Today, March 26th is Purple Day. A day near and dear to my heart. You see Rolo didn’t develop Epilepsy over time with us. We adopted him knowing that we were going to be taking care of a special needs do for the rest of his life. There has been many many ups and a few downs but you know what, we get through them and I wouldn’t never rethink our decision to adopt him. He has brightened my life and changed it in so many ways! Purple Day is a day dedicated to raise awareness about epilepsy. People in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness. Did you know that this day was founded by a young Canadian girl named Cassidy Megan in 2008.
“Seizures are the result of muscle responses to an abnormal nerve-signal burst from the brain. They are a symptom of an underlying neurological dysfunction. Toxic Substances, metabolic or electrolyte abnormalities and/or imbalances cause an uncoordinated firing of neurons in the cerebrum of the brain, creating seizures from mild to severe” (Quote Credit: http://www.canine-epilepsy.com/overview.html).
There are so many resources out there for us canine epilepsy parents that it always calms my mind. Just know that you are not alone and through social media there is an army of pet parents here to help you!
Today is all about the purple and we want to see it. We have teamed up with Dorothy from Fivesibes to bring you an amazing online Facebook event. Share your photos with us of how YOU and your family went purple! Join the event here –> Click here
Here are some of our favorite items available online that donate a portion of their proceeds to help out EPI Dogs, whether it is with research or providing financial assistance and medication. Do you have a company that donates a portion of your proceeds to Canine Epilepsy? Contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be sure to share it!
Canine Epilepsy Calendar
This is a big fundraiser and sends donations to Emma’s Fund and The Wally Foundation. The calendars are high quality, glossy and feature real dogs (and their friends) from the EPI-K9 Community. Get yours here –> Click Here
Arctichouse Publishing AKA The FiveSibes. Arctichouse Publishing has been very generous with donating proceeds from their EPI items to various Canine Epilepsy Resources. All of their items are available for purchase through their website –> Click Here
♥EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life with Canine Epilepsy. This book features real life stories & photos about EPI dogs from all around the world including my very own Rolo. A Portion of the proceeds are donated to “Emma’s Fund” which is located at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine, so they can continue to do research and trial work in the neurology field as well as Canine Epilepsy.
♥What’s Wrong With Gibson: This book is perfect to explain to children what Canine Epilepsy is as told by the FiveSibes and their EPI Brother Gibson. A portion of the proceeds from this book are donated to “Emma’s Fund. We did a book review on this a while back. Check it out here –> Click Here
♥Purple EPI “Live Gib Strong” Bracelets: These comfy silicone bracelets are only $2 each and $1 from each bracelet is donated to various EPI Charitable Organizations. We got ours and wear it all the time!
♥Live Gib Strong T-shirt: Raise awareness about Canine Epilepsy by sporting this adorable shirt around town. Again a portion of the proceeds are donated to “Emma’s Fund”
Knotty Toys for Good Dogs: Knotty toys makes help toys for your pets. They feel hemp is a safe, natural alternative to nylon or synthetics. All of their products are Eco-friendly, all natural, non toxic and handmade in Canada(woot woot!). $1 from each toy sold will be donated to the Wally Foundation. The Wally Foundation provides financial assistance to the owners of canine epileptics and dog rescue groups to obtain medications and veterinary services. These can be purchased here –> Click Here
Gibbie Snacks from House Woof Dog Biscuits in Vermont.
Gibbie Snacks are specially formulated for our EPI dogs.A 14oz bag holds handmade small cubed dog treats made with oatmeal, green beans, carrots, sweet potato, zucchini, parsley and lean beef. From every bag sold House Woof will donate $1.00 to the Wally Foundation. To order check out their site –> Click Here
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