pet world has also had its share of news in 2007:  the pet food recall with its sickening results, the evil Michael Vick and his cohorts in crime, news of pet hoarding and neglect right here in our own backyard.   To say the least, these reports are disturbing and a downright shame.

One of my favorite animal quotes ever, by the late writer and naturalist Henry Beston, goes:  “Animals are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time.”  So true.   To me, it’s a privilege to be able to live alongside the ever-fascinating animal kingdom.   It’s a relationship to be respected, especially for our domesticated friends, who are so dependent on humankind for their care and protection.    

I’m ever passionate about my magazine’s mission, and I hope at least in some small way it’s creating a greater awareness of the number of our homeless animals, the importance of spaying and neutering, the abuse issues, and the overall conditions of our animals locally and throughout the state.    

Someone mentioned to me the other day that she hopes that somehow, someway, the information in my magazine gets into the hands of those who most need to know.  That’s quite a dilemma, actually, as the people who most need to know most probably aren’t reading my magazine.   Then another suggestion was made to put the magazine in our libraries, particularly in the children’s section.   After some thought I realized that’s a great idea, and it’s the next thing on my to-do list.  (Thank you, Jean Baker!)   If anyone has any other ideas on how to enhance awareness for our homeless pets, please send them my way.

So, I’ll sign off until January.   As usual, a heartfelt thanks to my advertisers for their support, a huge thank you to Lauren and Joe at Langdon Publishing, and one last thanks to all of you who are enjoying the magazine.   Best wishes to all for a safe and blessed holiday season.


Marilyn & Sam

P.S.   I’ve been kicking myself since the last issue for not giving some much-needed credit where credit is due.   Thank you, Mr. Howard Hulen, for the spectacular picture of Bentley you supplied for the Summer issue’s front cover!      

Pooches

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Pooches

Story by Sherri Goodall

Have you just walked in the door to find your precious puppy shredding your ficus plant, gnawing your telephone cord, or peeing on your favorite Persian rug?
Your pooch is bored. He/she needs exercise and play time. There are few canine breeds that tolerate being alone, unless they are elderly or ill. Puppies and adult dogs need socialization, and pack awareness.

Would you leave your kid alone all day, with nobody to play with or talk too? Of course not.   Enter POOCHES…day care for your doggie!  Play time, naptime, and socialization while you’re at work or at play yourself!

Tulsa is a pet lover’s town. Nancy and Lawanna, the owners of Pooches, know this. Both worked in the corporate world, but both had dreams of owning a dog-oriented business.   With a background that includes training and showing their own dogs as well as overseeing the local Dalmatian Rescue and volunteering with animal welfare groups, opening Pooches seemed like a natural progression.

Pooches is staffed with trained employees who are ALWAYS with the dogs. Some are vet technicians, some are certified dog trainers, some have backgrounds in animal rescue.   All have experience in safely handling groups of dogs. 

The daycare dogs are divided into different playgroups according to size, age and play style. You won’t find a Yorkie with a Great Dane. Pooches even has a “quiet” or Zen room where shy dogs and mellow dogs can go chill out. If the dogs want to chase each other, yank on a toy, wrestle, or whatever dogs do…it’s all about positive energy. When it’s time for a nap, there are many couches, beds and rugs for the dogs to curl up in. 

At the end of the day, your dog is so pooped, all it wants to do is go home and collapse.

A normal day finds approximately 15 dogs in each of the five indoor play areas at Pooches. In over 5000 square feet of divided space, the dogs have plenty of room to romp, snooze and sniff. Potty breaks are routine. The dogs visit a 2000 square foot privacy fenced area to do their business. 

Just like kindergarten, dogs get individual attention, whether it’s belly rubs, ear scratches, brushing or just hugs and kisses. 

Pooches also provides in-home services, such as behavior training and pet sitting.  If you and your pooch would like to celebrate a birthday, Pooches offers Pet Pawties. Invite your favorite canine friends for treats, games, favors, cake, and the whole shebang.

Want to train your doggie to heel, sit, stay, and come?  Pooches offers obedience training classes.

 

Address: 5331 E. 41st Street
Day care hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday –Friday. Saturdays by appointment.
Visit Poochesplace.com for more information.  Telephone: 398-64K9

Pet Peace of Mind

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Story by Marilyn King

Hospice of Green Country has introduced a new program to provide pet care for their patients when they become physically or financially unable to do so themselves.  Entitled “Pet Peace of Mind,” it’s a unique feature to hospice care and was started last July.  

Delana Taylor, Hospice of Green Country’s Director of Spiritual Care and a non-practicing veterinarian, oversees the program, and says it’s a mission that’s close to her heart.   She sees how important the patient’s pets are to them, and says it lifts a huge worry from them to know their best friends will be cared for in the event of their incapacity or absence.

Pet Peace of Mind provides financial support for routine vet care, spaying and neutering assistance, pet boarding or pet sitting services in case of patient hospitalization, pain and other medications for elderly pets, and pet transport to nursing facilities or elsewhere to visit their owners.   

Dee Rosewitz, a participant in the program, says it’s been a godsend to her.   When her dog of 13-1/2 years, DeWayne, passed away in July, Pet Peace of Mind helped with the cremation.  Her remaining dog, Amanda, DeWayne’s litter mate, and three cats, Pud Pud, Pinkerton, and Tip still share Dee’s home.   Pet Peace of Mind has provided pain medication for Amanda, monthly heartworm preventative, and allergy shots for one of her cats.

Pet Peace of Mind, a non-profit United Way supported hospice, accepts monetary donations for support, but also says gift certificates from veterinarians, groomers, pet food/supply stores are much needed and appreciated.   In addition, they are seeking volunteers to help with transport of pets, fostering of pets, and people who would like to permanently adopt.

For more information about the program or how to help, call Pet Peace of Mind at 747-2273.