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! 

Photo by Barkley University

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. 

Photo by Heard on Hurd 

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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We’re Dishing On All The August Fun In OKC!

Photo Credit: @niko_the_cocker

Dog Days at GreenAcres Market
Saturday, August 12, 9AM – 12PM
GreenAcres Market, 7301 S Pennsylvania Ave, Ste D, OKC

Adoptable dogs from Forever Yours Dog Rescue, Pet Psychic, costume phot contest, free dog wash, raffles, samples and more!

The Underdogs Rescue Wet N’ Wild Dog Wash
Saturday, August 12, 11AM – 3PM
Tony’s Tree Plantation, 3801 S Post Rd, OKC

A day bubbling with fun with The Underdogs Rescue. Bring a donation for The Underdogs and you pup gets a free bath!

Dog & Pony Show Fundraiser to Benefit Pet Overpopulation Program
Saturday, August 12, 5:30PM – 10:30PM
K9 University, 9217 NW Expressway, Yukon

Music, food trucks, face painting, contests and more! Benefits the Oklahoma Animal Care Foundation’s Pet Overpopulation Program.

Guthrie Summer Streets
Sunday August 13, 6PM – 8PM
Downtown Guthrie

A free, family-friendly event showcasing all that Guthrie has to offer. Food trucks, and lots of fun activities for the whole family! Leashed pups welcome.

Dog Wash Fundraiser & Adoption Event at BONE Dog Boutique
Saturday, August 19, 12PM – 4PM
BONE Dog Boutique, 100 NE 2nd Street, Downtown OKC

Come and meet the adoptable dogs from Friends Of The Shelter Foundation! Make a ($10 suggested) donation to the rescue and the sweet rescue volunteers will bathe your pup for you!

Rescue Appreciation Day 
Saturday, August 19, 10AM – 5PM
All A1 Pet Emporium Locations

Giveaways, sales, adoptable fur friends, food and fun!
Homeward Bound Pug Rescue will be at the NW OKC location, Tornado Alley Bulldog Rescue at the Edmond location, and Pit Bull Rescue Oklahoma at the South OKC location! The rescues will be serving up free hotdogs and snow cones in the afternoon! A donation for their service is suggested.

Heard on Hurd
Saturday, August 19, 6PM – 10PM
Downtown Edmond

A food truck and music festival in beautiful downtown Edmond. Fun for the entire family! Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome but must be comfortable in large crowds.

Abstract Painted Pet Portraits at Bleu Garten
Sunday, August 20, 2M – 5PM
The Bleu Garten, 301 NW 10th Street, OKC

Paint your pup’s portrait at Bleu Garten! Register and submit there photo by August 13, here.

Rock & Brews Yappy Hour
Sunday, August 27, 2PM – 4PM
Rock & Brews, 2737 W Memorial Rd, OKC

Bring your pup to Yappy Hour on the patio at Rock & Brews! They even have a doggy menu! Meet some adoptable babes from The Underdogs Rescue while you’re there!

Photo Credit: @niko_the_cocker 

Meet Rory, Our August Rescue Dog of the Month!

The Dog Dish LOVES rescue pups! We are excited to introduce you to our Rescue Dog of the Month, Rory! Rory is dashing young fellow available for adoption through Country Roads Animal Rescue Society. He may just be your perfect canine companion!

At just six weeks old, sweet Rory and his brother were found abandoned in a rural Oklahoma home. Thankfully, they were taken in by our friends at Country Roads. His brother was adopted not long ago, so now it’s Rory’s turn for a happily ever after!

Rory is an energetic, sweet, 30 pound Whippet/Shepherd mix. He is a well rounded boy; he would do well with a furry playmate but is also calm enough to make an excellent snuggler! Rory is a bit shy at first but is easily won over with just a few ear rubs. He loves other dogs, running, sleeping under the covers, and is kid-friendly. Sweet Rory is potty trained, crate trained, current on vaccines, and ready to love his forever family. Guys, he’s the total package!

If Rory sounds like the perfect addition to your family, contact Country Roads Animal Rescue Society at

New Pooch Checklist

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If you’re thinking of adding a new furry friend to your pack, there are several things you should have lined up in advance so that you’ll have everything you need to make his or her transition into your family smooth and successful! There is nothing quite as exciting as bringing home a new pooch, but it’s also a serious commitment. Give it some thought and make sure everyone in the household is on board before adopting a new pup. Their unconditional love is worth the time and effort!
Here are a few essentials we think every new pawrent needs:

