Here’s a neat event benefiting Best Freinds of Pets:
Edmond resident Rita Gray-Martin will sign copies of her book Erick on Saturday, July 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Vintage Timeless Coffee, 900 NW 150th in Oklahoma City. As an educator, Gray-Martin encounters children who are very angry. In her book, a student acts out. Ms. Gray, his teacher, discovers why he is angry. Erick shows how a caring and loving relationship from an adult can make a positive difference in a child’s life. Rita Gray-Martin says “Erick is meant to help adults understand and take the time to investigate further into a child’s outbursts. Children see themselves in Erick.”
In addition to hardback and paperback books, Erick rag dolls, coloring books, CDs and bookmarks will be available. Ten percent of sales that day benefit Best Friends of Pets, a local animal welfare organization dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation by helping pets and their owners.
Rita Gray-Martin has spent over three decades in education. She currently is a Certified Trainer of Trainers, Transformation Coach, and motivational speaker. For more information, go to www.ritagraymartinauthor.webs.com.
A kitten and a bunny wrestling? Yes, please. I don’t know what language they’re speaking, but the language of cute is universal.
Want to think about something adorable?
A shower for kittens.
I know. I know. Adorable.
If you want to help homeless, helpless, adorable kittens, here’s how:
If babies get gifts during baby showers, why not give newborn kittens gifts too? The community is invited to a kitten shower for shelter newborns from noon to 3 p.m. on June 9 at Oklahoma City’s Animal Shelter, 2811 SE 29.
Every year thousands of un-weaned kittens and puppies arrive on the steps of Oklahoma City’s Animal Shelter in need of tender love and care. The newborns and shelter staff rely on volunteer foster parents to nurture them until they are old enough to be adopted, which is eight weeks.
Although it’s a “kitten” shower, the Shelter’s puppies have a few needs too. Shower gifts for these future companions include canned and dry kitten and puppy food, kitty litter, litter boxes and scoops, baby bottles, Esbilac kitten and puppy formula, toys, puppy pads, Pedialyte, pet shampoo, Dawn dish soap, pet carriers and towels.
Those interested in fostering kittens can contact Katie Nix at Katie.email@example.com.
The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter is open from noon to 5:45 p.m. every day except holidays at SE 29 & Bryant, 1.5 miles east of Interstate 35. Adoptable pets can be viewed online at http://www.okc.gov/animalwelfare/adoption.html
The Animal Rescue Site has announced that a Norman chairty is part of its first round of grant winners for 2012. Hands Helping Paws recieved $1,000. The website partnered with Petfinder.com to help voters choose the top 69 charities for the first round of voting in the Shelter + Challenge. There are three more rounds this year. The website is funded by the GreaterGood Network, a nonprofit organizaiton.
Darn you, Twilight.
Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. recently released its list of the most popular pet names of 2011, and the world’s wimpiest female lead topped the list. Bella is the most popular name for both cats and dogs. Oh come on! It even made it on the bird list! Anyway, here are the list of most popular dog, cat and bird names for last year.
The Tulsa World has an interesting story about the Commercial Pet Breeders Board that also ran in our paper today. They approved some rules but backed off on others. Breeders say restrictions are driving them out of business, but animal advocates say the industry needs to be humane. Interesting.
While many of us will eat way too much on Thanksgiving Day, there are some family members who should watch their diet: pets. I’m going to be honest. I’m horrible about giving my dogs table scraps. (It’s their adorable faces! I am such a wimp!) But there are several things you won’t find even me sneaking under the table for my dogs. Here’s a list from the ASPCA of the most toxic Thanksgiving foods for animals:
- Candy with xylitol.
- Bread dough.
- Batter with raw eggs.
- Onions and garlic.
- Macadamia nuts.
- Raisins and grapes.
- Rich or spicy foods.
There is good news, though, for pushovers like me. You can share turkey. Make sure it’s cooked and bone-free. That’s one way to safely give in to those puppy-dog eyes.