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Tango Gets A Haircut

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By Rusty Lang

Tango ‘s mom doesn’t feel like dancing.
Her eyes are itchy and watery, and her throat is scratchy. Tango’s dander is to blame. Lucky for them, Crystal Bowen, owner of the Paw Spa, stands ready to rescue.

Tango is one long-haired, orangeand white, laid-back feline who arrives at the Paw Spa ready for his “lion cut.” Crystal, despite her fiery red hair, meets the challenge with an equally calm attitude, armed with toe-nail clippers and a buzz shaver. In the pet grooming business since 1994 and before that a veterinary technician, Crystal knows all about those human allergy symptoms.

“Dandruff is big flakes,” she explains, as she gently slides her shaver through Tango’s 1 1/2-inch fur. “Dander is microscopic particles made up of dead skin and saliva. Cats are constantly licking themselves.” About 25 percent of humans are allergic to cats, and that is why bathing is important. Since the protein in dander is hormone-related, nonneutered males produce the most dander. Crystal recommends bathing and grooming cats about once every four to six weeks. The haircuts help with shedding problems, that also may set off allergies.
Crystal buzzes up Tango’s back to the nape of his neck where she will leave a ruff resembling a lion’s mane. His long tail will also be left fluffy. As Tango’s mom rubs his ear, he stretches out on the grooming deck and is so relaxed, he’s purring.

“Well, it’s not like catnip,” smiles Crystal, “but we try to make it so it’s not horrible.” The interior of the Paw Spa adds to the peaceful atmosphere. It’s not the barking mayhem one encounters in most large gatherings of pets. Tango is the only cat here this day, among a Yorkie, three Shih Tzus, and a cocker Spaniel who have already been groomed.

The cocker chases a ball in the fenced-in play “park,” while two of the Shih Tzus chill out in a spacious holding pen. On the walls are a color
ful animal mural, portraits of pets and stuffed toys. Crystal’s training certificates are well-displayed.

As mounds of orange and white fluff pile on the floor and grooming pad, Crystal nods toward Tango. “He’s awesome. But when we have to flip him over is when it gets hard.” Not to worry. Assistant Gina Scarborough steps in and helps gently roll Tango over on his back. Tango merely blinks. Garfield himself couldn’t be more unflappable.
Crystal recently honed her skills at a continuing education seminar in Dallas, where she also learned about nontoxic decorative coloring for pets’ coats. She is eager to try that out on her Standard Poodle at home. She also lives with four Jack Russell terriers, two Chihuahuas and a Dogue de Bordeaux.

Back to the belly, Crystal carefully bares another strip of skin. She knows one slip of the razor and Tango’s thin skin could be nipped, possibly resulting in a bad grooming experience.
“Not all (cats) are as relaxed as he is. But the less handling, the better; if you are calm, then they are calm.” Tango’s mom knows that she and her handsome cat friend will both feel better after the 30 minute grooming at the Paw Spa (add another 30 minutes for a bath and blow-dry). The haircut also helps reduce the fly-away shedding of fine hairs that float in the air. “He loves his lion haircuts,” Mom says.
“You should see how he prances and shows off.” Good enough for a little cat-dancing around the house?

March 2011 TulsaPets Magazine

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PUBLISHER’S LETTER

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Dear Pet Loving Reader,


Thank you for picking up this copy of TulsaPets Magazine! We hope you enjoy our March issue and share it with your friends and family.

We have extended the kid’s pet art contest and the three finalists will now appear in the May 2011 issue. Students in several school classes will be participating, but the blizzards delayed completion of entries. In the meantime, we are posting the entries on www.tulsapetsmagazine. com so be sure to go look. There are dragons, birds, and snakes among our dog and cat pictures! We will continue to post entries until the judging is held in mid-April.

This cover’s pet just happens to be my black mutt Elmer Fudd. I encourage everyone to read the saga of the black dog article in this issue. It’s a proven fact that black dogs take the longest to be adopted and are the most euthanized of all dogs in our country’s municipal shelters. You’ll find out why in the article. I adopted Elmer from the Tulsa Animal Shelter and this little fellow is absolutely one of the happiest organisms existing on this earth. He has brought joy and laughter and much, much love to our household and everyday I feel fortunate to be his keeper. I know now that of all my future dogs, all of whom will be rescued, at least one will be black.

There are good things happening at the new Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital in Broken Arrow. Veterinarian Kevin Long and his schoolteacher wife Stacey are huge proponents of teaching children responsible pet ownership at a young age, and they’re hosting field trips at their clinic so kids can get a first-hand look at proper pet care. We at TulsaPets Magazine feel it’s critical to instill a healthy appreciation and love for pets at a very young age. Children need to know that pets are not disposable objects but instead are creatures who feel love, fear, contentment and the host of other emotions. So paws up to you, Good Shepherd!

Please look online each week at our Shelter Report photos taken by Bob Foshay. Bob visits the Tulsa shelter every Tuesday and photographs cats and dogs available for adoption. I know firsthand it takes courage to go to the city pound, especially on a regular schedule, and I want to thank Bob for his unswerving commitment to help the helpless there.

Remember, we’re publishing six issues annually now, so we’ll see you again in May. In the meantime, thank you to all who make this mission possible, and keep spreading the word about the importance of spaying and neutering all pets!

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