Good Deeds

Some of you may have been following our eventful weekend via social media, but for those of you who did not, I will try to start from the beginning.

Friday afternoon I received a facebook message from an acquaintance from high school. She told me that she had a pit bull that had been given to her because the owner was going to kill it for having pulled down the curtains. She said that it had been badly abused, and believed that it was suffering from a broken leg. She wanted to help him, but did not have the means to do so. She saw me posting about dogs all of the time, and wondered if I might be able to help. She said that he was less than one year old and endlessly sweet. I felt so much compassion of course for the dog, but also for someone who had put herself in harm’s way to help an animal, even though she knew she couldn’t care for it long term.

I’m sure I don’t need to give too much detail as to what happened from there. (Have I mentioned that I have the world’s most supportive husband?!)

Of course, I posted about it on facebook, to inquire if anyone might be able to help. I received probably 20+ offers to help pay for the dog’s care and veterinary needs, but no offers to foster. So what else was I supposed to do? I figured that if these people were so willing to help fund his care, the least I could do was provide a safe place for him to recover.

In spite of the hefty and unplanned medical bills they have been faced with recently, A Positive Promise Pit Bull Foundation, the rescue that brought Georgia into our lives, was eager to help us help this little dog. Especially when I shared with them the fact that so many people had already pledged their funds to help save his life!

The next morning I drove to pick the dog up. When I got there, I was instantly struck by how adorable this pup was! A small dog was jumping all over him, and he paid it little attention. He was wiggly and friendly, but non-weight bearing on his right hind leg. I noticed some swelling and bruising around the hip area. The girl and her grandmother talked about seeing him interact kindly with both children and cats. He willingly, yet haltingly, walked with me toward my vehicle, where we headed back toward home.

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Waiting at the vet. Practicing his yoga poses!

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Another high school acquaintance worked at a local veterinary office, and suggested that I bring him into the clinic for an initial evaluation. The facility is called Saxony Animal Clinic, and the doctor and staff there were absolute angels. Between them (though I’m not sure who specifically deserves our appreciation) our entire bill was covered. This included the emergency exam fee, radiographs, a rabies shot, a fecal exam, pain medicine, antibiotics, and (much-needed!) flea medicine. I cannot begin to convey the depth of my appreciation to them for being so kind, compassionate, and generous. Unfortunately, our worst fears were confirmed. The abuse that our little trooper endured resulted in a severely fractured femur.

1378643_10151900879292427_511742613_nThe vet who examined him advised that the break would absolutely require surgery, most likely to the extent of needing a plate and some screws. This was not a procedure that they could perform in their facility, and so she suggested some alternate clinics where we could be referred.

I made a few calls that day, but as it was a Saturday, I was not able to make much progress in terms of getting a quote. I have been told that surgeries of this capacity vary in cost between $1-$3,000, with our area typically being on the lower end of that estimate. I will be making some additional calls first thing Monday morning to hopefully get more information so that we can proceed.

Unfortunately, many of the people who initially pressured me to bring this guy home by offering to donate to his care seem to have disappeared. I am understanding that circumstances change, but am also hopeful that they will remain true to their word. We really can’t afford to cover the cost of his surgery, on top of his transportation, food and other needs, and the needs of our own pets. In spite of that, there are many generous people who have stepped up to help us, both in financial ways and in others. For those of you who have contributed in any capacity, please know that your selflessness means the world to me.

On a lighter note, we enjoyed spending the weekend with our new addition, in what we can only imagine have been some of the best days of his life. While he is relegated to our (finished!) basement due to his flea issue and our need to keep him separated from the other animals, he has a warm cozy bed, blankets, toys, and treats galore. He gets plenty of love and attention! We all enjoyed lots of time laying out in the grass while we soaked up the unique experience of the last bit of summery weather mixed with a vibrant blanket of fallen leaves.

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He already has some interested adoption applicants, and while we want to wait until after the surgery and recovery in order to accurately evaluate his temperament, preferences, and disposition (of course he won’t chase our cat… but then again, he’s not chasing much these days!) we are absolutely sure that he will make someone the most amazing family member. He is endlessly loving, affectionate, playful, and obedient. How someone could find ANY fault with this dog is still a mystery to me.

