The animals and I are blessed with a wonderfully supportive artist community..
I can't say "Thank You" enough!!!! You are my Angels!!
Without you, I couldn't do as much for the animals...
Most times, by the time I get to my e-mail or to find time to post, the auctions are already ended.
This time I actually have time to share with you, this special auction that features a collaborative Artist Trading Card Collection, created by 21 artists from 13 states, as well as Australia, Scotland & Canada. 57 cards were created and a beautiful box by Tammy Hixton to keep them in.
The participating artists are:
1. Hilery Hixon 2. Tammy Hixon 3. Vonda Roberts 4. Joan Hoffman 5. Karen Burene 6. Carrie Egnatowski 7. Diane Speer
8. Charlotte Fern 9. Jo Royal 10. Sheree Rose 11. Kathy Nesi 12. Alison Anderson 13. Megan Peacock 14. Jade Adams
15. Susan Guzy 16. Helen Hoelck 17. Kristin Sagers 18. Pat Rios 19. CT Hawes 20. Lesley Bliss 21. Virginia Johnson
to view auction.
I transport next week, but have been slowly loading the artwork for our auction scheduled for November.
Again, Thank YOU ALL from the bottom of my heart, I can't tell you how much it is appreciated....
Nites are my friend, where I take time to sleep and stop, in hopes of quieting my mind and finding sanctuary.
Yesterday I took a moment to slow down, to spend the day with the animals and to truly play & have some fun with them..
Focusing on living in the moment and enjoying my time with each and every one of them.
It was a very bittersweet thing.. Looking into each face, wondering what their story is..
Knowing that even though each and every one may have different circumstances, but that they all had a common bond, one of ending up at animal control and sure death, if they had not come here..
Holding each one, feeling all the love they have, just waiting for someone to love them back and keep them forever...
We have all sizes BIG & small..
When considering an animal please think rescue.. There are rescues and shelters in all parts of the country. If you are looking for a purebred, there is a purebred rescue for every breed, just surf the web. Sometimes it takes time to get exactly what you want, but it's a long term commitment, so it is definitely worth the wait.
As the saying goes, "Don't breed or buy when shelter dogs die, adopt a rescued dog".
And please, please, never buy puppies from pet shops, if you question why please click here..
This is "Nova" she is a female German Shepherd, approximately 2 years of age. Super sweet and laid back. Good with other dogs and justing wanting to be your best friend.
"Pokey" is a male Great Pyrenees/Pointer mix. 9 months old and 90 pounds. He is a big guy with a lot of love to give. Super laid back, good with other dogs and cats. Needs leash training, we're working on it, but he is super afraid of things around his neck.
"Marlee" is a female Great Pyrenees mix. She is on the smaller side, weighing approximately 45 pounds at 9 months old.
A happy girl as you can see!!
"Zorro" is a male Min Pin mix. Approximately 2 years of age. He is a loving dog, but can be very cautious if he doesn't know you. He will need to learn to trust his new owner for someone was very rough with him at one time. He is very head shy.
Gets along great with other dogs.
"Snood" is a male Jack Russell Terrier. He is approximately 5 years of age and as you can see a low rider:)
Great guy, loves people!!! Does not get along with cats.
Sampson & Delilha are mixed breed pups. Approximately 12 weeks old.
They get along well with other dogs and puppies and just want to sit in you lap and chew your shoes:)
Our "Smiley" is another Great Pyenees mix. As you can see she is all smiles!!!
"Bogie" is smiling or is he laughing at me too?? (((giggles)))
Yesterday was the first day of fall and it had my mind reflecting on the months past and how precious each and every moment of daily living is..
Truly we take so much for granted on a daily basis, that it isn't until something life changing happens that we take notice.
Grateful for the friendships made, new & old, the beautiful stories shared from fellow animal lovers and the support both financial and emotional. I couldn't have done so much without you..
We have so far this year we have taken in 426 dogs and cats...
More than last year and the year is not over.
Did I mention we took in 96 dogs/puppies in July/August. That was our biggest combined months ever.
I will be transporting 45 next week.
The past months I have been doing a juggling act with my life, record numbers of animals here, traveling and teaching in between transports, writing my new books at nite, creating new art and classes and running back and forth to the hospital has me truly pooped.
All in all, I have managed, but have made a firm decision to take the next few months off to play catch up with my life..
Yes.. I know I always try and never stick to it, but I will have to this time. Or at least really, really try my best..
The vet bills are maxed, so now I absolutely have to be realistic about what I can and cannot do financially.
I plan on having the art auction up the first weekend in November. I have some friends who have volunteered to help me photograph and load it.
They have threatened bodily harm if I refuse help..
So many of you have been so patiently waiting, for the rest of the auction to be posted and so it shall be right before the holidays. Once everything has been paid down and I have taken a few months off, we'll start again. I'm hoping that by next year we'll be able to start a program where people will be fostering the puppies taking some of the pressure off me.
I'll still oversee the transports, shots, worming, etc, to get them fully healthy prior to going to the humane societies.
Below is our sweet "Fancy" and her pups. I am always in awe of the life force of these animals. No matter their hardships, they are always so grateful when they get here. This sweet mom, had her pups the nite we got her here. She went right into her crate, laid down and let out the biggest sigh, as to say.. "I'm safe"
How blessed I am to hold life in the palm of my hands.. How blessed are you to have your pets in your life:)
Someday in the near future some lucky person will have this baby as their own..
I laughed myself silly the other day, when the puppies mauled me, when I was cleaning and they had all been swimming in their pools. Good thing I'm not a dirt- a- phobe!! Just call me Miss Mudball:)
Like I said, moments, that is all we have in this life and no matter how hard the day, try to take a moment, look around and find something that makes you smile.. Like these precious ones!! Are they laughing at me???!!! ((giggles))
P.S. My sweet friend in Hawaii I haven't forgotten you...
I just wanted to post a quick note that one of my best friends Claudine will be appearing on the Martha Stewart Show today.
A huge animal lover she built this web site and is always my right hand when I need help.
Tune in and watch her make her create her super fun Sitting Poppets!!!
All the critters and I will be watching :)
(The cute picture above was taken by another one of my talented artist friends Kim Nugent, while she was pet sitting for me. Her dogs are the 2 Boston Terriers and Simon the Pom. )
Right now Bernie is transporting another 40 more doggies up to Chicago so they can have a new chance at life. Yay Bernie!!
She filmed this video before she left giving you a glimpse into A Place to Bark and I promised her I would post it!
here it is!!!