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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.


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.


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

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