Queeny Dog Park

 

Dog Park in at Queeny Park

Nature of park: Leash Private Dog Park
Open to Paid members ($50 for first dog-$15 for additional-MUST BE UP-TO-DATE)
Location: 550 Weidman Road, Ballwin, MO
Enrichment: Spray garden & agility, lots of room to run and rocks to smell & mark
Areas: Two area: Under 13 inch dogs, and over 13 inch dog area
Surface: Concrete, Grass, Gravel, Pea Gravel, Dirt, Mulch
Human Comfort: *Love this* Picnic area-covered with FANS and light, so great for doing some work. Lots of benches spread out, and lots of great little nooks with shade.

 

 

TheOkdog Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Paws (all missing is a swimming area)

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Product Review: Furious Pets Advanced Hip & Joint Supplement

 

Why is it important to give your pups supplements?

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Depending on what you feed your pups-dry food, raw food, a little of both, or chicken and rice like Ossian is now being feed, all these needs extra supplements to make your pup happy and healthy.

With both Ossian & Koda being senior pups now its even more important that I keep their bodies strong and holding out for there young minds!

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I have always given the pups a join supplement, one that contained gludcosamine and chrondrotion and some times MSM.

I few years ago I got on a kick about giving them tumeric, I read lots of material that said it was really good for them, so I started making Golden Paste (google it if you’ve never heard of it) but it got to be time consuming and eventually I stopped giving it to them.

I received this product from FuriousPets for a honest review.  I was a little skeptical, because I had never heard of it before, but what got me was the ingredients.

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What are all these ingredients good for?

Turmeric, Also known as curcumin is spice known around the world. Used mostly in cooking it can also be used to treat some conditions and certain symptoms.  It has been said that it aids in the prevention of cancer in our dogs.  Turmeric has a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  It is ideal for senior pets, dogs with arthritis and poor joint health and any condition with inflammation as a symptom.

Glucosamine is extracted from the shells of shellfish.  Glucosamine plays a vital role in building cartilage, it should be taken as a supplement to treat arthritis and osteoarthritis.  This supplement is vital for building cartilage, which is a flexible, tough connective tissue found in several parts of the body.  This firm, rubbery tissue functions as padding at the ends of long bones where they meet joints.

Chondroitin is similar substance to glucosamine and is found naturally in joints.  It is responsible for many of the important biomechanical properties of the cartilage including resistance and elasticity.  It has a high fluid binding capacity helping maintain elasticity and shock absorbing properties of the cartilage.

MSM is an organic sulfur found in fruits, vegetables, grains and milk.  MSM reduces pain, inflammation, and allergic reactions.  It also helps heal wounds, dermatological issues and helps increasing exercise performance.

Vitamin C found in fruits and vegetables.  A powerful antioxidant that helps the body form and maintain connective tissue, including bones, blood vessels, and skin.

Boswellia is also known as Indian Frankincense, an herbal extract taken from the Boswellia Serrata Tree.  Its believed to treat chronic inflammatory illnesses as well as a number of other health conditions and is an effective anti-inflammatory with painkiller that helps and prevents the loss of cartilage.

Yucca is a root vegetable, and has a number of health benefits.  It is typically used to treat skin conditions and wounds.  Yucca helps boost immunity, ease arthritis pain and aids in diabetes treatment.

All these amazing natural products in one small pill.

Order your own bottle on Amazon

Why I love this product.

  • It has all these natural products
  • Its small (which is good b/c I have to give Ossian 4 of them)
  • Its easily breakable (which is good for a picky pill eater like KODA!)

The OK Dogs Rating:  4 out 5 Paws

 

Ossian Moose’s Cover Letter & Resume for Petmate CFO Search

Dear Petmate,

My name is Ossian Moose Gibson, and I am a good boy. All of the time. Most of the time. Sometimes. Okay, well Mommy and Daddy love me. I would be the pawfect candidate for your Petmate CFO.

ossian

I love getting out and seeing the world. When I’m not lying on the bed or sleeping in my chair, I am traveling. Mommy and Daddy say “Wannago???” and I ALWAYS answer “umm, YES, OF COURSE!”. I have been to hundreds or dog parks. Some were too hot to enjoy. I mean, why did I go to Florida back-to-back summers? Those parks were short visits: RPLs (Run-Poop-Leave). But, I love going for rides. Daddy’s car has a nice place for me to put my head when it gets too heavy.

