Meet Hope, Our November Rescue Dog of the Month!

The Dog Dish LOVES rescue dogs! We are excited to introduce you to our November Rescue Dog of the Month, Hope! Hope is available for adoption through  Boston Terrier and Short Nose Rescue of Oklahoma and is going to make some family very lucky! Just LOOK at those irresistible eyes!

Hope is 7 years young, has a darling personality and is searching for the perfect family to love. It’s believed sweet Hope was used for breeding and had endured a lot of neglect. The spot on her eye is an untreated ulcer but she is still able to see from that eye. Life got a lot better for this little lady when she was rescued and she has come out or her shell! She has learned that she loves toys (squeakies and cow hooves are her favs!), other fur friends, and people! She will need a couple of days to warm up to new people, but once she does, she’s got nothing but love to give.

Don’t let this love bug get away! For more info, contact Boston Terrier and Short Nose Rescue of Oklahoma at or

Five Tips for a Safe and Spooktacular Howl-O-Ween!

Five Tips for a Safe and Spooktacular Howl-O-Ween

Keep Fido out of the Candy Bowl

Candy treats are for the 2-legged trick-or-treaters only! Chocolate and sugar alternatives, especially xylitol, are very dangerous for our fur kids. Pick up a special treat at your favorite pet supply shop or opt for a fruit or veggie treat like apples, carrots or cooked sweet potato.

Be Cautious with Costumes

If your dog is uncomfortable or stressed in a costume, opt for festive bandana or collar instead. She’ll be adorable either way and will enjoy the evening much more without the undue stress. If your pooch loves dressing up, be sure their costume fits properly and doesn’t restrict movement.

Watch out for Flammable Décor

Swishing puppy dog tails and flames don’t mix well. Be mindful of jack-o-lanterns and other décor that might be lit by candles. Flameless candles and tea lights are a great choice!

Skip the Spooky

Many dogs are frightened by large, scary décor items, masks, crazy head gear, or spooky sounds. Keep things fun and scare-free for your Fido if he’s easily spooked!

Keep Calm and Properly Identified

With all the commotion of trick-or-treaters and the frequent opening of the front door, some dogs will try to dart. Be very cautious! Some pups might be safer in another room or in their crate during the festivities. Make sure your dog is wearing a collar and an ID tag with your up-to-date contact information. If the worst happens, that’s her best chance of making it safely back home to you.

We wish you all a happy, safe, and spooktacular Howl-O-Ween tomorrow! Tag us in your pup’s Halloween pics!

Six Spooktacular DIY Costume Ideas for Your Poochie

Halloween is just around the corner but there’s still time to put together one of these cute, DIY costumes for you fur kid!
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Is this adorable, or is this adorable? So quick and easy, too! Here are the simple steps.


Bat Wings
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Your pup is sure to be the hit of the Howl-o-ween pawty when he flies in on these cute bat wings! Click here for instructions.



Hostess Pupcake
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You already know your fur baby is sweet, so this fun cupcake costume would be perfect! Instructions can be found here. 



Harry Pawter
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You’ll be the envy of all your wizarding friends with a pooch dressed up as Harry Potter! Just remember, Butterbeer is not dog-friendly. 😉 Costume instructions here.





Beautiful Ballerina
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She’ll be the belle of the ball in this adorable tutu! The best part is, it’s easy to assemble. Check out the steps, here.

Pupkin Spice Latte
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If you pup loves to swing by Starbucks for a bite of whipped cream, this costume is just the one for them! No sewing required! Here are the instructions.








Don’t forget to tag us in your poochie’s Halloween photos!



Howl-O-Ween Fun in OKC!

There are TONS of fun events this month to enjoy with your pup! We wish you all a spooktacular Halloween!

Photo credit: Katie Munda 

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Pumpkin Patch Party & Fundraiser
Saturday, October 14 at 11 AM – 3 PM
Just Fur Kids, 311 S Sunnylane Rd, Del City

Just Fur Kids invites all dog-friendly dogs to come for some leash free play in their fenced in play yard! Proceeds from the pumpkin sales benefit OKC Animal Welfare. Costumes encouraged! Photos with a fire truck, $5 nail trims, moon bounce, hot dogs and chips available for donations to OKC Animal Welfare. 

