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Get outside and enjoy the weather… while it lasts!

posted September 19th, 2012 by
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The weather is gorgeous today and I hope everyone is able to get outside with their pets and take advantage of it!

You never know how long weather like this will stick around in Oklahoma. According to the forecast, it looks like we should at least have nice weather through the weekend.

Luckily, there are plenty of pet-friendly outdoor activities around town. Just take your pick!

Hound Dog Blues Festival: The two-day event will run Sept. 21 to 22 at Chandler Park and feature performances by blues-rock musicians. The event benefits local rescue groups and is also hosting an adopt-a-thon Saturday morning. Tickets are $10 Friday night, $15 all day Saturday or $20 for a two-day pass. View the schedule, buy your tickets and more at hounddogblues.com. Leashed pets are welcome.

Admiral Twin Drive-In: Catch a flick outdoors with your canine friend. Leashed dogs are always welcome. For movies and showtimes, visit selectcinimas.com.

Dine alfresco: Ok, so it isn’t exactly an event… but everyone’s gotta eat! Check out this list of pet-friendly patios in the Tulsa area and then take your pooch out for a meal!

Don’t forget the dog parks: Have you taken your buddy to the dog park lately? If not, this is the perfect time to do it! Your dog will love a visit to Joe Station or Biscuit Acres.

I hope this beautiful weather continues and everyone enjoys their weekend!

-Lauren Cavagnolo

 

Dog walks 500 miles to find owner

posted September 10th, 2012 by
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Would you walk 500 miles to be with the one you love? Bucky, a 3-year-old black lab, recently did just that.

Bucky’s owner, Mark Wessells recently moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C., from Virginia. After finding out his new home did not allow dogs, he temporarily left his best canine friend with his dad in Virginia, according to dogtime.com.

Clearly, the bond between Bucky and his owner is strong and the lab apparently began a months-long trek to find his human.

A good sense of direction and determination brought Bucky to Myrtle Beach where another family took him in. A trip to the vet for a check-up found that he had been microchipped and he and Wessells were quickly reunited.

This amazing story is a great example of the strong bonds that can form between pet and owner.

Would my dogs walk 500 miles for me? I certainly hope so. Although I have a feeling that their sense of direction is not nearly so great as Bucky’s.

Speaking of directionally challenged animals, this story is also a great reminder of how important microchipping is.

It’s so simple to overlook having your pet microchipped because it isn’t used everyday. But when that microchip is needed, you will be so thankful when you are reunited with your animal.

You can read the complete story and watch a video about Bucky’s story at dogtime.com.

- Lauren Cavagnolo

Top 5 reasons you should attend Woofstock

posted September 4th, 2012 by
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Just in case you weren’t planning on attending Oklahoma Alliance for Animals annual Woofstock event, here are the top five reasons you should rethink that. Make sure to be at the Riverwalk Crossing in Jenks this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

5. Pet vendors and $25 microchipping. Do a little shopping for your furry best friend, and if your dog isn’t microchipped, take advantage of the $25 deal to make sure your buddy can always find his way back home.

4. Ugliest dog contest! Who wouldn’t want to see that? There will also be a cutest puppy contest. Awww.

3. It’s a FREE, family-friendly, pet-friendly event. Bring your family, four-legged members included, out for a day of fun. There will most certainly be something for everyone.

2. You might just find your next best friend. Many area rescue groups will be on site showing off their adoptable animals. Looking to grow your family? You just might find your new fur kid at the Riverwalk.

1. Support Oklahoma Alliance for Animals in its mission to reduce pet overpopulation, promote responsible pet ownership and promote the humane treatment of animals through community collaboration and education. You can learn more about OAA and find out how to volunteer or donate at animalallianceok.org. Better yet, get the info in person at Woofstock!

- Lauren Cavagnolo

New territory

posted August 30th, 2012 by
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After recently learning that Yoda has a mass on his heart, I’ve been paying extra attention to any changes in his habits, appearance, etc. Since Yoda is my first dog as an adult, I’ve never been responsible for a sick or aging dog. This is new territory and I’m not really sure what to expect.

It might be fair to say that I’ve gone a bit to the extreme and have maybe become overly sensitive in my watchfulness over Yoda. I find myself questioning everything from the length of his naps to the two pieces of kibble he left in his bowl this morning.

So the other day, when my husband mentioned the dog might look bloated (one of the first symptoms we noticed before his diagnosis), I immediately took Yoda to our family vet.

The entire drive over I was practically in tears, sure the fluid had already built back up and there was nothing more that could be done for my buddy. In fact, I was so upset I failed to notice how excited he was to get in the car or even that he hopped into our SUV on his own — no easy feat for a little Boston.

Once inside the veterinarian’s office, a weight check showed he had gained four pounds in less than a month! I was sure my worst fears were confirmed. The fluid was back.

However, our veterinarian felt no fluid in his abdomen and his heart and lungs sounded great. A little confused, I asked what could possibly explain the sudden weight gain. Glancing at my baby girl, our veterinarian asked about her eating habits.

Oh. I quickly put two and two together.

The weight gain wasn’t all bad, however. Yoda lost a little bit of weight when he was sick and recovering from surgery and he is still a pound less than his normal weight. His eating well now means that he is feeling much better than he did before he had surgery.

He has even been cleared to continue snacking under the high chair so long as he also continues to burn the calories off in the back yard. I have never left the vet’s office feeling so silly or relieved.

 -Lauren Cavagnolo

Keep calm and love dogs

posted August 23rd, 2012 by
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That was the message posted by a friend on my Facebook page the day I found out my dog Yoda has a mass on his heart. It’s something I remind myself every day now, at least the keep calm part. Loving dogs is easy!

Anyone who has been through this with their own dog might know that most of the time, removing a mass on the heart is not possible. Surgery can be done to prevent fluid from building up and putting pressure on the heart. This keeps your dog comfortable and possibly extends their life expectancy by months to even a year. But in the end, the mass will take over.

For us, Yoda having surgery wasn’t even a question. He may be a dog, but he is family.

So on Aug. 3, Yoda had surgery at Oklahoma Veterinary Specialists. I am especially thankful to Dr. Ricker who performed the surgery. He did an amazing job and Yoda recovered quickly!

It isn’t easy to keep calm knowing that a mass is continuing to grow on my little buddy’s heart. But it doesn’t make sense to waste however much time we have together wallowing over the inevitable.

And so my husband and I have started putting together a bucket list for Yoda. No. 1 on the agenda is to eat a steak. I think he would really like that.

Some other things Yoda would like to do include go on a camping trip and watch a movie at the drive in. Things my husband and I talked about taking our dogs to do but haven’t managed to accomplish.

I’m sure we will come up with some other fun things for Yoda to do but above all, I just want to make sure my little guy is happy, comfortable and that he knows how much he is loved.

Keep calm and love dogs.

-Lauren Cavagnolo

Cover story update: GP breaks his leg

posted August 1st, 2012 by
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I recently heard through the grapevine that little GP (of Piper and GP on the cover of the current issue) has broken his leg.

His owners, Nate and Julie Free, found him with his broken leg Saturday night and promptly took him to the vet.

“Of course, Piper had to go to keep him calm,” Julie wrote via email.

After an evaluation, the vet felt the best option was to leave it alone. GP is still able to get around and is playing with the other goats. Due to the severity, the only way to correct it would be to remove part of the leg.

GP is expected to recover, he’ll just have a limp and a crooked leg. He may not be able to do agility demos with Piper anymore, but he’ll still be around to keep her company.

Let’s all send some positive, healing thoughts GP’s way!!

-Lauren Cavagnolo

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