You may notice that we have left out an important part of his story… his NAME! While his previous owners called him ‘Ghost,’ we’d like to give him a new name to mark his new journey. A few top contenders include-

1) Kingston: It definitely fits his good looks

2) Tripp: the name suggested by our top donor

3) Bucco: to celebrate the Pittsburgh Pirates Pride in our area

We’d love to hear your input on what you think his name should be!

Thanks for all of the support and encouragement 🙂 If you are interested in helping this deserving little guy on his road to recovery, you can share or donate to his fundraiser. It is appreciated more than you know!

 

 

It’s a Numbers Game!

It is estimated that only ONE in every SIX-HUNDRED pit bulls finds a home. Animal control facilities in cities all across the US have pit bulls numbering 40 to 60% of the shelter population at any given time. It is estimated that 1 million dogs classified as a pit bull are euthanized each year (yes, this includes puppies!). The best (and sometimes only) chance a pit bull has at survival once admitted to an animal control facility, is by being pulled by a rescue. Rescues only exist with commitment from dedicated foster homes!

Our rescue partner is LCPO, or Luzerne County Pit Bull Owners.

In 2013, LCPO celebrated their SECOND birthday. In that short time, they have helped more than 150 dogs find their forever homes!

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In 2013 alone, SIX of the lucky LCPO dogs have already found their forever homes.

They have also pulled SEVEN precious pups from shelters in the new year. This brings the total current list of adoptable LCPO dogs to EIGHTEEN.

TWO of LCPO’s alumni have gone on to officially achieve their Canine Good Citizen Certification. Many more are in the works!

In 2012, LCPO took on some dogs with medical issues and/or special needs. Puppy Jora (who is still with the rescue!) required extensive mange treatment and other necessities, which totaled approximately $1,855. Next we have Miss Khloe, who is also still with the rescue. Her total is driven up by her high cost of boarding, spay surgery, and a few health issues, and has reached in excess of $1,215. Georgia was another needy lady (mainly due to the fact that her puppies also required care!) at $1,200. LCPO has also taken on SIX pit bulls who happened to hear only with their hearts! TWO of these deaf pitties are still available for adoption.

In 2012, at least 66 of the LCPO adopta-bulls found their forever homes! These are all dogs that would have been put to sleep in shelters without the help of a rescue.

The average cost for each incoming dog in 2012 was $450. The adoption fee remains at a mere $200.

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While they focus first on finding forever homes for their adoptable dogs, LCPO reaches out to help dogs in many ways. LCPO offers the ‘NEPA Pit Fix Program’. This allows owners to have their pit bulls and pit mixes spayed or neutered for just $50. This cost covers the expense of the surgery, pain meds, and a rabies vaccination. There is no limit to the amount of dogs that can be altered under this program!

LCPO currently operates with a dedicated team of 3 Directors, 7 Leadership Members, and many volunteers. Volunteers have logged well over 250 hours of service in the new year.

Last year’s 5k Race to Rescue raised much-needed funds for LCPO. Rachael L. was the top fundraiser, contributing $650 with her individual fundraising efforts. The 2013 5k Race to Rescue will take place on June 8th. My goal is to raise $500, and my total currently stands at $395, with only 17 contributors. With every entry given the opportunity to win one of 11 prizes, those are some pretty good odds!

My favorite number? ONE. Sometimes looking at the millions of dogs that are hurting and homeless, can make our work as animal lovers seem overwhelming. However, if we take it one animal at a time, before you know it, you will have helped so many. Our fundraiser is one way that you can help!

If you are still interested in making a contribution, thereby becoming eligible to win any of the prizes listed below, please head here! You have until Monday, February 25th to make your donations, as we will be selecting the winners on Tuesday and making the announcements later that week!

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#1- Sugar Skulls bow tie from Little Bow Pup
#2- 3 Paintings from Yellow Brick Home
#3- Custom Collar from Sirius Republic
#4- Flirt Pole & Super Tug toy pack from Squishy Face Studio
#5- 3 Custom ID Tags from Sew Olive
#6- Custom Sweater from Tiennot Knits Sweaters
#7- Collar, Leash, & Harness package from 2 Hounds Design
#8- Two Shirts from Pitbull Shirt
#9- Small Smiling Pit Necklace from Lulu Bug Jewelry
#10- 8×10 Prints from DawgArt
#11- Interactive Puzzle Toy from Poochie Heaven

Leave a comment on this post if you have donated, and let us know which product you are most hoping to win! We will be sure to put in a good word for you 😉

*Please note that all of the LCPO financial totals are approximations/estimations.

