A happy tail: Way back in 2006, my volunteer hours were spent working with the Forsyth Humane Society Development (Fundraising) Committee and the very first Art Unleashed fundraiser. My role was the artist coordinator and I had a wonderful time
working with all the amazing talent and helping our participating artists bring their ideas to life on fiberglass dog and cat forms. One of these was particularly special to me as Todd and I and a generous group of friends sponsored one of the forms created by the art students at Glenn High School. Their design “Companion Quilt” is made up of squares designed by each student to honor a beloved pet. I was so touched to see that not only did they create squares for my Freddie and Joey but also dedicated the entire form to my Jimmydog complete with our logo and Jimmy’s sweet face.
Fast forward to last week at FHS. I stop by to drop something off and there in the lobby is “Companion Quilt,” looking a little lost and forlorn. I hadn’t seen it since I unsuccessfully tried to win it at the auction in 2006 and now we’ve been able to adopt it and I’m so happy that it’s home where it belongs at the Jimmydog Pet Portraits world headquarters.
Over the years, we did 4 Art Unleashed events and of all the artists, forms and designs that I was privileged to work with, this one always had the most special place in my heart. Incidentally, that first auction raised over $125,000! A grand evening and a great event.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a high-energy, people-pleasin’, award-winnin’ pup. This sweet-natured breed has it all—brains, beauty and brawn. They literally excel at everything they do: show ring, agility and herding competitions, therapy and herding jobs, and of course, stealing your heart. The Sheltie (as their fans call them) are clearly over-achievers whose playful and affectionate nature makes them a great choice for newbie pet parents. They’re ready and eager to join in all your adventures, whether it’s playtime in the backyard or a weekend camping trip. And, seriously, those gorgeous eyes?
Bo. 11″x14″acrylic on fine art acid free paper. ©2021 Todd Belcher/Jimmydog Pet Portraits
#promomonday My beautiful, creative and super talented artist niece
Jessica Adolph has just launched her new website, themessieartist.com. She creates fun and funky natural fiber ornaments, macrame wall hangings and plant holders, bright and beautiful pots and absolutely gorgeous resin coasters and trays. Please take a moment to browse her website and do some holiday shopping. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll be helping this young artist get a great start to her creative business. Thank you!
Did you know that our very own rainbow pup Jimmy Belcher, Newcomer’s Club Ambassador can send you a personalized, illustrated letter from the rainbow bridge? Nothing would make his beautiful tail wag really fast more than writing one for you too! He just received the sweetest thank you note from one of his human friends.
I wanted to let you know I received your letter and oh my dog, it brought the biggest smile (and tears) to my face. As always, it was perfect timing. I have read it so many times and have it framed and placed where I can see it every day! It still brings me joy and peace when I need it most.
Those are tears of pure joy and gratitude. I’m so lucky to have met you and your mom and dad! I can’t express how much joy these letters have brought me.
Please give him a big hug for me. I know he is always in my heart too. Your letters help me remember that. Thank you, Jimmy. I appreciate you more than you could ever imagine.
I think I’ll sleep peacefully today. Kisses for you and Oliver. — C.K., Redondo Beach, CA
Jimmy can bring you peace and joy, too! Find out more about his special letters and how you can request one at fromtherainbow.com
Each year we’re honored to support our local rescues with donated portraits to help raise much needed funds. Our most recent donation was a portrait for the winner of Forsyth Humane Society 2022 calendar contest and the winners are . . . the most adorable pair you’ll ever meet, Giovanni the Corgi and Ella the Golden Retriever. Yesterday, their mom made our day with this lovely note about their painting and the whole portrait process.
“It is amazing!!!!!! We can’t believe how wonderful it is and how much it looks like them! The artist, Todd is incredible and his wife is so so nice to work with! Top notch people. The whole participation in the first ever calendar contest was a true delight, not to mention I am glad that FHS exceeded its fundraising goals! I hope next year will be as much of a success for you. Ella and Giovanni will step aside to share the limelight with some other cute dogs and cats. But we are very grateful to have participated and we can’t wait to give out calendars as gifts this Holiday. Thanks to you and to Todd and Stephanie as well as Lauren and Dave with DesiLu. All the best!” J.B. — Summerfield, NC
Big Studio Art Sale!
Original works of art by local artist Todd Belcher
Framed works of art. Wood block paintings.
Prints of all sizes starting at only $5.00.
Great gifts for the holidays!
Affordable pieces for every budget.
One day only! Don’t miss it!
Saturday, November 20th
740 Barnesdale Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
336-978-3683 (call or text)
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Looking forward to being part of this festive event. Hope to see you out at Kaleideum North next Saturday evening. Not only will your ticket help support Kaleideum but also includes your admission to the museum, a tasting ticket for either Raylen Vineyards or Broadbranch Distillery, a free laser show, and if bought in advance a free stemless Kaleideum wineglass (while supplies last). There will also be food trucks on site that evening as well as a cash bar to purchase wine or craft cocktails. Come out and support art and science in your community.
There are many people behind our visually fragrant wall of catnip, that make this stellar day,rule the world, every year and they are official CAT PEOPLE.
Some of them live with cats and some just wear kitty ears…others; cats on their socks and bow-ties. Our team is brilliant and creative, they meow when spoken to, come running when called, bump noses, keep their litter boxes clean, purr when happy and just like cats, are witty and engaging. Sadly however, some of our “cat day peeps” still live under a veil of lies, that humans are superior to cats and that cats worship us. We’re working on quickly dissolving this desperate delusion, bringing them into reality gently, with the assistance of professional counselors, going slowly…kitten step by kitten step, so that when the TRUTH sets in, their minds aren’t completely obliterated.
Cats Rule The World. Yeah…they really do.
What We Do
We explode the internet every October 29th. We live to celebrate cats and help them to find forever homes. Through our large social media & press platform, all year long we’re able to partake in the wonderful world of cats and put the plight of cats in shelters, center stage. We educate literally millions all year long but on October 29th….it’s party time! We encourage you to spoil your fur baby a little more on National Cat Day than any other day (you don’t want them to get too demanding do you?) by buying them a new toy drenched in cat nip, giving them something simply scrumptious to eat, offering LOTS more cuddling and making a donation to your local shelter in their honor. The best way you can celebrate though is to save a life! So if you can….ADOPT….don’t shop. Estimates reveal that there are approximately 4 million cats entering shelters every year with 1-2 million being euthanized. Often cats are overlooked and under-appreciated because they don’t usually have jobs like dogs. But cats still lower blood pressure, offer unconditional love and companionship, tons of laughs and alert their owner to danger. Many cats have been named heroes. So take that…dogs!
What We Believe
We believe that every cat should have a forever home where they are safe, warm, loved, cherished and regarded as FAMILY.
We believe that cats are PURfect best friends and are among the funniest animals on the planet.
We believe that life just isn’t the same without a cat in it.
We believe in adoption to help reduce the number of unwanted cats that flood shelters and rescues every day.
We believe in spaying & neutering as a way to end the suffering and overpopulation of cats around the globe.
We believe that no matter where a cat comes from, being a cat parent is a precious gift and a responsibility one should not take lightly. Please make sure you can properly care for a cat before you commit to opening your heart and home.
Unique. Meaningful. And not stuck on a cargo ship coming from China. Custom pet portraits from Todd Belcher make the perfect holiday gift for pet lovers — with no worries about broken supply chains. Quick turnaround on 5”x7” original pencil portraits of a beloved animal. The perfect size for a desk, dresser or wall. Only $99.95 (with free shipping). To get Todd started on your custom pencil portrait, contact us today!
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