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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Must Love Dogs

If you are looking for some quality time with man’s best friend – or looking for a fellow dog lover like yourself – then you might want to load up your furry friends and take them out for an afternoon adventure at one of Oklahoma City’s many dog parks.

  • Paw Park at Lake Hefner, which recently received some construction upgrades, has separate big/small dog play areas, water stations, a duck pond, benches, trees and other features sure to keep your dog’s tail wagging.
  • In addition to the flora that Myriad Gardens’ features for humans, the park boasts an off-leash dog area so your pup can also enjoy some of OKC’s finest scenery.
  • Bickham-Rudkin Park in Edmond has half an acre of off-the-leash fabulousness for Fido, including pond access for a water-splashing good time.
  • Ray Trent Park in Del City sports the awesomely-named Wiggly Field Dog Park. The park has equally awesome features, like agility equipment, fire hydrants (what a relief) and even lights for night use.
  • Griffin Community Park in Norman has two acres of off-leash fun for pets as well as owners – the first few holes of the disc golf course are part of the dog area! A hole-in-one while your dog runs freely about? That’s the best of both worlds.
  • Midtown Mutts Dog Park is the newest dog park on the scene. Located in Midtown between NW 10th and 11th Streets and west of Hudson, the park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., giving you and Rover plenty of time for roaming.
parks, pets
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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All Paws on Deck

Patio weather is upon us, and in case the warmer weather, bright sunshine and good food aren’t enough to entice you outdoors, you should also know that a lot of Oklahoma City restaurants allow dogs on their patios. Below are a few establishments that will welcome your furry friend with open arms. (As always, call the restaurant before you go to get their specific pet policy!)

Ice House at Myriad Botanical Gardens
S&B Burger Joint – 9th Street Location
Tucker’s Onion Burgers – 23rd Street Location
Jazmo’z Bourbon Street Cafe
Bleu Garten

Did we miss your favorite place to take your pup? Let us know in the comments!

pets, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Paws-itvely a Blast

The air in Oklahoma City is getting a tad more brisk as October rolls on, but the great thing about OKC is the sun still shines. In fact, the sun shines 350 days a year in the Sooner State. The ample sunshine means the metro is the perfect place to take man’s (and woman’s) best friend outdoors for some fun in the sun.

Even better (especially for your four-legged friend), Oklahoma City is home to one of the best dog parks in the country, Paw Park. Located at 3303 NW Grand, we would describe Paw Park as a sort of Disneyland for canines on two acres. That is just not our sense of local pride taking over either. Both Southern Living and Dog Fancy have named Paw Park to their “Best Dog Parks in the U.S.” list over the years.

“What makes Paw Park so special?” you might ask. The park features a duck pond for your buddy to cool off on the warmer days. Anyone who has a dog that likes to swim can attest that it is the most fun their pet has that doesn’t involve food or chasing cats.

The park is also sectioned off into two areas: one for smaller dogs and the ones who don’t get around as well as they used to, and one for larger dogs. Water stations, trees and lots of room to run make Paw Park just short of heaven for your dogs. Also, the park is completely free, but donations are much appreciated.

free, outdoor recreation, parks, pets
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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More Fun than You Can Shake (or throw) a Stick At

While we love to talk about Paw Park and all the fun it provides for our furry friends, the metro is filled with great parks. Here are just a few that you should check out.

  • In addition to the newly-renovated Myriad Gardens’ features for humans, the park also boasts an off-leash dog area so your pup can enjoy OKC’s finest as well.
  • Bickham-Rudkin Park in Edmond has half an acre of off-the-leash fabulousness for Fido. Take the opportunity to upload a YouTube video of your dog doing the “Edmond Shake” after he or she avails him or herself of the park’s lake access.
  • Ray Trent Park in Del City sports the awesomely-named Wiggly Field Dog Park. The park has equally awesome features, like agility equipment, fire hydrants (what a relief) and even lights for night use.
  • Griffin Community Park in Norman has two acres of off-leash fun for pets as well as owners – the first few holes of the disc golf course are part of the dog area! A hole-in-one while your dog runs freely about? That’s enough to make you say, “Whoomp, there it is!”
  • Midtown Mutts Dog Park is the newest dog park on the scene. Located in Midtown between NW 10th and 11th Streets and west of Hudson, the park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., giving you and Rover plenty of time for roaming.
outdoor recreation, parks, pets
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Central Oklahoma Humane Society

While you are a great owner who cares for their pets and is now going to take them to one of the great dog parks in OKC, there are still lots of animals in Central Oklahoma who need care and a loving home. Since its founding in 2007, the nonprofit Central Oklahoma Humane Society has found homes for more than 14,000 cats and dogs. Equally important, they have spayed more than 60,000 pets (Bob Barker would be pumped about that).

