Remembering Good Dog & Epi Warrior Busta

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Today you’ll need to get some tissues. A follower of mine on Facebook, Jayne Prince, lost her good dog Busta & she wrote a wonderful tribute to him that I want to share today.

In Jayne’s words…

My boy  Born on 10.4.06, Stole my heart instantly & came home with me on 23.6.06 From that day on we were joined by our hearts … You filled the house with laughter & smiles, my Busta Biggley, small & wiggley …oh that tail !

I could never picture a day without you then, we were together just about always, you shared every part of my life & home and if you couldn’t come we didn’t go .

You loved all our holidays, walks, swims, the beach & your favorite place, the woods, & always tea & scones!

You learned to go off your lead at the woods & to come back to me but each second I couldn’t see you I would panic!! But there you would be out from behind a tree,” here I am mum, don’t worry “.

At nine months you had your first seizure. I knew right away what it was & so began your long battle with the horrid epi monster.

We tried for a while without meds; removing triggers, keeping calm & vigilant of any stresses that may upset you but eventually our vet said you needed the meds . I cried that day we left the vet with your pills.

Sadly we then had to go to the vets every 6 months for your blood tests & check ups, you were always terrified but behaved perfectly. Your manners have always been excellent, a true gentleman, so brave and strong, we did it together each visit, I held you tight & we did it. I was so so proud of you always, every single day, proud “Mum’s superstar ” I called you.

During an unexpected illness in 2015 you were always by my side giving me a reason to get up each day as I knew you needed me to start your day with your meds, your food & your routine. Thank you my boy, you got me through the darkness .

We knew each other so very well, every look, every little move, you knew what I was going to do or say & I knew all your looks & ways.

Not only did you battle the epi monster but your poorly joints you were born with gave you a lot of pain, so much so that in the last few months when you could no longer get up stairs with me at night, I made our lounge into one big bed for us both. Through those long nights we slept side by side & I would sing or read to you & help you turn. I never left your side in those last months.

The seizures had taken their toll & you were struggling to eat & drink & yes you were so worn out & frail. Tired.

All of our years together I would kiss your soft golden heart ” goodnight ” .& on that day I felt it beat one last time in my hand as held you so close, before it stopped & you were able to rest free of pain & struggle.

My own heart cracked wide open that day & will be forever cracked & sore. Ten years & two days of the most precious love, friendship & smiles. You left so much love behind my boy, inside me to keep me just about going. I hope you took enough love with you over the rainbow bridge.

Your little nickname was “Peepze,” “Mum’s Peepz”. I will forever be a Peepze mummy. Forever. Mums best boy, my cup of joy. Wait for me over that rainbow because one day I will run to meet you, but not just yet.

He sleeps in his favorite spot in our garden. I light his candies every night.

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We are very sad for Jayne. But Busta had the greatest gift in life, he was loved. All good dogs deserve such love.

CEO Olivia

Sharing What We’ve Learned

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. Over the past few years my huMom & I have written a lot of blog posts about living with canine epilepsy. We want to share what we’ve learned with others who also live with this complicated disease. So we have decided to compile several blog posts into a series of eBooks. We intend to offer them free to download either from here or on our store. In them we will include all the articles we have written as well as helpful links to epilepsy related web sites.

But before we do that, my huMom wants to offer a free, New to Epilepsy Starter Kit. This will be for families who are new to living with canine epilepsy. When I had my first seizure my huMom had no idea what was happening to me & having no understanding as to what to do was terrifying. Since then she has learned so much it seems right to pass this knowledge on.

At the moment we are planning to include information such as, for example, how to apply Ocular Compression Therapy (OCT). But we will also include a checklist of items to have ready for an epilepsy event so you will be able to spring into action when the epi-monster strikes. It’s important to keep your head & stay focused & being prepared is key to that. When everyone knows what to do & how to act, it makes an event much less stressful.

Now, we would like your input. If you are new to living with canine epilepsy or even if you are seasoned like us, we would like your suggestions as to what our “New to Epilepsy Starter Kit”, should have. Email us your suggestions at knottytoys4gooddogs@gmail.com or post your ideas below.  You can even reply on our Facebook post linked to this article. Help us help others living with canine epilepsy.

CEO Olivia

Why Don’t You Promote Your Products More? ~ Now You Know

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Hello everyone. CEO Olivia here. Recently I was complemented on my blog. But also a good question was asked, “Why don’t you promote your products more?” I’ll try to answer that.

For those who have followed my blog you know that we focus a lot on canine health; especially canine epilepsy awareness. We do this because I live with canine epilepsy & I sincerely want to offer help & guidance to others who live with this disease. On my Facebook page my huMom & I have connected with many, many families who also live with canine epilepsy. We are constantly learning new things which we share here.

Knotty Toys For Good Dogs came into being because my huMom believes all good dogs deserve a healthy all natural toy, free of synthetics, dyes & chemicals. I personally need such toys due to my epilepsy. Hemp was chosen because it is chemical free. Our Knotty Toys are made from hemp grown in Hungary & Romania. We buy our rope “raw” so it remains rough & smelling wooftastic. It’s great for cleaning teeth while you chew.

To answer the question, I guess we want to be something more than just another dog toy company. It’s important to us to be socially conscious & be able to offer help & support so that all good dogs are healthy, happy & loved. So that’s why we don’t just talk about how wooftastic our toys are. Now you know.

Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. The healthy, all natural alternative to synthetic or chemically treated toys.

CEO Olivia