It’s CEO Olivia’s Barkday


Today is a special day here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs. Our CEO Olivia is celebrating her 7th Barkday (birthday). Naturally we are reflecting back on her life.

Olivia was adopted from a local animal shelter back in February of 2011. Molly as she was known then, had been there for three months. Her first act upon arriving at her new home was to leap on her new huMom’s bed, declaring it hers too.

Three months later Olivia experienced her first seizure; it came in the middle of the night. Having no idea what was happening I was terrified. After a Grand Mal seizure Olivia ran about blindly, stumbling into everything for what seemed like an eternity. She was rushed to the vet early that morning & a few days later, after testing she was diagnosed with Canine Idiopathic Epilepsy.

Most of the time Olivia is just like any other dog. She loves her walks, lounging in her yard or having robust debates with the local chipmunks. Focal seizures are something she lives with almost daily; her eye lids will flutter. She will experience a Grand Mal seizure on an average of every 18 to 22 days. Sometimes she has clusters.

In spite of her epilepsy she remains my happy, little clown, healthy & much loved. She has learned how to manipulate me with her beautiful eyes & she clearly has a sense of humor. I feel so very blessed to have this special soul in my life.

Happy Barkday Miss Olivia.

Love, Your huMom


No Medical Cannabis For Pets In Canada (For Now)


Here in Canada, the sale of cannabis in all forms will be legal as of July 1st. This has been of interest to me because CBD oil which is derived from cannabis has been proven to help manage epilepsy. There is even a strain called, “Charlotte’s Web”, which has been bred specifically for treating epileptic humans.

Generally, veterinarians in Canada have been unwilling to recommend cannabis treatments because at present, there are no official guide lines for prescribing them for animals.

Cannabis & its derivative products are prohibited under the Controlled Drugs & Substances Act. While veterinarians are included as ‘health practitioners’ in the Act, they would still require a ‘legal pathway’ to prescribe cannabis-based medicines. No medicine (cannabis or otherwise) can legally be prescribed without first being classified as an approved medicine by Health Canada, & since to date no cannabis-based medicines have been approved by Health Canada for use with animals, there can effectively be no legal pathway to prescription.

At Colorado State University, clinical trials are already underway for cannabidiol as a treatment for epilepsy, as well as for treatment of osteoporosis in dogs. These trials could pave the way for FDA-approved cannabis treatments in the USA, which could ultimately lead to Health Canada-approved treatments in Canada.

It may take some time but eventually I’m sure CBD oil’s will become available for animals in Canada. Before then, vet’s will need to learn how to adjust dosages & understand the benefits of the various strains.

It should be noted that having CBD’s prescribed by a vet will be the wiser alternative than trying to treat your animal companion on your own. Often joked about by cannabis aficionados of the human variety, the possibility of overdose is a real concern. Accidental cannabis toxicity can cause symptoms like vomiting, incontinence & irregular heartbeat.

We are keeping a close eye on this story as it is my huMom’s wish that I can try Charlotte’s Web CBD oil one day with the hope that it will shut down that Epi monster once & for all.

Time is running out to enter my Barkday Giveaway. You could win a Knotty Toy for your good dog or cat.  Go on Facebook & visit my page, Oh, the Life of Olivia, or Knotty Toys for Good Dogs page to enter.

CEO Olivia

Paper Mache Good Dogs

Canine Culture

While sniffing about the inter-webs for dog related art I came across something different. Back in 2013, Brooklyn artist Will Kurtz did a solo exhibit at the Mike Weiss Gallery in New York City.

Constructed of unlikely materials such as newspaper, glue, wire & wood, there are more than 20 dogs of every breed, size & color, each rendered more expressively than the next.

Check out this wooftastic exhibit.

Be sure to enter my Barkday Giveaway if you haven’t already. You could win a Knotty Toy for your good dog or cat.  Go on Facebook & visit my page, Oh, the Life of Olivia, or Knotty Toys for Good Dogs page to enter.

CEO Olivia