 

What else do I like? Well, I have 3 big buckets or toys. My favorite is my rubber squeaky balls, and my hedgehog, but I just want to tear him up. Did you know that some of these toys have white stuff in them? Don’t worry, I’m really good at getting the white stuff out. I also like treats. I chew on bones, I eat milk bones, and anything with beef or chicken is to drool for. I also like meeting new people, as long as they pet me. When I go out, I expect pets! Belly rubs, ear rubs, butt rubs, and someone to lean against or lay on are extremely important to me.           wpid-img_20150913_143836 (1)

I see I am required to be up-to-date on vaccinations. Ugh. Well, I am, but I don’t like thinking about it. One day, Mommy said “Wannago?”, and we went… to the vet. I got so many shots and stuff sprayed up my nose. That was not a fun ride. I also trained myself to house. So, I can only pee or poop outside. I also know how to do stuff. My favorite thing is to speak! One time, I won a contest for speaking. I sit for food, and shake, lay down, and roll over if asked nicely.

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When I’m not sleeping or eating, I look at my social media. I have to take A LOT of pictures. My sister, Koda, and I are on twitter, facebook, and Instagram, and we even went to a social media conference in Georgia a few times. I hope you will pick me for CFO.

Woofs,
Ossian Moose

 

 

 

 


 

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Ossian Moose Gibson’s Resume

Ossian@outlook.com

859.489.8607

 

Graduated from Petsmart Beginners Obedience Course       Fall 09

Current Position: Bed Tester, Blogger & Co-Pilot

 

Previous Employment:
Dog Park Investigator (Over 240 Different Dog Parks)
Dock Jumper
Kitty Pool Lounger

 

Awards:
Silver Medalist at K9 Olympics in Hot Dog Splash
Most Vocal at Wagfest
K9 Einstein at K9 Games
Feature Profile Picture for Bed & Breakfast Dog Kennel
Best Costume at Sheabel Pet Costume Contest
Recognized at Barkworld w/ Photo with Victoria Stilwell
Appeared in news segment on Local WLEX, Lexington
Featured in the LHS Critter Camp Mannequin Challenge

 

Likes:
Bacon Ball, Chicken, Cheeseburgers, Rawhides, Howeys’ Beef Sticks, Almost empty peanut butter jars, Ice Cream, Pup Lattes, Bed, Deer, Squirrels.

 

Skills:
Woofing, High Five, Sit, Speak, Down, Spin, Kiss, Roll Over (sometimes)

Characteristics:
Stubborn, Needs Pets, Loyal, Respects Boundaries

 

References:
Poochies Plus
C2 Drum & Bugle Corps
LHS Critter Camp Campers

Dog Park: Pet Station Country Club Dog Park, Louisville, KY

Nature of Park: Half Indoor/half outdoor fenced
Open to Private: Kenneled pets only (got to attend b/c of an event!)
Location: 4800 Murphy Ln, Louisville, KY 40241
Enrichment: Agility, Indoor Pool, Trees
Areas: One area for all (indoor can be open or closed to include the outside)
Surface: Turf, Tile, Dirt, Mulch, Grass
Human Comforts: Just a few benches (not really for humans!)

 

 

4 out of 5 Paws

Dog Park: Kennel Resorts Beagle Bay Dog Park, Milford OH

Nature of Park: Fenced Off Leash
Open to Members
Location: 5825 Meadowview Dr, Milford, OH 45150
Enrichment: Agility and Pond
Areas: One area for all
Surface: Dirt, Mulch, Grass, Rock
Human Comfort: A Few picnic benches and a swing

 

 

3.5 out of 5 Paws

Top 5 Pet Friendliest Cities as rated by theOKdogs

What are theOKdog’s Top 5 Pet Friendly Cities??