As you can imagine, with numbers like that, the Central OK Humane Society needs as much help as it can get. The next time you want a new pet, consider adopting here. If you don’t have room for a new fuzzy friend, consider donating; every dollar helps OKC’s furry population. 

nonprofit, pets, volunteer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Lend a Helping Hand

The City of Oklahoma City is also trying to do its part in making our city as friendly to pets as possible. The city runs a Pet Food Bank for those who are having difficulties caring for their pets, among other services. You can adopt pets and post if you’ve lost or found an animal. You can even volunteer your domicile to serve as a short-term foster home for animals that need it. The city also offers free spaying and neutering for residents’ pets, and there are no income guidelines. So whether it is through donations, volunteering or adoption, consider helping to make sure Oklahoma City is a safe place for all our furry friends.

nonprofit, pets, volunteer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Doggone Fun

Sure, the air is feeling quite brisk today, but one of the great things about Greater OKC is the plethora of warm days, even in winter. So while you may be bundled up indoors today, this time next week may bring about your desire to get out and enjoy some crisp air—and perhaps you’ll want to do that while giving your hound homie a chance to stretch his legs. Here’s a quick rundown of some great places to let your dogs roam free-ish.

  • Paw Park on the southeast side of Lake Hefner is one of the South’s “Top 10 Dog Parks” according to Southern Living and has separate big/small dog play areas, water stations, benches, trees and other features sure to delight the little waggers. Weather-permitting, your furry friend might even want to take a quick swim in the duck pond.
  • In addition to the newly-renovated Myriad Gardens’ features for humans, the park also boasts an off-leash dog area so your pup can enjoy OKC’s finest as well.
  • Bickham-Rudkin Park in Edmond has half an acre of off-the-leash fabulousness for Fido.
  • Ray Trent Park in Del City sports the awesomely-named Wiggly Field Dog Park. The park has equally awesome features, like agility equipment, fire hydrants and even lights for night use.
  • Griffin Community Park in Norman has two acres of off-leash fun for pets as well as owners – the first few holes of the disc golf course are part of the dog area! A hole-in-one while your dog runs freely about? Everyone wins!
  • Midtown Mutts Dog Park is the newest dog park on the scene. Located in Midtown between Northwest 10th and 11th Streets, the park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., giving you and Rover plenty of time for roaming.
family-friendly, Myriad Botanical Gardens, parks, pets
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

10 Ways to Do OKC for Free

We know that sometimes your pocketbook gets a little on the empty side. Not to worry. There are plenty of activities in Greater Oklahoma City that are full of free fun!

  • Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park
    1700 S Robinson. 405.297.3882. Ranked in the top 10 skateparks in the U.S., the action park is divided into two areas – a flow course with bowl combinations and a street course with ledges and handrails.

  • City Parks
    More than 100 public parks located across the city. www.okc.gov/parks

  • Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Outdoor Symbolic Memorial
    620 N Harvey. 405-235-3313. Honors the victims, survivors, rescuers and all who were changed forever by the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

  • SONIC Summer Movie Nights
    Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. 405.297.3995. On Wednesday evenings during the summer months, enjoy movies on the Grand Lawn at 9 p.m. Come early and enjoy the Mid Week Market and Night Time Stories.

  • Watch sail boats and kite surfers on Lake Hefner
    East side of Lake Hefner near the Hefner Parkway and Britton Road. Watch sail boats cruise across the lake or kite surfers make daring jumps.

  • Paw Park
    At Northwest 73 and Grand Boulevard in Northwest Oklahoma City. A two-acre off-leash dog park with separated enclosures for large and small dogs, water stations and a swimming pond.

  • Tour the Oklahoma State Capitol.
    Northeast 23rd and Lincoln Boulevard. 405.522-5173. Take a self-guided tour or experience the capitol with a trained volunteer.

  • Land Run Monument
    Along the south end of the Bricktown Canal just southwest of Bass Pro Shop. Commemorates the opening of Indian land in Oklahoma Territory.

