International Purple Day 2020

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Hi everyone, CEO Olivia here. I know a lot of you are now working from home. I hope you’re still wearing your finest purple, because it’s Purple Day, a global movement to raise epilepsy awareness. 

If you need a break from the interwebs, have some fun with your four legged companion. Dress up in your finest purple or find something purple in your home,  then snap a pic or two. Be creative, jammies are acceptable. BOL! 

Then you can post the pics on my Facebook page, “Oh, The Life of Olivia”. I’ll share them to the Wally Foundation ~ Canine Epilepsy page. For those of you who can, please consider making a donation. 

Stay strong everyone. Stay home if you’ve been asked to.

#plankthecurve

CEO Olivia ❤

Boredom Breakers for Good Dogs and Cool Cats

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. I’ve been hearing that many of you two leggers are working from home. This is very wise of you to do this. For many of you, this also means your good dog is staying home with you because the doggy day care is closed and/or your daily walker is self isolating too. Again, that’s a very wise thing to do, but your good dog may miss the routine & get bored with being home all day.

It’s impawtant that a good dog gets plenty of physical exercise but it’s also impawtant for them to work their brains too. This also applies to cool cats, let’s not forget them. Boredom can lead to OCD & other “unwanted” behaviors such as destroying furniture. A canine couch potato is just as bad as it’s human counterpart. So here are a few suggestions to keep a dog’s mind sharp & it’s day more interesting while you two leggers work on those report things you do.

Food puzzle toys are invaluable boredom busters. Since my wild cousins spend much of their time scavenging for food, food puzzle toys offer a natural solution to dog boredom. Puzzle toys also encourage chewing & licking, which can have a calming effect on us good dogs.

There are lots of products available that can offer a number of difficulty levels. You can use something as simple as a Kong or ball stuffed with treats to more elaborate devices that require problem solving steps. Suzie Q prefers a Kong stuffed with treats. She doesn’t seem to understand my puzzle game. But I’m very smart. BOL!

You can also put food to work for you by making your good dog or cool cat hunt for it. Hide small treats of food in the house for your good dog or cool cat to “hunt.” Initially, make the treats very easy to find. As your furriend gets better at this game, practice hiding the food in more difficult spots.

A Knotty Toy for Good Dogs can be fun on these long days. They are gnawsome for interacting with your good dog. If you’re working online, it’s good for your eyes to take frequent breaks. Use the time to engage your pup with a game of tug of war or indoor fetch. Nothing makes a good dog happier than bonding with you.  Play is a great way to do that.

If we all do our part & be responsible, we will all be stronger on the other side of these times. Please, if you’ve been asked to stay home, do so. I’m serious.

Stay! ( I’ve always wanted to say that.)

CEO Olivia

In Times Like These

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. I’m sure no matter where you are, COVID-19 is either affecting your life or soon will be. People are being told to stay home, which has many scrambling for supplies. Many businesses will be shutting down for a time.

Shelters & rescues may have to suspend adoptions but they still have to care for the animals in their care, which means they still need financial help. I know you must take care of you & your family first. Just don’t forget that animal rescues & shelters still rely on your support.

If you have a neighbor who is elderly or has a compromised immune system & they have a pet, reach out to them. They are the ones most at risk, so maybe you could help them with pet supplies & shopping. In short, be a good neighbor.

Another thing that is very important, especially for those with epilepsy is that you have enough medication on hand to get through this crisis. Don’t put off ordering meds if you think you are low. I understand that most AEDs (anti seizure medications) are controlled substances which means you can only get so much at a time. It may be wise to consult with your vet & pharmacist.  My huMom had this conversation with our clinic just this morning.

Most important, is stay calm. Be kind, practice compassion. Reach out & help if & when you can.

CEO Olivia