Calling All Dog-Loving Quilters: A Question & A Free Doggie Fabric Giveaway

Since it is already Tuesday, I realize I am a little late in hoping everyone had a great weekend last weekend! Mine was spent in my studio, making a ton of quilt-y goods, including this tote I made for my pet sitter.

Tote made from Kathy Mack’s market tote pattern that appeared in the premier issue of International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene.

Speaking of pet sitting, the night before I left for the Long Beach Quilt Festival last month, I almost hit a dog on the way home from taking Clarence to the dog park. After I swerved onto the sidewalk, I ran out of my car to check if she was ok, and she was in such horrible shape: caked in mud, malnourished, and trembling. She had no tag on her collar, but responded positively to my endearment of “Sweetie” with a gentle thump thump thump of her tail. I hoisted her into my car, took her home, bathed her (pretty significantly because she was a mess), then let her play with Clarence…who thought the idea of a sleepover was a great one! That first hour with our new guest, it was a just blond whir somersaulting across my hardwood floors.

Since I was leaving the next day for an entire week, I called numerous shelters and emergency hotlines that night to see if I could get her taken care of…but no such luck. The following morning I went to my vet and pleaded with him to see if I could board her for a week until I got back.  Fortunately he said yes, so I dropped “Sweetie” off, hoping that while I was away, I could get her either reunited with her owner or adopted–unfortunately neither happened.

This is where compassionate quilters came to the rescue. Numerous quilting friends tried to help me problem solve on Facebook, including art quilter Kim Ritter. She even went to my vet to meet Sweetie, helped me pay the cost for her care and vaccinations, and posted signs in the neighborhood.

When I returned from Long Beach, I went to my vet to visit Sweetie, and she was so affectionate. Below my coworker Allison Cooper is giving Sweetie some much needed love.

I called more than 20 agencies and rescues to see if anyone could help me, but unfortunately every shelter was filled or beyond capacity. I thought my best option was to take her to city-run BARC, a local agency that was recommended to me, as there is a huge campaign to adopt out as many animals as possible in the next few months in order to win some significant grant funds. Below is her picture.

Problem was, I just couldn’t stand it, I couldn’t stand the idea she could possibly be put down, and people were messaging me and encouraging me to explore other options.  So I went out, bought a crate, more toys and treats, and brought her home. She is home with me now, and I am fostering her in the hopes I can find her a forever home soon. (Hey, I have a lot of pets already!) She is learning commands very quickly, loves to be around people, is very docile and playful, sleeps a lot, and loves to go on runs with Clarence.

Since moving to Houston, I have now taken on three rescues (but again, I am planning for Sweetie to find another “forever” home). But as I was driving down to Houston from Boston last fall, I noticed more and more strays on the side of the highway as I traversed across the South. It is a real problem, and one that Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker is striving to correct in our city. I heard her speak at the Grand Reopening of Friends for Life, a no-kill shelter in Houston where I got Clarence, and she relayed that she is determined to adopt out as many animals in Houston shelters (namely BARC), and spread the word of how crucially important it is to spay and neuter your pets.

It got me thinking…I know the Mayor is a fan of Quilt Festival (she attends on her own time every year…sometimes more than once!), and she also loves animals. I’d love to coordinate some kind of quilt-y outreach, but don’t know what exactly. So many of us at Quilts Inc. have rescued animals for pets, it is a cause very close to our hearts.

So here is my question: If you as a quilter could be a part of some kind of outreach to help raise awareness for rescue animals, what would it be? And if you have a rescued love one, tell us about him/ her in the comments section. On Thursday, I will randomly select a winner to win this set of Puppy Park Fabrics by Riley Blake Designs!

55 responses

  1. Well I’d have to think on some ideas for an outreach program but I’d definitely sign on to be a part of one. We have rescued all our pups over the years including the two we have now – a german shephard/lab mix named Sherri and a cocker spaniel (our 4th) named Nina. Over the years we’ve also rescued a greyhound and german shephards and they were all great dogs. The only breed of dog we’ll ever have is “rescued” :)

  2. There are so many things we could do! A fundraiser, with all the proceeds going to FFL or some other no-kill shelter, would be awesome; we could set up an adoption booth at the Quilt festival this year- adopt or foster a pet and get a free, quilted pet bed donated by quilt artists; we could host a quilt-in to create beds for shelters…

    I have to scoot out of the house right now, but I love that you’re so passionate about doing something and I’m sure I could come up with more suggestions, too! I, like you, have rescue animals, so it’s an issue very dear to my heart!