 

#5 Columbia, Missouri
Why we love Columbia:

  • Lots of dog nature areas: non fenced large nature areas where dogs are allowed off leash.

 

 

#4 Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Lots of dog parks
  • Has an airport dog park
  • Has lots of large dog nature areas

 

 

 

#3 Columbus, Ohio

  • Home of a cool dog park called Alum Creek & Dog Beach
  • Has lots of good free dog parks
  • Host pet friendly even every year called WagFest
  • Has the only indoor dog park we’ve ever been to

 

 

#2 Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Knoxville is home to our absolutle favorite dog park Concord Petsafe Dog Park
  • Has tons of other great parks, lots of them sponsored by Petsafe
  • Home to the Petsafe Headquarters
  • Market Square is beautiful and pet friendly

Slo-mo dive!!!

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#1 St. Louis, Missouri

  • St. Louis is home to Purina Headquarters.
  • Purina Farms is a huge area attraction where many dog friendly events are held along with having large events like the Incredible Dog Challenge.
  • Broemmesieck Dog Park is just a short drive from downtown and is one of our top dog parks, it has a large pond for swimming and is free to the public.
  • St. Louis is also home to the only AKC Museum.  This museum is pretty awesome, dogs are invited to come enjoy tons of dog art and memorabilia.  The museum also host lots of events.
  • Usually in October, St. Louis hold a family friendly Pet Expo
  • Tons of dog parks (mostly membership only-but that just makes them safer)
  • Fitness with Fido is a small business that holds tons of events that help you get fit with your pup.
  • St. Louis has TONS of pet friendly events, some almost daily.  I find all our pet events on https://www.stlalldogs.com/ as its updated constantly.
  • Our New Home

 

#theokdogs #newjourney #stl #stlouis

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Do you agree with our list?  Is there a city you believe is pet friendly? Tell us about it!

 

 

 

Dog Parks

If you follow our travels (mainly on Instagram) you know how much we LOVE visiting dog parks.  We’ve traveled to over 200 different dog parks in the past 8 years.  We’ve learned a lot, and we know that a lot of people hate on dog parks and believe they are bad for your dog, and you guys are entitled to your opinion if that is the case, but we believe they are awesome and we want to share with you why!

Here’s some important things to know:

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DOG PARKS ARE FENCED IN AREAS THAT ALLOW DOGS TO BE OFF-LEASH

Not all Dog Parks are equal: every dog park is different.  There are dog runs, public dog parks, membership only dog parks, and private dog parks.

  1. Dog Runs: small areas usually near apartment complexes or downtown areas where there could be “some” threats to you and your pup.  We don’t like these areas that much.  They tend to have a large number of broken-in cars, money beggars, and sadly some people try to poison your pup.  Usually dog runs are put in areas where there are only a few dog lovers, and others hate the ideas of dogs. *beware of the dog run*
  2. Public Dog Parks: These are the most well known type of dog park.  They are usually a fenced off area in a local public park.  These parks are open to anyone.  Even people who don’t have dogs sometime frequent there.  There are pros and cons to this one.  Pros-FREE, easy access, usually local, lots of dogs.  Cons- you can meet many different types of humans & dogs, anyone can bring their dog, which can include mean, viscous, intact males, in-heat females, dogs that have not been vaccinated, and dogs that may be sick. Sometimes you even find dogs left there by horrible owners who are just done with them. You also find humans that don’t know/understand how dogs play or act and don’t play attention to their dogs or don’t pick up their poop. (YUCK)  *if you are not comfortable at the park, neither is your pup. The best thing: know your dog, listen to your dog, and watch their body language.  It’s okay if your dog doesn’t like “public dog parks”.   Check out Newton Dream Dog Park-it is a Public dog park that is one of our favorites we’ve visited.
  3. Membership Only Dog Parks: these are starting to become more popular.  Basically you pay an annual membership and receive either a key card or pass code to enter the park.  When you sign up for a membership you have to show proof of current vaccines which is a big pro, because you can rest easy knowing that all dogs are current.  There can still be some cons – the humans, even though they have paid their membership and care enough to get their dog vaccinated, they could still not understand or care how their dog acts. This can bring in dogs that just don’t know how to interact at the park. But even still, this is one of the best types of dog parks.
  4. Private Dog Parks-The best of the best, the creme da la creme.  You not only have to pay (either per time entered or annually), plus give current vaccination records, but your dog must also pass a TEMPERMENT test, meaning they are taken into a room with other dogs to see how they react. A dog trainer is there to make sure your pups are not stressed and do not show aggression signs.  And not only is that a huge pro, knowing that all dogs that frolic there “KNOW” how to play with other dogs, they usually have some pretty awesome perks too: swimming pools, cafes for the humans and STAFF members that help keep the peace between humans and between dogs.  This is OUR absolute FAVORITE way to dog park it!  One of our favorite “private” dog park is WAGS in Cincinnati Ohio. If you are ever in the area-you should definitely check it out!

