Every time I see this photo of Sophie, taken on the Fourth, it makes me think of the title of Sarah Vowell's book. Since it's been cracking my friends up on Facebook, I thought I should share it here and brighten your days as well.
Like all Saturdays this summer, I spent yesterday with a very charming companion. His name is Jag and he has just the dreamiest eyes.
Jag is one of the dogs at Kansas City Kansas Animal Control. Every weekend, a group of volunteers, along with the director of the Humane Society of Greater KC, takes a bunch of dogs out to a local outdoor shopping area to help them get adopted. The foot traffic is usually pretty high, and we've had a lot of success. I posted about this Ray of Hope program a couple of weeks ago on the blog--the satellite adoptions, along with the placement of several dogs and cats in area and national rescue groups has reduced the euthanasia rate at our local Animal Control from 56% to 4%. What an accomplishment, huh?
We had three dogs find homes yesterday, and last weekend, four went home. I'm planning to continue with the satellites until I get close to my due date. For every volunteer that takes part, one more dog gets a second chance. How could I miss out on such an opportunity to help? Plus, I've been asked to take photos of the dogs that come out and post them, along with their story (or what we know of it) on the Petfinder page. Cool!
Not a storewide sale, but a good one if you like the sock guys! In an effort to "clean shop" and find some good homes for Wallace, Fenwick and Humphrey, I've lowered their adoption fees! And here's an extra plus just for you blog readers--you guys will get FREE shipping if you adopt any one of them.
If you choose to give one (or more) of them a home, just send me an etsy convo before buying and I will adjust the shipping price for you. Then you can go ahead and get them!
So...the posts have been a bit infrequent, and the new sock dogs a bit infrequenter. (Is that a word?) There are a few reasons for this. The first, and biggest, is that...well, I'll let Sophie tell you.
A bit blurry, but I think you get the idea. We'll have a new family member joining us in January! We're all super happy, but I'm soooooo tired. So some of Sophie's naptimes have turned into my nap times as well--before, they were the most constructive part of my day, sewing and painting and sculpting. The work is happening a bit more slowly now, but I'm dedicated to meeting all of my custom deadlines, as always. As a result, the "Stacey-designed-sock dogs" aren't popping up as often. Also, many of the dogs that were in my shop earlier this week have been taken out for the upcoming Art Unleashed auction, since I probably won't have the energy to make more by the end of the month.
The other reason why things have slowed is that I'm trying my hand at some new (to me) art. I'm not leaving the land of plush, and I'm still sculpting, but I'm schooling myself in some new techniques and media as well. The lousy economy has pushed me to diversify, and I like to keep things interesting for myself and you as well. Hopefully, I'll be able to put some new things in the shop in the not too distant future. Everything is still animal/pet related, as that is my passion and my cause. Gotta keep the funds coming in to the shelter.
Thank you for your patience during this chaotic and exciting time!