(Not Really Ever) Wordless Wednesday: What You’ve Missed!

Have you been missing our pups’ sweet faces?! I hope so, because today I will catch up with you through a photo montage, showing some of what we’ve been up to over the past week or so. You’re welcome 🙂

She loves him, but only a little bit ;)

She loves him, but only a little bit 😉

With his baby girls

With his baby girls

 

 

 

It is impossible to have a bad day, when you get to wake up to this!

It is impossible to have a bad day, when you get to wake up to this!

Our dogs know how to party... they make custom confetti!

Our dogs know how to party… they make custom confetti!

She fell asleep in the sunshine

She fell asleep in the sunshine

 

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Sharing a stick

And just a few days later…

My favorite way to spend a day :)

My favorite way to spend a day 🙂

Those ears! Get me every time

Those ears! Get me every time

Thanks for stopping by everyone! Have a great day 🙂 Tune in tomorrow for info about the giveaway, including the closing date. If you haven’t donated yet (what, are you crazy?!) head here. Remember, every $10 increment of your donation, earns you another entry for one of 11 amazing prizes! Many thanks to all who have donated thus far. Your chances are looking REALLY good, which is great for you, but not quite as great for all of the needy pit bulls LCPO wants to help out this year.

Fundraiser: Prize #10 – Sunshine & Pitties

When we got married, I was so honored to have Foster Dad’s (FOUR!) sisters standing beside me on our big day. It was really important to me to find unique and distinctive gifts for each of his special ladies, that applied to their respective interests. I didn’t want to go the route of gifts with our wedding date engraved for years to come. For J’s youngest sister, E, it was so simple. We both share a passion for animals, and a lifelong dedication to the world of competitive horse showing. Where I had my once-in-a-lifetime horse named Frosty, hers is also a gorgeous, tall, gray gelding, named Norman. I knew that for her gift to be especially meaningful, I would need to incorporate her first love and best man! After taking a few (amateur!) shots of her gallant steed, I sent them along to an incredibly talented artist who specialized in custom animal portraits. Of course, E opened her gift with an appropriate mix of speechlessness and tears, and I was so proud to be able to provide her with such a treasured keepsake, truly indicative of my appreciation for her role in our lives, and in our special day.

I share this story to illustrate just how sacred such a gift can be. Our animals grace our lives in a pivotal, yet heartbreakingly brief, way. Having their presence preserved in a work of art to display in your home, is a gift that is truly invaluable.

DawgArt –  Unleash Your Pet’s Colorful Personality!

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The watermark will not appear on the print, it is just to protect the copyrighted images!

Alicia is an artist that specializes in pet portraiture and animal art in vivid color. She created her company, DawgArt, in 2003. She draws inspiration from a former professor, who would leave his students with the message to “Use your powers for good!” Alicia believes that art has power, and so when she puts her brush to her canvas, she has two goals: 1) to communicate the soul of one creature to another, and 2) to make people smile. All it takes is one look at her work to know that she brilliantly achieves both goals! However, she also absolutely uses her power for good, advocating for no-kill rescue and working with many animal rescues across the country.

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Alicia has worked with almost every breed of dog imaginable.

 

While she works primarily in acrylic on canvas, Alicia also dabbles in photography, dry media, and writing. The inspiration for the color splash in her portraits comes from her youth in the desert Southwest. Alicia was born in Germany and raised in sunny Arizona, but now lives in Utah with her husband Tyler, their rescued cat Kiko, and their shelter dog Toby.

Alicia's work includes, dogs, cats, horses, and even wild animals!

Alicia’s work includes, dogs, cats, horses, and even wild animals!

 Please visit Alicia’s store (here) to purchase any of these prints, but of course, she also embraces and encourages private commissions of custom portrait work. Can you imagine how impressive it would be to have a portrait of your own pet done in her bright and sunny style?! She captures the personality of her subjects so truly and eloquently, that you can’t help but smile.

