Today is my birthday. While I won't share how old I am (a woman has to have some mystique, right?!), suffice it to say that I'm a little wiser, at the very least wise enough to know how much I have yet to learn, but wise enough to enjoy the smarts I've garnered honestly.
I'm sharing this because my wish is that you to do something for yourself on my birthday. The favor I'm asking is for you to consider, if possible, making a donation to one of my favorite shelters, A Place to Bark. You can support their efforts through the purchase of the 'zine publication Party Animals or you can choose to make a direct donation using the link on their site. (While you visit, be sure to sign up for their newsletter, too.)
A Place to Bark is a private no-kill shelter (with 501c status) in Tennessee run by animal advocate and artis Bernie Berlin. It is amazing what Bernie is able to do - I invite you to visit the shelter's link and read more about her mission and the hundreds of animals she's saved. She is a powerhouse, and the sort of selfless person I want to be when I grow up.
She also has inspired countless other individuals to dedicate their talents to supporting animal rescue, most noteably the team of artists (fearlessly led by Jill Beninato) who created the latest A Place to Bark fundraiser, the Party Animals book (pictured above, copyright Jill Beninato, and viewable in it's entirety on A Place to Bark's blog). 21 artists created works for this project. Party Animal book sales support the shelter, with the original artworks being auctioned on ebay in October, also to benefit the shelter. It's a great project, a true labor of love, and one that is bound to bring many smiles along with it.
I've ordered my copy of Party Animals, and will also slate several upcoming paintings as benefits for A Place to Bark. I've also asked to be a participant in the next A Place to Bark fundraiser.
And tonite as I drift to sleep, instead of counting sheep, I will count up the animals who's lives will be changed for the better because of your generous gift.
Happy Birthday to You!