Hope and Hollyhocks
Oil on Linen Board
When I'm not painting like a crazy person or playing with my four-footed studio assistants, I spend time volunteering for Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue. Like most animal rescues in the nation, we hit a tough spot last month, with the dogs coming in faster than we could locate foster families for them. Many families are giving up pets right now because they can't afford the vet or feeding costs. The situation is heartbreaking.
Little Willie the One Eared Pug
Looking for Someone to Adore Him
Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue
The good news is, the moment these little puggies come to us, for many no matter how old they are, this is the first day of the best part of their lives - from this point on they are lavished with love, attention, and care. I still stay in touch with most of the families who adopted my fosters, and it is such a delight when I get a phone call from Jennifer to tell me Oscar the Pug's latest "Oscarism" or from Julie to tell that Mister Pug has learned how to play hide and seek with her.
If you cannot donate money to an animal rescue near you, please consider giving a little time, maybe there is something they desperately need you are uniquely qualified to provide. We are always looking for marketing and help with getting the word out. Many rescues are in desperate need of help keeping their web sites functioning. And most rescues always need foster families - the lifelines that help us get the dog or cat out of the pound or kill shelter and into a safe haven until a furever family can be found for them. Sheila and Carrie have found a wonderful way to give by launching the Art for Animals Project blog. If you are an artist, here is a perfect way to paw-ticipate!
I hope that every dog or cat in need finds a loving home. It is my prayer every night that the angels will watch over them and deliver them to safety.