Healing Harvey rescues as Irma looms

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. 


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

Anais Nin

For Cecil

6.5″ x 8″, Watercolor on Yupo paper, $100


Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.

Kinky Friedman

THROW THE BALL! 8″ x 10″ watercolor on paper $125

A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere

Groucho Marx

Lulu, 8″ x 10″, Acrylic on canvas

And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed. 

― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath




Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.

Albert Einstein







Dove, Watercolor, 8×6, $75