Alicia has graciously offered a donation of 8×10 fine art prints. Please make a donation to our fundraiser for LCPO’s needy pit bulls, in increments of $10, to earn an entry! The bigger your donation, the more chances you have to win and one of our fabulous prizes!

Fundraiser: Prize #9 – Frost Yourself in Inspiration

Anyone that knows me in ‘real life’ knows that I have a thing for quotes. (I’m talking to you, Ticki Nhoma) I think that finding a few well-chosen words, uttered by a powerful individual from another time, can provide strength and courage when facing a new or challenging situation. It can bring comfort to know that someone else has been where you are, and gotten to the other side, mostly unscathed. I have always loved jewelry that can be symbolic of treasured quotes, because it serves as a physical reminder of the things that inspire us. My favorite quote in the world is “To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” So it’s no surprise that the Best Gift of all Time is the snowflake necklace my husband got me for my birthday last year, in remembrance of my beloved show horse, Frosty.

(Side note, my second favorite quote is “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Ghandi)

(Side note, my second favorite quote is “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi)

Lulu Bug Jewelry – Animal-Inspired Designs

While doing a search for wearable pit bull designs, I came across Lulu Bug Jewelry, where the masterpieces are all entirely hand-made and designed by an artist named Sue. While she says that her career choice was motivated by the fact that she comes from a long line of crafty women, her sweet Shar Pei, Lulu Bug, inspired the name. I knew instantly that I had to feature her work on the blog, as it fits perfectly into the jewelry requirements I listed above. Her work is truly meaningful, capturing memories and serving as a talisman of your inspirations and emotions. In her own words, Sue’s artistic process is defined below:

“I sculpt, inlay with tinted concrete and use my own illustrations to create original, meaningful pieces in .999 fine silver and .925 sterling silver. Fine silver is different than sterling in that it has no copper alloy, it’s pure silver. After the piece is formed, it’s fired in kiln at 1650 degrees for 2 hours. The binder burns off and the particles fuse, forming a pure silver object, also known as .999 fine silver. It’s quite magical! The majority of my pieces are made with fine silver PMC. ”

Sue's work features almost every breed of dog imaginable... you are sure to find a piece that reminds you of your own special pet!

Sue’s work features almost every breed of dog imaginable… you are sure to find a piece that reminds you of your own special pet!

Lulu Bug Jewelry has been in business since 2007, and Sue has been focusing on her personal creations full-time since 2009. All of her designs are eco-friendly, as they are made with reclaimed silver. The illustrations on her pieces are all created by Sue, and so you won’t find them anywhere else! She even makes the tools she uses to create these masterpieces.

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You can purchase any of the pieces above, as well as many more, at Sue’s etsy shop, found here. You will be amazed at the quantity of work she offers, from ancient dinosaurs to whimsical recreations of wild animals, and of course many breeds of dogs, cats, and horses. She has a variety of necklaces made to feature motivational quotes, and other symbols that may be uniquely inspiring to your life story. Sue has graciously granted a discount to And Foster Makes Five, which has enabled us to provide one lucky winner with the Tiny Smiling Pit Necklace, shown below. To be eligible to win, simply head here to make a donation in increments of $10, which will earn you one entry for each $10 you pledge! As always, 100% of the funds will go directly to helping needy pits rescued through Luzerne County Pit Bull Owners in Pennsylvania.

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Fundraiser: Prize #6 – Staying Cozy

I don’t know about you guys, but it is still pretty chilly here in Pennsylvania, and I am not anticipating an end to that any time soon. I am lucky that we live on a somewhat large, private piece of property, because it makes it easy (and safe!) to scoot the dogs out the back door in the early mornings or late evenings. I can stay warm and cozy inside, watching them through the glass door, while they venture through the snow and slush to investigate strange smells and do their other ‘important’ business. Gaige and Tonka both have some thickness to their coats, so I haven’t had to worry too much about them throughout the winter. However, poor widdle Gia is a big baby when it comes to cold weather. She will stand at the back door, refusing to go any further, until I wrap her cheap-o Petsmart coat around her back, and push her out the door. I have been searching for a functional yet fashionable solution to this problem, with little success. I wasn’t sure I could justify paying almost as much for a tiny little dog coat, as I have for my own! All of my worries were without cause once I found…

Tiennot Knits: Custom Sweaters

Our friend Emily writes one of our favorite blogs over at Our Waldo Bungie. As much as she loves big, block-headed dogs like our Georgia and her own Turk, Emily is also a talented DIY / crafter / designer lady, and so it would be only natural to imagine her combining the two passions. She teamed up with her mother, who began knitting sweaters for her own grand-pups (Turk, Rufus, and an assortment of fosters) and the trend caught on. Before long, all of her blogging friends needed some of their own, and thus, Tiennot Sweaters was born! Their business has since grown into a variety of hand-knitted accessories for your pup, including knitted hoods and bow ties.

