well, practically wordless Wednesday… for me and her royal silliness…
My goodness time has flown by. I’ve never had a pet for this long. And it has been amazing. Cici is such a good girl.
A very cute message from Dogbook for Cici today…
Am also very thankful to Gillian for giving Cici this wonderful gift for her birthday this year. (More about Gillian below the portrait of Cici she painted). What do you think ???
If YOU would like to WIN a FREE/complimentary portrait of YOUR pet from Gillian, we are having a CONTEST… This rafflecopter will go live after Tuesday, August 5, all you have to do is click the link and enter the contest !!!
My interview with Gillian:
how long does it usually/generally take you to do a pet portrait?
A portrait takes about a week but turn around is about 3 weeks usually due to other business. I can do a rush if necessary.
your favorite dog? do you still have the bullldog or have any other cats or dogs of your own? if so, names, ages
My favorite dog is HENRY!!! He is still around and the best ever! I had a cat Zebedee who is sadly no longer with us. Henry is 7 now and super healthy and happy. Henry and Zebedee were not friends! Henry used to chase her but she was much faster and could gain the higher ground.
what do you like about painting pets?
I absolutely love animals and how they change our world. I really think they are the best and they make us so happy! Painting them is always a challenge because you want to capture their essence and their personality. Anyway – I always start off thinking it is impossible – so when I am able to get it it’s exciting. Also I get SUCH positive feedback from the owners that it is very rewarding. People often get very emotional when they see their pet in a painting.
how do you access the personality of the pet in order to paint it?
A lot of time it is the eyes that are the most important aspect. They do say eyes are the window to the soul and I have found this to be very true. One thing I’ve learned is that a really good photograph is important to my result. I also ask for additional photos to get a sense of the pet’s personality.
is it easier to paint cats or dogs or same difference?
I think cats are often a little trickier to photograph. They can be more elusive.
do you prefer cats or dogs as pets? (there are benefits for each, I love both)
I too love both! I have never had a dog before Henry – and I am completely smitten with him. I have had cats my whole life and they are wonderful. But as you say – there are benefits to both and personally I think no home is complete without pets. Dogs hang on your every move whereas cats tend to be more independent. I love them all though!!!
what do you like most about cats? dogs?
Cats are so beautiful and graceful. I love just to watch them. And you always feel favored when they give you their attention! My cat Zebedee used to sleep on my head. It was slightly annoying but funny too. Dogs are awesome! I love their different personalities and how they find out how to communicate their desires with you. My dog Henry hates it when my husband and I are in different rooms so he always tries to herd us into the same room! It’s really funny.
any funny or heartwarming stories about painting dogs or cats?
Well probably the funniest was trying to paint Henry. I hadn’t painted an animal before but I always paint from life. He often sits in the same position but dogs aren’t really models! You can’t get them to sit still for several hours! I eventually realized I needed a photograph to achieve success.
what is the most unusual portraIts you have done of pets and painted any famous dogs or cats?
As to unusual or celebrity she has painted Stephen King’s (the writer) girlfriend’s hairless cats.
what is the type of paint you use?
work with oils.
do people usually have their pets painted before or after they’ve passed on or both?
I have mostly done pets that are still around but a few in memoriam. People sometimes give them as gifts when a pet is getting older. I actually did a painting for my father who has two Siamese who would always sleep hugging each other. Sadly the older one passed away recently but I know he treasures the painting and the memories of always seeing them in the same chair hugging each other.
I guess I just feel lucky to be doing this. Pets enhance our lives in so many ways and really when you can have a relationship with an animal it is something so special. I’m glad to be able to add to a pet owners pleasure in that experience.
