Sticks and Bones

Health

Hi everyone, CEO Olivia barking. As I’ve mentioned, February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Good dental hygiene is as impawtant to us as it is for you. Today I want to mention a couple of things dogs commonly put in their mouths but in my opinion, maybe we shouldn’t.

Some good dogs like to chew on sticks or bones & their humans may think this is pawfectly fine. Although this is natural behavior, especially for our wild cousins, sticks & bones can be dangerous.

Branches, twigs or sticks splinter when they are gnawed on & those splinters can end up stuck in our mouths, throats or bellies, causing injury or infections. On top of that, sticks are dirty & may have mold or bacteria on them which can be pawsitively yucklicious to us dogs & even some cats but not good for us.

I learned the hard way that bones can be too hard for some dogs. I cracked a tooth while gnawing on a bone. Just like sticks, bones can splinter as well causing the same complications. Dogs love bones & it’s culturally acceptable to give a dog a bone (isn’t there a song about that?) but they can be dangerous.

Obviously there are numerous alternatives to gnawing on sticks or bones. No matter what you chose, be cautious. As I mentioned, I broke a tooth on a bone, huMom’s beloved Destabella got a stick lodged in the roof of her mouth & I’ve sniffed out some scary tales online of good dogs needing surgery to remove splinters. I haven’t shared them because they are dog gone gruesome.

CEO Olivia

Hemp Canvas, Toothbrush, Finger Sock. Wait, what?

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia barking at you. As some of you know, I had to have dental surgery earlier this year. I had a cracked tooth from possibly chewing on a bone. I’ve recovered but it wasn’t at all fun.

Let me be blunt, canine dental work is very expensive & commercial dog treats & foods like kibble are actually really bad for a good dog’s teeth. Poor quality foods like kibble contribute to gum & tooth disease. Plaques, stained teeth & tartar buildup are common with regular kibble eaters. High levels of sugars & carbohydrates present in kibble provide available nutrition for oral bacteria.  I’m glad I don’t eat that stuff but if you do please make sure to brush your fangs.

My huMom has always tried her best to take care of my teeth. She used to use a small child’s tooth brush but she wasn’t happy using plastic bristles to clean my teeth because I would chew on it & well, it was plastic. So she developed something made from hemp.

With my guidance, huMom came up with a hemp canvas finger sock toothbrush that she can slip over her finger. She applies a little doggy toothpaste, & rubs my teeth & gums with the hemp socked finger. It works really well. I pawtend to be offended at first but then I get into it.

It’s also easy to keep the hemp sock clean, just toss it in the washing machine.

We’re so pleased with this method of brushing my teeth that we’ve decided to add the hemp canvas finger sock toothbrush to our Knotty Toys for Good Dogs store. Even my vet said my teeth looked wooftastic. They will be available sometime in February which just so happens to be National Pet Dental Health Month.

One of the prototypes

However, at the moment we don’t have a name for our “hemp canvas, toothbrush, finger sock”. Maybe you have an idea or some feedback? Do you think we should have different sizes? Please bark out your thoughts.

CEO Olivia

 

A Time of Giving

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. It’s the holiday season & that means it’s the time of gift giving.

I know you humans are scurrying about like squirrels buying gifts for your loved ones but I would like you to add one more item to your list. Have you ever considered donating to an animal shelter or rescue group at this time of year? It’s a wooftasticly kind thing to do. I did some sniffing about & found what they need most often.

  • Blankets & towels – shelters go through a lot of them. Not so much comforters because the stuffing could become an issue if a dog shredded & ate some.
  • Food – shelters go through a lot of food. Not just dog & cat food. Consider bird or rodent food for rabbits, hamsters, rats & their kin.
  • Toys – There is a lot of down time at a shelter. A toy can turn a boring day into play time for a good dog or cool cat.
  • Money – the daily operations at a shelter can be costly.  A cash donation of any size can be of help.
  • Time – volunteers are always needed & welcome. Dogs need to be walked & cats need play time. Both need to be regularly socialized to optimize their chances for adoption.  Who knows, you might make a new best furriend in the process.
  • Cat Litter – A shelter can go through a lot of litter quickly.

Consider also groups like the Freedom Drivers. They transport animals out of high kill shelters to new homes, fosters or no kill shelters. Sometimes this requires several drivers covering great distances. They can always use your help either financially or you could volunteer as a driver.

I know you’ll get a good feeling inside from knowing you’ve helped a good dog or cat have a better life. Kindness & compassion are the best gifts of all. All of us here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs wish you & your loved ones a very happy & safe holiday season.

Happy Holidays from huMom, Suzie Q, Dottie & Jerry Underfoot, my pig bro GG & yours truly, Canine Executive Officer, Olivia