Photos courtesy of Love & a Six-Foot Leash

Photos courtesy of Love & a Six-Foot Leash

While these sweaters were originally designed with the short-coated pittie in mind, they can be adapted to fit almost any dog! This is because they are created uniquely upon each order, with requests for your dog’s specific measurements. They are also conscious of our ‘elderbulls,’ and offer designs with front and side buttons for easy access. Not only are these products designed with quality in mind, but they offer incredibly competitive pricing.

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I’ve been a big fan of Emily’s for a long time. She has always been so kind and encouraging of myself, and many other blogging new-comers. Of course, I shouldn’t have been surprised when she graciously offered to contribute to our fundraiser for LCPO. Nevertheless, I so appreciate her generosity in granting one custom Tiennot Knits fitted sweater to a lucky winner of the giveaway. To provide a little warmth for your pup and add a little warmth to you heart, enter the giveaway by donating at least $10 per entry, here. Remember, all donations will benefit our rescue! Stay-tuned for a few more prizes to be announced over the coming week!

Fundraiser: Prize #5 – All That Glitters

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, many of us females may let our minds wander to things that sparkle and shine. (Yes, this is true, even if our Valentine reminds us that we were just appropriately granted a shiny, red washer & dryer… for the record, appliances shouldn’t ever count, as far as I’m concerned!) As you are imagining yourself frosted in diamonds and jewels, who are you picturing as your Valentine? If your dog jumps to mind as the most worthy candidate, you  need to go on a date must have a pup like my Tonka! Regardless, I’m sure you can agree that your loving, loyal pet deserves at least a little bit of recognition this Valentine’s day. Why shouldn’t he or she be adorned in some bling of their own?!

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Sew Olive – Custom Dog Tags

That’s where Sew Olive comes in. These custom ID tags are made featuring a variety of patterns, colors, and fonts, in an effort to adequately display your pup’s unique personality. Crafted from heavy duty stainless steel, welded, and bezel-coated in a shiny silver finish, the tags are made to withstand the activity levels of hard-playing dogs like the owner’s own, Miss Olive.  Each piece is custom-made and cured in a durable and resilient polymer compound that allows the vibrant colors to shine through.

Olive is an active girl, who enjoys hiking, swimming, running, agility, and obviously chasing lures. She is also a certified Therapy Dog!

Olive is an active girl, who enjoys hiking, swimming, running, agility, and obviously chasing lures. She is also a certified Therapy Dog!

The generous owner at Sew Olive has offered one of our winners the opportunity to receive 3 custom dog tags! These make wonderful additions to the gorgeous martingale collars that she also designs, or can be a great gift for the pet lovers in your circle.

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As always, to be entered to win 3 of these tags, all you need to do to is enter our contest, which benefits LCPO. Each $10 donation you pledge will qualify you for one entry towards any of our 10 prizes! Browse through last week’s posts, and stay tuned for the next few, for a complete list of the dog-related prizes we are offering!

Fundraiser: Prize #3 – Siriusly Cool!

Try to think back to one of your more intimidating transitions to the first day of classes. Perhaps it was your entrance into middle or high school. At least for any of us girly-girls, the first day of school was all about The Outfit. It had to be just right; not too dressy, so that you looked like you were trying too hard, but just put together enough to turn a few heads. You know what I’m talking about… Anyway, in each generation, there was that one Had-to-Have item to complete every wardrobe. You saw all the upperclassmen with it, and knew that if you could just get your hands on one of your own, your life would be complete, and your social status would be secured. Maybe it was a certain accessory: a cool pair of Doc Martens a few decades ago, which might be comparable to a comfy set of Uggs these days. Regardless, these items served as the ultimate status symbol in the ever-evolving hierarchy of your pre-pubescent peers. (Okay, so maybe all of you weren’t also fashion-focused drama-queens… )

