5 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day With Your Fur Kids This Weekend

“Being a mother doesn’t just mean being related to someone by blood. It means loving unconditionally with your whole heart.” – Unknown Author

The Dog Dish wishes a Happy Mother’s Day to all of our human and doggie moms! Here are a few ways to celebrate the love you share with your fur kids this Mother’s Day weekend!

Photo credit: Carrie Puryear

  1. Go out for dinner with Fido

    There are lots of dog-friendly patios in OKC! Take your pup out and enjoy a nice meal together. We’re supposed to have great weather this weekend! Some restaurants even offer dog-friendly food items like a hamburger patty or grilled chicken breast. Check out our website for a list of some of the fur-friendly patios in the area.

    Rosé Dog Day , hosted by OKC Dog Moms is happening at Bleu Garten tomorrow, May 12. Come out with your poochie to enjoy food trucks, beverages, and socialize with other dog moms (and dads!)!  Follow the link for more info.

  2. Take a stroll at your dog’s favorite park or walking trail

    Another way to take advantage of this beautiful Mother’s Day weekend and spend quality time with our fur kids is to take a nice walk together! Head to your pooch’s favorite park and hit the trail! Bluff Creek Trail, Lake Hefner, Mitch Park, and Hafer Park are just a few of the gorgeous parks the metro has to offer.

  3. Watch a movie together

    Snuggle up on the couch with your doggie and some popcorn and watch your favorite flick! Or you can head to Movie In The Park  TONIGHT (Friday, May 11th) at Mitch Park and enjoy movie on the lawn. Leashed dogs are welcome! There is another Movie In The Park in Mustang tomorrow night (Saturday, May 12th) at the Mustang Parks & Recreation Special Event Center.

  4. Pack a picnic lunch

    Pack a yummy lunch for you and some special treats for your poochie and head to your favorite scenic spot! Pick up some yummy treats for your dog at your favorite shop (we LOVE All Fur Paws and Three Dog Bakery!) or make some at home. For a super quick and easy treat recipe check out Molly’s Favorite No Bake Cookie Ball recipe from our March/April issue.

  5. Visit an adoption event

    Several local rescues are having adoption events tomorrow, Saturday, May 12. Take your best fur friend to meet some new friends! Click the links below to be directed to the Facebook page of the event.
    OKC Mega Adoption Event FunFest
    Community Adoption Event (Guthrie)
    Pit Bull Rescue Oklahoma 
    Low Rider Dachshund Rescue 
    Tornado Alley Bulldog Rescue 
    Heartland Husky Rescue 

Four Things To Do In Honor of National Pet ID Week

This week is National Pet ID week. None of us want to think that our fur baby might become lost, but it’s a reality for a staggering number of dogs and their parents. Here are a few things we can do to help our doggos make it back home to us.

Make Sure Your Dog Wears his ID Tag 24/7

An ID Tag on your dog’s collar is the quickest and easiest way for you to help you dog make his way back home to you. Whether he’s found be a passerby or picked up my Animal Welfare, all they have to do is check his tag and give you a call. While microchips are super important as well, (more on that shortly!) they require more effort on the part of the finder which may delay Fido’s homecoming. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t stop to try to help a dog who isn’t wearing a collar with ID. Make it easy for your dog’s finder to contact you!

Our friends at Good Dogma  and Tag OK offer super affordable ID tags!

Click here to order from Good Dogma’s website. Click here for more info on Tag OK and to find an upcoming event to purchase a tag.

 

Get Him a Microchip

An ID tag is your pup’s first line of defense if he’s lost. A microchip is his second. If for some reason he’s not wearing his collar, or it’s come off as he wiggled under the fence, whoever finds him will have no way to contact you. If your fur kids don’t already have microchips, give your vet a call today to schedule an appointment to get one.
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There are several groups in the metro that host low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics. Here a few that are coming up:

April 21, hosted by Swaim Serum Company and Pit Bull Rescue Oklahoma . April 21st. Click here for more info. No appointment necessary.

April 29, hosted by Central OK Humane Society. No appointment necessary. Click here for more info.

VIP PetCare also hosts clinics at several locations around the metro. You can find a list here.

Keep His Tag and Microchip Information Current

Neither of these tools are effective if the contact information is not up-to-date. If your contact info changes, update your dog’s ID Tag and microchip immediately.

Don’t Let Yourself Think, “It won’t happen to my dog.”

1 in 3 pets will become lost at some point in their lifetime. Only around 20% of those will make it back home. Some dog parents feel their pup doesn’t need to wear an ID tag all time because their fence is secure, or their dog always wears a leash outside, or they’ve never wandered off from the house, etc. But accidents happen everyday! With storm season upon us, our fences may be blown down. Or maybe we don’t have a firm grip on the lease when our dog sees a rabbit across the streets and darts off. Unexpected things happen. Take all the necessary precautions to give your best friend the best chance possible of finding his way back home to you if the unthinkable happens.

 

Meet Millie and CeCe, Our April Rescue Dogs Of The Month!

