"Suzy Q," 4" square, commissioned portrait of a mixed breed dog, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!).
This is one of those great rescue stories - straight from Suzy Q's new Mom (I added the hyperlinks):
"Suzy Q still resides in Ethiopia. Dr. Anteneh Roba is a doctor for humans but also a HUGE animal lover..... originally from Ethiopia. He has co-founded an organization to help those in need in Ethiopia - both human and non-human - called The Amsale Gessesse Memorial Foundation. Animals are not treated well over there. They are often abused and sometimes thrown into pits or deep caves and left to die. Most dogs, as you can imagine, have a distinct fear of humans and will avoid them at all cost. Suzy Q is different. She is very friendly and extremely forgiving..... and ..... Dr. Roba [fears for her safety. He has arranged for foster care until he can]..... go get her and bring her home to me [her new forever home]. Under most circumstances Dr. Roba tries to find homes in Ethiopia for the dogs, but this dog really touched his heart and he feels that she needs to be brought here to be kept safe....."
It warms my heart to hear of people with compassion that stretches across borders. Kudos to Dr. Roba and his foundation, which is effectively practicing and teaching humane and responsible means of controlling animal populations. These are the sorts of heros deserving of recognition, and Painting a Dog a Day is delighted to do so. There is information on the foundation's website about making a donation and furthering their mission, if you are so inspired.
And if you have a special rescue story I'd love to hear it. Stories and/or requests for pet portrait commissions can come to me via email. (You can submit a story without committing to a portrait)
Thanks, as always, for sharing the dog paintings with me!
See you tomorrow,
PS We did have permission from the BFAS photographer to use the photo of Suzy Q on their website as a reference for her painting. Please respect the copyrights of other artists - including photographers - and do not use their imagery without permission. Just because you see it on the internet does not mean it is free for the taking.