Sirius Republic: Custom Collars

You may be asking yourself, how on Earth does this relate to dogs? Well, I’m getting there. About a year ago, I began following some popular blogs relating to pit bull rescue and fostering, and I was instantly hooked. I noticed that all of these famous dogs, who were practically celebrities in my eyes, sported such attractive collars. I found myself wondering if their owners all had superb taste, or just happened to shop at the same places! In fact, it turns out that both assumptions are true… the discerning owners of some of our favorite pup-stars, all choose to shop at Sirius Republic. Don’t believe me? I have photographic evidence!

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Turk & Rufus, & all of their foster siblings (L, above) – from Our Waldo Bungie

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Athena – from Pitlandia

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Heidi – from Kate with a Camera

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And of course, The Chickster and Doodlebug – from Love & a 6-Foot Leash. (‘Bug, shown above, just so happens to be Gaige’s celebrity crush… don’t tell him though, I think she would be embarrassed.)

In case those precious mugs weren’t enough to make you fall madly in love with Sirius Republic, let me tell you more. First of all, they offer an INSANE amount of fabrics from which you can choose, in order to find a pattern most appropriate for your pup’s particular style and personality. They also have various styles of collar, with the martingale being the most popular. This allows the collar to be removed easily, without letting the dog pull out of it when leashed. It is all the rage for foster families to scoop up a Sirius collar for their new foster dogs, to symbolize their journey to a new life! Oftentimes, they keep these collars, and then send their dog off with a brand new style, once they’ve been adopted. We just love that idea!

While they are well-known for their collars, Sirius Republic also branches out into other areas of fashion. One of my favorite new products is the Sirius ‘Snood,’ which offers the ultimate in warmth and style. It is essentially a neck warmer for your dog! Two of their patterns are modeled on the dashing Miss M and the dapper Mr B from Two Pitties in the City.

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Based in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, Sirius Republic makes high-quality products, and truly cares about the satisfaction of each and every customer. Even more impressive, they are proud supporters of animal rescue organizations, including ours, LCPO! A portion of every sale is donated to their partnering animal rescues. To make a purchase from Sirius, simply enter in the LCPO code (RPLC97) and you will be (stylishly!) helping pit bulls in need!

Compliments of Sirius, one of our lucky winners will have the opportunity to select a dog collar in the pattern of their choice!  All you need to do to is enter our contest, which benefits LCPO. Each $10 donation you pledge will qualify you for one entry towards any of our 10 prizes! These giveaways will be announced each day, but remember that we have already unveiled some here and here. We are working to raise $500, and have only had a few donations made… that means that your chances of winning something are about 100%, as of today! So get to it, people. 😉

Fundraiser: Prize #2 – Pet Portraits!

As a semi-newlywed, I am still working on making our home a cozy and warm environment. We are lucky to have a home that is safe & sound, but I did move into what was previously my husband’s bachelor pad, so this has been no easy task! I don’t know about you guys, but some days it seems like the most visible ‘decorations’ in our home, consist of doggie-related items. I wish I were talking about things like custom portraits and signs, but I’m referring more to shredded dog toys, misplaced leashes, and food bowls… which is why I was so excited to make friends with Kim, who blogs at Yellow Brick Home. You guys are going to be over the moon when you see her creations…

Yellow Brick Home: The Pet Shop – Custom Pet Portraits

One of their (many!) commissioned portraits. Look at the detail!

One of their (many!) commissioned portraits. Look at the detail!

 

Kim personally creates one-of-a-kind custom artwork of your four-legged family members. You simply send in a few photos of your pet, as well as a brief description of their antics and personality, and Kim produces absolute masterpieces!

How cute are they?!

How cute are they?!

What started out as a portrait made as a gift for her hubby, quickly escalated into a full-fledged, thriving business! Through word-of-mouth, Kim was faced with as much work as she could handle. Inspired by their fur children, Maddie, Libby, Jack, who are all rescues themselves, 10% of the sales go to rescues. As if you needed another reason to love her!

