According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 65 million people around the world have Epilepsy. Canine Epilepsy also affects thousands of dogs across the world, across the breeds each year.
It is so important, on both the human and the canine fronts, to join together to help others understand, to not be afraid if they see a person or a dog having a seizure, and how to help and be supportive. That is what March 26 – Purple Day® is all about!
Facts About Purple Day®:
- In 2008, a nine-year-old girl with Epilepsy named Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada, along with the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia (EANS) founded Purple Day.
- Purple Day’s color is the international color (lavender) for Epilepsy awareness.
- In 2009, the New York-based Anita Kaufmann Foundation (AKF) and EANS teamed up to launch Purple Day internationally and they encourage people from all over the globe to “go purple” in support of Epilepsy awareness.
- “The Great Purple Cupcake Project” is an initiative that, according to AKF, bakers and individuals are invited “to feature purple cupcakes during the week of March 26th through April 1st in an effort to promote awareness….”
- On March 18, join others in the Purple Day® Walk for Epilepsy and The Guinness World Records attempt at the largest seizure First Aid training! How? Visit http://purpledayeveryday.org/ for more info and to register today!
As part of my FiveSibes™ #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness Campaign, I joined Purple Day in 2012 as an Ambassador, and encourage people from across the globe to wear something purple and turn their social media pages purple to support both humans and canines living with Epilepsy.
How You Can Support K-9 Epilepsy Awareness on Purple Day:
- Dress Up is Fun! Dress you and your canine best friend in purple and take some selfies! Be creative! Adorn your pup in a matching purple t-shirt, or dress him in a bandana, collar, leash, bow, socks, or scarf! Pose her with a purple ball, stuffie, or toy!
- Throw a Purple Pup Party! Who says awareness can’t be fun? Put out a spread of yummy homemade dog treats on a purple tablecloth with purple plates and purple napkins! Don’t forget to snap some pics!
- Walk for K9 Epilepsy. Organize or join a walk for Purple Day in your neighborhood, where you and your dog sport something purple and walk to support Canine Epilepsy awareness. Need information on Canine Epilepsy to have on hand to share? Contact FiveSibesLiveGibStrong(at)gmail(dot)com.
- Donate to Help Other Dogs With Seizures. Did you know The Wally Foundation offers financial assistance for much-needed medications to families, fosters, and rescues of dogs diagnosed with idiopathic Epilepsy? If you’d like to help by donating, visit their website at TheWallyFoundation.com.
- Enlist Your Epi-Dog in a Clinical Trial/Research Study. Visit North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine website to review current enrollment calls at: https://cvm.ncsu.edu/research/clinical-trials/.
- Draw a Paw! Encourage children to draw paw prints on purple construction paper (and have parents/guardians cut out) or color a picture of a purple dog, and proudly display up on the fridge, bulletin board, or bring to school to share and explain what Purple Day is about.
- Watch a Video! Pop some popcorn for your family and friends, bake up some doggie treats, and together watch this FiveSibes Purple Day for Canine Epilepsy Awareness video featuring some pretty (p)awesome furry supporters from across the globe: https://youtu.be/4_R_v99QnDY.
- Be a Friend! Connect with others via our worldwide online Purple Day for Epilepsy 2017 Facebook event. My co-host and I will be sharing important links, videos, photos, and Epilepsy-related information, and we welcome your photos, too!
- A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words! Take a photo of your Purple Day fun with your pet and post on your blog and/or social media accounts and link up to our 3rd Annual FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong Purple Day Blog Hop on March 26 at http://FiveSibes.blogspot.com. Use the following hashtags on your social media posts: #PurpleDay, #FiveSibes, #LiveGibStrong, #K9Epilepsy, #EpilepsyAwareness, and #paws4purple.
Together, let’s proudly “go purple” in support of humans and canines living with Epilepsy. For more info on Purple Day and Purple Day events, please visit www.PurpleDay.org and http://PurpleDayEveryDay.org.
Dorothy Wills-Raftery is an award-winning photojournalist and author of EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy; the FiveSibes™ Tales children’s books What’s Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy and Getting Healthy With Harley: Learning About Health & Fitness; and Buddy, the Christmas Husky~Based On A True Holiday Miracle books (ArcticHouse Publishing), as well as the international FiveSibes blog, based on the lives of her five Siberian Huskies. Her work has also appeared in American Pet Magazine, Ruff Drafts, The Sled Dogger, and Hudson Valley Paw Print Magazine. Dorothy is the writer and host of “The Sibe Vibe” Dog Works Radio show.” Named “Best Author” in 2015 & 2016 by Hudson Valley Magazine and all four books named “Best in Print” by American Pet Magazine, Dorothy is a 5-time Dog Writers of America Association “Excellence” nominee, winning the prestigious Maxwell Medallion in 2016 for her writing. An official International Purple Day® for Epilepsy Ambassador since 2012 and a volunteer case manager for The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy, Dorothy is the creator of the FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K-9 Epilepsy Awareness campaign inspired by her own epileptic Husky, Gibson. In addition to her Siberian Huskies, Dorothy shares her home with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and new grandson. You can follow Dorothy and her FiveSibes on Facebook at FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews, on Google + , Twitter, and Instagram (@FiveSibesMom).