Redemption Paws Update


Redemption paws rescue dog

Hello everyone, Canine Executive Officer Olivia here.

I have barked out in the past about a Toronto rescue organization called Redemption Paws. Their one-time mission to help dogs displaced by Hurricane Harvey has evolved into a year-long rescue effort that has found new homes for more than 250 animals. The organization celebrated its first anniversary on Sunday September 2nd.

Founder & executive director of Redemption Paws, Nicole Simone launched the initiative last year after hearing about a boom of stray dogs & overcrowded animal shelters in Houston, Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

Simone says the need for help has been immense in Houston & its surrounding areas, even a year after the hurricane. The storm is believed to have displaced thousands of dogs, which left local shelters struggling. The crisis has now started to impact rural communities in Texas, which have seen lower adoption rates due to the surge of abandoned dogs.

Redemption Paws now makes monthly trips to the United States — including California & Texas — to rescue shelter dogs displaced by fires, flooding & storms. The organization has grown to more than 200 volunteers yet remains funded strictly by donations.

Redemption Paws says it now has a waiting list for prospective adopters, who are carefully screened & matched with a suitable dog.

How wooftastic that there are organizations like Redemption Paws. If you would like to help out you can visit their website. Even a small donation can do a lot.

You can follow them on Facebook too!

CEO Olivia



Dog Harnesses


Olivia & Suzie

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. If you’ve seen enough pictures of Suzie Q & myself, you’ve probably noticed we wear a harness instead of collars. Today I want to bark about why. Let’s start by saying we here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs have a bias in favor of using a dog harness instead of a collar for walking your dog. I believe it’s a safer choice.

A collar can be a great accessory, good to keep ID tags on or in the case of a training collar (often referred to as a choke collar; if you are choking your dog, you are not using it properly.  Get the advise of a professional when using a training collar) if used properly they’re a great tool for getting your dog’s attention.

However, a collar can put a great deal of pressure on a dogs throat & could cause serious injury to the trachea & the thyroid gland, which is located in the front of the neck. If a leashed dog in a collar suddenly lunges at a squirrel while on a walk, it could injure itself.

Smaller dogs such as toy poodles or chihuahuas, are delicate & dogs with short muzzles, such a pugs will benefit from a harnesses instead of a collar because of their unfortunate predisposition to breathing complications.

There are two general designs of dog harnesses, those that are front attaching & those that are back attaching.

For larger dogs, we suggest a front attaching harness. This type of harness attaches in the front of the dog between the legs & can offer more control as it gently tightens when the dog pulls & guides from the front.

For smaller dogs, we suggest a back attaching harness that clips onto a leash just behind the shoulders.

A dog collar is obviously cheaper & easier to use. Most people put one on their dog & leave it. A harness should be used for walks but removed when at home. So it may take an extra few minutes & effort but we feel a harness is a much safer alternative. Personally, I find it very comfortable too.

CEO Olivia

Further Reading:

Collars vs. Harnesses: Which is the Best for my Dog?

Love Cats? This May Be Your Dream Job!


Greek Cat Rescue

Hi everyone, CEO Olivia here. Is you’re idea of a dream job include being on a beautiful island on the Aegean sea while looking after cats? If so read on. My HuMom discovered this job opportunity while reading the blog, “M. K. Clinton’s Barking from the Bayou“.

God’s Little People Cat Rescue, is a registered charity that operates a no-kill, no-cage, lifetime sanctuary & adoption center based on the Greek island of Syros. It’s currently home to more than 65 rescue cats. They also daily feed a colony of stray cats on the island. All the cats are neutered & all cats receive a good quality food, fresh water, shelter & medical attention.

I’ve cut & pasted the entire ad for you to see.

A very special position & living circumstance on offer on a little Greek island called Syros (a small paradise no less!) for a mature & genuinely passionate cat lover who knows how to handle many cats & would love their company! I am looking for someone who can take over the daily running of my Greek cat sanctuary in my absence. You will have 55 cats in your care & need to be able to overview them all + feed & medicate ( bonus if you’re trained vet or nurse). As part of the job you’ll have a fully paid (incl. water & electricity) semidetached modern tiny house with it’s own garden (direct view to the Aegean Sea!) plus salary. The daily hours is that of a part time job (approx. 4 hours) & the salary reflects the fact that you get the house for free (with everything paid). All expenses for the cats will of course be paid incl. all veterinary care. You will be expected to take the cat to the vet in case of illness & therefore will need to be able to drive a manual car. We are located in a secluded nature preserved area which is very tranquil & quiet in winter time but busy during the summer. You’ll no doubt thrive best if you are the type of person who appreciates nature & likes tranquility – & rest comfortably in your own company. That said, you’ll never feel lonely in the company of the cats, you’ll be expected to live with a small handful of cats in your house. From experience the job is most suitable for someone 45+ years of age, who’s responsible, reliable, honest, practically inclined – & with a heart of gold! Apart from feeding the cats the cats will also need heaps of love & attention. You will at times be expected to trap or handle a feral or non-sociable cat, so knowing something about a cats psychology is important + cat-whispering skills should come natural to you.

The job is long term but a minimum of 6 months is required with a 1 month intro at the beginning of October (you will be volunteering for the first 2-4 weeks but with free accommodation). The paid job starts on November 1st 2018. To get an accurate idea of the salary, please follow this link to see an average Greek salary and keep in mind this is a part time job WITH house, water & electricity included for free!

Please send your application with a photo and relevant information to
We will look through all the applications & do Skype calls with the most suitable candidates at the end of August.

That sounds like a cat lovers dream. Personally, I find Dottie & Jerry Underfoot enough cat experience for me. But maybe this is your purrfect job. I suggest if that’s the case, apply. What have you got to lose?

CEO Olivia ❤