Free ice cream for your dog? Yes. This is happening. Here’s a press release from Best Friends Pet Care:
In honor of National Dog Day 2012, Best Friends Pet Care will be giving away a free doggy ice cream treat to every dog who visits any of its 42 pet care centers across the U.S. on Saturday, August 25. The treats are made of yogurt or soy with dog-preferred flavors like peanut butter and honey.
Best Friends Pet Care, which provides boarding, grooming, training and doggy day camp, has 42 locations in 18 states. For a complete list, visit www.bestfriendspetcare.com.
“National Dog Day acknowledges the important role that dogs play in our lives,” says Best Friends Vice President Renee Coughlin. “And, while we celebrate dogs every day at Best Friends, we wanted to do something extra special for this occasion.”
“Although Sunday is the official day, we’re celebrating early. All dogs – whether Best Friends clients or not – are invited to stop by any of our 42 locations on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a free ice cream.”
Canine guests must be on leash and accompanied by a human companion.
Founded in 2004, National Dog Day is observed annually on August 26. It honors dogs of all breeds — from working dogs to family pets — and encourage pet owners to do something special for their dog.
This is the second year that Best Friends has hosted an ice cream giveaway in honor of the day. This year, the company is expanding its celebration, starting its observance on Friday, August 24, with treats for all dogs participating in its doggy day camp program that day.
Best Friends Pet Care, is a leading pet care company, is celebrating its 20(th) anniversary this year. The company is headquartered in Norwalk CT and provides high quality boarding, grooming, training and doggy day care in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. For information, visit www.bestfriendspetcare.com.
So where can you celebrate with your pup? There’s one Oklahoma location:
Best Friends Pet Care
13517 Railway Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
Who can hear the familiar notes of the Beatles’ classic, “Yellow Submarine,” without feeling like the ocean is nearby? Patrons of the upcoming Symphony by the Sea, 6:00 p.m., August 25, 2012 will have the closest substitute in the Oklahoma Aquarium. Symphony by the Sea is a cooperative fundraiser to benefit the educational programs of both the Aquarium and Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, and specifically Symphony by the Sea for Students. The collaborative program immerses school children in arts and science education by introducing them to both classical music and aquatic life. Since joining forces in 2010, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and Oklahoma Aquarium have educated and entertained more than 3,000 students through stations such as Brass by the Boat and Sharks and Strings.
Adult patrons of the upcoming fundraiser are treated to similar ambience, with the opportunity to dine alongside the shark tank, coral reef or other exhibits. A premier silent auction will be offered throughout the Aquarium Galleries while Tulsa Symphony Orchestra musicians provide the soundtrack for the evening. The musical entertainment will continue with a concert in the Aquarium Great Hall. “Selections from an Octopus’s Garden” will highlight classical, theatrical, and popular music.
The Aquarium and Symphony are pleased to recognize Becky Frank, Chairman of the Tulsa Metro Chamber, as this year’s Honorary Chair of Symphony by the Sea. Frank’s tireless dedication to promoting the Greater Tulsa region by fostering a spirit of regional cooperation through cultural tourism and economic development make her the ideal honoree.
Sponsor tables and tickets are now offered at the following levels: Conductors and Captains, $15,000; Sharks and Strings, $10,000; Reeds and Reef, $5,000; Brass and Bass, $2,500; Paddlefish and Percussion, $1,500; Mermaids and Musicians, $250 per couple. Reservations can be made by contacting Janis Davis, 528-1555, email@example.com. The Oklahoma Aquarium and Tulsa Symphony Orchestra are both 501 (c) 3 non-profit organizations.
OK, I’ll be honest. I don’t know much about One Direction. I know they’re a boy band. They might also be from Canada. Their hair is tall. These are the facts.
For some reason, a group called The Pet Collective has done a parody video of their video “One Thing.” With dogs. Yes. It’s just dogs running around. Let’s just be grateful that the dogs aren’t barking along. The doggy suspenders are pretty hilarious, though.
Admission is free to the Oklahoma City Zoo on July 17. Here’s some more information from the good folks at the zoo:
We thank you, Oklahoma City Zoo supporters, for all you do! Tuesday, July 17, 2012, marks the twenty-second anniversary of the 1/8 of a cent dedicated sales tax being passed by Oklahoma City citizens for the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, and to celebrate, the Zoo is offering free admission to all on Tuesday, July 17.
