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
Today is the 10th annual National Bird Day. This is my tribute:
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.
One of the new tiger cubs at the Oklahoma City Zoo had the chance to bob for apples (and oranges) on Halloween this week. Adorable. The other little ones got to join in later. Click here to watch: OKC Zoo tiger cub.
One of our dogs would love this. One would sit down in the grass and not move. If you’re dog’s a runner, here’s some information about a 5k coming up Sunday:
Heartland Weimaraner Rescue, sponsored by Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue, will host their second annual ‘Ghost Runners 5K Dog Run’ at Lake Hefner’s Star and Stripes Park on October 30, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. This is Heartland’s premier fundraising event for the year, and is the only timed and sanctioned race in the state of Oklahoma to be run with dogs. It is a USATF certified course and will be digitally timed by DG Productions.
Participants are encouraged to bring their dog to the event and will be allowed to complete the entire run with them as long as they are leashed and runner-friendly. Heartland will allow one dog per participant, and requires that all dogs be on leashes at all times, current on vaccinations, not be in heat, and not be aggressive.
Registration for the race will be open until 1:30 p.m. on race day. Runners can register online at www.GhostRunner5k.com for $25, or on race day at the Stars and Stripes park pavilion from noon – 1:30 p.m. Race day registration will be $30. As of Friday, October 21st, there were nearly 300 runners registered for the event and Heartland expects to have approximately 375 by race day.
Heartland will be hosting two packet pick up days for those runners who register early. The first pick up will be at A1 Pet Emporium, 9417 N. May in Oklahoma City, on October 28 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The second pick up will be at Best Feet Forward on October 29 from noon – 3 p.m. Best Feet Forward is located at 7431 N. May in Oklahoma City.
Race day booths and entertainment will be open and free to the public from noon – 5 p.m. Food and beverages, along with a kid’s fun zone will also be set up near the pavilion.
Money raised from the Ghost Runners 5K Dog Run will be used to assist Heartland with medical and foster expenses for dogs in the program.
To participate, volunteer, or become a sponsor please contact Traci Steelman at 405-306-4603, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the HWR race website at www.GhostRunners5k.com.
As if you weren’t already super nice to your pets, there’s an extra incentive. This is Be Kind to Animals Week. Here’s some information from the American Humane Society:
Be Kind to Animals Week, May 2-8, 2010, is American Humane’s annual event celebrating the unique bond between people and animals, and encouraging the humane treatment of all animals. But why limit kindness to one special week? Here are five ways to be kind to animals every day:
- Adopt a pet from a shelter or breed-specific rescue. Shelter pets make loving lifetime companions, and many shelters offer pet-matching services and follow-up training and advice to help you and your new best friend form a beautiful bond.
- Report animal abuse. Violence against animals is terrible enough, but it could also be a sign that other violent behavior, like domestic abuse, is happening.
- Spay or neuter your pets. An estimated 3.7 million animals are euthanized in America’s shelters every year due to a lack of homes. Help stop pet overpopulation and euthanasia of adoptable animals by making sure your own pets are spayed or neutered.
- Live humanely with wildlife. Learn how to peacefully coexist with deer, bats, skunks, squirrels, raccoons and rabbits.
- Get active in local animal welfare policies and legislation. Sign up with us to receive action alerts about issues affecting animals.
As part of Be Kind to Animals Week, American Humane is sponsoring Lemonade for Shelter Aid, a contest that encourages children to set up lemonade stands to raise money for their local animal shelters. The contest runs until May 10, 2010, and is open to children and teens (ages 6-14). One grand-prize winner/team will be randomly selected to receive three Nintendo DS Lite game systems. Learn more and enter!
Staff Writer Carrie Coppernoll
Staff Writer Carrie Coppernoll
Staff Writer Carrie Coppernoll