Just before Christmas I hit a dog :( The poor little thing ran out into the road right in front of me, there was nothing I could do to avoid him....
I pulled over and the owner was cradling little "Winter" in his arms, We both thought he wasn't going to make it. A lovely lady came over and persuaded the owner to let me drive them both to the emergency vet where I got to calm down and Winter was stabilised. All turned out well and Winter is back home with his owner now after having surgery to repair his dislocated hip.
Jada, my lovely dog, joined my family about 10 years ago. She's had relatively few issues healthwise but a couple of days after Christmas I noticed a sore on the side of her face and took her into visit our friendly vet. The sore turned out to be easily treated and apart from a weird bald spot and some antibiotocs she will be fine. The following day she went to chase squirrels at the off-leash park. She must have put her foot in a gopher hole and has torn her ACL. Poor Jada is limping around on 3 legs and I have to choose between a $4000 surgery or doing nothing and letting her continue to hobble until scar tissue takes over. It's not much of a choice and Jada is booked for surgery next week.
All this got me thinking about how expensive surgery is for our furry family members, especially if the owners don't have pet insurance, and I had recently cancelled mine as the only thing it seemed to cover was traffic accidents.
As a foster for Zoe's Animal Rescue I see many puppies and older dogs needed expensive medical care. The funding for their care comes from generous private donations. The people that donate cash aren't attached to that particular puppy or kitten they just love animals and don't want to see them suffer needlessly. Vet's also partner with Zoe's and offer reduced rates, sometimes even donating their time and expertise for these animals until they can find their furever homes.
After the events that unfolded last week I understood how much money a rescue organisation like Zoe's must need to function - those 3 events alone cost around $7000! And here comes the painting part!
As luck would have it, the day before I hit little Winter I had spoken via email with Meghan Dauphinee. I still had one of Meghan's paintings stored in my studio after the closure of the Daffodil gallery. I wanted to get it back to her but she said I should just donate it to some cause I believe in.... you can fill in the blanks :)
Below is Meghan's painting, it's acrylic on board and measures 24 x 36" It was part of her show "Approaching River City" and has lots of rich texture that depicts the prairie grasslands. Right now the bidding for this piece is $400 and I will close the bidding at midnight on Jan 15th. If you'd like to bid and help the animals that Zoe's takes in you can send me a message or comment on my facebook post. If you don't want the painting but would like to send a few dollars to Zoe's, here's a link to their fundraising page: www.zoesanimalrescue.org/donate/
I wish you all a healthy and happy 2017 !