Custom portraits make a great gift solution for those animal-lovers who are especially hard to buy for. Not only that, but they work really well for foster families that want a special way to remember their beloved foster pets, once they have moved onto their new homes. The portraits are done on 5×5 blocks, which can produce a great small gallery look for a wall in your home. Head over to their website to check out the special Valentine’s Day discount they are offering for gift certificates purchased between now and Friday! For most of us, our pets are our favorite topic of conversation… why shouldn’t the art work in our homes feature our four-legged family members? I have big plans for some prints I want to commission of our own pets! Stay-tuned…

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In the mean-time, The Pet Shop has graciously offered to contribute 3 of their Art Prints to our giveaway, to be selected by the winner. Head over to check them out… you will be blown away by the attention to detail and whimsical colors. The animals range from cats and dogs of varying breeds, to wild animals like giraffes and gorillas! I personally think they could make an especially adorable addition to a nursery.

 

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If you find yourself falling in love with some of these precious (low-maintenance!) pets, and think they would make a great addition to your home, simply head here to make a contribution to our fundraiser for our rescue, LCPO. You will be entered to win your choice of 3 prints from The Pet Shop! Remember, our goal is to raise $500, which will all go to helping LCPO save needy pit bulls like our Georgia girl. For each $10 donation you make, you will be entered once to win an array of prizes.

Remember, every day, we will be featuring another generous sponsor. Check back often to see what exciting new prizes we will be adding!

Fundraiser: Unveiling Prize #1

On Friday, I introduced all of you to our fundraiser and giveaway, which will benefit our rescue, LCPO! You may remember that I promised to offer 2 prizes, to be given away at random to two of the generous donators. I am so happy to report that the response to our fundraiser has been so great, that we will be able to provide much more than that! Over the next few days, I will be bringing you information on each of our generous sponsors, all of whom create products that we passionately support and/or utilize ourselves! I can’t wait to introduce you to these guys!! Not only that, but we have decided that to be most fair, for each donation in increments of $10, you will be entered to win. For example, if you make a $20 donation, you will be entered twice!

Little Bow Pup: Quilted Bow Tie

We are so in love with the 'sugar skulls' pattern!

We are so in love with the ‘sugar skulls’ pattern!

One of the prizes I am most excited about is this gorgeous bow tie, generously donated by Little Bow Pup! Their Etsy store offers a quick way to check out stunning pup accessories, meant to dress up any collar or harness. These accessories include bow ties and flowers, and they are artfully handcrafted and quilted by our friend Ashley, who also runs the blog Pitlandia. What a small world! The girls in our house are especially salivating over these goodies, but Little Bow Pup provides accessories for the four-legged boys & girls! We will definitely be purchasing a few of our own. Why shouldn’t our pups be as fashionable and well-dressed as their owner tries to be?!

Did I mention that they also sell whimsical tutus? I am such a sucker for a pittie butt, especially when they are encircled by brightly-colored tulle!

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Check out the Little Bow Pup facebook page for some gorgeous shots of Ashley’s diva dog, Athena, modeling her goods. She is a rescued pittie, and quite the spoiled one at that! Don’t your dogs deserve to be outfitted as fashionably as Miss Athena?

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All joking aside… while there is nothing more amusing than dressing up our dogs, remember that there is a higher purpose associated with this act. We are all about advocating for the lovable snuggle-bugs that we know as pit bulls. A big muscley dog dressed in a tu-tu is a great way to encourage people to approach your dog for some quality cuddle time… which you can take as an opportunity to advocate for your breed! Who wouldn’t want to meet a dashing, dapper dog dressed up in a bow-tie?! These accessories especially serve a great purpose when it comes to foster dogs. The more people your foster dog meets-and-greets, the more likely they are to find a great home! Finally, accessories like these can make a great donation to your local shelter, as they work really well to create interest pieces in photos of shelter pups. Thanks to Ashley for creating a product that is not only fun and adorable, but also helps spread awareness for our bully breeds.

A most sincere thank you goes out to those of you who have already donated and/or shared, as well as to our contributors. It is funny how in times like these, you can find out who your real supporters are! If you are dying to be entered to win your very own bow tie from our generous friends Ashley & Athena at Little Bow Pup, head here to make a donation to our fundraiser for LCPO! Remember, each donation in increments of $10 will earn you an additional entry.

All photos on this post courtesy of Little Bow Pup!