The Broken Arrow Animal Shelter and community benefit from a variety of services provided by volunteer personnel. Our volunteers come from all walks of life. Each has unique individual abilities and accordingly the operation enjoys a wealth of diversity in terms of experience. Karen Holman (pictured above) has kindly agreed to use her specialized education and training to bring forward a series of articles which we will be adding to our BA Animal Shelter media sites.
Have you ever wondered if your dog really loves you for who you are or is he secretly laughing at you? Do dogs really get mad at you when you are preparing to leave the house and upon return, your favorite house shoes are shredded? Were they getting back at you? Do cats stalk you waiting to pounce? And why do they rub on you leaving “furballs” clinging for dear life to your best, black slacks right before you walk out the door for an important meeting? Is there really a human animal bond? Are dogs really like wolves? How do we pick the perfect pet for our family?
My name is Karen Dugan Holman and I was born and raised in Broken Arrow. From an early age, I was taught to respect nature and all animals. My parents instilled in me early, that we were responsible to care for all creatures and respect their natural habitats. I have always enjoyed directly observing and studying the ethology of animals. Studying natural behavior of animals leads to realistic expectations for our pets.
I have a Master of Science in Companion Animal Behavior Analysis and Consulting. I completed my residency at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital Behavior Clinic and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. I also teach Anatomy and Physiology at BAHS and initiated the Tiger Tails Therapy Dog Program working with BA students. I also am a Paw Pal Therapy Dog leader through Tulsa Dog Training Club. I own Three Oaks Animal Behavior Counseling, providing a science based approach to behavior modification for pet’s with inappropriate and undesirable behaviors.
I am excited to have the opportunity to write a series of articles working towards improving the lives of all BA animals and our community by discussing a variety of science based animal topics. Such as, what is the responsibility of our citizens to the animal community? How can we be responsible pet owners? How to handle basic animal behavior problems? How to bring a new pet into the home? What kind of pet is best for your family? And what to realistically expect from the pet you have chosen as a family member?
If you have any questions or would like further information, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.