Meet Alfred, July’s Rescue Dog of the Month!

The Dog Dish LOVES rescue dogs and we’re excited to introduce you to Alfred, our July Rescue Dog of the Month! He’s available for adoption through Heartland Lab Rescue and he’s going to make some family very lucky.

Alfred was abandoned near an oil rig and was shy and fearful when he first went to his foster home but it didn’t take long for him to warm up to his foster mom and furry foster siblings! He’s a pretty chill puppy but does enjoy occasional zoomies around the living room.

He loves playing with stuffed toys and cuddling his humans. His foster mom said he starts by sitting beside her and slowly inches over until he’s in her lap. Chasing frogs, bugs and squirrels is also lots of fun!

Alfred is trained to use a doggy door, walks well on a leash, and is working on basic commands. He is smart and very food motivated which will make training easy! He is crate trained and does well with other dogs and the children’s he’s been exposed to. He can be vocal and likes to give lots of kisses!

Alfred is 6 months old and looking for a fun family to call his own! If Alfred sounds like the dog for you, please contact Heartland Lab Rescue.  Go to their website, http://www.heartlandlabrescue.com/ to fill out an application.

Six Tips to Keep Fido Safe This 4th of July

We are excited to celebrate our country’s independence next week! The pups are sure to enjoy all the cookouts, pool parties and socializing with friends and family, too. When it comes time for fireworks, though, the festivities are less than enjoyable for our fur kids. The loud explosions and pops can be pretty terrifying for our furry friends.

Did you know more dogs are lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year? We’re sharing six tips to keep your best friend safe this holiday weekend.
  1. Make sure you pup is wearing a collar with up-to-date ID tags and microchip information.
    In case of the worst, make sure your dog is wearing his collar with your current contact information. It’s also a good idea to be sure you’ve got a current photo of your dog that could be shared on social media or posted on signs if needed.
  2. Keep her secured INSIDE your home for the evening.
    Even dogs in fenced yards find a way to escape in the midst of a loud, stressful fireworks display. Don’t take a chance! Keep your pup in the house for the evening, and in a secure crate if you will be gone. Many dog parents choose to forgo the evening festivities so they can be home with their pups. That’s what we’ll be doing! Your presence can be a great source of comfort to your dog.
  3. Guard the Door
    Be cautious when opening the door to greet or bid goodbye to guest. If your dog is scared or nervous, he may  try to use the opportunity of an open door to bolt.
  4. Take your dog out on a leash for potty breaks.
    When you take your pooch out to potty, put her on a leash and hold her tightly so she can’t bolt when a firework goes off.
  5. Drown out the sound.
    Putting on some music or the TV and turning the volume up can help to drown out the loud pops and explosions that can be so frightening for our fur babies.
  6. Tire him before the fireworks start.
    Give your dog lots of exercise and have lots of fun with him during the day so that he’ll be exhausted by the time fireworks begin. If he’s very tired, he may relax a bit easier.We’re wishing you all a fun-filled Independence Day! Keep yourself and your pooch safe as you celebrate our great nation next week!

This Friday, June 22, Is Take Your Dog To Work Day!

This Friday, June 22, is Take Your Dog to Work Day!

This day was created in 1999 as a way to celebrate our canine companions. Having your best friend by your side would make for a pretty great work day, wouldn’t it?

We’ve got a few tips to keep in mind if you’re taking your poochie to work with you on Friday.

Your pup should not leave your office or designated work area unsupervised.
Baby gates can be used to keep your dog confined to your work space if there is no door. Don’t plan to leave your dog unsupervised. If you leave your office, even for a short time, take your pup with you. After all, the idea is to spend the day together, right? Sounds like a perfect day to us!

Bring a few of his favorite toys.
Pack some of your pup’s favorite toys or chew sticks to keep them occupied during the workday. Don’t forget to bring a water bowl, too!

Keep your dog on a leash.
When you and Fido leave your office or cubicle, make sure he’s on a leash to keep him, and others, safe.

Respect co-workers who may be uncomfortable around fur kids.
Although it may seem strange to us, not everyone is comfortable around our fur friends. Respect those who are not by not forcing them to be in close proximity to your pup. We’re sure it won’t take them long to warm up to your adorable poochie!

Have a back-up plan in case your dog becomes anxious or uncomfortable in your workplace.
Make arrangement ahead of time for a friend or relative to be able to come and pick-up your dog and take her home in the event that she’s unhappy or uncomfortable at work. New environments, sounds, and strangers could be overwhelming to some pups.