Gillian Wainwright was born in London and lived in Italy and Belgium before moving to the United States. She became interested in painting in her teen-age years and went on to go to undergraduate school at the California College of Arts and Crafts. Later Gillian got her Masters degree in painting at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and since then has exhibited in numerous shows in New York City. Having had cats all her life Gillian got her first dog, Henry, a French Bulldog with adorable green eyes (very rare),with her husband David. As a Christmas present to David she painted a portrait of Henry for him, which he treasures. The portrait holds a prominent place in their living room. This became the very first NYC PetPortrait! Since then, Gillian has created many more pet portraits to the delight of pet owners around the world. Gillian has a unique ability to capture the most beautiful moments for pet owners everywhere. To view a few other examples of Gillian’s paintings go to www.nycpetportraits.com.
This is an incredible week for pit bulls with Pit Bull Week at HuffPost Green and this movie, wow !!!
A pit bull attack survivor adopts an abused pit bull … this just makes me cry. The courage exhibited by Donna Lawrence is truly inspirational and healing. (Imagine if someone else who shall remain nameless went on this path instead of the path of hate and revenge, oh well, everyone chooses what they do).
The movie Susie’s Hope, the true story of Greensboro, NC’s Donna Lawrence (played by Emmanuelle Vaugier, “Two and A Half Men,” “CSY: NY”), a natural-born animal lover who barely survives a ferocious, life-threatening attack by an abused pit bull but learns to overcome her new fear of dogs and move forward in the most unexpected way – by adopting and caring for a brutally abused, abandoned pit bull-mix puppy named Susie. Susie’s Hope premieres exclusively on UP on Sunday, August 3 at 8:00 p.m. EST / 7:00 p.m. PST.
“Susie’s Hope is an inspirational, hopeful movie about unexpected second chances and compassion,” said Sophia Kelley, senior vice president of programming, UP. “After almost losing her life, Donna Lawrence finds the strength to face her newfound fear of dogs and motivate a state to pass legislation to help prevent cruelty to animals. Susie’s Hope is a truly touching film that’s guaranteed to uplift all who watch it.”
Susie’s Hope recounts the story of Donna Lawrence (Emmanuelle Vaugier), a long-time dog enthusiast and caretaker, who warily observes the neglect and deterioration of a nearby neighbor’s pit bull and volunteers to help. When the owner moves and abandons the dog, Donna is left behind as the animal’s caretaker. Every day, she places a bowl of food in the doghouse and walks away. During a routine visit, the fearful dog attacks Donna without warning, pinning her to the ground, viciously clenching her at the throat. Donna calls out to God and finds the strength to throw the dog off and roll away. After being rushed to the emergency room by a neighbor, the doctors tell her that she is lucky to have all of her limbs as well as her life. Donna receives 45 stitches in her leg and spends the next two months learning to walk again.
With the help of her husband Roy (Burgess Jenkins), Donna heals physically but the emotional scars of the traumatic attack leave her shaken and frightened until she meets Susie. Donna’s close friend, Ramona (Andrea Powell) is who initially comes across Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy that had been beaten, set on fire, and left to die by her former owner. Both having experienced vicious attacks, Donna and Susie share mutual fears and learn to conquer them together. Donna makes peace with her wrongful attack and Susie forgives humans for hers. Spearheading a group of like-minded individuals, the pair ultimately inspire and move an entire state to take a legislative stand against animal cruelty through the passage of “Susie’s Law,” which strengthened North Carolina’s penalties for animal abuse into a Class H felony.
About Donna Lawrence and Susie:
Donna and Susie have worked to overcome their mutual traumatic experiences to inspire and minister to others (human and canine). Donna and Susie visit schools, nursing homes, churches, burn centers and organizations, and attend pet adoption fairs and fundraisers to motivate and educate people surrounding animal cruelty. Captivating the hearts of those that learn of Susie’s story, Susie was recently recognized as the 2014 Therapy Dog winner for The American Humane Association Hero Dog AwardsTM. The commendable recognition has placed Susie in the national finals (as one of the eight finalist contenders) of the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™. To vote for Susie, visit: http://www.herodogawards.org/vote?nominee=35549916. Voting ends Monday, September 15, 2014 at 12 p.m. EST.
