It’s Purple Pumpkin Time



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

Shelter Donations



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

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