Photographer Stacey Gammon

Canine Culture

Hi everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today I’ve sniffed out some touching photographs of shelter dogs, by American photographer Stacey Gammon.  She volunteers her time at shelters & rescues. Part of her volunteering includes taking portraits of those awaiting adoption. Here is a sample of her senior shelter dog portraits.

I hope one day, shelters are no longer needed because every good dog & cool cat deserves a loving home.

CEO Olivia

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.

Shelter Dog Portraits Of Photographer Traer Scott

Canine Culture

Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. Today I have some deeply moving portraits to show you. Photographer Traer Scott was inspired to capture these beautiful dogs while volunteering at an animal shelter.

Traer Scott is an award-winning photographer and best-selling author. Specializing in animal photography, the human/animal bond & conservation-themed fine art photography. Her work has been exhibited around the world & has appeared in National Geographic, Time, Life Magazine, & The New York Times among others. Traer was the recipient of the 2008 Helen Woodward Humane Award for animal welfare activism. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

It’s a sad thing that we need animal shelters. We at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs believe in “adopt don’t shop”.

CEO Olivia