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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

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

Keep your pets safe during Halloween festivities

posted October 25th, 2012 by
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Halloween weekend is upon us and many family pets will be joining in the festivities. Taking a few precautions to keep your furriest family members safe ensures everyone has a spooktacular time.

We all know chocolate can be toxic to pets so make sure to keep the Halloween loot out of reach of nosy dogs and cats. In addition, have some special treats on hand so your pooch doesn’t feel left out of the action.

Know your pet’s personality and preferences and act accordingly. If your dog or cat is skittish, keeping him in a back bedroom with some soft music or white noise may make the evening more enjoyable for everyone.

Is your pet a social butterfly? Let her help you pass out candy but make sure she is wearing her ID tags along with that cute costume or festive bandanna. The chaos of opening the door a couple dozen times for trick or treaters throughout the night leaves ample opportunity for a friendly pet to wander out the door.

If you are taking your pet door to door with you, keep him on leash and make sure to use reflectors so that he (and you!) can be seen.

Most importantly, however you choose to celebrate, have fun!

For more tips on Halloween pet safety, visit aspca.org.

-Lauren Cavagnolo

Top 5 reasons you should attend Woofstock

posted September 4th, 2012 by
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Just in case you weren’t planning on attending Oklahoma Alliance for Animals annual Woofstock event, here are the top five reasons you should rethink that. Make sure to be at the Riverwalk Crossing in Jenks this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

5. Pet vendors and $25 microchipping. Do a little shopping for your furry best friend, and if your dog isn’t microchipped, take advantage of the $25 deal to make sure your buddy can always find his way back home.

4. Ugliest dog contest! Who wouldn’t want to see that? There will also be a cutest puppy contest. Awww.

3. It’s a FREE, family-friendly, pet-friendly event. Bring your family, four-legged members included, out for a day of fun. There will most certainly be something for everyone.

2. You might just find your next best friend. Many area rescue groups will be on site showing off their adoptable animals. Looking to grow your family? You just might find your new fur kid at the Riverwalk.

1. Support Oklahoma Alliance for Animals in its mission to reduce pet overpopulation, promote responsible pet ownership and promote the humane treatment of animals through community collaboration and education. You can learn more about OAA and find out how to volunteer or donate at animalallianceok.org. Better yet, get the info in person at Woofstock!

- Lauren Cavagnolo

Hotel for dogs

posted July 31st, 2012 by
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Vacations are great, until you have to leave your furry family members behind, as I’ve mentioned before.

I was feeling particularly guilty when I made the reservation to board my boys for our nine-day vacation this summer.

So when I asked for the pricing on the luxury suites, I was not completely surprised when I heard myself say, “We’ll book it.”

I was going on vacation, so why shouldn’t Yoda and Spock have their own vacation complete with toddler bed for lounging?

I use Woodland West Pet Resort, but there are plenty of other options in the Tulsa area. Check out the recently updated Pet Business Directory for more facilities.

Here’s the great thing about dogs, though. As much as I was beating myself up for leaving them, luxury suite or not, they were so excited when I returned.

Where people are often pouty, angry or resentful when left behind or left out, dogs are just over-the-moon excited that you bothered to come back. And that makes for one of the best parts of vacation.

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