Saturday, March 31, 2012

This and That

When I first bought the house I live in now, many people told me that I would hate living so close to an airport. Over the years, I have decided that I LOVE living near this airport! It is a very small private airport (no control tower), and it has provided us with plenty of entertainment over the years. When the weather is nice, we never have a shortage of hot air balloons or interesting aircraft flying overhead. Last night, this biplane made several loops around our neighborhood.

And more Waggiwear dog collars --- this is Rascal, showing off the collar that was named for him. It's almost like he knows that he looks great in his new collar!

And this is Wiley, another rescue dog that had a collar named for him. Wiley has already been adopted, so yesterday I gave his forever family the collar that was named for him and took this photo.

Thursday, March 29, 2012


Linda Brown, owner of Waggiwear in Kansas City, makes the most amazing, artsy collars and leashes for dogs! I first got introduced to her and her company when one of our rescue dogs came in wearing one of her collars. Recently she added several new color combinations to her line of collars and needed name suggestions. She names each line of collars after a rescue dog, which I love. I offered some name suggestions, and one of the names she chose was Mya. She graciously sent Mya the first collar in the new "Mya" line, and here is Mya modeling her namesake collar. I love it!!!

And here is a promo photo of Mya surrounded by a donation of fleece tug toys! The donor asked for a photo of a dog with the tugs, and Mya was more than willing to be my model.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spring is Arriving!

I love spring and all the little green sprouts and bits of color as the buds start to open. Everything feels fresh and new and rejuvenated. This is one of my favorite seasons!

And another small artwork, obviously inspired by the spring colors in the gardens. I painted this piece a zillion times and nothing seemed to be working. Then I "whitewashed" it, and now I love it!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Anyone in Superior, Wisconsin?

Rascal, my little foster maltese/yorkie mix, has an adoption application from a family in Superior, WI. The rescue does not have any contacts in that area, so we are looking for someone to help us out by doing the home visit for us. If you can help, please let me know. You'll be helping a great dog have a chance at a forever home! Thanks!!!
Macie, Our Newest Foster

Macie is a one year old Yorkshire terrier, who weighs about 5 pounds. She was picked up as a stray in a little town in SE Kansas, and no owners came to claim her. Macie is so friendly and playful and cuddly!

She has an adoption application pending already, so I don't think we will have her long. Good thing as she would be an easy dog to keep!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Small Works of Art

This is another small collage, created from layers of handmade paper, paint and stitching. An artist friend gave me some of her handmade papers, and I've been combining them with some of my own handmade papers. I love the simplicity of the stitching and the neutral tones in this one!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Small Collages

Recently I have been busy making small collages for an art sale in November. It is challenging to work smaller, but I am enjoying it immensely. The one above was a personal challenge to create a piece that is predominantly blue, but doesn't scream "BLUE" at the viewer. I think it is successful. Do you?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Puppy Sleeping Bags

Mya snuggled in one of the pink sleeping bags

Rascal snuggled in a blue sleeping bag

My friend, Katie Wyatt, loves to sew projects for the rescue dogs! When she found out that I foster tiny dogs and that they are usually chilly all the time, she got busy and made several fleece coats for me to use.

Now she has a new project to keep them warm --- puppy sleeping bags! Mya and Rascal love them, so I think they are a hit for any tiny foster dog that needs a little extra warmth. One of the best things about these is that they can go from lap to crate to car seat, all while tucked in their sleeping bag. I think this is a great idea!

Friday, March 16, 2012


You just never know... Rascal is a well-behaved young dog that we are fostering. He's 3 years old, and he's a mix of Yorkshire terrier and maltese, commonly known as a "designer dog". He was surrendered by his owners (a doctor and his wife) because they didn't have time for him. Since coming to stay with us, he has learned about doing his business outside, sleeping quietly in a crate at night, waiting his turn and begging for treats, and best of all, he knows how to give great kisses now! But he is still waiting for his forever home, and we can't figure out why a perfect dog like this hasn't been adopted yet. In the meantime, we all love having him here, and he is having fun playing with Zeke and Mya!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Alize Got Adopted!

Five and a half weeks ago, we pulled a tiny sick yorkie female out of a high kill shelter, where she was going to be euthanized because of her health issues. She was heartworm positive and had a urinary infection. Once we got her into rescue, we discovered that she also had yeast and bacterial infections in both ears and 5 huge stones in her bladder. Little Alize made it through heartworm treatment, plus surgery to remove the bladder stones, and this morning she was adopted into a great family. She has an older yorkie sister, Zoe, and two great moms. I am so thrilled for my little fighter and sweetheart, Alize!!!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Pilots N Paws - Round 2

Plane safely on the ground in Omaha

Taxiing in to park, right by the gate

11 puppies on board ---
1 schnauzer/maltese pup & 10 boxer/lab pups

Happy pilot --- this was his biggest transport to date

Happy co-pilot --- this was only his second rescue transport

The little white schnauzer puppy was released by a breeder, and we were thrilled to get him out of a life of continuous breeding. The ten boxer/lab puppies were confiscated by police during a domestic disturbance call, where the mama dog was already dead when they arrived on the scene.

Eleven little lives saved, thanks in part to the pilots that helped us out!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Pilots N Paws

What a great organization! This is a national group of small plane owners/pilots that offer to fly dogs to their destinations to help out rescue organizations. I had heard of them before, but our rescue had never used them. Recently that all changed, when we received our first puppy on a flight from southern Kansas.

Plane safely on the ground in Nebraska, with 3 dogs on board

Taxiing in from the runway

Parking at the gate

Sam, the pilot, with our little shepherd mix rescue puppy
(there were also two rescue boxers on the flight)

Xena, a 5 month old female shepherd mix (already adopted!)

P.S. We have another flight arriving today, with 11 rescue puppies on board!