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Pet costs can be burden, surprise in hard times

By Paula Burkes Modified: May 20, 2009 at 10:47 am •  Published: May 20, 2009
"Reward for the dog.”

Dogs need home
Sadly, in today’s recession, there are pet owners who have to give up their pets. Katherine Morris of Sulphur, who’s facing some economic hardship, is forced to give up her chocolate male lab Coco and yellow female lab Cookie, both 3 and trained.

"We’re not able to take our beloved doggies with us, and I’ve been desperately trying to find a home for both of them together,” Morris

( wrote in an e-mail. "They were raised together and pine without each other. It’s heartbreaking to let them go. In a perfect world, I hope that we could find someone local so that we can still keep in touch and visit them. I pray that someone, somewhere can help us keep Cookie and Coco together, and love them just as much as we do.”

The undeniable nationwide trend was also evident on the walls of my vet’s office, where many fliers were taped of other available dogs and cats.

Meanwhile, Eddie is back to his old self, just in time for the fourth annual 3-kilometer Dog Jog

( 9 a.m., Monday at Wiley Post Park. Race director Melinda Irwin said all proceeds will benefit the Norman-based New Leash on Life. The nonprofit trains assistance, therapy and shelter dogs so they can enrich people’s lives, as Eddie unmistakably has enriched ours.

The surprise pet care costs are worth it.

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