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Azani Pro Training Howl-O-Ween Party
Saturday, October 14 at 12 PM – 5 PM
Azani Pro Training, 14815 Bristol Park Blvd, Edmond

Costume contest, trick contest, musical chairs, adoptable fur babes, and more! 

Image may contain: 1 person, dog and outdoorOkie Corgi Rally
Saturday, October 14 at 2 PM – 4 PM
Dog Park at MWC Regional Park, OKC

Come to the Corgi Costume party! All breeds welcome! 

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Sunday, October 15 at 12 PM – 4 PM
Mann’s Best Friend, 10600 S Pennsylvania Ave, Ste 15, OKC

Adoptable fur friends, great vendors, giveaways, and costume contest!

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Saturday, October 21 at 10 AM – 12 PM
FNB Community Bank, 2911 S Air Depot Blvd, Midwest City

Adoptable dogs from  Midwest City Animal Welfare, Forever Yours Rescue, Tiny Tails Small Dog Rescue, and Forgotten Treasures Rescue! Food trucks and dog-related vendors! 

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Spooky Pooch Parade
Sunday, October 22 at 2 PM – 3 PM
Myriad Botanical Gardens, Downtown OKC

This super fun event is sponsored by our sweet friends at Midtown Vets! The Spooky Pooch Parade is on the Great Lawn. Enjoy spooky music, performance by OKC Disc Dogs, vendors, puppicinos donated by Starbucks! Special guest judges will present prizes to the best and most creatively dressed pooches! You don’t have to register a dog to take part in the fun but DO need to register if you would like your dog to be in the parade. Visit Pumpkinville and Pitchfork in the Park is offering a $1 discount if you bring your dog in costume over to Pitchfork during the event! Register your pup to be in the parade here.

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Muttster Mash
Thursday, October 26 at 5 PM – 8 PM
S&B Burger Joint, Memorial & May, OKC

Bring out your furry friend for doggy trick-or-treating! If he or she doesn’t have a costume, don’t fret…they’ll have some for sale! After your pet has filled up on treats, grab dinner at S & B Burger Joint (dine-in or carry-out) and when you leave pass your receipt to the volunteers from All Paws and 20% of what you spent goes to the rescue! 

Barktober Fest at Tony’s Tree Plantation
Saturday, October 28 at 11 AM – 3 PM
Tony’s Tree Plantation, 380 S Post Rd, OKC

Adoptable dogs, selfie stations trick-or-treating for kids, pop-up shops, food trucks, pumpkin painting, face painting, pooch costume parade, games, and more! 

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Saturday, October 28 at 11 AM – 1:30 PM
Frontier City, OKC

2nd Annual Howl-O-Ween Puppy Parade & Costume Contest
Presented by Frontier City and Central Oklahoma Humane Society
Bring your pups out to the park in their favorite costume! We will mark the opening of the park with a parade, then compete to see who will be crowned top dog in the costume contest! Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. “Doggy Bags” available for the first 20 owners who register. Entry only $22 +tax. It includes entry into the contest and all day admission once Fido is safely at home. A portion of each entry benefits the Central Oklahoma Humane Society!

Tickets here.

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Saturday, October 28 at 12 PM – 5:30 PM
OKC Animal Welfare

Adoptable poochies, goodie packets for first 50 adopters, human/pet  matching costume contest @ 3:30pm with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!
Free pet tags for all and pictures for new adopters and pets! Refreshments and treats for all, and silent auction to benefit the animals.

8th Annual Ghost Runners 5k Dog Run
Sunday, October 29 at 12 PM – 4 PM
Stars and Stripes Park, OKC

There will be lots of great vendors, adoptable dogs, free family-friendly games and activities from noon until 4:00pm. Hotdogs, chips, and drinks for purchase so come hungry! Don’t forget to stop by the Heartland Weimaraner Rescue tent to visit and purchase raffle tickets! Money raised from the Ghost Runners 5k Dog Run will be used to assist Heartland Weimaraner Rescue with medical and foster expenses for dogs in the program.

