Artist Martin Wittfooth

Canine Culture

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. I’m still recovering from my last fight with the Epi Monster, but I did manage to sniff out some pawsome artwork by artist Martin Wittfooth. He is a painter who was born in Toronto, Canada, grew up in Finland, but now calls New York City his home.

Wittfooth’s oil paintings are set in atmospheric landscapes rendered over many paint layers on canvas, linen, or wood panels. The worlds created in Wittfooth’s paintings implore the viewer to question the status quo, to challenge that which is taken for granted, & to proceed with caution.

Have a pawsome weekend. Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian 🇨🇦 followers.

Remember to get your human to take your picture with a sign showing your “Bark Out” for November’s Month  of Canine Epilepsy Awareness. Then send it to me by messaging my Facebook page, “Oh, the Life of Olivia“.  We will then share them to with the world.

CEO Olivia

This Good Dog Is Making Plans

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Hi everyone, CEO Olivia here. If you don’t already know, November is Canine Epilepsy Awareness Month. Yes, I know it’s early October, so you must be wondering why I’m barking about it so soon. I have a good reason.

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.

I will also be holding another auction to raise money for the Wally Foundation ~ Canine Epilepsy. They are our charity of choice because they help families who live with canine epilepsy.

My huMom & I are already getting a prize line up prepared. Of course it will include some of our wooftastic Knotty Toys for Good Dogs & Cool Cats. If you would like to donate an item for the Auction, please contact my huMom through my Facebook Page before October 27th. We already have a pawsome donation from Shop Zoo Crew & Beast Bag Boutique. I’m keeping it a secret for now.

CEO Olivia

A Companion Not A Commodity

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Hello, CEO Olivia here. I was planing on writing an article in line with November being Epilepsy Awareness Month but I’ve sniffed out an article that I feel the need to share. Today’s topic is sobering & it has me barking with anger!

A few months ago a man in Toronto was seen on video throwing a live puppy into a trash can. He was identified through social media & arrested. It turns out he was running a puppy mill. Sadly this is far from an isolated incident & this puppy was actually one of the lucky ones. Dog breeding isn’t regulated here in Canada & like everywhere else there are far more dogs than homes as a result. Shelters are always full to capacity.

It’s not just the puppy mills that are to blame. The social attitude towards dogs needs to change. Dog’s aren’t the latest accessory. We’re not disposable & we’re not a commodity. You can’t just leave a dog somewhere because you’ve grown tired of it (that happens), or feel it’s more work than you expected. Every shelter has stories of arriving in the morning to find a dog tied to the gate or in a crate by the entrance.

By contrast, in Scandinavia, dog populations are under control. There is no stray dog problem. Pet ownership/guardian holds an important & respected place within Nordic culture. The Nordic countries have some of the most extensive requirements for animal care & the harshest punishments for animal abuse & neglect in the world. Canada & the U.S. have some of the weakest, but that’s slowly changing. In Sweden, nine out of ten dogs have insurances for medical needs. Also, across Scandinavia, it is illegal to sell dogs in stores.

It all comes down to attitude doesn’t it? A dog should be seen as a life long member of the family, not some novelty or accessory to your lifestyle. Please read the article. It is more eloquent than I.

CEO Olivia