Take a photo of your dog at work with you and share it to The Dog Dish Magazine Facebook page! We want to see all the fun you and your dog are having working together!

Take the dog to work
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We’re Dishing On All The June Dog-Friendly Fun in OKC!

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Yappy Hour at Pub W South OKC
Thursday, June 7, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Pub W (S. OKC), 10740 S. May Ave, Oklahoma City
Enjoy an evening on the patio with your pup! There will be dog-friendly menu items for the canine companions and 20% of the proceeds from the evening will benefit the rescue kids at Friends of the Shelter Foundation!

Movie in The Park – Edmond
Friday, June 8, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Mitch Park, Edmond A fun night out for the whole family! A free showing of Moana with $1 concessions. Leashed, well behaved fur kids welcome!

Okie Corgi Rally
Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m.
Midtown Mutts Dog Park
All breeds and their humans are welcome to join in for some fun socializing!

Three Dog Bakery’s First Anniversary Pawty 
Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Three Dog Bakery, 1380 W. Covell Road, Edmond
Stop in and celebrate the first anniversary of your pup’s favorite bakery! What a great first year it’s been!

Wine & Howl 2018
Thursday, June 14, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Dunlap Codding, 609 W Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City
Wine & Howl is back for its 8th year! Guests will enjoy a selection of wine and COOP Ale Works beer and appetizers prepared by local eateries. Live music and entertainment, live and silent auction items, raffles, a wine pull and adoptable puppers!  Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Central Oklahoma. Tickets can be purchased though the link listed in the event.

Affordable Vaccine, Microchip, Flea/Tick Dip & Nail Trim Clinic 
Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Swaim Serum Company, 1601 S Agnew Ave, Oklahoma City
Low cost vaccines  and microchips! Proceeds from flea/tick dips and nail trims benefit Pit Bull Rescue Oklahoma!

Bowling for Bella
Saturday, June 16, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Heritage Lanes, 11917 N Penn, Oklahoma City
Guest will enjoy three games of bowling including shoe rental, a strike half & half pool, and raffle prizes. Top three teams with the highest score will win a prize. Special prize for most creative team uniform! Proceeds benefit the rescue babes of Bella SPCA. Find the event on Facebook to register your team.

Music and Wine Festival
Saturday, June 16, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tony’s Tree Plantation, Oklahoma City
Live local music, Oklahoma wineries, beer, food trucks, dancing, entertainment, and shopping from some of the best pop-up shops in the state, including some pet-related vendors! Leashed dogs are welcome. Admission is $10 for ages 21 & up.

Heard on Hurd 
Saturday, June 16, 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.

DIY Pet Portraits at Bleu Garten 
Sunday, June 17, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Bleu Garten, 301 NW 10th St, Oklahoma City
Submit a high-res photo of your pet and it will be sketched on a 16×20 canvas for you to paint! Artists on hand to assist. Submit your JPEG photo no later than 6/10/18. Details and registration through the link in the event.

Sonic Summer Movie at the Myriad Gardens  
Wednesday, June 20, 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City
Free fun for the whole family! Enjoy a showing of  Despicable Me 3 on the Devon Lawn at Myriad Gardens. Well behaved, leashed fur friends are welcome. Please be respectful of other movie watchers! If your pup likes to  bark in public, this may not be the best event for them.

Pooch Ice Cream Social 
Saturday, June 23, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Fassler Hall OKC, 421 NW 10th St, Oklahoma City
Come and enjoy some ice cream on the patio at Fassler Hall and socialize with other dog parents and their pups!  $5 per person and $5 per doggie ice cream treat. Proceeds benefit the Pet Food Pantry of OKC!

Smooch a Pooch! 
Wednesday, June 27, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Bleu Garten, 301 NW 10th St, Oklahoma City
Come out and support The Underdogs Rescue and smooch a pooch in the kissing booth! All proceeds will go to the rescue kids. Don’t worry if you don’t have a pup to kiss, they’ll provide a smoochable one for you!

Sonic Summer Movie at Myriad Gardens
Wednesday, June 27, 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno Ave, Oklahoma City
Free fun for the whole family! Enjoy a showing of Little Giants on the Devon Lawn at Myriad Gardens. Well behaved, leashed fur friends are welcome. Please be respectful of other movie watchers! If your pup likes to bark in public, this may not be the best event for them.

Dog & Pony Show Fundraiser 
Saturday, June 30 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
K9 University, 9217 NW Expressway, Yukon
Food trucks, live music, vendors, face painting, demos, contests and more. The event benefits Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association’s Pet Overpopulation Program!

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!

Photo Credit: @mini.lyla.mae
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.