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Gone to the Dogs

My friend, Niza Knoll, has an art gallery in the Santa Fe Arts District in Denver.  Knoll Gallery is a fantastic array of creativity and is emerging as one of the best galleries in Denver (in my humble opinion.)  Each year Niza does a juried exhibit featuring art on dogs.  Gone to the Dogs 3 opens this Friday, August 19, and runs through September 17.  I asked Niza why she does this particular exhibit each year.

“I grew up with dogs and always loved their company when I came home.  They give us unconditional love.  They fill an empty spot in my life.  I like being needed.  It always fascinated me that a creature so different than us can connect with our feelings and moods and be able to live with us.  I have always connected more with people that like dogs or cats so I thought it would be fun to share my love for this amazing creature with others.  It really has been lots of fun and I have met some great dog lovers.”

A couple of springs ago I was fortunate to have an exhibit at Niza’s gallery and I had a couple of dog photos that I took on display.  The chihuahua on the sidewalk was taken at Union Square in San Francisco, California. I loved how this pampered pooch was in complete lockstep with her owner. She was a little diva of a dog.

The other photograph was taken in Talkeetna, Alaska.  Talk about a dog and master looking alike. What characters!

Hope you can make it to see Niza’s show.  Her gallery is at 915 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, Colorado, 80204.  The Denver Dumb Friends League will be there with adoptable dogs so maybe you’ll come away with art and a pup to love.

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Dog Days at the Commonwealth Games

Stray dogs are one of my favorite sights in Delhi.  They are all mutts and they loaf around the city.  I have even seen them lying in the roadways oblivious to traffic whizzing by.  Delhi has cleared many of them away from the games and venues.  Today they were rounding them up at the field hockey venue. I hear they are in shelters and will be released when everyone goes home.  I have been assured that Indians will not harm them.  The dogs are sweet souls and today one of them stole the show at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium where the track and field events are being held.  Check this runner out!

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God and Dog

For all dog lovers and people of faith.  Don’t know who WJ Francisco is but her simple video prayer on YouTube makes one want to run to the animal shelter and adopt a pound puppy.

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A Dog Speaks Out On Michael Vick

My name is Ka$h (yes, that’s how it’s spelled) and I’m a chow shepard cross.  I’m a former pound puppy who was adopted from the Denver Humane Society in October by a wonderful family.  I was only a few months old when they got me and was already returned by someone else.  When I came to my new home I had issues.  I would pee when I was happy or when I was scared or even when someone came to pat me on the head.  And I would fight with the other dog, Sydney.  We would go at it whenever food came between us and I hurt Sydney very badly.  My new family was exasperated and they were going to send me back to the pound.  But they gave me a second chance.  Now I am one year old and I’m a good girl.  I don’t pee on the rug anymore and I try really hard not to fight.  I’m an excellent watchdog and there is no one else who chases a ball as well as I do.  You should see me.  I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. 

Being a dog I don’t like what Michael Vick did.  He was mean to animals and he hurt them.  I met alot of dogs in the pound who were abused and they were scarred badly.  It made them hard to adopt sometimes.  It seems weird that someone as fortunate as he was would do something so evil.  But I think he should get a second chance too.  He has gifts and maybe because of this experience he will be smarter and more compassionate and learn to do the right thing, just like I did.  Maybe he’ll even set an example for children and volunteer at the Humane Society.  If he does then he can stay with his new NFL family, the Philadelphia Eagles, and if he doesn’t, well, he just might end up back in the pound.  There are lots of dogs, and two legged animals, who deserve a chance at redemption.  I hope Michael Vick steps up like I did.  I am a smart dog and I’ve earned my place in the family.  I challenge Michael Vick to be good like me.

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