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Keep your pets safe during Halloween festivities

posted October 25th, 2012 by
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Halloween weekend is upon us and many family pets will be joining in the festivities. Taking a few precautions to keep your furriest family members safe ensures everyone has a spooktacular time.

We all know chocolate can be toxic to pets so make sure to keep the Halloween loot out of reach of nosy dogs and cats. In addition, have some special treats on hand so your pooch doesn’t feel left out of the action.

Know your pet’s personality and preferences and act accordingly. If your dog or cat is skittish, keeping him in a back bedroom with some soft music or white noise may make the evening more enjoyable for everyone.

Is your pet a social butterfly? Let her help you pass out candy but make sure she is wearing her ID tags along with that cute costume or festive bandanna. The chaos of opening the door a couple dozen times for trick or treaters throughout the night leaves ample opportunity for a friendly pet to wander out the door.

If you are taking your pet door to door with you, keep him on leash and make sure to use reflectors so that he (and you!) can be seen.

Most importantly, however you choose to celebrate, have fun!

For more tips on Halloween pet safety, visit

-Lauren Cavagnolo

Lost boy kept warm by puppies

posted October 19th, 2012 by
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When I first saw the above headline in my Facebook news feed I brushed it off as sarcasm, perhaps another headline from The Onion. Curiosity got the better of me and I clicked on the link.

What I then found was one of the sweetest news stories I have read in quite a while.

A 10-year-old boy with Downs Syndrome was reported missing in Hackleburg, AL,  earlier this week. About 150 volunteers gathered to search for the boy.

One volunteer followed his dog along a creek and found the missing boy cuddled up with his dog’s puppies. Presumably, the dog and puppies had kept the boy warm overnight until he was discovered.

What a great story and wonderful reminder of how amazing animals truly are.

You can read more about the story and watch video here.

-Lauren Cavagnolo

5th Annual Running of the Wieners this Sunday

posted October 18th, 2012 by
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If you have plans to attend Oktoberfest this weekend, you may want to plan your visit around the 5th annual Running of the Wieners.

Sponsored by Oklahoma Veterinarian Specialists, the dachshund race will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday east of the Lufthansa BierGarten.

Think your wiener dog has what it takes? Enter him in the competition here.

Current rabies shot record or current county license number must be presented at the time of entry as well as a $10 entry fee.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. Sunday. The qualifying rounds are at 1 and 2 p.m., championship round at 3 p.m.

- Lauren Cavagnolo

Perondi’s Stunt Dog Show crowd favorite at Tulsa State Fair

posted October 1st, 2012 by
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Our family’s yearly visit to the Tulsa State Fair is never complete without a viewing of Perondi’s Stunt Dog Show. It is, in my humble opinion, absolutely worth the $10 ticket to the fair just to see these dogs!

The dogs never disappoint and people know it — the shows are always packed. This year, we arrived about a half hour before showtime and had front row seats.

This year’s show was as great as the previous shows with dogs high jumping, jump roping, catching frisbees and more.

But perhaps most impressive is the fact that every single dog was rescued from a shelter.

In fact, Chris Perondi repeated often throughout the show that any dog, of any age and any breed can be trained. The variety of dogs used in the act proved his point well.

Hopefully fairgoers will take that message home with them and consider visiting Tulsa Animal Welfare or one of the many area rescue groups in search of their next family pet.

Shows are daily at 1, 5 and 7 p.m. through Oct. 7. Visit for more information.

- Lauren Cavagnolo

Sloppy Dog Wash celebrates six years

posted September 27th, 2012 by
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Sloppy Dog Wash is marking six years of business with a birthday bash that runs Friday through Sunday.

To celebrate, Sloppy Dog Wash is offering customers “discounted dog washes, toe nail trims and lots of freebies,” according to its Facebook page.

There will also be refreshments and the chance to win free dog washes. Sloppy Dog Wash is located at 4316 S. Peoria Ave.

Once your dirty dog is all cleaned up, check out the calendar to find out where all the fun is happening this weekend. There are a ton of great, pet-friendly events you don’t want to miss out on.

-Lauren Cavagnolo

Adopt-a-thon canceled

posted September 21st, 2012 by
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Hound Dog Blues

According to its Facebook page, the Hound Dog Blues Festival has canceled the adopt-a-thon scheduled for Saturday morning at Chandler Park.

The posting said:


For more information on the festival, please visit

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