Turtle the Painting Pit Bull

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Today I want to share with you a very special dog named Turtle. Sadly, Turtle started out in a bad place, she was used as a bait dog. Turtle was rescued when she was around two years old. Her huMom wanted to use Turtles’ story to help other Pit Bulls but unfortunately, because she is a Pit Bull a lot of people don’t always feel comfortable near her. So Turtle learned how to paint, how threatening is a Pit Bull that can paint?

Turtle the Painting Pit Bull visits schools to teach kids about bullying & animal abuse through her “Bullying From A Pit Bull’s Perspective” program which is based on Turtle’s story of overcoming abuse & pawing it forward. At the end of each program Turtle paints a picture which is framed & left for the school as a reminder to the students that bullying hurts. Every child receives a wrist band that says “Remember Turtle”.

Respect A Bull, Inc is also dedicated to lowering the number of Pit Bulls dying in shelters through spay/neuter/education. To date they have spayed/neutered/vaccinated and micro chipped over 350 Pit Bulls at no cost to the owners.

Turtle is also an Epi-Warrior. Sadly she began having seizures last year. So let’s all send her strength to fight. We at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs say this is one Wooftastic canine. Please sniff out Turtle’s web site or visit her on Facebook.

CEO Olivia

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New Canadian Stamps Promote Responsibility

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Love Your Pet: Responsible Pet Ownership is a colorful new stamp series that offers reminders of the importance of spaying or neutering, regular visits to the veterinarian, proper nutrition, creating comfortable surroundings, & plenty of play, exercise & attention. Like the popular 2013 “Adopt-a-Pet” stamp set, this issue was produced with the guidance of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS).

The stamps were designed by Lara Minja & illustrated by Genevieve Simms. Created to convey the important aspects of pet care in a beautiful & lighthearted way, they address important responsible pet ownership.
The animals in the artwork all show warmth & express personality in scenes where they are cared for responsibly. It’s a visually appealing & celebratory way of illustrating the pets in our lives, while reminding us about ways of keeping them safe, healthy & happy. Reminders such as spaying & neutering, nutrition, veterinary care, a comforting home, & physical & mental well being through play & human interaction.
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Trap ~ Neuter ~ Return (TNR)

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All major cities in the U.S. & Canada have feral cat colonies. But also smaller communities, basically anywhere people have settled in numbers, there is most likely a feral cat colony. These cats live hard & often short lives. They succumb to untreated wounds, disease or starvation. Yet, sadly their numbers grow exponentially due to unchecked breeding.

Something can be done.

A TNR (Trap – Neuter – Release, or Trap – Neuter -Return) program is the best way to reduce the population of these feral colonies. The concept is very simple – break the reproduction cycle. Cats are humanely trapped, often evaluated to ensure they are healthy enough to live a free-roaming lifestyle, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, ear tipped to identify them as being altered & released back to their colony. Often kittens are placed with rescue organizations for adoption into homes.

So what can you do? Find or start a TNR program in your area. Many Humane Societies & shelters offer training in TNR. Some feral colonies have “caretakers”, these are volunteers that feed and monitor the colony. Some have even built shelters for the cats to endure harsh winters.

But the best thing you can do is if you own a cat (it owns you – be honest), have it spayed or neutered. In short, be responsible.

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