For more information about the Susie’s Law and the Susie’s Hope™ non-profit organization, which promotes education and awareness of the care and responsibility required in owning pets as well as animal safety around unfamiliar animals:
Nowadays, many of us pet parents, consider our fur babies our children. There is nothing wrong with that, in my humble opinion. Except that the law considers them property not kids. Still, issues like divorce bring up similar considerations between spouses, what to do about the fur kids. Who gets to “keep” the fur kids? Will custody be shared? Can one party “keep” the fur baby and how often can the other party visit? Below an attorney, guest blogger, Charla Bradshaw, flushes out the issues more fully.
I don’t wanna get divorced…
Consider making up a pre-pup arrangement (like a pre-nup) that spells out what happens to your pets if your marriage splits up.
True Love American Style
“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals”
The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers conducted a poll of 1,500 members and nearly a quarter said they had noticed an increase in custody issues over pets. Courts have had to determine not only who gets the pet but whether one party has the right to see the pet after the marriage breaks up. Identifying the best interests of the pet in a divorce case can safeguard that the pet is properly cared for after divorce.
Pets can provide unbelievable companionship and unconditional love for adults and children. Animals such as dogs, cats and horses are considered personal property for divorce purposes and unfortunately can also be the subject of domestic violence.
In a divorce, pets must be awarded as part of the property division and therefore will usually go to one spouse or the other. However, spouses can choose to co-own the pet going forward and create a visitation schedule for the pet. We have done these orders and they actually work very well. We also see pet schedules associated with a child’s visitation schedule where the pet goes with the child. When spouses co-own a pet, going forward, we must provide provisions for the expenses related to the animal. This can be important when dealing with livestock, such as horses, or an animal that has health issues.
Since pets are considered personal property, there can be disputes over whether the pet is the separate property of one of the spouses or community property. Separate property can be acquired by a gift, inheritance, or if the property was owned on the date of marriage. Separate property cannot be divided by a court. Spouses may argue over whether the pet was a “gift”, or whether the spouses bought the pet together, making the pet community property subject to being awarded to one spouse or the other.
Unfortunately, pets are often targets in family violence but Texas has come to the rescue. Texas courts can now include pets in protective orders in domestic violence cases. Because pets have suffered abuse when family violence has occurred, in 2011 the Texas legislature amended the law to prohibit the removal of animals from the possession of a person named in the protective order. In a protective order, the court may prohibit a party from removing a pet, companion animal, or assistance animal, as defined by Section 121.002 of the Human Resources Code, from the possession or actual or constructive care of a person named in the protective order. The “actual or constructive care” verbiage was added in 2013. In turn, in 2013, the Texas Penal Code was amended to specify what the possession of a pet, companion animal, or assistance animal by a person actually means.
So what do these protective order laws actually mean for pets? They mean that a person subject to a protective order that violates a pet provision in the protective order can go to jail, plain and simple. An abuser will often turn on a pet to cause pain and suffering not only to the pet, but to the perpetrator’s victim(s). An abuser may also threaten a pet’s life in order to keep their victim(s) close. As a result, a victim may stay in an abusive situation to keep the companionship of the pet, not realizing the court can make orders with regard to the pet.
One of the problems is that most facilities and shelters for those running from family violence are not equipped to take animals and therefore the animals are left behind. There is a growing need in this regard not only for the safety of the pet but because the unconditional love a pet can give may be lost at the time it is needed the most.
Divorce or abuse can actually take a toll on a pet. The Humane Society of the United States sets forth the following signs of pet stress:
• They become depressed
• They sleep a lot
• Their appetite lessens
• They’re not interested in their walks or other daily activities
• They start to cry or whimper
• They groom, lick and/or bite themselves excessively
• They have accidents in the home
The bottom line is that pets are often the subject of divorce and family violence and the laws are improving to protect them. It is important for everyone to be aware of these laws especially so that abuse victims may realize the court can include a pet in a protective order. Abuse is bad enough for the lives of those who suffer it, but losing or leaving behind a pet can only make the suffering worse.
