Hi, it's KOIT's proud #CrazyCatLady & avid dog lover. When I'm not hanging with my five furry family members, I'm volunteering with animals, enjoying a Bay Area microbrew or touring a dog-friendly vineyard. >^..^<
(above) Portrait of PINKY in the studio of San Francisco Bay Area artist Sheila Kafi.
I met Sheila in the dog park, when she was giving my friend Teena a painting
she had done for her birthday, of one of her dogs, Kakoa.
She was humbly trying to slip her the present, without any fanfare.
Sheila, your humility is refreshing. And your work deserves a little fanfare!
So here you are, some fanfare for a talented artist. (I sincerely appreciate humility.)
(above) KAKOA, a Miniature Bull Terrier. (above) Not a dog. TIGER the Persian cat.
(above) Portrait of LADY, with original picture to the right.
(above) Wall of work in various stages of completion. Impressive!
Took my dogs to the dog park today at Golden Gate Park, and look at this little
angel in the Halloween dress. It's Zoey, a sweet senior girl originally adopted
from Muttville Senior Dog Rescue of San Francisco.
After a week of cable issues, I finally spent the last hour and a half on the phone trying to get things working again, They aren't, so a technician is coming out tomorrow. Which means I can't spend any time on the work I need to do.
I NEED TO HURRY UP AND CLEAN!
I sure wish Sasha would pick up that broom and help me. Her tail would make a great duster!
I just looked down and saw my knee brace is officially stamped "ACE".
To us, that can only stand for "Andrew & Charly Entourage". Now I'm on the lookout for more "official" ACE items. Glad my knee brace is on board!
(Torn cartilage & pulled ACL from dog park incident where another German Shepherd tackled me while trying to show my 49ers how it's done. The dog
did it right, but my body took the beating. Former story here.)
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The effects of the Valley Fire have been devastating, and unfortunately will be long lasting, both for the people involved and the animals. Many volunteers are working together with limited resources & even less funding to save the lives of the family pets, some claimed, many not. They desparately need help to continue.
You can donate for medical supplies, veterinary care, and whatever the Valley Fire animal victims need (it changes daily) through FurEver Animal Rescue, whose volunteers have been going there every single day to help. Direct donation link through PAYPAL here (please write "Valley Fire" in comments).
Below is an excerpt from the heartfelt message on Furever's Facebook page, written by Terry Messer, Executive Director, after one of her recent trips to volunteer. (Read the full message and see a video of Terry's pictures of the devastation here.)Dear FurEver Families, I was in Middletown today delivering/donating medical supplies for the animals burnt or injured in the fire, and our Adoption Coordinator, Kimberly, was working with the hospital going out to the hard hit areas looking for survivors, doing welfare checks and delivering pet food to animals still on some of the properties.
I do not think I can put into words what my heart wants me to say. What I saw was devastating and heartwarming at the same time. 3,000 people have been left homeless. These people have lost everything, yet they remain friendly and uplifting, and the way they care for one another is inspiring. The fire showed no mercy and destroyed anything that was in its path.
I think every available street corner, park or open lot has some type of command center set up to provide assistance for a particular service. They have FEMA, Red Cross, Veteran’s assistance, every insurance company under the sun, bottled drinking water, hay for the livestock and wonderful groups/clubs like the Lyon’s who have a brought in donations of clothing, household items, kids toys, baby strollers, you name it and someone has tried to provide it.
My heart aches for the furkids and the pain and suffering they have endured because of this fire. It spread so quickly that many had no time to do anything but get in their cars and hope that they could make it out alive. The loss of life is overwhelming and the injuries will take months to heal.
Countless pets are still missing and their owners diligently look for them every day, but with each passing day the hope of finding them alive gets slimmer. There is one story that touched my heart deeply and makes such a great advertisement to PLEASE microchip your pet. Two cats wandered or I should say ran for their life, in a different direction from their burning home and got caught in the fire. Each treated at different hospitals for severe burns. Their owners were desperately looking for them and believe it or not they ALL were reunited because of being microchipped!
The animal's medical needs will be costly, and on-going for months. Average cost for medical on a burn victim ranges from $400 to several thousand. Today FurEver Animal Rescue donated nearly $1,000 worth of medical supplies because one small hospital was critically low in supplies to do dressing changes on small animals who have burn wounds, running low on IV fluids and burn medication. We plan to stay in close contact with Dr. Sara Reidenbach, the doctor who is coordinating the staff for the medical sites.
We need your help to purchase the necessary items the veterinarians and rescue crews list for us. (It changes daily.) Donations can be made through FurEver Animal Rescue’s PAYPAL here. In the comments please write “Valley Fire”.
Thank you for your love, generosity and support, and for allowing me to share this with you.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com
or call my cell 510-418-8602. FurEver Thankful, Terry Messer, Executive Director, FurEver Animal Rescue
Terry's video of experiences while volunteering at the Valley Fire site. Thank you Terry & Julie & Kimberly. We are FurEver thankful for you!