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“Mr. Bones’ Bandanna,” 8” x 8”, mixed breed pet portrait, private collection (THANK YOU!).

Mr. Bones is a long-time resident of Dog Town at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kenab, Utah. My client who purchased this has been volunteering there since 2000 (spending her vacations, flying across the country!), and Mr. Bones is a favorite of hers from day 1. He came from the streets of Puerto Rico, is about 10 years old, and is dog aggressive, so Mr. Bones needs to find that special person who can handle his needs accordingly.

My client has pledged to send this painting to the animal sanctuary to hang in their clinic, and ultimately go home with Mr. Bones’ adopters, whoever they may be.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is a pretty amazing place – direct from the horse’s mouth (or rather, their website: http://www.bestfriends.org/ ):

“They come to the sanctuary from far and wide. But once they're here, we make sure that nothing bad will ever happen to them again.On any given day, there are about 1,500 dogs, cats and other animals living at the sanctuary. They come for special care from shelters and rescue groups all across the country. Many of them just need a few weeks of special care before they're ready to go to good new homes with loving families.But there are also those who are the outcasts of society - unwanted, lame, too traumatized by past abuse, or too old, handicapped, or ill.For these lovable, innocent creatures, Best Friends is a unique home and haven. There's just nothing else like it anywhere.”

That is why I am so proud to be partnering with the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in helping to raise funds that will be used in direct support of these animals.

In July, the sanctuary’s print magazine, Best Friends Magazine, featured the Painting a Dog a Day project. The response was immediate. For the last 6 weeks I have been deluged with heartwarming stories and beautiful photos from their readers. The stories continue to amaze me, and reaffirm my belief that extraordinary deeds are being accomplished every single day.

I decided to join the ranks of these generous souls and do what I could to help further the cause. I set a goal of $1000, and began donating 20% of the proceeds from Best Friends Magazine readers commissioning dog-a-days back to the sanctuary.

As of today, I’ve – we’ve – raised $238. Think of all the warm furry bellies those dollars will help out. Faces like Mr. Bones here, eternally hopeful that their chance to go home permanently will come.

I will honor the 20% donation through the end of August – all you have to do is mention at the time that you are reserving a day for your commissioned dog-a-day piece that you read the article. (Don’t worry – there’s no quiz necessary!)

One final note – I’d like to thank two new collectors who’s quick responses netted them last Thursday’s and Friday’s paintings. Those two little gems could have sold multiple times over! Guess I need to paint more pit bulls!! Or at least consider auctioning off a few paintings each month…..

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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