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

Olivia’s Silent Auction for The Wally Foundation

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today I’m tail waggingly excited to announce my Silent Auction. I have sniffed out some wooftastic prizes to bid on, donated by pawsome people, as well as our own Knotty Toys for Good Dogs & Cool Cats. I hope you’ll all pawticipate because the money I raise goes to a good cause, my charity of choice, The Wally Foundation – Canine Epilepsy.

The Wally Foundation is a non profit that helps those who struggle with the costs of epilepsy medications. Founder Rick Selwood believes no one should have to surrender a beloved companion animal because you can’t afford their medication.

Here’s how to take part in my auction. Starting today, November 18th, you can go on my Facebook page, Oh, the Life of Olivia, there you’ll see the post for the auction pinned to the top of the page. You will be able to see pictures of each prize being auctioned with it’s minimum bid. Click on the picture of the prize you wish to bid on & like a silent auction, you can post your bid in the comments. If someone outbids you, just post again with a higher bid. We will cut off bidding at Midnight, November 30th & will announce the winners on Monday, December 2nd. Payment can be done through PayPal or eTransfer.

Best of luck & a huge thank you to our bidders.

CEO Olivia