Her name is Maisie, and she could very well end up being the 200th sale in my shop! So whoever does adopt her will get a little extra thank you gift.
I wanted to share this with you guys, too. My latest addiction are really old issues of the Saturday Evening Post. I love 'em. I think it has something to do with my background in advertising (these old ads are the best) and a crazy romantic notion of families gathered together back in the early 1900's, reading their Post and listening to the radio. It's the closest thing to time travel...you sit down with one of these and kind of disappear into the past for a few minutes. The vintage issues are very easy to come by on ebay, and usually only cost a few dollars (like, under $10). So far, I've picked up issues from 1900, 1915 and 1931. So interesting to see the country's evolution in just a few years' time.
Here are a few select ads from the 1900 issue. Be sure to read the copy--it's absolutely fantastic. And be sure to check out the "girl in the cuff" at the bottom.
I just love this long eared galoot. I think I may actually name him that, since it is a Scottish word and he has an argyle coat! He'll be in the shop tomorrow. I just listed him and within 5 seconds, he was adopted. Wow! That's a new record!
Here's a peek at one of the new paperclay dogs for round 2 of Project Pit Bull coming to the shop at the end of May...putting another layer of paint on those spots! This is a model of Guinness.
I was treasure hunting at a local antique store the other week, and I found something I couldn't pass up. A first edition of Little Golden Books' Dogs. I love it not just because of Tibor Gergely's charming illustrations, but also because of the last page. Here are a few excerpts--the last page is at the bottom.
I love that even in the 50's, mutts were well regarded--at least by this author!
I was more excited to meet the MABBR bullies than any celebrity I've ever encountered (which I can pretty much count on one hand, by the way). So when I heard they'd be at the Pet Expo today, I decided it would be the perfect Sunday outing for the family. And I ask you, what two year old doesn't love being surrounded by dogs, cats, birds, hedgehogs and horses? Mine sure did!
(I guess this would be a good time to update you on some recent adoptions from the shelter...Dandy, Gizmo and Sadie, who I've featured pretty regularly on this blog, have all found great homes. Yay!)
And here are three of the MABBR dogs. This is Jolly, who was rescued from Newkirk, Oklahoma. About 100 pit bulls were left to die in frigid temperatures, and were found terribly neglected and emaciated. MABBR took 11 of these dogs, while others went to various other rescues around the country.
And I think you may recognize this mug:
It's Munchkin! I got to meet her and her foster mom, and they were both sweet as can be.
Likewise, this big guy was there:
Lucious, another one of my wonderful paperclay models was at the Expo with his foster mom. It was so nice to meet them in person and let them know how much I think of their group. These are some of the most compassionate, giving people around, and the dogs--well, we all know how deserving they are of that TLC. I can't wait to start Round 2 in May!
Sophie and the llamas. She still gets "llama" and "mama" confused which makes for some fun times.
On July 13, 2007, 37 dogs were found on a South Holland, Illinois property, leading to the largest dog fighting bust in Illinois history. Linc was one of these dogs. You can read the full story of his rescue here.
I decided on Linc because he is in need of both sponsorship and a foster home. From the volunteer's description on his info page (click on his name above the photo), he sounds a lot like Atlas, too. I really hope this sweet dog finds his permanent home soon.
Thank you again for helping with Round 1 of Project Pit Bull. Yep--more to come. With so many pits out there needing help, I have to keep doing what I can. Look for another batch of PPB goodies in late May!
Using my trusty random number generator, I entered a number for each of you who adopted a paperclay pup for Project Pit Bull and the winner is...Mare!
Here's your top secret prize, Mare:
Since Atlas was the guy who started me on the path to loving pits, I decided that a custom Atlas sock dog would make the best thank you.
I've also put the final three dogs for the Project in the shop this morning, so swing by and take a look! As soon as they sell, I'll be in touch with the MABBR to find out who needs a sponsor the most, and I'll share that choice with all of you!
After looking at this photo of Chance for a few days, I realized it was reminding me of something. So here you go:
Nicole Cawlfield is the photographer for the MABBR--doesn't she do a great job? You can see more of her work here. I've never seen such gorgeous, styled photos of shelter dogs. I wonder if she had Steve Carell in mind when she took this pic of Chance. hehe
Just a quick but heartfelt post to say thank you to all of you for helping me with Project Pit Bull! All but one of the paperclay pups has found a good home, mostly with you guys, who visit this blog. I am really touched by your generosity and support. SO...I will be doing a little drawing over the weekend with the names of everyone who helped. I'll announce the winner of the top secret prize on Monday.
Oh, and there will be more Project Pit Bull pups in the shop next week. I still need to "adopt out" four more in order to sponsor an MABBR dog. It's been a busy week, so I'll need the weekend to make them!