My CHAIRity Chair Project

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!

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!

yankee doodle framed Low Res Watermarked
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
Athena neatened brightened and isolated
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.
Athena name and date

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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3 Tips for Moving When You Have a Dog

By Guest-Blogger   Cindy Aldridge  of Our Dog

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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.

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

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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Meet Jilly!


Meet Jilly… Jilly of Wagadilly!  the latest addition to the family.
As are all Wagadilly Dogs, she’s a rescue.  Her beautiful life was saved by the wonderful people of the Mineral County Humane Society.
Mineral County, WV is about three hours west of Washington, DC.  The County government doesn’t have what I’d call a “shelter”, they only have a “Pound”; a Dog Pound.
As with so many pounds and shelters, they are usually over-crowded with too many dogs – due to irresponsible and immoral  people who breed dogs on purpose, or who fail to spay and neuter all dogs they own.



I have been told that this Pound gasses the dogs to death… every Thursday.  And I am told that they don’t even try to find homes for them.  I got all up-in-arms about this when I first heard, and I looked-up the laws.  Sadly, it said that a County Pound is “a place of impoundment “, much like when a car gets impounded , and that they are not bound to try to place the dogs in homes.

But this Story has HEROESGLADIATOR 4 inches
For many years, a small group of very hard-working volunteers, The Mineral County Humane Society,  have taken what dogs they can – out of this Pound.  (FYI – in the Rescue World, this is called “pulling”… as in… “we pulled three dogs from the Mineral County Pound today”).
They foster as many as they can and do the endless work of Posting them on Facebook and Petfinder, etc., give them evaluations, spruce them up, provide medical care and… most importantly… Spay and Neuter them BEFORE letting them go to their Forever Homes!  and this is included in their SMALL and REASONABLE Adoption Fee.

They are located near where Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania all converge,  so if you are anywhere in these areas, DO consider them next time you are able to Save Another Life! and Adopt Another Dog!
In the meantime, PLEASE  DONATE TO THEM!  I personally can validate they they are doing a wonderful job – in a horrible situation.



Shopping + Saving Lives! What could be better

Have you ever seen a “Puppy Store”?  You know, those place  where you can walk in and buy a puppy.    Do you understand where those puppies come from? 
They are “farmed” by horrid people… greed-driven monsters who imprison dogs, year after miserable year,  to repeatedly have puppies for these evil breeders to sell to these “Puppy Stores”  for easy money. 
The Dogs sit in their filthy cages… usually, never ever seeing the light of day.  Pounding out puppies for the “puppy farmer” to convert into cash.   And that is what is called a Puppy Mill.
To buy from a Puppy Store… is to support Puppy Milling!  PLEASE NEVER EVER do this! If no one buys their “product” (puppies)… then, we hope, Puppy Mills will be put out of  business.
They Specialize in saving the saddest of the sad from being held captive in hell.
STARTING TODAY National Mill dog Rescue is holding an on-line auction!  Please have a look and SHOP!!
There are tons of great items for you and for your Dogs….
I especially like these particular donated items (: 

Lilly is their inspiration.  She is an example of the condition of these
Mill Dogs….
Keeping the Promise Alive
In 2007, National Mill Dog Rescue founder Theresa Strader made a promise to Lily, vowing that she would continue to rescue dogs like her. Please click here to read Theresa’s letter.

NMDR Home Page

About Lily

National Mill Dog Rescue was established in February 2007, in honor of a forgiving little Italian Greyhound named Lily. Theresa Strader, NMDR’s Founder and Executive Director, rescued Lily from a dog auction in Missouri. Prior to that day, Lily had spent the first seven years of her life as a commercial breeding dog, a puppy mill mom. Determined that her years of living in misery would not be in vain, Strader started NMDR, giving a voice to mill dogs across the country. During her years as a breeding dog, Lily spent all of her days confined to a small, cold wire cage in a dark, foul-smelling barn. Never was she removed from her cage for exercise or socialization. In her dreary confines, Lily was forced to produce one litter after another with no respite. Like all commercial breeding dogs, she was a veritable breeding machine whose worth was measured in only one way – her ability to produce puppies.
By seven years of age, Lily was worn out. Commonplace in the industry, she had received little to no veterinary care throughout her life, the result of which, for her, was terribly disturbing. Due to years of no dental care, poor quality food, rabbit bottle watering and no appropriate chew toys, the roof of Lily’s mouth and lower jaw, had rotted away. Her chest was riddled with mammary tumors and she was absolutely terrified of people. Theresa brought Lily and twelve others home from the auction and declares that even for a highly seasoned rescuer, the following months were the education of a lifetime in rehabilitation. That she would take up the cause for the mill dogs was never in question and National Mill Dog Rescue was promptly underway.
About Us
National Mill Dog Rescue pledged to put an end to the cruelty of the commercial dog breeding industry, more commonly known as puppy milling. Through rescue and education, NMDR continues in its life-saving work while enlightening the public about the truth of pet store puppies. NMDR has taken a national approach to their rescue and adoption efforts and they have rescued and placed more than 10,000 mill dogs since their inception in 2007. These dogs are now living as cherished family members across
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