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posted October 29th, 2009 by
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There was a big time in Owasso.

It was all about world championship chili, booth decorations and CHILI DOGS at the first Owasso Harvest Festival Chili Cook-Off and Oklahoma Championship Chili Cook-Off Oct. 24th at Centennial Park in Owasso.  The VCA Owasso Animal Medical Center sponsored the Chili Dog Contest which attracted a bevy of costumed pooches big and small.

When the competition was over “Sulley,” a 1-year-old black Dachshund who owns Mindy and Jason Thixton of Owasso was the Chili Dog champion. Sulley showed up in a veterinarian doctor costume which wowed the judges.  “We had a great time at the cook-off and Sulley had her picture taken all day,” said Mindy.

Second place honors went to “Rocky,” a 1 ½ year old pit bull dressed up as a chili pepper. Jenny and Brian Adamus of Owasso are Rocky’s caretakers.

Taking third place was Daphane, a double-dappled Dachshund, looking like a real hot dog. Her caregiver is Angela Guillory of Owasso.


 Finishing fourth was Barkley, a border collie with a squirrel chili look. Rhonda Lay of Owasso is Barkley’s buddy.

 “We were so pleased at the enthusiasm we had for the first Chili Dog Contest at the chili cook-off,” said Dr. Tembra Gatlin of VCA. “When we were asked to participate in the cook-off it sounded like a perfect way to have fun and get health information on pets out into the community.”

 VCA Owasso Animal Medical Center and TulsaPets Magazine combined to sponsor the Chili Dog Contest.

 “I was thrilled to see so many of our chili lovers at the cook-off with their chili dogs on leashes bringing an extra ‘bark’ to our event,” said cook-off chairman John Fenrich. “Everyone who brought their pooch to the event had fun.”

 VCA Owasso Animal Medical Center people on hand to give out goodies to every pet owner who stopped by the booth were Dr. Tembra Gatlin, Mariann Stanley, Kelli Crawford, Diane Stauffer and Ashley Barker

 Photographs of the Owasso Harvest Festival Chili Cook-Off and the Chili Dog Contest will be posted on the event website:



Paws in the Park 09 – Fun along the Riverwalk

posted October 17th, 2009 by
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Paws in the Park is ALWAYS fun!  Either 2 legs or 4, it was a great morning to be out in the sun.

Camp Bow Wow, No Big Woof, Doggyville, Pop Art Portraits, Dog Dish and  Invisible Fence were just some of the Pet Businesses represented. 

A pair of Newfoundland Retrievers,

A handsome Great Dane,

And a couple of Labradoodles along with dozens of others used up all of the sun that the day could provide.


Pet Expo & Open House is a BIG Success

posted October 14th, 2009 by
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Tulsa Animal Welfare with the assistance of Oklahoma Alliance for Animals and rescue organizations had a fantastic event this past Saturday.  There were over 250 attendees at the 2nd Annual Animal Expo and Open House held at the Tulsa Animal Welfare facility.  Prizes were supplied by the Dog Dish Pet Boutique, Partnering for Pets and Tulsa SPCA.  Beautiful weather brought out plenty of folks to participate and a grand time was had by all.  At last count there have been at least 24 shelter adoptions with more rescue group adoptions still in the works and over 40 people had their animals micro chipped.  So it was a grand day for everyone.

The icing on the cake had to be the Pet Costume Contest judged by our own Marilyn King, Publisher of TulsaPets Magazine, City Councilor David Patrick and PETCO store #1427 Obedience Trainer, Marj Satterfield.






Congratulations to all of the participants!


1st Place Winner

April Smith, Pet Guardian

Chic Chic, her 6 year old chicken, dressed as a Chicken Sandwich

2nd Place Winner

Sophia and Elizabeth Trotta

Thomas, 2 year old Min Pin & Gracie, 1 year old mixed as the Princess

3rd Place Winner

KatyAnn Dudley

Lady, 12 year old Sheltie, dressed as a Banana


Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog in Times Square

posted October 5th, 2009 by
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Sponsored by Sprout, a 24 hour preschool TV learning channel, Dayna Hilton and Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog were recently featured in a photo on a jumbotron in Times Square!  “Sprout has been very proactive in helping to share the fire safety message, and the dogs and I are very grateful to have partnered with them on this very important project,” said children’s book author Dayna Hilton.

Tulsa Shelter Animal Expo & Open House, October 10th

posted September 30th, 2009 by
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Title: Animal Expo & Open House
Location: The Tulsa Animal Shelter
Description: Trick or Treat
Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2009-10-10
End Time: 16:00

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue needs help

posted September 30th, 2009 by
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Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue
17667 Markita Dr.  Jones, OK  73049
(405) 399-3084 or (405) 615-5267
[email protected]
Federal I.D. 43-2024364




September 28, 2009


Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc. located in Jones, Oklahoma, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that strives to improve the lives of neglected, starved, and abused horses.  We provide equine rescue regardless of age or disability.  We promote and teach horse care and humane, natural methods of training horses.




Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue has had a very busy year.  So far this year, we have assisted with 3 large seizures.  We have taken in more horses from Animal Cruelty this year than we have any other year.  From January 1 to September 27, 2009, Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue has taken in 197 horses.  Since we have started our equine rescue in 2001, we have taken in a total of 502 horses and have adopted out 410 of those horses into loving, forever homes.  None of this could be possible without our wonderful supporters and volunteers.  With Animal Cruelty on the rise, we need your support now more than ever.  Donations are needed to continue saving these wonderful horses lives. 


