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Thursday, September 22, 2011

This is my baby.. well, she doesn't look like that anymore.. she is over 60 pounds now, but still beautiful. I plan on making some more of these message pieces and just send them out online and see what happens. I have been wondering if I should add them to Zazzle or Cafe Press.. I wonder if anyone would be interested in them? I think they would be great hanging in a shelter.. I wish I had the funds to print a bunch up and send them to shelters for free.. that would be cool. 

I haven't been to the shelter for a very long time. I can't find a job like so many millions so I can't afford the gas to get there. I keep hoping to find a job that will allow me to pay my bills and have a little extra so I can drive over to Miami at least once a month... but so far no such luck! Of course, I do still have many images I can work on here from past visits... I just would love to get some good images of those needing homes now and help to get them networked and hopefully get some adopted.. especially the cats. I have heard that the euthanasia rate for cats is 90%- I hope that is not true. 

(I have to add my website on the bottom since it has come to my attention that people have been ripping off some of my artwork.. please keep in mind that all of my work posted has been and always is copyrighted)


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Everyday I look at Facebook and I see funny posts about cats and babies, political videos about angry politicians, and images of current work by my artist friends... and then I see the animals. Every single day there is a large group of people who post images of dogs, cats, horses etc. needing homes. I look at them every day and it always makes me so sad- as one person what can I even do? The numbers are just overwhelming and it never stops- never is there a day when a person posts- "no new dogs today, the shelter is empty- they have all been adopted"... this never happens. So everyday I look... and for a couple of days I kept seeing this dog....

Her name is lullaby and she is at the Miami shelter.. in comments it talks about how friendly she is.. it talks about how she was found as a stray with her baby.. and her family showed up.. except... they only took the baby. So there she sits.. in the shelter.. and among hundreds and thousands of pets needing homes she is one of the lucky ones who gets her picture posted.. she is one of the lucky ones who people have embraced online and are taking time out of their days to say something about her.. and share her image and story.. to try and help her. 

So I was looking at her picture and I was thinking about how bad the shelter pictures always are. I hate that I live so far .. I hate that I can't afford the gas right now.. because I would drive over there and take a decent picture of her.. but I just can't right now. So I was thinking about the image I had created in my last post ...and of the digital work that I do.. and I thought.. well.. maybe I can at least do something about that bad photo of the poor dog... so I created this based upon her official image that is online.. it is not my best- but it was like 11 a.m. and the shelter closes at 6:30 and it has been stated that today is her last day... so I quickly created something .. and posted it.. and will see if it helps. I am going to check back later to see if someone steps up for this poor dog. I hope so... and I when I know what her fate is.. I will post it below.. until then.. I just hope the right person see her.. and she lives... because everyday I look at Facebook and I see the posts and sometimes.. sometimes.. there is one.. with a dog or cat who had been posted ... and the word below them are change ... they sometimes say "safe"... and I am hoping that is the next post I see on her.

--- According to posts I have seen on Facebook it looks like a rescue has stepped forward to help her... I am hoping that I can see some pictures of her free.. I can't wait until she is safe. It sounds like the staff at the shelter was very attached to her. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Beula loves the camera.. it seems like anytime I pick up the camera to take a picture- boom there she is looking seriously into the lens. The other day I was trying to get some work done, and I picked up the camera to go and take some pics of my work to put online and there she was sitting there- waiting for her picture to be taken... that is when I shot this. 

So I was moping around the house yesterday and feeling bad since I can't find a job and I can't afford to drive to Miami and take pics of the dogs and cats .. and to top it off it was 9/11. Ugh I felt like I was wasting my day and I just wanted to do something to make it more positive. I thought of the pic I had taken as I was watching something someone posted about the dogs who had helped on 9/11... so it gave me the idea to make a little message from my dog.. about how they help us.. but they need us to help them more... (If you haven't read about Beula.. go back a few entries and see when she was adopted.. it was pretty cool.)

I am working on another one with her sister Sylvia.. I thought it would be cool to make one of these every so often with my own dogs and send them out into the online world and see if it inspires anyone. Who knows... it may be sent on and it may not be.