A Barkday Card Drive Update

News

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. My Barkday card drive for the Wally Foundation is well underway. Today I’m excited to tell you even more wooftastic things have been added to the prize pack.

Dorthy Wills-Raftery is donating her award winning book, “What’s Wrong With Gibson”. Written by Dorothy & illustrated by Michelle Littler, this book has short, easy to follow stories & beautiful illustrations,  that both children & adults can enjoy while learning about Canine Epilepsy. Gibson was Dorthy’s brave epi warrior.

But wait there’s more…

Rick Selwood, the Executive Director of the Wally Foundation has told me he will be contributing a surprise gift as well. I pawnder what it is.

Please join in & help me help the Wally Foundation. Paw here for all the details.

CEO Olivia

Soup Bones & Canine Epilepsy

Health

Olivia playing with Soup Bone

My HuMom used to give me soup bones to chew on. However, it appeared these delicious treats triggered seizures. We did some sniffing about & discovered that HuMom was right, soup bones are a known trigger because they contain high levels of an amino acid called glutamate (different from MSG).

Neurotransmitters are either excitatory or inhibitory, meaning that the receiving neuron will be either be stimulated to fire or silenced. The main excitatory neurotransmitter is glutamate. So ingesting high concentrations of glutamate contained in a soup bone or broth made from soup bones can raise levels in the brain causing neurons to become hyper-excited & a seizure may result. In humans high levels of glutamate has also been linked to brain fog, migraine headaches, dramatic mood swings, & nervous tics.

Unfortunately most of what we sniffed out was more about humans than dogs, but HuMom isn’t taking any risks. I do have my bone that I play with but it’s was thoroughly cleaned out first by my furriends Dio & Grisham, so that only the bone remains. HuMom then packs it with my liver treats & I have a wooftastic time getting the them out.

Here is a short article about glutamate & epilepsy.

Here is an article about canine diet & epilepsy that discuses glutamate

CEO Olivia

Milo & Ze by Mark Watson

Canine Culture

Milo & Ze Book cover

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today I want to bark out about a wooftastic children’s book called, Milo & Ze, by award winning author Mark Watson. Mr. Watson is from England but has also lived in Spain. He has written several children’s books. Milo & Ze was written for children but it makes the perfect Bull Terrier gift for kids, dog lovers & bully fans.

Milo is a cute bull terrier puppy who has been forgotten, locked in a kennel, until one night a blinding light comes out of the night sky & smashes his kennel creating a crater that the bull terrier braves his way to peer into & discovers a fallen star: `’Never again need you wish for a friend, he waits for you at your journey’s end.’ Milo goes on a journey around the world where he meets a Pig, a pelican, a camel, & an elephant who helps him on his journey. Finally, the little bull terrier puppy arrives at the door of a young boy named Ze: Milo finally has a friend of his own.

Written in rhyming verse & beautifully illustrated by  Pablo Michau, Milo & Ze is a heartwarming adventure. It is available in paperback but you can also download the Kindle version for free. The Kindle version includes links to exclusive interactive content.

Have a safe & pawsome weekend.

CEO Olivia ❤


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