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The difference between cats and dogs

posted April 25th, 2012 by
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Have you ever had to temporarily uproot your pets? You know, board your dog while your family goes on vacation or leave your cat with a friend?

I recently moved my six (yes, six!) animals out of our home so we could have the interior painted and hard wood floors repaired.

My very gracious mother-in-law agreed to take in our gang — that’s two dogs and four cats — until the dust has cleared and the fumes have aired out.

Needless to say, it has been an adventure for all involved.

I was never too worried about the dogs. My very sociable Boston Terriers are loving their mini vacation.

More laps to sit on, more treats to eat and a bigger yard to roam. They are in Heaven!

Cats, on the other hand, never adapt quite as easily.

I brought plenty of supplies to help them transition: bedding that smells like home, favorite treats and toys and their usual litter and food. I even tried some of the pheromone therapy.

It took a few days for all of the fur to settle, but they seem to have calmed down.

What do you do for your pets when moving them to a new environment? Tell me in the comments section below.

TSPCA’s benefit cookbook now available

posted April 13th, 2012 by
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Tulsa SPCA benefit cookbook

Impress your family with some amazing dinners and treats and support a great cause at the same time. Make sure to snap up your copy of Tulsa SPCA’s benefit cookbook, Hearts + Bones, A Benefit Cookbook, before they are all gone.

All proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will be used to care for the homeless cats and dogs at the TSPCA shelter and to support programs like the low-cost spay/neuter clinic that benefit the community.

The books cost $15 and include more than 350 recipes collected from directors, employees, volunteers and supporters of TSPCA.

Recipes are categorized into appetizers and beverages, soups and salads, vegetables and side dishes, main dishes, breads and rolls, desserts, cookies and candy, and this and that (pet treat and household cleaner recipes).

Dishes include the “Outside-In Bacon Blue Cheeseburgers,” “Bon Ton Café Bread Pudding” (a recipe from the Bon Ton Café in New Orleans), “Ms. Joan’s Beef Brisket,” and “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cake.” Sounds yummy!

You can purchase your own copy of Hearts + Bones by printing an order form from and mailing it to Tulsa SPCA Cookbook, P.O. Box 4651, Tulsa, OK 74159.

Books can also be purchased at the shelter at 2910 Mohawk Blvd. or from the Mobile Adoption Center (MAC). Check for a current MAC schedule.

– Lauren Cavagnolo

Get a free tag for your pet this weekend

posted April 4th, 2012 by
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Tag Day

If your pet’s tag doesn’t have current info or if he just plain doesn’t have one at all, you no longer have an excuse.

Tag Day

My dog Yoda sports his collection of tags: traditional, microchip and rabies.

Sponsored by the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, Tag Day is this Saturday, April 7. Families can receive one free tag and purchase additional tags for only $5.

Making sure your pet wears a tag with your current phone number on it is one of the best ways to guarantee his return should he ever go wandering.

Microchipping is great, too, but a good old fashioned tag doesn’t require a fancy machine to get the information.

Most likely the person who finds your dog will not have a microchip scanner on hand. How much easier is it to just read your phone number off of a tag?

If you can afford it, using both methods is ideal. Collars and tags sometimes come off, but a microchip is forever.

You can get more information on Tag Day, including participating agencies and locations at

– Lauren Cavagnolo

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