By: Carol Garrasi  Florida Correspondent and Travel with Dogs Editorgrey2.jpg
With 69% of Florida voters in favor of banning dog racing, the state will be adopting the resolution to put an end to Greyhound racing by December 31st 2020. Among dog enthusiasts this is by far the most satisfying victory of election day. For years animal rights groups have fought to end this cruel and inhumane entertainment.  Track owners have frequently been sighted for providing less than adequate living conditions for these elegant athletes. Many of the racing Greyhounds are considered to have outlived their usefulness by as young as three years old. Bruce “Big Bruno” Cohen, animal rights activist, comments; “On Tuesday November 6, 2018 the voters of Florida sent a message to the world that animal cruelty will no longer be tolerated. Thousands of dogs either die or are killed each year as a result of the dog racing industry. This is not okay. My hope is that these dogs will now have the opportunity to live out their lives on a comfortable couch sleeping next to their furever family watching TV.”
With the passage of this bill a new problem arises. On January 1, 2021 thousands of greyhounds will be in need of good homes. If you’re interested in adopting one of these gentle, loving dogs contact either of the following agencies; Friends of Greyhounds or Elite Greyhound Adoptions South Floridacp12
They can put you in touch with the appropriate resource.

My CHAIRity Chair Project – Update

UPDATE:  We are proud to announce that the Wagadilly Chair’s Winning Auction Bid was $400 !  (the highest price of the day) so that’s $400 Donated to the SPCA and we couldn’t be happier!  If you have any ideas for Next Year’s Chair — speak-up!

BRUNCH  CLICK to FB page about this Event
or HERE for their WebSite
The cleverly-named CHAIRity Event is an Auction benefiting our local SPCA in Winchester, Va.  Artists give a second life to chairs by decorating them with an animal, dog, pet or adoption theme.  Then they are auctioned at this wonderful and fun event.  Most of the Artists paint their chairs, I chose to re-upholster mine – with Custom Fabric Printed with my Art  (yes, that’s a Thing!  and the end-product Fabric is excellent quality and the printing perfect)
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IMGP7949IMGP7948I found a tag inside the chair showing the date it was made… April 9th, 1987. So I wrote my own note on it and stapled it back inside the chair.

If you’d like to purchase the Fabric for yourself, here it is at my ZAZZLE SHOP
If you’d like me to make a Custom Fabric for you, just EMAIL ME.  I could make it from a photo, or could create a picture for you.

We Need You To simply Send a Quick Email! That’s all it takes to HELP SAVE LIVES

Please add your Voice! and help this amazing Organization to get this show ON THE AIR – EVERYWHERE!    https://anactofdog.org

In partnership with Sagacity Productions and KET/PBS, we ask you to email your local PBS station to air this important documentary.

We need your help to ensure we reach and stir as many hearts as possible…to save animals and recover our lost humanity.

Please cut and paste the verbiage below after finding the program director at your state or local PBS station…

Dear Programming Director,
I’m contacting you to ask if you’ll consider airing An Act of Dog, the story of an artist who sets out to paint 5,500 portraits. This important half-hour program premiered on KET, and I would love to see this story land on my local PBS station because it will matter to so many. Thank you for considering An Act of Dog for your upcoming programming schedule
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Dog Portraits: Fido into fine Art

Ya’ got your Labradoodles and Goldendoodles… what about a Yankee Doodle?
This is Athena – and here you can see how I transform a regular, not-too-interesting photo of your dog – into Fabulous Fine Art!

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You send me a photo of your Dog (or any pet, or horse, or your Farm, House, whole Family – whatever)
I isolate your Dog from the background and brighten and neaten her/him, as needed
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I add some techniques to apply brush strokes and make it more of a painting, and less like a photo
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I make the Background for your piece; we can decide together what this will be or you can leave it up to my imagination.
I like to discretely put in your Dog’s Name and maybe the date. This can be with the barely-visible “embossing” technique, or it can be totally visible, or not there at all.
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And I put it all together and your Doggie is now “Fine Art” (this has my Watermark diagonally across it – your versions would not, of course)
COST?  To get it to this stage and provide the image to you:  $25 to $50 … one dog is probably only going to be $25.
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For that price I will provide the finished piece to you as a High Resolution Jpeg File of whatever size you want.   You can then have it printed anywhere you want.  Or you can have me take care of the Printing and send it to you.  Or you can have me make it into a “Print Mounted to Wood” and send that to you.
I can also List your image into my Zazzle Shop and from there you (or I) can place the image onto any of hundreds of products…. Mugs, Throws, Clothing, Pet clothing!, Door Mats or Canvas! Like this Canvas Wrap version, which is really special.  Don’t try to create the Canvas by yourself (it’ll drive you nuts) I have to make a special version of the art in order for the Edges to work)

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My Zazzle Shop:    https://www.zazzle.com/peaceandplentyvalley
My Etsy Shop:
My Email:   folkartdogart@gmail.com