The Dog Dish LOVES rescue pups and we are so excited to introduce you to our April Rescue Dogs of the Month, Millie and CeCe! Guys, LOOK at them! Are they not adorable? We know, we know…you’re already in love with them. Millie and CeCe are sisters and are available for adoption through our friends at Tornado Alley Bulldog Rescue.

CeCe and Mille

Millie, CeCe, and their sister, Sippsey were rescued from a backyard breeding operation. Their life before rescue was less a pretty picture. They lived, day in and day out, in crates inside a small concrete kennel. They had never been in a home, never played outside in the sunshine, never laid in the grass, never experienced love or socialization.

Millie
CeCe

When they were rescued and came to their foster home, they were very apprehensive about their new surroundings and took a bit of time to warm up to their new lives. It’s easy to understand their hesitation- they’d never been loved and adored (the way every pup should be!) before! In time these sweet girls learned to be dogs. They learned to sleep in soft beds, play outside, and they learned to be loved by humans.

Millie is five years old and CeCe is four. Sippsey has since crossed the Rainbow Bridge. These sweet sisters have been through a lot together and are incredibly bonded. Thus, they’re a package deal! Double the fun! Their foster mom says, “They are the sweetest girls. Having these two girls in your household will seem like having just one dog – they’re that easy!” They both know how to use a doggie door and love to spend time outside. CeCe is the Squirrel Police and Millie excels in her role as Squirrel Police Supervisor. They’d love to find a home where they can have a big dog bed to sleep on together! Millie and CeCe are not suited to be crated while thier family is away or at night. They love children and they do well with other dogs, as well as cats!

Millie’s hips are a bit wonky but it doesn’t stop her from loving life! She can handle a few steps up and down from a back porch just fine, she just can’t not be required to walk or up down a flight of stairs. These gals love dinner time and snacking on grain-free treats. Do they sound great, or do they sound great?

If you think Millie and CeCe are just the girls for you, or if you’d like to know more, contact Tornado Alley Bulldog Rescue at okbulldogrescue@gmail.com

You can meet CeCe and Millie in person at the Bad to the Bone Dog Show  , April 21st! Click the link for more info.

It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week! Here Are Some Tips on Safe Interaction With Our Furry Friends!

We’ve all seen them, the photos and videos of children rough housing with or invading the personal space of the family dog. But are those images really as cute as we think? According to the American Veterinary Medicine Association, at least half of the 800,000 Americans who seek medical treatment for dog bites each year are children.

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In honor of National Dog Bite Prevention Week this week, we want to share a few tips on safe interaction between kids and their furry friends. However, these tips apply to kids and adults alike!

Educating dog parents and their children on appropriate interaction with dogs, correct ways to approach a dog, and being able to identify the signs of fear or anxiety in dogs are the best ways to prevent dog bites.

What do kids (and adults) need to know about approaching dogs?
*   Avoid approaching or attempting to touch or play with dogs who are eating, sleeping, or chewing on a toy or bone.
*   Never approach a dog this is barking, growling, or seems fearful.
*   Always ask permission before approaching a stranger’s dog. Then, let the dog sniff your closed hand. Begin petting the pup’s shoulders or chest, taking care to avoid the head.

What are the signs of fear or anxiety in dogs?
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Yawning at times when the pooch shouldn’t be tired is often a sign of stress.
*   Lip licking or tongue flicking.
*   The “Whale Eye” – when a dog turns his head away from what is making him uncomfortable but keeps looking at it, exposing the whites of his eyes.
*   Panting when she shouldn’t be hot or thirsty.
*   Piloerection, commonly referred to as “hackles”- when the hair on a dog’s neck and back stand up. 

What kind of interactions with dogs should be avoid?
*   Wrapping their arms or legs around their dog.
*   Hitting, shoving, or any other rough touch.

*   Sitting, standing, or attempting to ride on them.
*   Tugging their ears or tail.
*   Putting their face too close to their dog’s face.
*   Taking food or toys from their dog.
*   Chasing or yelling at their dog.

Don’t allow yourself to believe, “my dog would never.” The American Veterinary Medical Association says that, “Any dog can bite: big or small, male or female, young or old. Even the cuddliest, fuzziest, sweetest pet can bite if provoked. Remember, it is not a dog’s breed that determines whether it will bite, but rather the dog’s individual history and behavior.”  Remember, our dogs are not human; they don’t think or react like we do and should not be punished for behaving in ways that are natural and normal for dogs.  Instead, avoid a negative interaction by teaching your kids and yourself how to respectfully interact with canine companions. Train your dog to behave respectfully and with good manners as well. Learn the warning signs, be able to read your dog when she tells you she’s uncomfortable, and respect her boundaries. And most importantly, dogs and children should never be left unsupervised.

Our dogs are our most treasured companions and we share a special bond with them. It’s important to “speak their language” and learn the ways in which our pups are communicating their feelings to us so that we can safely and happily share our lives with our best fur friends.

Sources used and for more information on dog bite prevention and safe interactions with our fur babies, check out the resources below.

