Music for Shelter Dogs

Canine Culture

Hi everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today I’ve sniffed out something wooftastic. Martin Agee, is a violinist who has played for over 40 Broadway cast albums including “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Color Purple,” & the upcoming revival of “West Side Story.” He is also a volunteer with the ASPCA. When he’s not busy rehearsing or performing, he plays soothing classical music for dogs recovering from abuse.

While training at the ASPCA Animal Recovery Center, Mr. Agee learned about a program where people could read to dogs recovering from abuse, he thought playing music for them could also help.

The response from the dogs has been very positive. Often, within seconds dogs will curl up on their beds or in front of the doors, & quietly listen or watch Mr. Agee play. Some hounds have even helped by singing along.

Mr. Agee sticks to soothing classical pieces by Bach, Handel & Mozart. The result is an overall calmness that not only the dogs appreciate but the staff as well. What a pawsome thing to do.

Check out this short video of Mr. Agee at a shelter. We at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs bark out a big “Thank You” to Martin Agee.

CEO Olivia ❤

Reminder – November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. This year I’m asking all my fellow Epilepsy Warriors & wagnificent supporters to help me raise Canine Epilepsy awareness globally. Here’s what I want you to do. Get your human to take your picture with a sign showing your “Bark Out” or motto against this horrible disease. Then send it to me by messaging my Facebook page, “Oh, the Life of Olivia“.

Once November arrives I will begin posting the pictures I’ve received. Let’s show the world how strong The Canine Epilepsy Community is.

Thanksgiving Turkeys


Hi everyone, CEO Olivia here. It’s Thanksgiving day here in Canada. It’s a celebration of the end of harvest time when families come together & feast on all the fresh food.

Today is a day to be thankful & focus on gratitude.  It’s also a time of year we here at Knotty Toys For Good Dogs like to celebrate the ancient beauty of turkeys. I think that turkeys are the one bird you can tell just by looking at them that they are descendants of dinosaurs.

Male turkeys are called “toms” or “gobblers”, female turkeys are called “hens.” On a quiet day, a gobble made by a male turkey can be heard up to a mile away.  The piece of flesh on the males face is called a waddle & it changes color depending on their mood.

Did you know that turkeys fly? They are very good at it too because they fly inside forests & have to dodge branches. They sleep up in trees at night as well.  HuMom has seen it.

Turkeys have up to 6,000 feathers in beautiful, iridescent shades of varying colors such as red, bronze, gold, & green.

I have had a good sniff analysis of turkey tracks. Where I live we see wild turkey families out foraging almost every day. They are beautiful, shy birds, I bark out a hello often.  They are too shy to respond. 😉

CEO Olivia