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PAWsh Palaces voting kicks off

posted November 2nd, 2018 by
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Adrien, Katelyn, Alyssa and Kaylen show off their prototype.

After you vote at the polls head on over to Woodland Hills Mall to vote in the inaugural PAWsh Palaces competition.

Voting is now open for the Tulsa SPCA’s newest event in partnership with the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAEOK), the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (TRSA) and Tulsa area schools.

Located just outside the lower level of Macy’s, shoppers can vote on six dog houses and one cat condo, each paired with a student team prototype. Each $5 vote gives participants a chance to win their favorite creation while raising funds for the Tulsa SPCA.

Mindy Tiner, executive director of the Tulsa SPCA, said via press release the program is modeled on a similar event hosted by the SPCA of Texas. “We currently offer school presentations on a variety of subjects including anti-bullying (using animals to teach empathy) and responsible pet ownership. This event fits in perfectly as it uses STEM skills to teach students about shelter and pet responsibilities for outdoor animals.”

The seven AIA architect teams, working with local builders, began work on dog house and cat condo designs in July. This fall, students in STEM programs in local elementary schools began making prototype doghouses and cat condos with mentorship from architects, according to a press release.

Students and architects both presented their designs this morning at Woodland Hills Mall. Student prototypes included themes such as Halloween house and rainbow house and featured finishing touches like chandeliers, TV’s and a safe room.

The life-size dog houses also included some extraordinary features, including a reflecting pool, storage areas and places for owners to sit with their pets.

The school teams were paired with the AIA/Builder team entrants and their works will be displayed side by side through Nov. 18 when voting closes.

Rebecca Harris, media specialist for Mark Twain Elementary who also helps with after school programs, said this has been a dream for her students.

“Teachers are so limited right now on any type of learning that has to do with starting from scratch, whether it be writing, creating a dog house or anything else where the kids have that luxury of being able to have divergent thinking from knowledge gleaned from whatever professional or educator and then to build on that. That’s a luxury,” Harris said.

“And so the fact that these people came, these angels, from the architecture society, from STEM, from SPCA, what wonderful people those are in our community,” Harris continued.  “They gave up their time to help these children have an understanding to where they can make this happen.”

Harris said at first the children were not sure what to make of the program, but each week she could see their self-esteem building and their sense of community growing as they worked on creating and building together.

Kaylen, Katelyn, Alyssa, Adrien are the students who made up the peer-voted team representing Mark Twain Elementary. Adrien said working on the project was a lot of hard work but also fun.

“An architect came and he was telling us about architecture and he was telling about how to build everything. We had to make a checklist,” Adrien said. “In the second meeting we had our client and we had to talk to the client, which was a dog. We measured the dog and talk to it and figured out what it wanted.”

After that the team put together blueprints and finally began construction on their project.

“It was really fun and the best part is that we get to come to Woodland Hills Mall and show it off and try to win,” Adrien said.

His teammate Katelyn agreed saying, “This is the best after school program I have ever been to.”

Both children said they would be interested in learning more about architecture in the future.

The top three STEM elementary school teams will win awards of $1,000, $500 and $250, respectively. Architect/Builder design+build award winners will be determined by a jury panel, while the People’s Choice award will go to the team with the most votes received by the public

An awards celebration will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 18 at Woodland Hills Mall.

Participating schools include Tulsa Public Schools Mark Twain Elementary and Union Public Schools Ochoa, Boevers, Clark, Jarman, Jefferson and McAuliffe.

You can view all of the submissions below.

— Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Muddy Paws offers free groom for teachers’ pets

posted April 24th, 2018 by
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For the month of May, Muddy Paws is offering teachers one free dog grooming.

“We know that the Tulsa metro community has helped us so much. And the Tulsa school teachers walk out had such an impact on all of us that we felt like we wanted to give back to the community,” said Debbie Davis, director of operations and outreach.

“We may not as an organization understand everything that was involved with the teacher walkout, however we want to give that same unconditional acceptance of the teachers, we want to honor them, just like these little doggies honor us,” Davis said.

Teachers must call to set up an appointment and dogs must be current on their vaccinations. Grooms typically range $20 to $65 depending on the size and type of dog. The free groom is good for one dog, no matter the size, and will include bath, nails, ear cleaning, anal expression and full haircut.

Muddy Paws is staffed by Pets helping People, a training program for incarcerated women. During the month of March, the group groomed 1,000 dogs, the most groomed during a single month since the program started in 2010.

As of the end of 2017, the group’s recidivism rate was down to 1%, the state rate for females for the same time period is 14.4%.

