By Marilyn King
Greetings from Tulsa Pets Magazine, and welcome to our Summer 2009 Issue! First off, I do apologize to all the cat lovers out there (of which I am one) for a dog yet again gracing the magazine’s cover. I can explain, and I ask for your forgiveness. The Tulsa Chapter of the American Cancer Society held their annual Cattle Baron’s Ball April 3rd at the Cain’s Ball Room, and I was asked to “donate” my front cover as a live auction item for bid. The highest bidder would win their pet’s picture on the July cover of Tulsa Pets Magazine and the bid amount donated to the Tulsa Chapter of the American Cancer Society. I was thrilled to donate my cover for this cause, and I’m proud to introduce the winning Sheltie, Terry. Terry’s family is proud to show him off, and the Tulsa Chapter of the American Cancer Society is $1,200 richer!
We’re receiving more and more dogs, cats, and “others” for adoption placement on our Available for Adoption Today! at www.tulsapetsmagazine.com. Thank you to those rescue groups who are participating in this free service! I do encourage groups who are not participating to please do submit adoptions for posting on the site, and if you need help please email firstname.lastname@example.org for simple instructions on placing your adoptable pets on our site.
I have to say shame on those involved in the sudden death of House Bill 1332. This is covered in this current issue by Ruth Steinberger, and was the bill that would place minimum basic regulations on puppy mill operations or those producing over 35 dogs per year. Why the whole outcome is cloaked in mystery is certainly puzzling, and it’s downright disappointing that we can’t get a straight answer about what really transpired. I would hope that the truth will surface, and in the meantime, the only thing I can say is that may each and every person who is responsible for either delaying or interfering in the bill be forever haunted by the ghosts of the puppies and dogs living the lives of the damned in those mills. May better days be ahead for our Oklahoma puppy mill victims.
Please do try to donate a Kuranda bed to the City of Tulsa Shelter (www.kuranda.com). It’s a most worthwhile donation and will help a dog or puppy be more comfortable during their impoundment.
Thank you to all who again continue to make Tulsa Pets Magazine possible – my advertisers, ad designers, and readers. Please join the Community at our website www.tulsapetsmagazine.com for timely community news, chats, and other postings, and keep the pets about town pictures coming. See you back in the fall! Chow until then,
Marilyn, Sam and Elmer