Howl-O-Ween on the Corner
Saturday, October 29, 2PM-4PM
Campus Corner, Norman

Adoptable fur kids, supply drive for Norman Animal Welfare, costume contest, face painting, pumpkin painting, and trick-or-treating on Campus Corner in Norman! 







Meet Clark, Our October Rescue Dog of the Month!

The Dog Dish LOVES rescue dogs! We are excited to introduce you to our October Rescue Dog of the Month, Clark! We’re sure you’re going to fall in love with this super fun guy! He is available for adoption through Safe Haven Animal Rescue.

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Clark is a 3 year old lab mix and weighs about 35 pounds. He’s loves to play in the yard with furry friends. His favorites are fetch and chew toys! Clark is also a big fan of cuddles.

This handsome man is a little shy when meeting new people but has tons of love to give once he’s had the chance to warm up! He does well with large and small dogs, is house trained, and crate trained. Clark is food motivated; the way to his heart is through his tummy! 🙂

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Clark likes to chase cats so a feline-free home would be best for him. With a little time to adjust to his new home and family, Clark’s bubbly, loving nature really shines through and he’s just irresistible! He is neutered, current on vaccines, current on flea/tick and heart worm prevention, and microchipped. All he’s missing is his forever family!

If you’d like to know more about Clark, contact Safe Haven Animal Rescue here.

We’re Ready to Paw-ty at Deep Deuce This Weekend!


We’re throwing a block paw-ty this Saturday in the Deep Deuce District and we hope you and your pup will join us! It’s going to be tons of fun but the best part is, we’re raising money for all the rescue babes of Bella Foundation SPCA!

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Check out all the FUN, freebies, discounts that you DO NOT want to miss…

* Live music by Pirates of the Plains!

* Adoptable dogs from Bella Foundation SPCA!

* Free treat sample from Fruitables Pet Food!

* Free dog wash voucher from BONE Dog Boutique!

*  Free copy of The Dog Dish Magazine!

* BOGO gelato voucher from Bricktown Candy Co.!

* Pet photography by Imagine If Photography with part of the proceeds benefitting Bella SPCA!

* 15% off your ticket, excluding alcohol at The Wedge Pizzeria Deep Deuce! (9/30-10/14)

* 1/2 prices chips and queso at Anchor down (9/30-10/14) and happy hour priced drinks plus a special cocktail the day of the event!

* 10% off one juice at Wheeze the Juice! (9/30-10/14)

* 1/2 price appetizers, $3 house cinnamon whiskey, $2 Coop Negative Split and $2 Coop Spare Ribs at Slaughter’s Hall! (9/30-10/14)

* Swing by Belle Kitchen for a deliciously adorable doggie themed macaron and part of the proceeds will go to Bella SPCA!

* The Deep Deuce Dog Walker will be there raffling off a dog walking package!

* Aloft Hotel is raffling a one night stay for you and your pooch!

* Fruitables Pet Food is raffling an awesome prize basket! *Proceeds from all 3 raffles go to Bella SPCA!

* Swag and info from Barkley University Dog Training!

* Dog food education and samples from ORIJEN dog food!

* Plinko game by VIP PetCare to win coupons for their awesome services!

Tickets are only $12 and part of the proceeds go to our furry friends at Bella Foundation SPCA! Follow the QR code or the link below to purchase your ticket. We can’t wait to see you and your pup!

Get Your Block Paw-ty Tickets Here!

Dog-Friendly Fun This Weekend!

Get out and have some fun with your poochie this weekend! There are some great, dog-friendly events and several adoption events happening!

Dog-Friendly Fun

Pup Cup 5K-9 
Saturday, September 16 8:30AM – 11AM, Wheeler Park, OKC
A 5K to benefit Passtime With Purpose. Vendors, fun activities and giveaways! 