Victims asking a court for a protective order should ask the court to make orders regarding their pet(s). Additionally, spouses in a divorce should be aware that pet(s) are property. Sadly, a pet may become the subject of a very expensive fight when the real issue is to cause pain to the other spouse.
Charla Bradshaw is an accomplished family law attorney and Denton Managing Shareholder known for successfully summarizing some of the most difficult cases. She was listed among the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas (2014) and rated one of the Best Women Lawyers in North Texas by D Magazine. While she employs an aggressive approach to litigating family law cases, Charla Bradshaw is also a certified mediator and handles collaborative law cases.
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According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, more than 3.5 million Americans are homeless. And of these 3.5 million, between 5 and 10 percent have dogs and/or cats, with areas where the percentage reaches 24.
For many homeless people, their only friend and family member is a beloved animal companion.
in many cases the animals are the lifeline and reason for living for these people without a home, human beings living in a stigmatized and marginalized environment in which few if any would choose to live.
…A new book by University of Colorado sociology Professor Leslie Irvine is the first to explore what it takes to live on the streets with an animal. Using interviews with more than seventy homeless people in four cities, My Dog Always Eats First reveals what animals mean for homeless people and how they care for their four-legged friends. You can read the introduction to this landmark book here. Dr. Irvine’s book provides rich descriptions of how animals provide social and emotional support and protection from harm (see also “My dog feels my pain“), and, in some cases, even helped turn around the lives of people who had few other reasons to live.
…Homeless people told her how their dogs encouraged interaction with others and kept them from becoming isolated. Former addicts and alcoholics described how their animals inspired them to get clean and sober.
“In surveys, homeless people report levels of attachment to their animals that may surpass those found among the domiciled public. They frequently refuse offers of shelter or housing that require them to give up or separate from their animals.” (excerpt from the first chapter A Good Life for a Dog? of the book, “My Dog Always Eats First.”
Feeding Pets of the Homeless is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer-based organization that is dedicated to collecting food for animal companions of the homeless in the United States and Canada, as well as administering veterinary care. Its home office is in Carson City, Nevada, with collection sites all over the USA.
I started a collection site in the Monterey Bay area. Recently, I asked Whole Foods to donate pet food. And they agreed to donate $100 worth. I asked the church (info below) and they agreed to distribute the pet food. They also distribute people food.
“We received 11 bags of dog food and 2 bags of cat food. On Saturday, April 26th, we gave out 2 bags of dog food. Then on Tuesday, April 29th, all the pet food was given out. Word of mouth spread like wild fire…” Father John.
Am working with obtaining other pet food donations from various companies and having various churches in the area to distribute it.
If you would like to donate pet food for the homeless and/or make a contribution so that pet food can be bought and given to the homeless, please visit my pAYPAL via pr matchmaker at yahoo.com
I am also working on a project to HOUSE homeless people and their pets. Will let you know more as it takes shape. If you would like to participate, please let me know. More info here:
imagine “affordable and dignified housing” for the impoverished.
“The experiment is a powerful reminder that the homeless are people, just like us, with one exception. They are in trouble and in pain. And they are someone’s uncle or cousin or wife.”
Well, this week Cici and I had a scary emergency and yesterday she had to have surgery. She has been itching again and I have not seen any fleas. But apparently there have been some. Maybe they are invisible? Well, she was scratching a lot and rolling on her back a lot, even on the concrete. And then she got all splotchy and blotchy and doing the zoomies in the house and being completely weird and whacko. She was going NUTS. And then, she scratched up the carpet by the front door. She has NEVER done that in all of the time I’ve had her (7 years!) and at 3 a.m. in the morning I discovered her ear had swollen up. It felt like and looked like the leaf of an aloe vera leaf. I Googled it and found out that she had blood in her ear. Then the blood started seeping out of her ear and forehead. I was distraught and upset and well, you know crazed. I called the vet asap and set up an appointment for surgery. (The best way to drain the blood).
