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 ❤

It’s National Dog Day

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. Did you know today is National Dog Day? It’s celebrated every year on August 26th. It was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert & Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige, who is also the founder of National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day & National Cat Day to bring attention to the plight of animals & encourage adoption.

National Dog Day honors family dogs as well as dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe & bring comfort. The purpose of the National Dog Day Foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs each year. Please paws for a moment to think about all the dogs in shelters or on the streets in need of a forever home.

When considering a new animal companion we always say, “adopt, don’t shop”. If you have your heart set on a purebred companion, consider visiting a website like bestfriends.org or petfinder.com to find one at a shelter. Learn how organizations like these are changing the way we adopt. As you search for your new family member, get prepared. Keep in mind the needs of a small versus large dog. Also consider volunteering at your local shelter or fostering. Shelters can always use donations of food, litter, blankets or toys.

I believe Q & I will be celebrating with gratitude for a pawtacular forever home filled with pawsitive love  & a wagnificent walk that will include many treats followed by several naps. We would pawsitively love to hear how you are celebrating National Dog Day 🐾💜🐾

CEO Olivia

Tomorrow is CEO Olivia’s Gotcha Day

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Tomorrow is a special day here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. It was on February 19th, 2011 that I was adopted by my huMom from the Quinte Humane Society. I had been there for three very long months before she showed up looking for a companion for my late fur bro Micky Moo Man. I called him, “Moo Moo” & he was a wooftastic furriend.

Me & Moo Moo

When I arrived at the shelter, my name was Molly & everyone called me that name. But my huMom renamed me Olivia after Olivia the Pig. She has an “I can do anything” attitude that comes from knowing she is loved. I still remember that upon arriving at my new home, as soon as I found it, I leaped on my huMom’s bed, declaring it to be mine too. My huMom took the picture below of me, capturing the moment. You can see I’m still wearing a pink collar from the Humane Society.

Since that day, my huMom has been the light of my life & she tells me she feels the same about me. I know that I’m loved, I have my pack & I know I never have to fight that epi-monster alone. I’m so very grateful that she chose to adopt instead of shopping for a new companion. Still, there are many other “Molly’s” out there waiting in a shelter for their forever home.

Tomorrow we will celebrate my gotcha day with lots of treats & then, a nap on my bed. 😉

CEO Olivia ❤