For today’s painting, I would like to introduce Renegade, a true example of canine athleticism (who says you have to be pure bread to be an athlete!). Sheila adopted this spunky terrier mix from Project Jessie and he is a dog sport superstar! At 1-year old he enjoys playing Agility, Flyball, Rally Obedience, Sport Detection, Barn Hunt, and even does tricks. As if that was not enough, Renegade and Sheila are working towards the goal of him becoming a certified therapy dog. Thank you so much Sheila for sharing your incredible story!
I am very excited to share today’s painting, along with a truly lovely story (I was actually a little teary when I received Darlene’s email). This is Strider, a handsome fella that Darlene rescued from All Breeds Canine Rescue Centre. Here is Darlene and Strider’s story:
“For the size of Strider 65 lbs, he is the best dog I have ever rescued, he loves people and animals. He is 2 years old now and loves to play with my daughter's Chihuahua Chewy. At our vet's office there is a cat and when we go, the cat comes out and sits on a chair and Strider goes over and gives him kisses. This year I tried to get him to do the Dock Dive at Pawlooza and he got to the end of the dock and stopped and would not go any further. Strider loves the water but has to have his 4 paws touching bottom, he runs and jumps but if he can't touch bottom he goes no further. I can't say how much he has enriched my life and I do believe he rescued me and not the other way around… he greets me everyday when I come home from work with his toy in his mouth just so happy to see me.”
Todays we have a brother-sister duo for you – Chesterman (the guy with the white) & Sidney (tabby lady). Markus and Theresa adopted this pair from Theresa’s sister’s neighbour’s back yard (where they were strays). They certainly look like they have adjusted to life in house!! Thanks so much Theresa and Markus for sharing your story.
Today’s painting features Jax, a lab/husky mix. Jennifer had the good fortune of adopting this very handsome boy at ~6-months of age from a fantastic organization-- “Paws United” (Jax’s owner had only good things to say about Paws United!!). I took the liberty of checking out Paw's United Website today; here is a little bit more information about this great group:
"We are a local (London and Strathroy Ontario) non-profit group of animal lovers that rescues, rehabilitates and adopts dogs into loving homes. Our main focus is dogs in pounds and high-kill shelters, as well as partnering with organizations and other rescues when needed. We are the “middle-man” in sheltering, training and in some cases nursing these dogs back to health in order to find them suitable and loving homes. Paws-United is entirely volunteer run and has many wonderful foster homes that are willing to care for these dogs until adoption."
Thanks so much Jennifer for sharing Jax’s photo & story!
Well, it’s officially day 1 of my rescue pet painting challenge and I have a wonderful story to kick us off. For those of you just joining in, check out the "Rescue Pet Paintings" tab above for more info
This painting features Samantha (right) and Angus (left) – both rescued by Stephanie. Samantha was one of four wild kitten born under a neighbour’s deck. After weeks of patience and persistence to gain the kittens' trust, Stephanie adopted two of the kittens while her sister adopted the other two. Upon arrival, Stephanie’s other rescue cat Angus took the kittens under his wing. In Stephanie’s words “he treats them as if he were their mama”. I certainly would say this story had a happy ending. Thanks Stephanie for sharing Samantha, Jerry, and Angus’s story!
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