To make an appointment at Muddy Paws, call 918-749-5255 or visit muddy-paws.org for more information.

— Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Free pet tag on Shutterfly today only

posted April 11th, 2018 by
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Did you know you could create pet tags on Shutterfly? Neither did I. Today only, you can snag your favorite pet a free pet tag using the code PETDAY.

You can choose bone, heart or circle shaped tags and customize with up to 2 photos. Of course, there are plenty of designs available as well.

Get started on your custom tag here.

–Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Bark in the Park season is here

posted April 1st, 2018 by
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Though it doesn’t quite feel like it yet, spring is here! And with it, the start of Bark in the Park season… or baseball and soccer season depending on your priorities.

Starting this Wednesday, you can take in a sporting event with your pooch at ONEOK Field. Over the years, the promotion has gained in popularity and more Bark in the Parks have been added to the schedule. Bark in the Park during Roughnecks games will also feature $1 beer, sodas and hotdogs.

Justin Gorski, director of promotions, says Bark in the Park initially was held once a year, but realized they had a whole new fan base in dog owners. Gorski said on Bark in the Park nights, there are anywhere from 100 to 300 dogs at ONEOK Field.

This year’s promotion will also feature pet vendors and adoption groups on site, said Gorski.

Be sure to check the Tulsa Pets Magazine website and Facebook page often for opportunities to win tickets to Bark in the Park beginning with the Roughnecks game on April 4.

Attending dogs should be up to date on vaccines and enter through the Oil Derrick or Arvest Brady Street entrance. Dogs are only permitted in the general admission lawn section or Budweiser Terrace. Dogs are free to enter.

Drillers Bark in the Park games

May 30 vs. Missions

June 13 vs. Naturals

July 18 vs. Travelers

July 25 vs. Cardinals

Aug. 15 vs. Hooks

Aug. 29 vs Naturals

 

Roughnecks Bark in the Park games

April 4 vs Portland Timbers 2

May 9 vs Reno 1868 FC

June 27 LA Galaxy II

Aug. 8 OKC Energy FC

Sept. 19 Sacrament Republic FC

‑‑ Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Grooming program in need of students

posted January 10th, 2018 by
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Pets Helping People, which operates Muddy Paws, is seeking more women to participate in its free training program.

The nonprofit is committed to reducing the number of incarcerated women in Oklahoma by providing training and employment assistance in the dog grooming industry for women with a criminal history.

Women in the program train in one of three areas related to dog grooming: bathers/brusher, kennel technicians or groomers. The program requires 40 hours a week for four months and upon completion, graduates are provided with about $1000 worth of grooming tools and assistance finding employment. The total package of both training and equipment is valued at $7,800.

However, recent changes to sentence lengths has created a shortage of women able to participate in the training program.

“Because the prisons are so full, what they have been doing is reevaluating the amount of days remaining on a person’s sentence for them to actually be considered work release or go out into the public and find a job,” said Debbie Davis, director of operations and outreach for Pets Helping People.

The program has gone from having as many as 25 students to just having 6 currently enrolled, said Davis.

Davis is now trying to spread the word that any woman with a criminal past is eligible to participate. For example, women who have had DUIs, have been to drug court or been on probation, even if the record is in another state, can apply for the program.

“If they are having a hard time getting a job because they have a record and if they can devote four months of time to our training program, then we can get them trained and they can find a job,” Davis said.

Wages in the grooming industry range from $9 to $25 an hour with some graduates making as much as $33 an hour, Davis said.

Applicants must read at a sixth grade level and must not have charges related to animal cruelty. To learn more about the program, visit muddy-paws.org or call 918-749-5255 to set up an interview.

“There is a lot of potential and people in Tulsa love their pets,” Davis added. “It’s a very good industry to get into.”

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Win tickets to Wednesday’s Bark in the Park

posted July 17th, 2017 by
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If you have not been to a Driller’s Bark in the Park game this season, don’t miss your chance to snag tickets. Later today, Tulsa Pets Magazine will give away a pair of tickets to Wednesday night’s game.

The perfect summer activity, the winners will be able to enjoy America’s favorite past time along with their pooch. The Tulsa Drillers will play Arkansas at 7:05 p.m.

As always, attending dogs should be up to date on vaccines and enter through the Oil Derrick or Arvest Brady Street entrance. Dogs are only permitted in the general admission lawn section or Budweiser Terrace.

Visit tulsapetsmagazine.com to win.

Remaining 2017 Bark in the Park nights at ONEOK Field

July 19 vs. Arkansas

Aug. 2 vs. Springfield

Aug. 16 vs. Corpus Christi

Aug. 30 vs. NW Arkansas

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

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