November Is Epilepsy Awareness Month

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Good day everyone, CEO Olivia here. Once again we here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs will be observing Epilepsy Awareness Month. I’m sure you all know by now that I live with canine idiopathic epilepsy & I like to do my part to offer support & share information with my fellow epi-warriors.

As we’ve done in previous years, for the month of November we will be doubling our donations to the the Wally Foundation. They offer financial assistance to families struggling with the costs of AED’s (anti epileptic drugs). They also redistribute medications, donated by good humans. The Wally Foundation’s founder & Executive Director Rick Selwood believes no one should have to surrender or euthanize a beloved companion because you can’t afford medications.

November 7th will mark the 4th year my huMom has been the Communications Director for The Wally Foundation. Wooftastic!

I’ll be posting regular facts about canine epilepsy on Facebook & on Instagram. Plus don’t forget my eBook series about living with canine epilepsy. My huMom & I wrote them with the hope they will help those who are both new to living with epilepsy & the veterans, like me. We also have an eBook written by epi-warrior Riley’s huMom, Deanne Rodgers Tanksley & there are two more books in the works. They’re free to download here on our blog. Just follow the banner link above.

I’ll also be showing off my furbulous wardrobe of purple outfits. What will you be doing to raise epilepsy awareness this month? I’d love to hear your ideas.

CEO Olivia

Paint Your Pumpkin Purple

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purple pumpkin project

Hi there, CEO Olivia here. Halloween is just around the corner & at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs, that means there will be purple pumpkins. That’s because we are once again participating in the annual Purple Pumpkin Project.

The Purple Pumpkin Project was founded by Ron Lamontagne in 2012. His youngest son was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2009 at the age of four & Ron was searching for ideas on how to spread epilepsy awareness.  The local pumpkin patch provided the solution. Since kids would soon be carving & decorating pumpkins, he thought why not make one purple & tell people about epilepsy when asked, “Why is your pumpkin purple?”

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases in dogs, some studies estimate up to 4% of all dogs are affected.  I was diagnosed with canine idiopathic epilepsy before my 1st birthday.

Help me spread Epilepsy Awareness this Halloween. Paint one of your pumpkins purple & ask others to do the same. Then please share a picture of your pumpkin with me. Simply post it to our Facebook page.

CEO Olivia

Giving to the Wally Foundation

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Wally the Saint Bernard

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. As you should know by now, my Barkday card drive is underway. My Barkday is June 21st. I’ll be turning 8 this year. I’m asking people to send me a Barkday card with a $1 donation to the Wally Foundation, or make a donation through PayPal.

Today I want to tell you why I’m raising funds for the Wally Foundation. As you know, I live with canine idiopathic epilepsy. The Wally Foundation has a simple mission & purpose; “To assist owners of  epileptic dogs, rescue groups & animal shelters to pay for medications & treatments related to canine epilepsy”. They redistribute medications that have been donated as well.

The Wally Foundation also operates to offer support, assistance & to raise awareness. Their website & Facebook page provides news, research articles & helpful links.

The Wally Foundation & we here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs believe that no one should have to lose a beloved family member for financial reasons. Nor should any dog rescue or animal shelter have to turn a dog away because of canine epilepsy & the expense of treatment.

Please join me in celebrating my Barkday by either sending me a card with a $1 donation or make a donation through PayPal. If you use PayPal include a note saying, “Olivia’s Barkday”. The PayPal account is wally@thewallyfoundation.com

Everyone who participates will be entered into a draw for a wooftastic prize pack that will include:

CEO Olivia

The Wally Foundation on Facebook

The Wally Foundation