In conclusion, just be aware of where you are going, know the warning signs of a bad human or dog, and always listen and watch your dog.  Dog parks are for your dog to have fun, not a babysitter for your dog (so you can play on your phone and ignore them).  Dog parks are not for everyone, but don’t be afraid of them.  Try them out, you may find that you and your pup love them too!

 

 

 

 

Also see Characteristics of a Dog Park

 

 

 

Tennessee Dog Parks

Good ole’ rocky top
We have visited 28 dog parks in 14 different cities.  The Top Dog Park in Tennessee award goes to: Concord Petsafe Dog Park in Knoxville, TN

This dog park isn’t only the best in Tennessee, its so far our favorite dog park that we have visited. Which means per TheOKdogs

Concord Petsafe Dog Park 
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Why we believe Concord Petsafe Dog Park is the best

  • Water
  • Forest/Hiking
  • Bathing Area
  • Large walking path
  • Plenty of human sitting

Young at heart

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Top 5 Dog Parks In Tennessee

Concord Petsafe Dog Park, Knoxville, TN
Morristown Dog Park, Morristown, TN
Shelby Farms Dog Park, Memphis, TN
Tommy Schumpert Petsafe Dog Park, Knoxville TN
Maggies Bark Park, Franklin, TN

All Dog Parks We’ve Played at in Tennessee


Have you visited any of these dog parks?  Have you traveled to another TN dog park?

Tell us your favorites and you would be featured!

Kentucky Dog Parks

Ossian’s birth state and mom & dads home state: Kentucky
In Kentucky we have played at 28 different dog parks and have our favorites, however the Top Kentucky Dog Park goes to Sawyer Dog Park, Louisville, KY.

Why we like Sawyer Dog Park the most: It has a large wooded area and a nice walking trail.  It also has an outside dog bathing area (Our humans like that)


Top 5 Dog Parks In Kentucky
Sawyer Dog Park, Louisville, KY
Boone County Dog Park, Florence, KY
East Frankfort Bark Park, Frankfort, KY
Michael Kay Red Orchard Dog Park, Shelbyville, KY
Champions Dog Park, Louisville KY


All Dog Parks We’ve Played at in Kentucky


Have you visited any dog parks in Kentucky?  What’s your favorite KY dog park?Comment below and we’ll feature you in your very own post!

As we are on the search for #americasbestdogparks

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New York Dog Parks

We have traveled to 7 different dog parks in New York City

Click each one to learn more about them.

 

Our Favorite of all the New York Dog Parks would prolly have to be Lake George Dog Park, Lake Luzerne, NY.  It has some cool looking agility and gives you the feeling that your in Arizona or some place out west.

4th dog park #noleash #theokdogs #dogpark #goleashless

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We are on the search for #AmericasBestDogParks, can you help us???
Have you been to New York?
Do you live in New York?
Tell us your favorite New York Dog Park in the comments below.

 

Wags,
Oss & Koda