It’s Our 10th Gotcha Day!

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Ten years ago today huMom & I found each other 💜

For those who haven’t already heard the story you can sniff it out here.

This has been a rough week for us here.  One spent fighting the epi monster. A name we use for when a seizure episode takes hold. It’s been a week of constant vigilance night & day because you never know when that dog gone epi monster is going to strike.  One thing we do know, it often does just as I fall into a good dog sleep.

But this post isn’t about canine epilepsy; although we have many if you are interested.  This post is about the relationship between huMom & I.  A relationship that has grown over the years.  HuMom didn’t know me & I didn’t know her.  We had to learn how to listen & communicate to one another. We learned to trust each other, to have fun with each other, & we learned to love each other.

Remember, huMom’s heart was still hurting from loosing her Destabella just a couple of months before we met. Her visit that day was in concern for another dog who later became  my furbro Mickey Moo Man.  However, it didn’t take long before my charms won her over & she was pawsitively smitten with me.

HuMom still tells the story of the day I leaned my back up against her leg & look up at her.  That was how I told her I loved her.  You  see I did not like to be hugged or to kiss.  No kisses given or received.  I won’t fib, I love kisses now but I still don’t give kisses.  Instead, I like to 💜 nose nudge 💜 I have kissed my huMom, but only twice. I’ve wandered away from what I’m trying to say here. It didn’t take me long to know I could always count on my huMom to feed, shelter & care for me. She loved me &  I loved her before we even knew it.

HuMom & I have spent today together resting & recovering.

Now go kiss you dog, or cat; you know you want to.

CEO Olivia 💜

Puppies and Kittens Are Not Gifts.

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. The holiday season is upon us. For some that might mean a new puppy or kitten as a gift. People may have the best intentions but a new family member really isn’t a ‘gift’. A wiggly bundle of joy seems like a delightful idea Christmas morning but it means several years of commitment.

First, be very sure your family has had a discussion & is ready for a new member. If there are children involved are they old enough to understand bringing a dog or cat into your family is not like getting a new toy? Also, Christmas day is not the best time to introduce a new pet. It can be too busy, very loud & too stressful. It may prove overwhelming for both you & the new addition to your family. That’s not a good start.

Here is an example of the wrong way – Dad stops off at the mall & goes into the pet store. He picks out a puppy or kitten based on it’s cuteness. With little or no information he brings it home. Surprise!

Now here is an example of the right way – A decorative note is wrapped in holiday paper or a small stuffed animal wrapped with a big bright bow can “announce” an impending addition to the family. A few days after Christmas, the whole family goes to a local shelter. They take their time, meet several dogs (or cats) & ask lots of questions. Hopefully a new member of the family will be going home with them when they leave.

It’s a sobering thought that almost every shelter, everywhere is full to capacity all year round. There are so many deserving animals in need of a loving home. Pet stores generally are supplied by puppy mills & back yard breeders. Those people are in this for profit. Adding a family member should be about love, commitment & responsibility.

Remember, when you adopt you enrich at least three lives. Yours, the animal you rescued, & the animal you just made room for. Give the gift of love; sponsor, volunteer, foster, rescue & adopt.

CEO Olivia ❤

Announcing the winners of Olivia’s Silent Auction for The Wally Foundation 2019

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. I’m pawfectly pleased to announce the winners of my silent auction. First, a huge thank you to everyone who pawticipated. You’ve helped a cause close to my heart. nose nudges

Without further delay, here are the winners.

Custom engraved ID tags donated by Critter Comforts Napanee

winner: Brandi Nicole

Favorite Dog Stories by James Herriot Hardcover 1st USA Edition

winner: Jeff Chasen

Easy Walk Harness & Leash Black/Medium size

winner: Christine Ricardo

The framed photo collage of yours truly, Olivia.

winner: Melanie Mamakos

Our Mighty Gnaw

winner: Jeff Chasen

Knotty Rove Tosser

winner: Tiny Tony aka Chicken who has asked me to give it to Angels Tyler,Oddie Mango and Ariels misson to help.

Knotty Nips 3 pack

winner: Sandy Bigelow

Knotty Chaw Chaw

winner: Melody Glenn-Turner

Knotty Bon Bons

winner: Sandy Bigelow

Glucosapet by Omega/Alpha

winner: Tiny Tony aka Chicken who once again has asked me to give it to Angels Tyler,Oddie Mango and Ariels misson to help. That’s wooftastic of you Chicken.

Custom made vinyl clock created by Shop Zoo Crew & Beast Bag Boutique

winner: Christine Ricardo

Pet Cooling bed donated by Dorothy of FiveSibes

winner: Diane Plumley

Bracelet by FeatheredSunsets

winner: Christine Ricardo

No one bid on the LiverTone / KidneyTone combo by Omega/Alpha

Congratulations to everyone. My huMom will be contacting you through messenger this week to arrange the details.

CEO Olivia