  • Disc Golf
    3 courses: Dolese Youth Park, Northwest 50 and Meridian; Will Rogers Park, Northwest 36 and Grand Boulevard; Woodson Park, Southwest 33 and May. Play 18 holes of disc golf at any of the courses. www.okc.gov/parks/disc_golf

  • Martin Park Nature Center
    5000 W Memorial Road. 405.755.0676. A 144-acre nature reserve with 3.5 miles of gentle hiking trails and many species of animals.
family-friendly, free, movies, museums, Myriad Botanical Gardens, OKC National Memorial, outdoor recreation, parks, pets, arts and culture, water sports, BMX, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Find a furry friend

Thinking about adding a furry friend to your life? Look no further than the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. And if you think it’d be wise to ease yourself into pet ownership, we’ve got a deal for you – the Stepping Stones foster program. You’ll get to offer an animal a cozy place to call home until they find a forever home. And you get to spoil them rotten for a temporary amount of time. But if you’re like us, these furry friends will probably win you over, and if that’s the case, then their forever home can be right there with you. To help you with the transition into pet parenting, the Humane Society will provide you with the necessary food, supplies (crates, toys, leashes, etc.) and veterinary essentials your new playful pal might need. All you have to do is provide a loving environment (i.e. tummy rubs, walks, ear scratches and the like) for the pet you choose to bring home with you. Not sure that fostering a pet is right for you? You can still help! Check out other ways to get involved.

pets
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Who Let the Dogs Out? Woof. Woof. Woof, Woof.

Around here, it’s not just a booty-rap staple or an awesome throw-back to the 90s! In OKC, there truly are plenty of places to let your dogs out.

  • Paw Park on the southeast side of Lake Hefner is one of the South’s “Top 10 Dog Parks” according to Southern Living and has separate big/small dog play areas, water stations, benches, trees and other features sure to delight the little waggers. Let your dogs bark “when I dip, you dip, we dip” to each other as they go for a swim in the duck pond.
  • In addition to the newly-renovated Myriad Gardens’ features for humans, the park also boasts an off-leash dog area so your pup can enjoy OKC’s finest as well, no diggity.
  • Bickham-Rudkin Park in Edmond has half an acre of off-the-leash fabulousness for Fido. Take the opportunity to upload a YouTube video of your dog doing the “Edmond Shake” after he or she avails him or herself of the park’s lake access.
  • Ray Trent Park in Del City sports the awesomely-named Wiggly Field Dog Park. The park has equally awesome features, like agility equipment, fire hydrants (what a relief) and even lights for night use.
  • Griffin Community Park in Norman has two acres of off-leash fun for pets as well as owners – the first few holes of the disc golf course are part of the dog area! A hole-in-one while your dog runs freely about? That’s enough to make you say, “Whoomp, there it is!”
Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation, pets
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Spread the Puppy Love

Ready for some puppy love? Or do cats strike your fancy? In an effort to help with overcrowding issues at local shelters, the Central Oklahoma Humane Society has developed the Stepping Stones foster program that we've deemed a win-win. The animals win by getting a cozy place to call home until they find a forever home. And you win by gaining a temporary (or permanent if he or she tugs at your heart strings enough to earn an adoption) furry friend to run around with. To make the offer even more enticing, the Humane Society will provide you with the necessary food, supplies (crates, toys, leashes, etc) and veterinary needs your new playful pal might need. All you have to do is provide a loving environment (i.e. tummy rubs, walks, ear scratches and the like) for the pet you choose to bring home with you. Not sure that fostering a pet is right for you? You can still help! Check out other ways to get involved.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Adopt a Pet

If you’re pining for a friend you can take for long walks and name something like Muffin or Miss Kitty without complaint, four-legged furry friendship is as close as theOklahoma City Animal Shelter at SE 29 and Bryant. For information, call 297-3100 or check out the facility’s online database of adoptable pets.

pets
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Monday, May 16, 2011

A frolicking good time with your furry friend

Longer days and warmer weather make any day a great day to get outside and play. And it’s the perfect time to take your furry friend over to Paw Park – named one of the South’s top 10 dog parks by Southern Living – for some good old fashioned play time. Join other OKC’ers and their pooches at this 2-acre dog haven with two separate fenced play areas. There’s an area for dogs under 30 pounds or for those getting on in years, and another for larger dogs. With water stations, trees, benches, plenty of room to run and a pond, your four-legged buddy is sure to have a blast.

parks, pets
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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