Puppies and Kittens Are Not Gifts.

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. The holiday season is upon us. For some that might mean a new puppy or kitten as a gift. People may have the best intentions but a new family member really isn’t a ‘gift’. A wiggly bundle of joy seems like a delightful idea Christmas morning but it means several years of commitment.

First, be very sure your family has had a discussion & is ready for a new member. If there are children involved are they old enough to understand bringing a dog or cat into your family is not like getting a new toy? Also, Christmas day is not the best time to introduce a new pet. It can be too busy, very loud & too stressful. It may prove overwhelming for both you & the new addition to your family. That’s not a good start.

Here is an example of the wrong way – Dad stops off at the mall & goes into the pet store. He picks out a puppy or kitten based on it’s cuteness. With little or no information he brings it home. Surprise!

Now here is an example of the right way – A decorative note is wrapped in holiday paper or a small stuffed animal wrapped with a big bright bow can “announce” an impending addition to the family. A few days after Christmas, the whole family goes to a local shelter. They take their time, meet several dogs (or cats) & ask lots of questions. Hopefully a new member of the family will be going home with them when they leave.

It’s a sobering thought that almost every shelter, everywhere is full to capacity all year round. There are so many deserving animals in need of a loving home. Pet stores generally are supplied by puppy mills & back yard breeders. Those people are in this for profit. Adding a family member should be about love, commitment & responsibility.

Remember, when you adopt you enrich at least three lives. Yours, the animal you rescued, & the animal you just made room for. Give the gift of love; sponsor, volunteer, foster, rescue & adopt.

CEO Olivia ❤

Wordless Wednesday for January 23rd

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Welcome. Today is almost Wordless Wednesday. Today we are mourning the passing of Frankie Long Legs. He was a puppy mill survivor & a anti-puppy mill activist. We at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs do not support puppy mills. Adopt don’t shop, put an end to this cruel industry. #puppiesarenotproduct

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