Four Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Dog

 

Photo Credit: @milliemillingaround

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for people! Here are a few ideas for celebrating how much you love your pup today.

Give Her a Special Treat or New Toy
Surprise her when you get home from work with a sweet treat or fun new toy. We love to shop at All Fur Paws, Three Dog Bakery, and BONE Dog Boutique for our pup’s gifts!

Go For a Stroll
The weather is beautiful today! Take a walk at your dog’s favorite park or stop by the dog park! It will be great exercise for you and your pup, and your dog will be thrilled to get out of the house and have some fun! 

Give Her a Doggie Massage
After her walk, she’ll be ready to relax. Dog’s love massage, too! It’s great for blood flow, releases endorphins, and increases her happy hormone, serotonin. 

Tell The World How Much You Love Her!
Share a photo of your furry valentine on your social media and tell everybody what makes her so special! We’d love for your to share her photo on our Facebook. #happyvalentinesday

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Milo’s Day Out

Hiya guys! Milo here. I’m a single pup who’s ready to mingle and find my perfect family. (Keep reading to learn more about me!) I got to go on a super fun adventure yesterday I can’t wait to tell you about it!

My friend Karlee from Pet Angels Rescue took me out for an afternoon on the town and boy, was it a blast. We went to Three Dog Bakery and had a great time!

Ken from Three Dog Bakery showed us all around and gave me lots of petting and attention. He was real nice! Katie from The Dog Dish Magazine followed me around and took lots of pictures of me. She kept saying how cute I was and what a good boy I am! I felt like a real celebrity!

Three Dog Bakery has lots of tasty treats and fun toys! Mmmm, those bagels, Snickerpoodles, and Cheese Fetch It Sticks smelled doggone divine!

This Fluff N Tuff sheep toy was the best. It’s squeaky and durable for a big fellow like myself.

Looks like Three Dog Bakery has just about everything I’ll ever need. Toys, treats, food, leashes and collars, sweaters for a brisk, February day…you name it, they’ve got it!

You can even pick up a Valentine’s Day gift your furry sweetheart AND your human sweetheart.

I was famished after touring the store so I headed over to the bakery counter to refuel. Ken came right over to take my order. “One Carob Covered Strawberry Pupcake, please!”

GUYS. The pupcake was pawsitively delicious! Am I a lucky dog, or what?!

I washed down my strawberry Pupcake with a couple peanut butter bones and a cranberry heart from the bulk bins. I even sat for them! I give those two paws up, too!

When it was time to go, Karlee said we could get the sheep toy to take back to play with at Pet Angels Rescue! SCORE!

To show Karlee how thankful I was that she took me for a dog’s day out at Three Dog Bakery, I gave her lots of smooches! MUAH! Thanks, Karlee!

I think you should definitely check out Three Dog Bakery. Your pup will love it! And if you know anybody who needs a great dog, I’m your guy! I’d love to meet you sometime!

Love,
Milo

Order a Valentine cake from Three Dog by February 7th and part of the proceeds will benefit Milo and the other pups at Pet Angels Rescue!

Five Tips For Walking With Your Pooch

Did you know January is Walk Your Pet Month?

Now that our days have warmed up a tad, get out there an enjoy a stroll with your pup! It’s great exercise for you and your dog, a good outlet for you dog’s energy, and a nice way to spend quality time with your best fur friend! Here are a few tips for a fun, safe walk.

Safety First
If you’re walking in the early morning or after work when it’s dark, be sure you and your pup are both wearing light, reflective gear. Reflective leashes, collars, jackets, and even clip on lights for collars are available.

Focus On Fido
Keep your attention on your pup instead of your smart phone. Praise him for good behavior and nice leash walking. You might even want to pack some treats so you can reinforce his desirable behaviors!

Switch It Up
Walking the same neighborhood route or park trail time and time again can get boring. Give your dog a change of scenery from time to time. They will enjoy the  sights and scents on your new path!

Stay Hydrated
If you’re setting out for a particular lengthy walk, and even for short walks on warm days, it’s important to bring along some water for you and your fur kid. A collapsible bowl or water bottle attachment work great for giving your dog a drink!

Invite a Friend
Ask a friend and their dog to join you! 

Meet Zelda, Our January Rescue Dog of the Month!

The Dog Dish LOVES rescue dogs and we are excited to introduce you to Zelda, January’s Rescue Dog of the Month! This month’s feature is a bit different, though. Zelda has actually already been adopted! But her story is still worth sharing because, who doesn’t love a happy ending, right?!

Last summer, Frances with Oklahoma Airedale Rescue, got a call from a rural Oklahoma shelter about a young Airedale that had been running loose. She had had an owner at some point but had been neglected and was roaming around town. The shelter asked if Oklahoma Airedale Rescue would take her in and of course, they stepped in for this sweet girl.

Thankfully, Zelda was a healthy girl and all she needed was some love, some good meals, and a great family to adopt her. And that’s just what she found! A family who had previously adopted a fur kid from OKAR was looking to bring a new pup into their pack after the passing of their first Airedale.

Zelda’s family flew in from California and drove back him with Zelda in tow! She’s living the good life in The Golden State. She enjoys strolls with her walking buddies and gets to go just about everywhere her mom and dad go!

Zelda and her walking buddies! 


Zelda enjoying a Christmas day boat ride! 

We’re so happy to see Zelda living the life she deserves! To learn more about Oklahoma Airedale Rescue, please visit their website or Facebook page.

 

How You Can Treat Yourself AND Support OKC Rescue Pups This Month!

 

We love to support businesses that support rescue so we wanted to tell you about Fetching Apparel!

Overwhelmed by the number of animals in shelters, Rebecca and Derek Peppin knew they wanted to make a difference. So they adopted Jeffery from their local shelter! Jeffery is the dog featured on their logo! Shortly after the adoption of their second shelter pup, Dasher, they launched Fetching Apparel with the mission to help other pups in need find their forever homes. Each month, Fetching Apparel donates 40% of their profits to a rescue organization or a spay and neuter program. This month, they’re partnering with Free To Live Animal Sanctuary, right here in OKC!

Fetching Apparel offers styles for men, women, kids, and fur kids.
Use code FREETOLIVE to get free shipping!

Photos by Fetching Apparel

You can treat yourself AND make a difference in the life of a rescue pup in OKC!

Photos by Free To Live Animal Sanctuary

 

Meet Kumari, Our December Rescue Dog of the Month!

The Dog Dish LOVES rescue dogs and we are excited to introduce you to Kumari, December’s Rescue Dog of the Month! She’s sure to win you over. Just LOOK at her smile! There’s no resisting this angel.

Kumari was picked up as a stray by the Midwest City shelter and no one came to claim her. Our sweet friends at The Underdogs Rescue knew this girl was a catch and scooped her up. She is about 2 years old and fully vaccinated. All she’s missing is her forever family!

 

She loves car rides, walks, and the company of her humans and male furry friends. Kumari would prefer to be only lady dog in the home. She would make a perfect running or snuggle buddy. She’s the total package!

If you think Kumari is the gal for you, or for more information, contact The Underdogs Rescue at theunderdogsrescue@gmail.com or 405-593-8671.

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 btrescueoklahoma@yahoo.com or adoption@bostonrescueoklahoma.org

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
Photo credit: DIY Network

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
Photo credit: sewdoggystyle.com

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

 

 

Harry Pawter
Photo credit: instructables.com

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
Photo credit: pitlandia.blogspot.ca

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
Photo credit: snapguide.com

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.

Image may contain: textMuttster Mash at OKC Animal Welfare
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!