Be forewarned, this is a sad story. Through Nextdoor, there was a posting about a lost dog in my neighborhood. The owners were evacuees from Rockport, a young couple who left the destruction of Harvey and came to Austin with their little dog, Weasel. A lady volunteering at the evacuation center was helping them try to find the dog. Somehow he escaped the center and was lost in a place that was completely strange to him.
The next day there was a follow up post. Weasel had been found. He had been hit by a car and did not survive. The couple was heartbroken. Pets, unfortunately, get killed frequently in Austin and it is always a sad event. But, hearing of their dog’s demise, after all that this couple had already been through, it was just too much. It brought me to tears. I replied to the post and asked if she could let the couple know that I would like to do an ornament or pendant of Weasel for them, if they wished.
So, please meet sweet Weasel. He was very much loved by his family and brought them comfort during their evacuation from a deadly storm. His passing marked both and end and a beginning, as the couple moves into their new lives here in Austin. They have decided to stay and make a life here. I wish them the very best and hope they create a rewarding life here. Someday, they will open their hearts to another deserving pup. In the meantime, I hope the pendant give them some comfort in their memories of Weasel.
Well, I went back to the Harvey Shelter of Austin Pets Alive this weekend and worked for several hours each day. I was mainly giving medications. Many of the dogs and cats have been taken by other shelters or rescue groups. These are the pets that were rescued from shelters on the coast, so they could go on to find their forever home with the great people working with rescues in several states around the country: Pennsylvania, California, Utah and others.
The pets that are left are those that are mildly ill (kennel cough, diarrhea for the dogs, upper respiratory infections and ringworm for the kittens (SO many kittens!). There were a few lucky pets that had signs on them that the owner had been located. Microchips, people, get them!! APA and Austin Animal Center does this for FREE! Get it done, it will save you a lot of heartache if you ever lose your pet.
So, as we were seeing things wind down a bit Sunday with the Harvey rescue effort, Hurricane Irma was headed for Florida. The vet I was working with Sunday evening was from California. She was headed to a meeting in Nashville and stopped to volunteer her services for a few days in Austin. She told me that most likely she will be heading to Florida to help there after her meeting. I love vets!
Anyway, in all of that, I still managed to get some artwork done. This is a very happy Rottweiler. He’s up for adoption if you want him or I could paint your pet on canvas, paper, and ornament or a pendant.