Yes! You Need A Pet License

Altus OK Pet Licenses

Starting on Monday, February 5th 2018, residents of Altus, Oklahoma who own dogs and cats over six (6) months of age will need to register for a pet license at the Altus Animal Control Department.

On January 2nd 2018 the Altus City Council adopted revisions to the existing Animal ordinances, including changes to the pet licensing program.


Just visiting? The dogs and cats of TDY airmen training at Altus Air Force Base do not require a pet license. If you’re in Altus for less than six months, you don’t need to keep reading this post. Check out all the interesting upcoming events in Southwest Oklahoma instead.

Last updated: Feb 4, 2018 @ 1:03 pm

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Blessing Boxes in Altus

I learned recently that the youth and children’s ministries at First United Methodist Church have launched a wonderful community outreach project called Blessing Boxes.

The Blessing Boxes are wooden stations installed at several sites around Altus. The boxes are to be filled with nonperishable food and other essentials, so that people in our local community will be able to take what they need and give what they can, at any time of the day.

Each Blessing Box was hand-painted by a creative group of local children and teenagers.

There are four different Blessing Box locations around Altus.

• First United Methodist Church, on the SW side.
• Spirit of the Lord Church, on the SE corner.
• Strong Tower Ministries.
• Grace New Life Fellowship, at the youth center.

Starting Tomorrow

The Blessing Boxes will be stocked starting Wednesday evening, January 17th, 2018. Take what you need, and leave what you can.

Winter Getaways in Oklahoma

Holiday offers for OKC hotels, resorts, and getaways in the state of Oklahoma

There are many good options for holiday and winter weekend getaways within a reasonable drive of Altus, OK.

The hotels and resorts included here are located in the state of Oklahoma, and some of them have special offers for the holiday season and winter months. You can find rustic private cottages, warm and cozy bed and breakfast suites, and luxurious modern city lofts. Some also offer military rates.

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We Are Never Moving Again

PCSing is so much fun, said nobody ever.

My husband Dave and I left Altus last weekend, and traveled 1,800 miles to the Pacific Northwest, to help my sister Nelia move. She and her husband sold their home of the last 9 years, and found a beautiful farmhouse on a couple of acres, with a stunning view of Mount Hood.

Nelia and I were adopted by different families, so we weren’t raised together. As I mentioned in my profile, we were born in the Philippines. It’s only as adults that we’ve been able to get to know each other as friends that look alike, and share interesting similarities. Helping her move was another valuable opportunity to build upon our relationship. Besides which, Dave and I happen to have a lot of experience moving.

That brings us to last Saturday in Boring, Oregon.

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QUIZ: Make Plans This Weekend

Not sure what to do this weekend in Altus?

Are you more of a nurturer, a wanderer, a volunteer, or the life of the party? Whether you typically stay-at-home, or spend your weekends on the road, let me help you find a weekend activity that aligns with your personality and interests.

Take the new interactive quiz and answer ten different ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions. Then leave a comment and let me know what you got!

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Hike up Elk Mountain Trail

Hiking up Elk Mountain Trail in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

If you enjoy hiking and being outdoors then you may be surprised to find that there’s more to see than cotton fields. Less than an hour from Altus is the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, and the Elk Mountain Trail, featuring scenic views of the area.

Elk Mountain is a weekend opportunity to get outdoors and stay active. Kids will enjoy this short hike, and it’s very well marked so you don’t have to worry much about getting lost along the way.

This trail is also dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your best buddy along on a leash, and prepare to have a tired dog on the ride home.

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Pecan Recipes, Snacks, Meals, Desserts

Nuts About Pecans

Well, I may have been raised in Northern California and pronounce ‘pecan’ like ‘pee-kahn’ but I still appreciate a good old slice of traditional Southern style pecan pie.

Yes, I’ve got a strange vocabulary mix, by the way. So, for the record, I love ‘Carra-mel’ candies, I drink ‘Soda,’ and I drizzle ‘Sear-up’ over my pancakes. Let’s move along now…

Nuts About Pecans!

Pronunciation confession aside, I love pecans. Pecans are incredibly versatile nuts! You can coat them in sugar and cinnamon, or turn them into delicious little bars with shortbread crusts.  For the holiday season I’ve been collecting highly-praised pecan related recipes to try, and just in case you’re a pecan aficionado, I figured I’d share the links. I’ve organized these pecan based recipes, by course.

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Military Spouse Careers & Geo Bachelor-ing

Military Spouses don't have to be unemployed or underemployed.

Geographic bachelor-ing (or “geo-baching”) is an unofficial slang term used when, for whatever reason, a military family chooses to have their family or spouse live in a different location from the service member.

Commonly, in these scenarios, a military spouse is enrolled in school or has a successful enough career they don’t want to lose, and this commitment takes them away from the base their serving spouse is assigned to. For these reasons, I know a few Air Force wives who don’t live in Altus –and more power to them for making it work.

It isn’t an easy decision, or an ideal situation, but for some – living apart is the best option.

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