And yesterday morning at 8 am, Cici had her ear drained of blood. And now she is wearing a cone (for a few weeks) and has sutures in her ear. She looks like an alien. Not sure if you can tell that from the photo below. And she has lots of pills to take in hot dogs (so that is not so bad). Am VERY relieved.
I think what happened was that Cici had a fox tail, one in each ear, a LARGE one in the ear that filled up with blood and when she was scratching and shaking her head, the blood vessels burst and developed into a hematoma. (Read more about a hematoma below).
Am VERY thankful for my anipals online, Susan S., Dana, Fifi LeBon Bon, and friends who gave me lots of moral support and one anonymous donor who helped foot the BIG vet bill.
I also want to thank Carie Broecker of Peace of Mind Dog Rescue who helped support with volunteers who drove us to and from the vet as well as picked up medicine for Cici. Ironically, Carie’s cat Betty Boop just had similar surgery as Cici’s, although for a different reason.
ALSO, I must mention, and hope that you would like to join me in seeing how we can set up an emergency pet health care system for low income families so that NO animal can be turned away from the medical vet care that they need because of lack of funds of the owner. It was an extremely situation for me as it was but then when the vet tells you that you have to come up with a large amount of cash ASAP, the crisis escalates. Some folks give up their pets to a shelter at that point. Or they post fundraising pleas for donations. All in all it is a VERY humiliating and difficult situation that WE NEED TO CHANGE. Most of us do not have extra cash, especially when living on a fixed income. If anyone wants to donate for Cici’s vet bill, please paypal us at prmatchmaker at yahoo.com.
A hematoma is an accumulation of blood under the skin. In the case of the ear this occurs as a result of damage to the ear flap in the pet that shakes its head excessively or scratches at the ear. Those pets with “floppy ears” are more prone to this condition although erect ear dogs and cats are occasionally affected.
The excessive shaking / scratching by the pet is often due to ear canal irritation. This may be due to ear infection (germs or foxtails), ear mites (small bugs that live in the ear canal), allergies (causing “itchy ears”), or fleas (that travel into the ear canal). The self-trauma ruptures the blood vessel inside of the ear flap, causing the blood clot. This hematoma separates the cartilage from the skin of the ear flap and causes the painful swelling.
If the hematoma is not drained the ear will remain painful for a period of time and then start to scar down on its own. This scarring creates a visible deformity of the ear that is permanent and may lead to future ear complications.
There are numerous treatment approaches that can be used:
Once the pet has had the hematoma corrected surgically it is rare to see a recurrence in the same ear although without thorough treatment of the underlying problem it could occur with the opposite ear flap.
HOME THERAPY MAY CONSIST OF:
Beware of fox tails
So the moral of this story is KEEP YOUR DOGS and CATS safe and out of the foxtails. Make sure that the fleas stay far away. And if your dog gets allergies in the spring, give them what they need to stop the itching.
Animals cannot speak so it is important for us to be their voice
If you see a hurt, abandoned, neglected, abused, dying animal, please stand UP and speak OUT for them and keep on speaking and standing until Justice is served.
A few recent examples below:
We are strategizing to change the policies of the Denver police department. Harley is a dog that was injured from being hit by a car, the Denver Police Department stood there for over 90 minutes without giving the dog any comfort or allowed any medical help at all as he lay there whimpering in pain. Their claim is that they needed to wait for Animal Control. Animal Control did not arrive for 90 minutes. PLUS, the police threatened to arrest a neighbor who was willing to take Harley to the hospital with the intimidation tactic that he would be interfering with an investigation. There was no investigation. The police didn’t allow this neighbor to help this dog or soothe him in any way, no blanket. Nothing. I am still unclear if Harley died before Animal Control arrived 90 minutes later or while he was being transported to wherever Animal Control was going to transport him. Either way, The Denver Police Department allowed this elderly dog of 14 years old to suffer for over 90 minutes without anyone helping him or showing him any love.
Harley’s Mom Speaks Out…https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1411224285810812&set=vb.1411179439148630&type=3&theater
In another case of cruelty towards an animal, because people spoke out the abuser is now in jail,