People & Places: Pancakes for Pooches benefit will flip on Sept. 29
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Monday, September 17, 2012
9/17/12 at 6:10 AM
Pups with good manners doing their thing to music sounds way too much fun to miss.
These charming canines will be part of the action when Biscuit Acres Dog Park Volunteer Association partners with Tulsa Fire Station No. 32 in hosting the third annual Pancakes for Pooches from 8 to 11 a.m. Sept. 29 at the fire station, 5804 E. 91st St., just east of the Hunter Park entrance.
There will be pancakes, of course, and Siegi's sausage, as well as tours of the fire station, fire and safety demonstrations for dogs and humans, raffle drawings, Roger the Clown and ladder rides on the fire truck.
The stars of this year's event will be the K9 Manners and More Hot Doggies Drill Team made up of 21 dog-and-handler teams, including junior and senior divisions, with dogs ranging from 6 months to 13 years old. Many are rescued dogs, and several are champion show dogs.
The choreography for the drill team utilizes the skills taught in the K9 Manners and More obedience classes - such as sit, come, heel and wait - and sets all the behaviors to some great tunes.
Mary Green, trainer and owner of the obedience school located in Broken Arrow, said, "The drill team is a great example of how much fun it is to have a well-mannered dog."
The performances are scheduled for 9 and 10 a.m. at the firehouse.
Members of the drill team are Cathi Morris and Marli, Jessica Witt and Chase, Laurie Witt and Blue Thunder, Lisa Bain and Gracie, Jennifer Beard and Georgia and Sharon Wilson and Emmy Lou.
Also, Mary Buck and Nike, Tawnie Larson and Annie, Kim Sykes and Joan, Donna Murray and Pete, Nancy Fields and Mac, Bonnie Mourer and Zoey, Liesa Persaud and Serendipity, Tara Ryan and Tyson, Joyce Ann Baker and Mister, Theresa Dawdy and Tally, Lena Tidball and Louie, Judy Chymiak and Meg, Janine Winings and Badger, Frances Sciminger and Wally and Mary Green and Bonnie.
A limited-edition "Pancake for Pooches" T-shirt designed by Kurtz Design Studio will be for sale for the first time, and dog scarves and membership opportunities will be available, too.
All the activities will raise money for Biscuit Acres, Tulsa's southside dog park.
Ben Jarmon and Judy Stephens are event co-chairwomen. Firefighters taking part in planning the event include Chief Steve Gage, Chief Doug Woods, District Chief Ronnie Cole and Captain Yogi Cole. Other firefighters assisting include fire equipment operators Rob Ralston and Tim Halowell, as well as firefighters Greg Hewin, Thomas Hufford and Dan Phelps.
The association project chairman and treasurer is John Benjamin, and Becky Clark is president.
Other committee members include Phil Stephens, Doug Yougdahl, Nita and Jim McPartland, Vicki Chaffin, Judy Schlegel, Jon Heaps, Don Cahwee, Sid Moyers, Shelly Holmes, Regina Fulton, Laura Fadem, Donna Petty and Girl Scout Troop 557 led by Marilyn Oltman.
Among the sponsors are BancFirst, Forest Trails Animal Hospital, Endodontic Specialists of Northeast Oklahoma, Systems Integration Group, John Abamovitz and Delta Smiley, Phil and Adriane Larkin, Hammond Animal Hospital, VCA Animal Hospital, Drs. Jane and Gordon Purser, Southern Agriculture, Hiland Dairy, Siegi's Sausage Factory, Brookside By Day II, Gary and Ben Jarmon, Veterinary Associates, Christiansen Aviation, Heritage Medical Clinic, Care Animal Hospital and River Trail Animal Hospital and Pet Lodge.
Also, Walmart in Bixby, Mahogany Restaurant, Charleston's Restaurant, Ihloff Salon and Day Spa, Anne Keller Cakes, Dog Food Plus, Pet Communication by Pam Case, Pooches Dog Daycare, Dog Dish, Ti Amo Restaurant, Crossing Wine and Spirits, Holiday Inn, Reasor's Grocery, Judy Stephens/Garden Diva Garden Dog Sculpture, Sherry and Stuart Goodall, Chimney Hills Veterinary Hospital and Chubb Group of Insurance Cos.
Southside Rotary Club came up with the idea for Biscuit Acres, which opened June 6, 2009. The park is managed, maintained and enhanced by BAVA and the Tulsa Parks Department.
Biscuit Acres, called the place where dogs bring their people, was ranked No. 25 among "Best Dog Parks" in the U.S. by Dog Fancy magazine.
The 2.5-acre park is considered by many visitors to be "dog heaven." It is a place where many rescued dogs are given a second chance to run and play, and is the site of happy human stories, as well.
Proceeds from Pancakes for Pooches will benefit Biscuit Acres with physical maintenance, a cover for the new pad in the small dog park, additional park benches, grass seeding and other improvements.
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