Archive for November, 2008

Central Bark Doggie Daycare Group Masterpiece

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Atticus PaintingChaotic FunAs previously mentioned, Centra Bark Doggie Daycare in Oswego, included “painting” as part of its Grand Opening Celebration. About a dozen dogs contributed to the group piece titled “Chaotic Fun.” And it certainly was that! What a perfect frame for this fun piece!

Atticus wasn’t sure he liked painting at first. But, with a little help (and a piece of hot dog) we coaxed him to contribute a paw print.

If you haven’t yet created your masterpiece for the Challenge, you still have time! Entry forms should be downloaded and returned by 11/30.

Elephant Art

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Lucky PaintingLucky’s MasterpieceLucky, a 10 year old Asian Elephant working in the Asian Elephant Art Conservation Project (AEACP), created today’s unique masterpiece for the Challenge. Lucky was found as an orphan and taken to the Phnom Tamao Rescue Center in Cambodia. Unfortunately, the habitat for Asian elephants has disappeared to the extent that these elephants cannot roam free and must find a way to live among people. Through AEACP, elephants and their caretakers, called mahouts, can support themselves via art and tourism versus illegal activities or begging.

This past October, AEACP held a “Trunk Show.” It was a runway show and auction featuring fashions made from silk painted by the elephants. If you are looking for unique fashions, a few pieces are still available on AEACP’s website.

Hopefully the elephants will inspire you to create a masterpiece with your pet for the Dog Art Challenge for Charity.

Another Talented Cat…Denver!

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Artist & workPrepped CanvasDenver, a proud artist“All us dogs are being shown up by cats & horses!” That’s Burt’s quote upon receiving a masterpiece from another talented cat.

Denver, a Domestic Long Haired cat adopted in 2007 from A.D.O.P.T., created the piece called “Caged.” Denver is paying A.D.O.P.T. back by donating the proceeds from his work to the shelter.

Isn’t clever the way Denver’s mom prepped the canvas? The black & white is stunning but the “human added” yellow really makes it pop. The pictures as posted are too small to see a great added touch–a photo of the artist hidden in the work. You’ll just have to come to the auction and find the hidden photo in person.

Keep the great art coming!

Central Bark Opening in Oswego

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

A “Bumblebee” PainterCopper the ArtistBobbing for Hot DogsCentral Bark Oswego hosted a Grand Opening and Adoption Event last Saturday. Four-legged attendees slurped “Mutt-ini’s” and “Bark-arita’s” while their parents enjoyed a barbeque lunch. A photographer, pet communicator and chiropractor provided their services for donations to various adoption groups. Perhaps the most popular event was “Bobbing for Hot Dogs.” The Pug in the photo wasn’t sure about the process at first. But once he found his first hot dog he didn’t want to leave!

The two dogs pictured contributed their artistic talents to a group painting benefiting A.D.O.P.T. for The Dog Art Challenge.

Famous Artists in Auction

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Burt is thrilled to have three famous artists represented in the Dog Art Challenge for Charity.

Cholla is an equine artist with a worldwide following. His work has been displayed througout the U.S. as well as many foreign countries so we are fortunate to have one of Cholla’s pieces in the Challenge Auction.

The Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project is helping to save Asian elephants by working with those in captivity. Sales of elephant art provide an additional source of income that helps care for aging or out of work elephants. In addition, they help support conservation efforts for wild elephant populations.

Lastly, Tillamook Cheddar, a Jack Russell Terrier with an international reputation as a “scratch” artist has also agreed to submit a piece. Our first submission to the Challenge titled “Jack Russell Stampede” was created by three JRT’s. So, for now, they are the best represented artists.

So, spread the word, break out the tempera paints and create your masterpiece now! The more pieces we have, the more money we can raise for pet charities.

Kitty Art Arrives

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Kitty CoastersA Proud ArtistKitty Hard at WorkCoverCat White FaceWe continue to receive artwork for the Dog Art Challenge for Charity. So far, we have work from dogs, horses, elephants and now cats! Are there other painting pets out there? You have until the end of November to submit your masterpiece so start painting!

Do you recognize our Cover Cat from June, White Face, in the bottom photo? She and her friends had a painting party and created several pieces of art including the awesome set of coasters pictured. This item and other “kitty art” will be part of the Dog Art Challenge Auction in March.

A Bday Party for Dixie!

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Dixie & FriendsFrosty TreatDixie in TunnelDixie w Ballbday-party-fun.jpgThanks to The Bellyrub Klub, I was an honored guest at Dixie’s Doggie Birthday Party. Dixie is an active girl and did she have fun! She couldn’t get enough of chasing ball and running through the agility tunnel. Not only did she play, but she also enjoyed a frosty and a picture with her friends in their birthday party bandanas. We have one question for Dixie’s mom–did she sleep that night?

Another Donation: “Autumn Paws”

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Autumn Paws Close UpAutumn PawsBurt is thrilled with the latest donation for the Dog Art Challenge for Charity. Two Beagles (Bailey & Humphrey), along with a little direction from their mom, submitted the gorgeous picture titled “Autumn Paws.”

Humphrey was rescued this summer from BREW (Beagle Rescue Education & Welfare), so proceeds from the sale of “Autumn Paws” will go to this group.

You have until the end of November to submit your masterpiece so start painting!

Dogs With Jobs That Help Children

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Burt loves hearing about dogs, or any pets, that have important jobs that help people–especially children. He’s had a crush on Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog ever since she graced The Chicago Pets Directory’s August cover and he noticed she wore red nail polish! Sparkles and her team do amazing work teaching children about fire safety. The children respond so well to “animal” teachers and we want to support all the dogs out there that do similar jobs. If you know of any, please write about them in your comments.

Well, Sparkles turned 10 a few days ago and Burt wanted to send a special message–check it out.

If you liked that message, check back for more Voki fun coming soon.

Halloween Costume Winner

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

Sparkles & Spanner Halloween CardWe had several Halloween contests and riddles (posted earlier in this string). Did you know the names of the two dogs in the cheerleader outfits? They are the famous Sparkles & Spanner of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog fame. You can find great things to help children learn fire safety as well as order the Sparkles book on their website/blog.

The best costume idea came from Samson, dressed as Superdog. Burt really liked that idea since he already thinks he IS Superdog! Samson & Sarah will receive $20 Burton Bucks for their winning suggestion.

No one submitted the correct answer to the riddle surrounding Burt’s old costume. The coat he was wearing had several shirt sleeves sewn to it. . .so he was wearing his “Coat of Arms.” So much for clever ideas. . .

Hope everyone had a safe Halloween!