Photo by Pup Cup 5k-9

Okie Corgi Rally
Saturday, September 16, 10AM-12PM, Edmond Dog Park
Swing by the Edmond Dog Park to mingle with some adorable Corgis! All dog breeds welcome, of course! 😉

Photo by Okie Corgi Rally

Canine Weekend Workshop
Saturday, Sept. 16, 10AM-3PM
Sunday, Sept. 17, 9AM-1PM, Bluff Creek Trails, OKC
A weekend training workshop with Barkley University focused on outdoor manners and trail skills. Your pup will be ready for all the fun, outdoorsy adventures with you this fall! Register TODAY! 

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Heard on Hurd
Saturday, September 16, 6PM-10PM, Downtown Edmond
A food truck and music festival in downtown Edmond! Pop-up shops, fun for the kids, and fur babies welcome. It is usually a big crowd so make sure your pup is comfortable in large crowds. 

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Adoption Events This Weekend

Raise the WOOF! Mega Adoption Event
Friday Sept. 15, 12PM-6PM
Saturday Sept. 16, 9AM-9PM
Sunday Sept. 17, 11AM-4PM
PetSmart in Moore
Rescue pups from Forever Yours Dog Rescue, Friends of the Shelter Foundation, Bella Foundation SPCA, SPAR- Saving Pets At Risk, and Friends Fur Change! 

The Underdogs Adoption Outreach
Saturday, September 16, 12PM-4PM
A1 Pet Emporium, Edmond

Pet Angels Adoption Open House
Saturday, September 16, 1PM-4:30PM
Pet Angels Rescue, Guthrie

The Underdogs at PetSmart 
Sunday, September 17, 11AM-3PM
PetSmart, 8357 N Rockwell, OKC


Meet Steel, Our September Rescue Dog of the Month!

The Dog Dish LOVES rescue pups! We are excited to introduce you to this month’s Rescue Dog of the Month, Steel! He is available for adoption through Pit Bull Rescue Oklahoma and we just know he’s going to “Steel” your heart! 😉

Steel is about 9 months old and ready for his forever family! His time was up at the shelter and he was next on the list for euthanasia when Pit Bull Rescue Oklahoma swooped in and saved the day. This love-a-bull pittie is a sweetheart who loves to play and get’s along great with other dogs.

He would be a great addition to a fun-loving family looking for a new best friend! If you would like more information about Steel, contact Pit Bull Rescue at

We’re Dishing On All The September Fun in OKC!

Underdogs Adoption Outreach in Yukon
Saturday, September 2, 11AM – 3PM
Pawtopia, Yukon
Stop in and meet some of the lovable, adoptable Underdogs! Your best friend may be waiting on you!

Husky Adoption Event at BONE Dog Boutique
Saturday, September 2, 11AM – 3PM
BONE Dog Boutique, Downtown OKC
Swing by BONE Dog Boutique in the Deep Deuce area and meet some of the beautiful babes available for adoption through Heartland Husky Rescue! You can also pick up some high quality food, treats and accessories from BONE while you’re there!

Pit Bull Rescue Oklahoma Meet and Greet 
Saturday, September 2, 12PM – 4PM
A1 Pet Emporium, Britton Road location
There will be some adopt-a-bull, kiss-a-bull, pitties to meet! Pit Bull Rescue Oklahoma will also be collecting dog food donations.

Yappucino Happy Hour at Three Dog Bakery
Thursday, September 7, 6PM – 7PM
Treat samples for pups, yappetziers for pup parents! Come out and mingle and learn more about the benefits of an organic diet for you pooch!

The Underdogs Wet And Wild Dog Wash
Saturday, September 9, 11AM – 3PM
Tony’s Tree Plantation, OKC
Free baths, flea dips, nail trims and more in exchange for a donation to The Underdogs Rescue!

Saturday, September 9, 5PM – 8PM
Puppy Paws Salon & Spa, Edmond
Doggie talent show, costume contest, live music, food and tons of fun to benefit Pet Angels Rescue!

