Precious Phoebe with the beautiful pink nails and cutest bunny toy. Todd’s latest portrait was painted for Tanner Montcrief Carpe Diem Antiques, our winner at the Westbend Winery event we attended in April. We have a drawing for a portrait at every show, so if you’re there too, make sure to stop by our booth and enter.
The wonderful portrait Todd did of Lucky The Dog, this portrait was done from a photo that was taken of Lucky when he was first found. One of Lucky’s rescuer’s Susan Mcclung entered Lucky in our contest and her response when she saw it the first time warmed out hearts.
“In tears, look at the pathos in that face. It’s more than a portrait. It’s a story. Thank you so much.
The back story, this is the picture sent to me Dec 6th last year right after thanksgiving at 11 pm in the evening, where he only weighed 32 pounds but up from the 21.2 lbs. and Dr Hedrick texted this and said “He is going to make it”…
Best text of my life, best texted image, and now this picture immortalizes “he is going to live” Please let everyone know … because there are obviously other pictures where he looked better later, but this was a moment that needed an artist. And live he did.”
If anyone would like to know about Lucky and all the amazing people who helped save his life, Susan was kind enough to share the full story with us. It’s not an easy read, but it’s important that people know and understand that this happens everywhere and that we are their voice! If you see an animal suffering, please speak and get help. We promise this story has the happiest of endings!
Congratulations to Kingston, the winner of our Pet Days of Summer Portrait Giveaway. We look forward to sharing Kingston’s portrait with you later this year. Thank you to everyone who entered and all who voted!
We also wanted to let you know a little more about Kingston Another Lucky Dog, the beautiful boy who won our portrait contest. We ran a similar contest a couple of years ago and through that met the most wonderful group of caring people who rescued a starving, neglected dog Lucky The Dog. Lucky is living today happy, healthy and loved. This same wonderful group also rescued Kingston. Sadly Kingston has gone to the bridge but he knew true love and happiness in is final days. From Kingston’s last will:
“The last item in my will, my last possession, is the love I leave behind. Please bestow it on the pets abandoned without hope or kindness.
Today, I am officially retired at the bridge. I have loved all my people who have been with me in recovery and through death. Mom may write a book or not, Stick will continue to grow and all of you wonderful people will continue to be kind and understand the strength of being kind. It is not a weakness. My Facebook page will remain for visitors and memories, but it is time to thank all of you for following. It has been such an honor to have you by my side, from abuse and neglect, degenerative myelopathy, struggles at the end, and leaving. I am a blessed dog. Abandoned and starving and then having such wonderful encouragement. I remember trying to find food and water and being so sick, and then at the end, I did not want to go, but my body said otherwise. I will see all of you later, of that have no doubt. Death is a burden and a blessing. It eclipses all day to day events, and then once understood, is just anticipation of meeting again. I love each and everyone of you. Until later, <3 Kingston at the Bridge”
Happy National Dog Day! “Dogs are the partners of our souls.” National Dog Day celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues. National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage. To learn more http://www.nationaldogday.com/
Please take a minute, click the link and vote in our Pet Portrait giveaway. Only 6 votes separate first and second place!