Once again this year we will be painting one of our Halloween pumpkins purple. We are participating in the annual Purple Pumpkin Project.
Began in the fall of 2012, the Purple Pumpkin Project was founded by Ron Lamontagne who was searching for ideas on how to spread epilepsy awareness. Ron’s youngest son was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2009 at the age of four. The local pumpkin patch provided the solution. Since kids would soon be carving & decorating pumpkins, he thought why not make one purple & tell people about epilepsy when asked, “Why is your pumpkin purple?”
1 in 26 Americans will be diagnosed with Epilepsy at some point in their life. Epilepsy is also one of the most common neurological diseases in dogs, some studies estimate up to 4% of all dogs are affected. I was diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy before my 1st birthday.
This Halloween, on the eve of Epilepsy Awareness Month, join us & turn one of your pumpkins purple & encourage others to do the same.
CEO Olivia ❤
Have you ever considered donating to an animal shelter? That’s wonderful. But what to donate? What do shelters need? I did some sniffing about & found what they need most often.
- Blankets & towels – they go through a lot. Comforters not so much because the stuffing could become an issue if a dog shredded & ate some.
- Food – again, they go through a lot of food.
- Toys – There is a lot of down time at a shelter. A toy can turn a boring day into play time for a dog or cat.
- Money – the daily operations at a shelter can be costly. A cash donation of any size can be of help.
- Time – volunteers are always welcome. Dogs need to be walked & cats need play time.
- Litter – Again, a shelter can go through a lot of litter quickly.
I’m very glad there are shelters & rescues run by compassionate humans, but it’s also sad that they are needed in the first place. Do your part to help by donating.
CEO Olivia ❤
Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo is fighting BSL (breed specific legislation) in the Ontario legislature. This is not her first time. Eleven years ago, Ontario’s then-attorney general spoke in front of the Ontario legislature & claimed that over time, a ban on pit bulls & pit bull type dogs would mean fewer attacks by dogs.
Turns out, he was wrong. The number of fatal dog bites since the restrictions went into place is actually up. It’s bad owners not bad dogs that are the problem.
Ms. DiNovo is introducing a new bill that will end BSL in Ontario. Smartly using statistics to support her position that breed-specific legislation does not work, DiNovo says that she’d like to see Ontario follow a model similar to Alberta–where the province educates the population & strictly enforces already-in-place legislation that would punish bad dog owners, not presumed ‘bad dogs.’
There is no way to prove what a pit bull really is, even with DNA testing. DiNovo’s concern is that many innocent dogs are being grouped with mixed breeds & ‘mongrels’ & being unfairly condemned as a result.
So she aims to go after irresponsible & negligent owners with a vengeance–knowing that bad owners will just move from one banned breed to a different breed that they will then abuse once again. She’s sickened that it’s already happened to pit bulls, & she’s going to ensure that’s changed and that it doesn’t happen any more.
We at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs fully support MPP Cheri DiNovo in her fight against BSL. If you live in Ontario as I do, contact her & show your support too.
CEO Olivia ❤