In our last newsletter, we told you about our rescue of 52 horses from Beckham County on May 1st.  Since then, we have assisted Garvin County with the rescue of 82 horses on August 24th 2009.  And most recently we assisted Oklahoma County with the rescue of 6 horses on September 23, 2009 and 2 horses from Logan County on September 24, 2009.  Of course, we can’t forget the countless horses received from Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division this year as well.  We have a lot of wonderful horses in our care and many of them require a lot of medical attention and care.  We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to some of the horses that need your assistance.  We ask that you please consider making a donation towards the horses currently in our care.


Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue is making an Urgent Plea for assistance.  Any Donation, no matter the size, is very important to us.  Help us continue to save so many wonderful horses lives.  Remember “Success comes one bit at a time”.







Turtle came into our rescue program on August 20, 2009 from the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division.  Turtle is a Beautiful, Palomino, Stud, estimated to be 20 years of age and emaciated.  Turtle has bladder stones and is not able to urinate properly.  Turtle is currently being treated for his stones and gaining weight nicely.  Turtle is on extensive antibiotics and has to have treatments weekly to break down the stones and properly empty his bladder.  He is making wonderful progress and hopefully, he will be able to urinate freely soon.  Once he is healthy, he will be gelded.  He is a sweetheart of a horse and tolerates everything wonderfully.  Please consider making a donation towards Turtle’s ongoing medical expenses.  He needs your support!




Tequila came into our rescue program on August 24, 2009 along with 81 other horses from Garvin County.  Tequila is a Beautiful, Sorrel, Quarter Horse, Stud.  Tequila is estimated to be 17 years of age and extremely emaciated.  Tequila is one of the sweetest, well mannered Studs.  He has such a wonderful personality and a strong will to survive.  Tequila had not received proper hoof care in quite some time and he is going through a series of corrective trimmings.  His teeth were in extremely poor condition upon arrival.  Tequila is gaining weight wonderfully and once he gains his weight back and is healthy, Tequila will be gelded.  Please consider making a donations towards Tequila’s rehabilitation. 




Mo Money came into our rescue program on August 20, 2009 from the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division.  Mo Money is a Beautiful, Chestnut, Thoroughbred, Gelding.  Mo Money is a former race horse and is extremely emaciated.  Mo Money is a sweet boy that is very week.  Mo Money needs your support, please consider making a donation towards his rehabilitation.




Isabel came into our rescue program on September 23, 2009 from Oklahoma County.  Isabel is a 2 year old, Thoroughbred/Arabian Cross.  She is extremely emaciated and is the size of a yearling.  She is very weak and went down in the trailer while being transported to our facility.  She is such a sweet girl and has already suffered so much in her short life.  We pray that Isabel has the strength to pull through this.  Please consider making a donation towards Isabel’s rehabilitation, she needs your support and prayers.






Boss came into our rescue program on August 24, 2009 from Logan County.  Boss is another sweet boy, that is stunted.  Boss is a 2 year old, Paint, Stud Colt.  He is emaciated as well, but doing very well.  He has a strong will and should recover well, but will be very small.  Please consider making a donation towards Boss’ rehabilitation. 


Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue has many more wonderful horses in our program that need your support.  We ask that you please make a donation towards any of the horses currently in our rescue program.  All of them are equally important and they all need us now more than ever.  Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue is currently caring for 92 rescued horses at this time.  Donations can be sent to:

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue
17667 Markita Dr.  Jones, OK  73049
(405) 399-3084 or (405) 615-5267
[email protected]
Federal I.D. 43-2024364


Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support.


Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue has many wonderful horses currently available for adoption.  If you or someone you know is wanting to add a horse to their family, please consider adopting a rescued horse.  Rescued horses make wonderful horses, they are so eager to please and give 110% to their adoptive family.  Many of them are young and ready for training.  Many others are broke to ride and some would just be wonderful companion animals or pets.  No matter what you are looking for, you will find that building a relationship with a rescued horse is priceless!


 Take a moment to read about one of our adopters experiences and what her adopted horse means to her.


Jan Talley — Midwest City
“I have always tried to on occasion to send Blaze’s a donation for all the horses that they are saving.  Little did I know that last March, I would find my best friend from Blaze’s.  Upon arrival at Blaze’s I met a skinny bay gelding, Porter.  He was so sweet.  I adopted him and brought him home.  Over the next couple of months I watched him bloom into a beautiful horse.  Porter is well broke and gentle.  I indeed found my diamond in the rough.  It seems like he knows he has a home that cares for him and finally he is loved.  We now have a trust between each other that is forever.  Children love Porter to, but that feeling is mutual.  Although he is a big boy at 15 hands, he will let children ride him and he never takes a wrong step.  It took me years to find Porter.  He is the love of my life.  I don’t understand how folks could let a horse of this character go down hill.  He is such an easy keeper.  He has a gentle, kind spirit and I am blessed that he is mine.  I can’t thank Blaze’s enough for letting me adopt Porter.”

Jan Talley & Porter


Thank you!
Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc. would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers that assisted us during the 2009 Oklahoma State Fair.  Without your dedicated support, we would not have been able to successfully run 3 concession stands this year.  Thank you Desiree Walling, Brian Walling, Roger Fees, Lisa Calder, John Brown, Leslie Brown, Tim Spears, Melissa Spears, Kathy Morris, Judi Leonard, Tammy Zeman, Brooke Bradley, Jeff Mead, Krysdyl Evans, Jananne Risenhoover,  and Debbie.  You all are amazing volunteers and supporters!  Thank you so much for your continued support