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What’s on your pet’s wish list?

posted December 17th, 2012 by
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I mentioned last week that I have fallen behind on my seasonal to-do list. Tomorrow, I will be finishing up some last minute shopping for some very important pets!

Tops on the wish list of all six of my pets are gifts of an edible nature, closely followed by toys. Sometimes they get things they need like new litter boxes or leashes.

But this year we are good on needs, so treats and toys it is. Below is a list of favorites, both of the canine and feline variety.

FOR THE PUPS

Beneful Baked Delights: A recent favorite, Yoda and Spock go nutty for these baked treats. They come in Hugs, Stars, Quacks and Snackers.

Pedigree Jumbones: These treats keep my dogs busy for a good 20 minutes. Perfect for when you need a little peace and quiet.

Toy monkey: These monkeys, which are made of latex, are said to be indestructible. And so far, my very destructive dogs have yet to make a puncture in this poor thing. But I’m sure both dogs would agree, a second monkey would be a lot better than sharing.

FOR THE KITTIES

Purina Whisker Lickens: These are so loved at my house, I have to be careful where I leave the bag. I have come home to a shredded bag and not a treat in sight enough times to know better.

KONG Kickeroos: My big guy, Floyd, destroys these things. Perfect for taking out a little aggression and working out those back legs.

Fur mice: When we moved this summer, I found about 20 of these things under the dryer. Game of cat and mouse, anyone?

And while you are out shopping for your own pets, consider picking up a few items from Tulsa Animal Welfare’s wish list for the dogs and cats who are still waiting for their forever homes. You can view the wish list here.

-Lauren Cavagnolo

It’s not too late to get your pet’s portrait with Santa

posted December 14th, 2012 by
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Has anyone else fallen behind on your seasonal to-do list like I have?  If so, don’t worry, you will still have an opportunity to get your pet’s portrait with Santa this weekend. Because that is on everyone’s to-do list, right? If not, it should be.

If you have never taken your dog or cat to visit the big guy himself, here are some tips from the year I volunteered taking Santa portraits at PetSmart. Then check the list below for times and locations.

Bring along your pet’s favorite toys or treats or both. Not only will it help while you stand in line along with everyone else who waited until the last minute, it might also help you get your pet to look at the camera.

Be willing to be in the picture. Some dogs and (especially) cats just don’t want to sit on Santa’s lap. If so, don’t force it. You will probably get a better picture if you can stay close to your pet.

Know your dog or cat. If he or she is a biter or a scratcher, that probably isn’t fair to Santa. Consider setting up your own holiday setting and snapping pics at home.

Don’t forget to tell Santa what your pet wants! That’s the whole point of the visit, right?

Petco, 8802-B East 71st St

Saturday, Dec. 15, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

PetSmart, all locations 

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$5 from each sale is donated to local adoption partners

Owasso Southern Agriculture, 92nd St. N and HWY 169

Sunday, Dec 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m

-Lauren Cavagnolo

How do you pet-proof holiday decor?

posted December 11th, 2012 by
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Or am I the only pet owner with this problem?

Every holiday season, usually sometime the week after Thanksgiving, the battle of Me vs. Them begins, Them being the four cats and two dogs who also reside in my house.

Most of this seasonal battle takes place over the crown jewel of Christmas decorations, the tree.

My cats are under the mistaken belief that I have put up a tree and draped it with expensive, glittery cat toys and lights just for them.

And my dogs… well, they think they have been blessed with an indoor potty for the winter months when they don’t really feel like going outside at all.

I have yet to be able to explain to any of them that, in fact, this tree is for looking only.

And so everyday, I scoop up ornaments off the floor (thank goodness for shatterproof!) and redecorate the tree. I usually also have to clean up an unwanted present or two left under the tree.

I have already given up poinsettias and tinsel for the cats’ sake and keep most decorations out of reach of nosy dogs. All I want is a tree to enjoy during the Christmas season.

Maybe one day I will win the battle, but tonight, I’m just going to go in the living room and redecorate my tree.

-Lauren Cavagnolo