Passed by Oklahoma City citizens in 1990, the sales tax has made numerous capitol improvements possible at the Zoo including Great EscApe, Cat Forest/Lion Overlook, the main entrance facility, the Canopy Food Court, Oklahoma Trails, the Children’s Zoo and the Elephant Habitat. Moving forward the sales tax will help fund a new animal hospital slated to open in 2014.
“We are extremely grateful to the citizens of Oklahoma City for their ongoing dedication to the Zoo. The significant support we receive from the community enables the Zoo to continue to grow and strive for excellence in our mission of conservation, education, research and recreation; while becoming a world class attraction that Oklahomans are proud to call their zoo.” said Dwight Scott, Executive Director/CEO.
Take advantage of the free admission and make plans to visit the Zoo on Sales Tax Appreciation Day, Tuesday, July 17. Group reservations are not required. Regular prices apply for all rides and attractions.
Visit Oklahoma’s #1 attraction and one of the top three zoos in the country as named in the 2012 10Besties Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. The Oklahoma City Zoo is a proud member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages three-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free.
Now through August 26, the Zoo is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Morning Zoo Rise. Guests can take advantage of our late Saturdays through September 1, and stay and play until 8 p.m. All guests must leave grounds at closing. Become a Zoo fan at http://www.facebook.com/okczoobg or follow us on Twitter @okczoo. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.com.
Here’s some information about how to help a great cause by going out and having fun:
Help save the worldwide population of rhinos with the simple roll of a bowling ball. Bowling for Rhinos is back! Join the Oklahoma City Zoo’s chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) as they host the 18th annual Bowling for Rhinos on Saturday, July 21, 2012. The cost is $25 per person which includes shoe rental, bowling from 6 to 10 p.m., a T-shirt and fabulous door prize opportunities. Get your bowling on and join us at AMF Boulevard Lanes, 3501 S. Boulevard in Edmond.
Bowling for Rhinos is an annual event which raises funds for rhino conservation in Asia and Africa. Out of 100 species that roamed the Earth, only five exist today, and all are considered endangered. Extinction is a very real possibility for these gentle giants, unless conservation actions are made to help preserve them. More than 60 organizations in the U.S. and Canada pair with AAZK to help participate in Bowling for Rhinos with the Oklahoma City Zoo being one of the largest contributors. The Zoo has raised over $237,000 through its Bowling For Rhinos events with all proceeds directly benefiting rhinos in the wild.
Bowling for Rhinos is a local tradition with a global impact. To pre-register call (405) 424-3344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrations the night of the event will be accepted. Teams and individuals may participate. If you do not wish to bowl but would like to help, make your donations to “AAZK Bowling for Rhinos” 2101 NE 50th, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111. For more information about Bowling For Rhinos and rhino conservation visit www.aazkbfr.org. Let’s raise it for the rhinos–and help preserve all five remaining species while there’s still time.
I spy bowling fun for everyone. The Oklahoma City Zoo is Oklahoma’s #1 attraction and one of the top three zoos in the country as named in the 2012 10Besties Readers’ Choice Travel Awards! A proud member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District, the Zoo is located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. Hours of operation from July 1 through August 26 are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Buildings close at 4:45 p.m. daily. Stay late and play on Saturdays now through September 1 as the Zoo is open until 8 p.m. with exhibit buildings closing at 7:45 p.m. All guests must exit zoo grounds at closing. Zoo admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages three-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Become a Zoo fan at http://www.facebook.com/okczoobg or follow us on Twitter @okczoo. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.com.
The elephant exhibit at the Oklahoma City Zoo is no longer the biggest in the country.
The Denver Zoo unveiled its newest exhibit, the Toyota Elephant Passage, to the public June 1. The 10-acre Asian elephant exhibit is the largest in the country — taking the title from the Oklahoma City Zoo elephant exhibit.
The Asian elephant area in Oklahoma City is 9½ acres. It cost $13 million to build and opened last March.
While we may not be the biggest any more, our exhibit is still pretty darn fantastic. In fact, here’s some proof from The Oklahoman archives:
Mark it down people. It’s going to be adorable and free.
The annual Pupnic in the Park will be from 1 to 4 p.m. April 28 at Ross Park, NW 62 and Ross. (The rain date is April 29.)
The shindig will include a parade and contests for costumes, tricks, size and look-alike cuteness. Vendors will be there, and there will be dog obedience demonstration. My dogs will not be part of that.
Dogs should be leashed. For more information, go to www.Pupnic.com.
Today is the 10th annual National Bird Day. This is my tribute: