In my column last week I described a “maybe not-so-hypothetical” look at how corruption can occur in Oklahoma county government.
The use of essential oils in humans has exploded in the last few years. The use of essential oils for animals is now becoming common practice. Since flea season is right around the corner, Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss what essential oils are being used for flea control.
Using a food lure is a basic component of any positive reinforcement training plan. It gives us a valuable tool to help teach our dog behaviors and cues, and even modify behavioral problems. By teaching our dogs to follow a food lure, we can achieve our training goals more efficiently and keep training time fun […]
By John D. Doak Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Whether you’ve lived in Oklahoma all your life or you are new to the area, storm season must be taken seriously. Preparing before the sirens sound is the best way to protect your family and your property. The following tips will help you get ready for tornado […]
I have long articulated the following view: the legal scheme of Oklahoma county-level governance is antiquated and better situated to the 1800s when political bosses directly controlled the reins of government and merged policy and government operations into a toxic outcome of political patronage and corruption.
Those who have read these articles during the past year will know that I have regularly opposed the many ongoing tax increase proposals because they will provide cover for the waste and abuse of already-collected billions taxpayer dollars.
Warmer weather brings blossoms and blooms and unfortunately, bugs. March signals the beginning of flea and tick season and is the time to start taking preventive measures against fleas. Understanding the flea life cycle will help you eliminate them from your pets. Read more: Spring has Sprung, and so have the Fleas!
Say it ain’t so, Cooper. What’s that? Shelters are loaded with dogs abandoned by pet owners. That’s not right, is it? No, Cooper, you are correct. Too many dogs find their way to shelters simply because their pet owners failed to offer a lot of love and understanding.
On a cold, wintery day in January 2004, my family and I drove to the north side of Marshall, Oklahoma where I solicited the support of my first voter for the office of State Representative. It would be the first of thousands of such visits over the course of the next eight months.
It was deja-vous. A few days ago, the State Purchasing Director attempted to walk the Government Modernization Committee through the ins and outs of state government purchasing policy. His unenviable task faced two primary challenges: capturing the attention of legislators for what at first glance appears to be an extremely dry (though important) subject matter, […]
It’s March—springtime is around the corner! Worms in your garden…and worms in your pet? Eeew! Hold on, let’s explain… The worms you find in your garden mulch are not the same worms that cause heartworms in pets.
The FDA regulates the manufacture and distribution of human and animal drugs to provide safe medication for you and your pet. State pharmacy boards help regulate the dispensing of human and animal prescription medications. Dr. Anna Coffin wants to make you aware of the dangers of online pet pharmacies.
Voting on legislation is the singular most important part of the state representative’s job and in that role, I have endeavored to cast the approximate 1,000 yearly votes according to a set of clear and consistent criteria.
Consider the following statement one might hear if they stay around the capitol very long: “If there is one consistent thing about that legislator, it is that he is consistently inconsistent!”
I had originally reserved this column for commentary on what I hoped would be a fully funded pay raise so desperately needed for our teachers. After last Monday, it appears the political gridlock that has become our state government will continue. It appears such gridlock has become business as usual in our state. I had […]
In today’s blog, I wanted to talk about an obedience training cue that often gets overlooked: the release cue. The release cue is very important since it marks the end of a behavior (i.e., “sit,” “stay,” etc.). This gives the dog a clear cue to know that she can break position. It reduces confusion and prevents […]
Trying to eat a healthy, balanced diet is hard for many of us. We overindulge in sugar and salt, often giving in to the temptation of what tastes good rather than what is good for us. It really should not be a surprise to anyone that we often make similar mistakes with our pets’ diets. […]
I have enjoyed the opportunity to observe the leadership of six different Speakers of the House. It’s said to be the most powerful position in all of Oklahoma government; stronger in influence than even the Governor. Based on careful observation over the years, I have attempted to learn all I can about the strengths and […]
I have frequently expressed my view of the inappropriate influence of lobbyists over the legislative process.
Puppies lose all their baby teeth between three and six months of age. During this time, you will need to help your teething puppy cope with this stressful event. Dr. Anna Coffin will help with some tips and tricks to get your puppy through this phase in life.