  1. A trusted Veterinarian
    Have a veterinarian lined up before you bring your new bestie home and schedule an appointment as soon possible to establish care.
  2. Microchip and ID Tag
    Talk to your vet about getting a microchip for your pet, if she doesn’t already have one. Many rescues microchip before adopting to a new family. They’re a great way to help your pup get back home if she’s ever lost. Your dog should also always be wearing a well fitting collar with an ID tag that includes your current contact information.
  3. Collar and lead
    A collar is not just a must because of the need for an ID tag; they can also be a fun fashion accessory! We’ve got lots of cool stores in the metro that offer stylish collars and leads for you doggo! When you’re out and about with you dog, keep him on a leash for his safety as well as the safety of other dogs and humans around him.
  4. Food and water dishes
    Fido may be hungry when he gets home! He’ll also need access to clean water at all times.
  5. Quality food and treats
    You wouldn’t skimp on your own nutrition and your dog’s health is just as important. Find a high quality food made with wholesome natural ingredients and talk to you veterinarian for advice on keeping your dog fit and at a healthy weight.
  6. Secure crate
    Your furry new friend is going to need a safe place to hang out while you’re gone. A secure crate is a great way to ensure that he is safe and can’t be destructive or get into anything he shouldn’t while you’re gone. Make it comfy and cozy with some soft blankets or a dog bed.
  7. Safe toys
    What dog doesn’t love playtime? Have plenty of safe, fun, mentally stimulating toys available for your dog. Dog’s who are more active chewers will need tough toys that are harder to destroy. Be cautious with the kinds of toys you leave for your dog to play with when you aren’t around. For example, some dogs love to take the “squeaker” out of squeaky toys and that can be a choking hazard. Never leave your dog unattended with any toy she might choke on.
  8. Training
    Whether you’re bringing home a puppy or an adult dog, chances are they’ll need some training on basic manners and socialization. Training is an excellent way to bond with your dog and is also great mental exercise for Rover. Look for a trainer who uses only positive reinforcement and enjoy the quality time spent with your dog!
  9. Patience
    It can take time to find the perfect new routine for you and your pet. Your new poochie may also need some time to adjust to his new home and family. Be patient with him. Give him lots of love and praise, but also give him his space and some peace and quiet when he needs it. Your dog will be your most treasured companion! 

Check out our Local Resource Guide for a list of some of our favorite local veterinarians, trainers, and retail stores for all your dog food, treat and accessory needs!

Meet Tootsie, Our July Rescue Dog of the Month!

The Dog Dish LOVES rescue pups! We are excited to introduce you to our Rescue Dog of the Month, Tootsie! Tootsie is sweet girl available for adoption through Mutt Misfits Animal Rescue Society. We know you’re going to fall in love with her!

Sweet, six year old Tootsie was brought to the OKC shelter covered in blood and completely unresponsive after being attacked by a larger dog. The shelter volunteers were unsure she would make it but were determined to do all they could to save her. After no luck finding a rescue group able to take her on, Mutt Misfits saved the day and stepped in to care for Tootsie.

Tootsie has since recovered and is feeling great! She is still waiting on some fur to grow back in but that doesn’t stop her from being friendly, funny, cuddly, and giving lots of kisses! Tootsie loves other dogs and is even a surrogate mom to some of the Mutt Misfit foster kittens. She’s looking for a home with other fur friends to play with and a family to love her forever.

If you’d like to know more about Tootsie, contact Heather with Mutt Misfit Rescue at

Five Tips to Keep Fido Safe This 4th of July

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We are excited to celebrate our country’s independence this weekend! 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 get lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year? We’re sharing five 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 this weekend!

This Weekend in OKC!

Your fur kids won’t want to miss out on the dog-friendly fun happening around the metro this weekend!
Three Dog Bakery Grand Opening Celebration

Satruday, July 1, 10AM-2PM
1380 W Covell Road Suite 100, Edmond

Oklahoma’s first Three Dog Bakery is officially open! Come and celebrate with them! Raffles, giveaways, free dog food samples and dog food education, adoptable dogs from All Paws Rescue and several awesome vendors like K9 University, Puppy Paws Hotel and Spa, Nina & B Photography, and The Dog Dish Magazine. See you there!

The Underdogs Rescue at Choctaw Tractor Supply

Saturday, July 1, 11AM-3PM
16960 Northeast 23Rd St, Choctaw

Come and meet the adoptable sweethearts of The Underdogs Rescue and get your puppy lovin’ fix! You might even find your new best friend!

Red Brick Nights

Saturday, July 1, 5PM-11PM
Corner of Oklahoma & Wentz, Guthrie

Food trucks, live music, and pop-up shops in gorgeous downtown Guthrie! Leashed, friendly, dogs with ID tags are welcome but please note that there will be fireworks at 10PM.
*Fireworks can be very stressful and may cause dogs to run. If this will be a stressful situation for your pup, please make arrangements to leave him at home or depart the event prior to the fireworks display.*

Pit Bull Rescue Oklahoma Meet and Greet

Saturday, July 1, 12PM-4PM
A1 Pet Emporium- Edmond, 432 S Santa Fe Ave, Edmond

Stop by and meet some of the adopt-a-bull pitties of Pit Bull Rescue Oklahoma! You’re sure to fall in love!

Photo Credits: Three Dog Bakery, The Underdogs Rescue, Red Brick Nights, Pit Bull Rescue Oklahoma