3 Tips for Moving When You Have a Dog

By Guest-Blogger   Cindy Aldridge  of Our Dog Friends.org

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Congratulations! You found the perfect home and you’re packing up and almost ready to go. But have you considered your dog? How’s she handling the news? Just like with humans, the stress of moving can put a lot of pressure on our four-legged friends. Dogs are sensitive and become anxious when they anticipate change approaching. They have found comfort in your existing home and associate it with safety, and a change in your situation disrupts their routine, causing anxiety and insecurity. This anxiety can manifest itself in many ways:

Reduced activity
Becoming clingy
Excessive licking, biting, or scratching
Tail tucking
Diarrhea or other digestive issues

While your dog may not show all of these signs, it’s likely to feel some measure of discomfort. The same way moving can be distressing for people, moving can be a rollercoaster of emotions for your dog. Take the following precautions to ensure that your move with your dog will happen as smoothly as possible.

Keep things as routine as possible.

Dogs, much like children, thrive when they have a routine. Being able to anticipate what comes next helps calm their fears and prevent them from worrying. While your move may throw a wrench in some of your day-to-day activities, it’s important to try to maintain their routine as much as possible. Take them on their regular walks even if you are exhausted from packing. Keep their bed with them in the car during the move, and do whatever you can to assure your dog that while the house is changing, very little else is.

Provide emotional support for your dog.

Sure, Fido can’t speak your human language, but she can still sense that something is different. Under the stress of the move, your dog can pick up on the subtle changes in your voice, the variances in your pheromones, and all the new smells coming in from movers, real estate agents, and possible occupants. If you fail to provide emotional support for your dog, all these changes are bound to cause anxiety, which may lead to your dog acting out around the house.

Instead of ignoring your dog during this transition, be sure to offer her emotional support and comfort. Your presence is their ultimate comfort. Talk to them in loving, reassuring tones. Give them their favorite treats or play their favorite game. It may seem silly, but taking the time to reduce your dog’s emotional distress can ease the moving process for both of you.

Plan for the Big Day.

When it’s finally time to get from Point A to Point B, your dog’s stress may be heightened.
There are several things you can do to reduce their stress. Whether you have a little or a lot to move, the presence of movers picking up and setting down furniture, boxes, and more will be loud. Dogs are especially sensitive to these kinds of noises. Many dog owners find that Thunder Jackets help alleviate the physical symptoms of stress caused by loud noises, while other pet owners have their veterinarians prescribe anti-anxiety medications.

In addition to preparing your dog, you should also prepare your movers. If your dog is wary of strangers, it’s best to have her stay with a friend or at doggy daycare while the movers are in the house. You can also put your dog in another room to reduce interaction. Talk to your movers about how to interact with your dog if she’ll be around They may have specific policies about what to do with canines when they’re working.

While moving to a new house is exciting, it also comes with a fair share of stress. Being as sensitive as they are, dogs tend to pick up on this stress from their owners. By maintaining a routine, reassuring your dog, and preparing for the big day, you can alleviate stress and make the entire process smoother so you can get to enjoying your new home as soon as possible.

From The Most Grateful….

On Behalf of All Dogs Rescued, Comforted, Saved & Adopted  who can not say it for themselves………
” Thank You So Much for Saving My Life! “


And, we’d like to Award the Wagadilly Times Seal of Appreciation to
This is where you should do your Holiday shopping!


Collage of Compassion - Art Print
Collage of Compassion – Art Print

Millions of shelter animals, puppy mill dogs, lab/research dogs, chained dogs, street dogs, and those used in dog fighting rings, are at death’s door and without a voice. Because of the compassionate, life saving work of rescue groups, no kill animal shelters, fosters, volunteers and transporters, they will live to know love.  Our project has been created to fund the needs of these abandoned dogs and cats, and all of the groups involved in saving them.  With your support, we can make 2016 a great year and give 100% of the proceeds to 100 rescue organizations.  Shipping is 100% free in the USA, and we ship internationally too!
100% of the proceeds are donated to Shelters.



Happy Thanksgiving to You and Your Dogs
from The Wagadily Times

Custom Dog Food Bin – Love it!

THIS changed my life.  Custom made specifically to the dimensions of the space I had – and for the amount of kibble I wanted to store (lots!).   To get one made for you – whether large, small or something in between,  contact  Heritage Tables & Wood Craft  at  Heritage1740@yahoo.com

Custom Dog Food Bin

They not only make the Bin, but also will fashion whatever you want for the label!  So it could be a picture of your dog, or a saying, or any design, art,  or it could be the same as mine.   They will also stain it and/or paint it – whatever you want.
It’s on Wheels!  So when I bring home a 50 pound bag a Kibble I wheel this bin over to the door and dump it in right there, rather than carrying the weight of the bag all across the house.  Then roll it back where it lives.   It could also hold canned food, there could be a drawer for bowls or treats – anything you choose.
Mine is large – 2 feet tall and 16 inches square.  If painted or stained it would have been $130.
With the printed and mounted full color “label” it was $150.
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