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TulsaPets Mag July / Aug 2019

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TulsaPets Magazine  July / Aug 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, Heide Brandes, Lauren Cavagnolo, Kaycee Chance, Kim Doner, Nancy Gallimore, Sherri Goodall, 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!

Animal Aid looking for special family for special dog

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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]

Willie the Crow

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Willie the Crow – Certified Great Read!

Linda Harkey just won the RWYK (Reading With Your Kids) award – Certified Great Read Status for her picture book “The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow” (A Hickory Doc’s Tale).

Here is the link of the video that was created and published on their YouTube Channel to announce the achievement of her book.

The Remarkable Story Of Willie The Crow” by Linda Harkey | RWYK Certified Great Read

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Signed! Tulsa Girl to Equestrian Team

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Signed! Tulsa Girl to Equestrian Team

You might remember the inspiring story of Lily Rhodes who was featured with her horse Charlie in our July/August 2018 issue. A dressage rider, 14-year-old Lily lost her right arm in an ATV accident. While in the emergency room, she commented that she would now have to ride Western since she only had one hand. As fate would have it, the surgeon, also a dressage rider, said, “Over my dead body.”

The article detailed how Charlie helped her recover from the accident, and the pair has been winning ribbons and awards ever since.

Signed!

          Fast forward to 2019: Lily graduated from Bishop Kelley this month and is headed to the University of Lynchburg in Virginia where she has been signed to the equestrian team. For now, Charlie is staying in Tulsa.

Congratulations, Lily! You are truly an inspiration.

TulsaPets Mag May / June 2019

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TulsaPets Magazine  May / June 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, Cindy Alvarez, Cynthia Armstrong, Lauren Cavagnolo, Connie Cronley, Kim Doner, Nancy Gallimore, 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!

Grief and Comfort

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GRIEF AND COMFORT

“Grieving over a loved one with the adoring kinship of a pet”

By Sherri Goodall

 

As I turn into my driveway, I get a lump in my throat. A little piece of my heart shatters and falls away.

I’ve had this feeling now for over a month. My love, my husband, best friend passed away Nov. 4, 2018. We shared close to 54 years of marriage.

I know I will get through it. I have to, since I’ve been told I can’t go around it, under it or over it—I must go through it.

Suddenly, two little, white furry faces appear at the back door. They’ve been there since I turned the corner onto my street. Somehow they know I’m coming.

If I didn’t have those two little fur balls to welcome me, I don’t think I could enter this house day after day.

If you’re a pet person, you get the gist of what I’m saying.  But until you go through the unbelievable pain of losing your mate, you have no idea of the outpouring of comfort that comes just from looking into your fur babies’ eyes. They know; they feel your grief.

I’ve written articles about how sensitive a dog’s sense of smell is. They can smell an oncoming seizure, a diabetic crash, and they can smell death. I’ve seen it before when a dear friend of mine was in her last days of cancer, and her Poodle of several years—who wouldn’t leave her bedside, day or night, for weeks—suddenly got up, sniffed her once and walked away. My friend passed away that night.

My Westies, MacTwo and Jolene (yes, Jolene!), wanted only to get up on the bed with my husband and curl up next to him as long as he’d allow it. When he finally had to be on hospice care at home, they really couldn’t get up in the bed, but they would lie under it. I was so distraught that I’d have to leave the room at times, but my Westies stayed put. They have never chosen to be somewhere else other than at my heels when I’m home, but Jolene was crazy about my husband.

We’ve had Jolene since July 2018, so she didn’t have the history with my husband that MacTwo had (13 years). However, she was hell bent on conquering all males in the house, including my husband. She is small for a Westie, and her favorite trick was to wait until my husband was seated in his favorite chair with his laptop. Without warning, she would jump into his lap and sit herself right on the laptop so she could lick his face. The pillow that sits on the chair was a gift. It showed a Westie against a lush green backdrop.

At first, after my husband was gone, Jolene would jump up on the chair, curl up against the pillow and wait for her man to come home. MacTwo would go to the chair around 6 p.m. each evening and wait for my husband. It was dinnertime, of course, and he always fed them.

But neither of them does this anymore. They know.

They also know when I’m having a bad, sad day; they lick my feet, they jump on my legs, they want to be held to share comfort. It’s amazing to me how they can sense this the moment I get out of bed.

I am familiar with grieving over a pet. I’m not familiar with grieving over a loved one with the adoring kinship of a pet. It is soothing, calming and a gift from above.

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