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Animal groups in need of donations

posted March 5th, 2014 by
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Two Tulsa animal welfare groups have recently asked for the public’s help.

The Humane Society of Tulsa on Wednesday pulled more than 100 animals from a puppy mill. On its Facebook page, the group posted the following:

We are going to need LOTS of supplies and adopters with big hearts due to the fact that many ofthese angels are senior pets. 

If you would like to donate, please check out our Amazon Wish List at http://tinyurl.com/onsthob and they will deliver the supplies right to our door. We will be taking cash donations this weekend at the Tulsa Home and Garden Show.

WING IT, Tulsa’s wildlife group, has recently been inundated with more than 50 baby squirrels as a result of high winds and tree trimmers knocking down nest. The group posted the following request on its Facebook page:

We are in desperate need of two items to continue to raise these babies. If any of you happen to have either item at home and would consider donating it, or if any of you might be able to pick either item up and drop it off at Forest Trails Animal Hospital, we would forever be grateful.

These are the two items we so desperately need:

1) CVS- brand Heating Pad, Moist/Dry Heat, standard size, 
with 3 heat settings – $16.99 

2) Mainstays Digital Kitchen Scale – Walmart $18.97

Of course, any heating pad that doesn’t shut off (most have a two hour max, then automatically shut off) or any small kitchen/postal scale would work (if it weighs in grams, that would be perfect!). 

If any of you are inclined to help, and could drop of either of the above items at Forest Trails Animal Hospital at 101st and Sheridan, we would be so appreciative….as would the tiny, wild ones.

Let’s support our rescue workers who are so generous with their own time and resources and help them get what they need. Thanks in advance, Tulsa!

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Joyriding dogs make headlines, Saturday Night Live

posted March 3rd, 2014 by
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Roscoe and Luna, two Tulsa dogs, made local headlines and Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live’s most recent episode this past week.

The pair were in their owner’s truck at the top of the hill on 25th Street near Riverside when one of the dogs knocked the car into gear. The car rolled three block into the Arkansas river bed, according to the Fox 23 article.

No one was hurt, though the truck they were in was damaged.

The duo’s joyride was even included in the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live as part of the Weekend Update. You can watch the clip in the video above.

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

New radio program focuses on pet health

posted February 25th, 2014 by
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A new weekly short radio series will focus on animal health. OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, KOSU and the Kirkpatrick Foundation have partnered to create Vet Met Moment which airs Wednesdays at 1:20 p.m. and Sundays at 6:40 a.m. on Uniquely Oklahoma KOSU, 91.7 in Oklahoma City, 88.3 in Stillwater, 107.5 in Tulsa and KOSU.org.

“Public radio listeners love their pets and they love to be informed,” said Kelly Burley, KOSU Director.  “This program will be a great way for Uniquely Oklahoma KOSU to bring these two things together.”

According to the press release:

The launch of the program comes at a time when pet ownership continues to climb.  The American Pet Products Association estimates the population of pets includes 95 million cats and 83 million dogs in homes nationwide.  According to its 2013-14 annual survey, 68 percent of households own a pet, up from 56 percent in 1988, the year of its first survey.   As the pet-as-family member bond grows, so does the need for information about how to keep pets safe and healthy.  

“Our goal is to engage the audience around the powerful bond between animals and humans,” said Dr. Lesa Staubus, Clinical Assistant Professor in the center’s Veterinary Medical Hospital and host of the program. “Each week, we’ll touch on a subject that is important to animal health and hope to give listeners information that will promote excellent animal care.”

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Spoil your pets this Valentine’s Day

posted February 10th, 2014 by
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petvalentineValentine’s Day will be here before you know it. Don’t forget your furry friends and the people who love them. Check out these gift ideas for the pets and pet lovers in your life.

For the pups

The weather outside has been absolutely frightful this month. What pup wouldn’t love to cozy up in this adorable knit scarf available on etsy.com for $10?

Also available on etsy.com is this adorable hugs and kisses hat.

If edible treats are more your pooch’s style, check out the recipe for these chicken heart treats, either frozen or baked.

For the kitties

For the felines who have stolen your heart, check out these adorable conversation heart toys with feathers, $1 at PetSmart.

Or take a cue from Martha Stewart and make your own hearts stuffed with catnip. They will surely drive any cat wild!

For the people

Help your pet-loving friends show off their shelter pet pride with these heart shirts from the ASPCA online store.

Have a happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Get ready for Super Bowl XLVIII

posted January 29th, 2014 by
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For most people, the Super Bowl Sunday means football, good food and funny commercials. For me (and my fellow animal lovers) it’s all about getting my cute puppy and kitten fix.

Take a sneak peek at what is sure to be one of the best Super Bowl ads this year starring a very sweet puppy and those famous Budweiser Clydesdales.

Then be sure to set your DVRs for Puppy Bowl X on Animal Planet. You can go ahead and check out the very adorable lineup of rescue pups here.

New this year, Hallmark Channel in association with North Shore Animal League has added its own Kitten Bowl to the mix. All 60+ players have been guaranteed forever homes through the partnership.

Talk about cute overload!

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

I am a proud pet parent

posted January 9th, 2014 by
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Have you seen the post on Slate in which the writer complains about the phrase pet parent? In it, the author asserts that the phrase pet parent has been pushed on us by the pet industry and that parenting means preparing another human to survive and thrive in the real world. And since her cat isn’t going to grow up and get a job anytime soon that makes her a cat owner not a pet parent.

As a parent to kids, cats and dogs, I take issue with this. So what if the pet industry made up Pet Parents Day? I’m pretty sure Mother’s Day was made up by the greeting card industry, but it doesn’t make the title of mother any less valid.

And as for the author’s narrow definition of what it means to be a parent, I’m sure any mother or father of a special needs kid will be quick to point out that that is not what parenting is all about.

In my humble opinon, being a parent has more to do with the unconditional love and care for another being. Whether or not that being is covered in fur or walks on two legs or four legs makes no difference to me.

I own my car and clothes and countless other items, but I do not include my pets in that category. They are a part of the family, not possessions.

So what do you prefer, pet owner or pet parent?

– Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]