Celebration of The Animals in the Gardens
Sunday, September 10, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Myriad Botanical Gardens, Downtown OKC
Come and celebrate your pups with an ecumenical ceremony. Clergy will be onsite to bless your pets, OKC Animal Welfare will be there with adoptable dogs, food trucks, and a remembrance tree to celebrate those we’ve lost.

Pup Cup 5K-9
Saturday, September 16, 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Wheeler Park, OKC
Two and four legged runners are invited to participate in the first annual Pup Cup! Register online in advance. Vendors, activities and giveaways!

A Dog Walk in The Park 2017
Saturday, September 23, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Duffner Park, The Village, OKC
A 1.5 mile walk, adoptable dogs, low-cost vaccinations, music, raffles, food trucks, music and more! Register to walk online! This event supports Bella SPCA.

Free To Live Benefit Auction
Friday, September 29, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Montellano Event Center, Norman
Free To Live Animal Sanctuary’s biggest fundraiser of the year! A gorgeous location with food, drinks, raffles, and silent and live auctions. You won’t want to miss it! Tickets available online.

The Dog Dish Block Paw-ty at Deep Deuce
Saturday, September 30, 12 p.m – 3 p.m.
Deep Deuce District, Downtown OKC
Join us for a block paw-ty to support Bella SPACA in one of OKC’s most dog friendly neighborhoods! Tons of freebies, raffles, and discounts from the awesome neighborhood businesses! Live music, pet photography, adoptable dogs, and grab a bite to eat and drink on one of the dog-friendly patios! Tickets available online and part of the proceeds benefit Bella SPCA.

Pool for Pups
Saturday, September 30, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Jamaica Joe’s Billiard Bar & Grill, OKC
Pit Bull Rescue Oklahoma’s annual pool tournament! Singles 89er format, race to 3 with double elimination and Calcutta. There will be great raffle items as well! Come out and support the love-a-bull pitties of Pit Bull Rescue Oklahoma!

Pet Overpopulation Fundraiser
Saturday, September 30, 5:30PM – 10:30PM
K9 University, Yukon
Music, food, face painting, contests and lots of fun to benefit Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association’s Pet Overpopulation Program!


The Do and Don’t Snack List for Pups

Fruits and veggies can make great treats for your fur baby but not all produce is safe for pups. Check out our list of some of the Yays and Nays. Remember, these food should be given only in moderation and you should consult with your vet first if your dog has any special dietary concerns.

DO feed Fido these healthy snacks!

  1. Apples
    High in vitamins A and C, and fiber. Make sure to remove the seeds and core. 
  2. Bananas
    High in potassium and fiber. Because of their naturally high sugar content, give as a treat in small quantities.
  3. Blueberries
    Rich in antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals.
  4. Broccoli
    High in Vitamin C and fiber. Should be given in small quantities to avoid stomach upset. 
  5. Carrots
    High in beta-carotnene, vitamin A, and fiber. 
  6. Green Beans
    Good source of several vitamins, minerals, and fiber. 
  7. Peas
    Rich in protein and fiber.
  8. Pumpkin
    High vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. Should be served plain and cooked.
  9. Strawberry
    Rich in vitamin C and fiber but high in natural sugar so give in moderation. 
  10. Sweet Potatoes
    High in beta-carotene, and vitamins B-6 and C. Sweet potatoes should be peeled and cooked.
  11. Watermelon
     High in vitamins A, B-6, and C, as well as potassium.
  12. White Potatoes
    Good source of iron. Like sweet potato, it should be served peeled and cooked. 

DON’T feed Fido these foods!

  1. Chocolate 
    Causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea and can be toxic to the heart and nervous system.
  2. Grapes or Raisins
    Can cause kidney damage.
  3. Mushrooms
    Some types can cause shock or death.
  4. Onion, Garlic, Shallots, Chives, etc.
    Can cause kidney damage.
  5. Yeasty Dough
    Can rise and expand in the stomach causing painful stretching.

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