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Fun video: Puppy Bowl IX

posted January 30th, 2013 by
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Every year, I look forward to Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl and apparently, I’m not the only one. Last year’s game had 8.7 million viewers. Check out this year’s line up and watch a preview.

Be sure to tune into the game on Sunday at 2 p.m. on Animal Planet. You can get more info at AnimalPlanet.com.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

TBRO adoption events this weekend

posted January 17th, 2013 by
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If Boxers are your thing, you will want to make sure to check out The Boxer Rescue of Oklahoma’s events this weekend. Formerly known as Tulsa Boxer Rescue, the group will be showing off some of their adoptable Boxers at two adoption events in Tulsa and the Oklahoma City area.

In Tulsa, TBRO will be at Woodland Hills Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Dogs and volunteers will be set up on the lower level in front of Sears.

The group will also have dogs at the PetSmart in Yukon from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

There will be six to seven dogs at each event ranging in ages from eight months to seven years, said adoption coordinator Marilyn Maxwell via email.

Attending the Tulsa event will be Kylie, Otto, Scotty, Pistol, Tot, Mack and Boomer.

In Yukon, Hope, Molly, Capone, Parker, Bentley and Thelma will be on site.

Adoption fees start at $75 up to $300 depending on the age of the dog and whether or not the animal is a purebred. According to TBRO’s website, all dogs are spayed or neutered, wormed, receive vaccinations, rabies, bordatella and are heartworm tested prior to adoption.

I personally love the dogs that have the smooshed faces. What cuties! I would surely take them all home if I could. If you have the space in your heart and your home, consider rescuing one of these furbabies this Saturday.

The application process can take up to five days, but you can go ahead and get the ball rolling by getting pre-approved at tulsaboxerrescue.net.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Is the Tulsa City Council reading my blog?

posted January 14th, 2013 by
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Probably not, but it’s a nice thought. Either way, it seems the council and I have a similar item on our agendas for 2013.

This past week, an adoptable pet from Tulsa Animal Welfare was featured at the city council’s regular meeting, according to newson6.com. The council will continue to have furry guests of honor at the first meeting of each month.

A successful program in other towns, the hope is that the promotion will help more homeless animals get adopted.

This is a great step in bringing more awareness to Tulsa’s pet overpopulation problem. I love that it gets the faces of homeless animals in front of the community at large.

A lot of times, it feels as though the pet community is preaching to the choir.

I see the same faces at pet adoption fairs and the same volunteers showing off adoptable pets around town. Their passion is amazing, but we need more of the community to pay attention.

Responsible pet owners are already aware of all of the animals who need homes, but are oftentimes at max capacity on how many animals they can care for (like myself!).

The City Council’s initiative puts the problem in front of the community in an unexpected forum  and will hopefully reach people who may not have as much awareness of the pet overpopulation problem that Tulsa faces.

I am excited to see this program progress and start producing results!

Read more about the initiative here.

Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

New Year, new resolution

posted January 2nd, 2013 by
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As we enter 2013 and make resolutions for ourselves (and pets too!), I would like to make a resolution for this blog.

The Tulsa community continues to deal with a homeless pet and pet overpopulation problem and the animals of the community are in need of our help.

In 2013, I want to use this blog to talk more about these animals in need, the efforts of Tulsa Animal Welfare and rescue groups in the Tulsa area as well as education, responsible pet ownership and what we can do as a community to help.

The past year brought some improvements, like record-breaking participation in PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ and countless adoption fairs. But I don’t think this is the best we can do as a community — there is always room for improvement.

I still plan to share personal stories about my own (adorable, often mischievous) pets, funny videos and other interesting tidbits along the way.

But I also want this blog to become a forum for discussion, brainstorming, reporting and cheering on the hundreds of volunteers who spend their spare time helping Tulsa’s homeless pets. Let’s give the animals of the Tulsa community our best in 2013!

- Lauren Cavagnolo

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