A Dog House Is No House In Winter


Hi everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. We are in the dead of winter here in Canada. Day time temperatures stay below freezing & nights can be downright brutally cold, sometimes dipping to -40 C.

It distresses me that some humans still believe that dog houses & blankets are adequate enough protection for a good dog during freezing temperatures.

To prove a point, a veterinarian named Dr. Ernie Ward launched a passionate campaign to break this cycle of thinking when he chose to stay in a dog house for a winter night & broadcast the experience.

Even though Dr. Ward was geared up & ready for cold winter weather, he could only endure four hours inside the dog house. Keep in mind, he was dressed in layers of insulated clothing – something that we good dogs don’t have.

By the end of his 4 hours, Dr. Ward was shivering uncontrollably. The temperature inside the dog house had gone down to 15 F ( -9 C) & that is when Dr. Ward said, “enough”.

By the end of his time in the dog house, Dr. Ward was even more firm in his belief that dogs should be brought indoors during winter – regardless of breed. We at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs agree.

See for yourself, watch the video. 

Stay warm everyone.

CEO Olivia

Art to Help Australia


Hello everyone CEO Olivia here. Australia needs our help. I’m heartbroken by what is happening there. The images I have seen are beyond horrific. I have lived through a house fire that destroyed my home. I’m so sad for everyone there.

Usually on Fridays I like to share art & today is no different. However today is a little different.

An art magazine web site called, “this is Collossal“, reached out to artists across the globe & asked if anyone might be willing to donate a print, painting, or object with a percentage of sales going toward humanitarian, wildlife & firefighter support for the Australian crisis. More than 50 artists answered the call & you can help out by purchasing some beautiful art.

You can view many of the artworks here. Each has links for the artwork’s terms & beneficiary. At the bottom of the page are links to even more participating artists.

If you’re unable to afford a purchase right now, please consider donating directly to any of these charities.

WIRES: The New South Wales-based Wildlife Information, Rescue & Education Service Inc., Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization, is accepting donations to fund the rescue & care of animals affected by the fires. wires.org.au.

Wildlife Victoria: A nonprofit that provides wildlife emergency response services, Wildlife Victoria is accepting donations to distribute to wildlife shelters to help rebuild enclosures and equipment.  wildlifevictoria.org.au.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park: This wildlife park in South Australia is raising money for koala veterinary costs, koala milk and supplements, and extra holding and rehabilitation enclosures. A GoFundMe page organized by park owner Dana Mitchell has raised more than $800,000. You can donate here.

World Wildlife Fund Australia: This chapter of the international wildlife conservation organization is accepting donations to care for injured wildlife and, when the fires clear, to plant 10,000 native trees in critical koala habitat, including in “koala triangle,” the heartland of Australia’s healthiest wild koala populations. Donate at donate.wwf.org.au.

Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital: Bindi Irwin, the daughter of famed wildlife conservationist “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, has been taking in many displaced animals at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. The zoo’s Wildlife Warriors program is raising money for new enclosures to house flying foxes and koalas injured or displaced by fires. Donate at wildlifewarriors.org.au.

Please, if you can do anything to help, don’t hesitate. This is happening right now!

CEO Olivia


Hemp Canvas, Toothbrush, Finger Sock. Wait, what?


Hello everyone, CEO Olivia barking at you. As some of you know, I had to have dental surgery earlier this year. I had a cracked tooth from possibly chewing on a bone. I’ve recovered but it wasn’t at all fun.

Let me be blunt, canine dental work is very expensive & commercial dog treats & foods like kibble are actually really bad for a good dog’s teeth. Poor quality foods like kibble contribute to gum & tooth disease. Plaques, stained teeth & tartar buildup are common with regular kibble eaters. High levels of sugars & carbohydrates present in kibble provide available nutrition for oral bacteria.  I’m glad I don’t eat that stuff but if you do please make sure to brush your fangs.

My huMom has always tried her best to take care of my teeth. She used to use a small child’s tooth brush but she wasn’t happy using plastic bristles to clean my teeth because I would chew on it & well, it was plastic. So she developed something made from hemp.

With my guidance, huMom came up with a hemp canvas finger sock toothbrush that she can slip over her finger. She applies a little doggy toothpaste, & rubs my teeth & gums with the hemp socked finger. It works really well. I pawtend to be offended at first but then I get into it.

It’s also easy to keep the hemp sock clean, just toss it in the washing machine.

We’re so pleased with this method of brushing my teeth that we’ve decided to add the hemp canvas finger sock toothbrush to our Knotty Toys for Good Dogs store. Even my vet said my teeth looked wooftastic. They will be available sometime in February which just so happens to be National Pet Dental Health Month.

One of the prototypes

However, at the moment we don’t have a name for our “hemp canvas, toothbrush, finger sock”. Maybe you have an idea or some feedback? Do you think we should have different sizes? Please bark out your thoughts.

CEO Olivia