ASPCA
Victoria Stillwell, Professional Dog Trainer 
American Veterinary Medical Association

 

 

We’re Dishing on All the April Fun in OKC!

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Spring has sprung and there’s lots of dog-friendly fun in OKC this Month! Get out there and enjoy some quality time with your doggo!

OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences Open House
Saturday, April 7 at 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, 205 McElroy Hall, Stillwater
Learn more about the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences and the veterinary profession! Live animal demos, tour the Veterinary Medical Hospital, participate in Teddy Bear Surgery, and more. ​

Dog Days Family Event at Bass Pro Shop
Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
​Bass Pro Shop, Oklahoma City
​Door prizes, demos and seminars, contests, photos, and more!

Open Streets OKC
Sunday, April 8, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
NW 23rd Street from Robinson to Western, and North on Walker to the Paseo District, Oklahoma City
This alcohol and tobacco free event offers tons of fun activities, food, and music. Your leashed canine companion is welcome to attend.

Friends of the Guthrie Animal Shelter’s  Bow Wow Luau
Saturday, April 14, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. 
105 W Oklahoma Ave, Guthrie
FOGAS annual Bow Wow Luau Charity auction. Complimentary kaluha pig dinner, wine and beer with your $10 donation. Silent & live auctions! Benefits the Friends of Guthrie Animal Shelter.
For tickets call 405-659-6672

Dog-n-Jog Fun Run
Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Mitch Park, 2901 Marilyn Williams Dr., Edmond
Three Dog Bakery is hosting a fun run for you and your pooch to raise money to improve the Edmond dog park! Goodie bag and t-shirt are included when you register by April 12.

Bad To The Bone Dog Show
Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.
​Canine Sports Academy, Norman
Tornado Alley Bulldog Rescue is hosting their first annual Bad To The Bone Dog Show! Enter your pup to compete several fun categories! Prizes for each category and Best in Show. Proceeds benefit TABR. Register through the event on their Facebook.

Heard on Hurd
Saturday, April 21, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Downtown Edmond 
A food truck and music festival in beautiful downtown Edmond. Fun for the entire family! Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome, but make sure your dog is comfortable in large crowds.

Mutts & More 5k Run & 1 Mile Dog Walk
Sunday, April 22, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Mitch Park, Edmond
​Edmond Animal Welfare’s first Mutts & More fundraiser! Check the Facebook event for updates on the happenings!

Dog Day Afternoon in Memory of Maureen McMullen Rodriguez
April 25, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Oklahoma SkinCare, 11011 Hefner Pointe Dr. Suite A
Dr. McMullen and Oklahoma SkinCare invite you to join them for a celebration of the life of Maureen McMullen Rodriguez, an avid dog lover and rescuer. Enjoy live music, BlueJ’s Rollin’ Grill food truck, adoptable fur kids, and raffle prizes. New adopters will receive a free ID tag for their new pooch, courtesy of Good Dogma, and a free meal that evening courtesy of BlueJ’s Rollin Grill.

Meet Jake, Our March Rescue Dog of the Month!

The Dog Dish LOVES rescue dogs and we are excited for you to meet Jake, our March Rescue Dog of the Month! He’s available for adoption through Haven of Hope Rescue and quite a catch; we guarantee you won’t be able to resist him.

Sweet Jake is a 2.5 year old shepherd/pointer mix. He’s a smart, laid back fella and loves children. He’s also good with other pupper friends but he loves people extra much! Jake is an active dog and looking for a family who will invite him to join in their adventures. He would make a great walking or jogging buddy. If he could sleep with his human kid at night, that’d be a great bonus!

Jake is house trained, crate trained, intelligent, affectionate, and so deserving of a great home. He’s been with Haven of Hope Rescue for a while now and he’s more than ready to love his forever family. For more information about Jake, or to set up a meet and greet, contact Lori at 405-620-2411.

We’re Dishing On The March Dog-Friendly Fun In OKC!

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Annual Moore Low Cost Vaccine Clinic
Saturday, March 3, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Moore Community Center, 301 S. Howard, Moore
Local veterinarians will be on staff to provide vaccines and microchips. For additional questions please contact the Moore Animal Shelter 793-5190

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Ride Like an Animal Rescue Ride
Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Harley-Davidson World, 6904 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City
A motorcycle ride to benefit rescue pups! Registration begins at 11 a.m. and proceeds benefit Friends of the Mustang Animal Shelter and Bella SPCA.

Pastels, Paws & Prints
Sunday, March 11, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Neel Veterinary Hospital, 2700 N MacArthur Blvd, Oklahoma City
Spring/Easter photo shoot for your fur kid and family! Enjoy a food truck, professional photograph, hospital tours and free goodies to take home. There is a suggested $10 donation that will benefit Pet Food Pantry of OKC.

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Heard on Hurd
Saturday, March 17, 6 – 10 p.m.
Downtown Edmond
A food truck and music festival in beautiful downtown Edmond. Fun for the entire family! Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome, but make sure your dog is comfortable in large crowds.

Follow The Dog Dish on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the fun happening in OKC for you and your pooch!

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!