  3. I have rescued a much loved Pom named Roxie…she is quite a hand full but we are learning to live and let live. I can not understand how anyone can buy a dog…there are ads every day from our shelter looking for homes…permanent homes for dogs who have been abandoned for whatever the reason. This takes total commitment from our community! I wish you peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  4. OH OH OH! I have an idea – since so many of us have rescued animals how about making a Rescue quilt from photos. Here is what would happen at Quiltfest (and perhaps we can all expand it to our own guilds as well): Everyone who has a rescued pet would bring a 5″x7″ or smaller photo of that pet printed out onto paper and a $5 donation. The photos would get tacked up onto a large wall creating a quilt of pets. The money can go to the local shelter to help get animals taken care of. After the show the photos can be made into a paper quilt by ironing them onto interfacing and painting over the paper with a medium to make a mixed media quilt (I have a mixed media apron going into QA Gifts using this process). The quilts (because honestly I think you will get a ton
    of photos which would make several quilts) could then be auctioned after or displayed at all the quilt shows and then auctioned. I’d be happy to help!!!

    • Cool idea, Lisa. What if the pictures were printed onto fabric, instead of paper, and then sewn into quilts? They could be sashed, put in the centers of star blocks (or other blocks), etc. I’d help with the piecing and longarm quilting!

      • Printing them onto fabric would work too, I was just wanting to make the process for people who may not have printed onto fabric. Also people could get a photo printed onto paper easily if they hadn’t planned ahead because don’t we always have a picture of our pet on our phone or laptop?

  5. I’ve been a rescue mama to four animals so far…and they ALL still live with me! They’re like my own babies now that my kids have moved out.

  6. Opps, sorry! I didn’t mean, “we,” so much as “you,” because I’m not trying to horn in on your great idea; I am, though, willing to volunteer my time, art, and supplies to the effort!! (This is Judi H, btw)

  7. Just brain-storming here, Pokey, but how about a special exhibit in Houston next fall of dog-themed quilts. You could get local celebrities (like newscasters, the mayor, sports figures, etc.) to be Celebrity Judges for the exhibit, allowing each of them to pick a favorite. After the show, you could auction the quilts off to raise money for the local no-kill shelter (or more than one, if applicable), and get the local media to do stories on the exhibit and the auction, and maybe give you some free advertising time (under their requirement for public service announcements) to promote the auction. They could do companion stories on the growing problem of stray dogs. (You also might get a local news station to do a “Dog of the Week,” showing a rescue dog available for adoption. Getting people into the shelter will result in more adoptions, even if that particular dog is no longer available.) Let me know if this happens – I’ll make a quilt for the exhibit!

    Our dog, Hooper, is a rescue. He’s 20 pounds of energy! When we got him, he was skin and bones – and he was afraid to eat! I’ve never seen a dog afraid to eat before. We would put down a bowl of food, and he would cower and back away. We had to coax him by putting a little food on our fingers and letting him lick it off. After a few weeks, he would walk all the way around the food bowl, carefully watching us, and then lean way over and take a single bite. What kind of life did he have to make him so fearful of eating?

    After considerable training to get him over his fear of people and other dogs, he’s now a happy, well-adjusted sweetheart. He absolutely loves to play with other dogs, loves people, and minds better than either of our sons ever did (haha)! We love him!

  8. I grew up on a farm. When I was young, dogs from people who could no longer keep them found their way to us. I grew up, moved away, then returned to live with family. The difference now is that it’s a new farm, and horses and dogs find their way to my brother, on the farm. Dogs live outside here, are well-fed, have places to sleep, and unless are injured, become trained cow dogs. Except for one, Buster, who was my niece’s therapy dog as she recovered from traumatic brain trauma. Now Buster is more well known than I am in our rural neighborhood! You may wish to check if there is a similar group of vets in your area who handle therapy pets, if Sweetie has a good disposition and is trainable.

  9. I don’t have any rescues.. but this sounds like a idea whose time has come.. I have saved my throw away scraps to make dog beds for our local humane society..

  10. One thing our local quilt guild thought about doing for a service project was to make quilts and beds for the local animal shelter. They suggested just making scrap quilts and then tying them. Beds would require more “stuffing” –but any of us with a bag full of odd size batting scraps could probably make at least one bed with what we have on hand.

    I have never adopted a pet -although I have thought long and hard about it–but, my brother has adopted 3 dogs over the years in the Denver area and my sister adopted a cat from a shelter in Ohio.

  11. 8 yrs ago the boys wanted a dog to call their own, they adopted from a no kill shelter, it was a beagle that had be returned after his first adoption, badly abused. He walks like John Wayne, because he was raised in a to small of a cage, He hollers like he is being killed, sleeps most of the day, never would walk on a leash, We thought he couldnt walk. OH, He can run, anywhere he wants, We had also gotten a Retriever from the storm Katrina that helped him. I already had a papillion, I am a dog lover, but I cant invision what life he would have had, Now due to my Illness, he lays with me. I foster when I can, Share a FB pg if asked, even the smallest things like walk a dog from a shelter once a week. Dogs love to chew on fleece, some dogs need sweaters, Maybe we could develop a flicker group and make animal clothes and sale them for no profit and donate it to a no kill shelter.

  12. Hi Pokey! We adopted a little terrier three weeks ago from our local no-kill shelter here in CT but she came from a rescue in TN. Daisy is super sweet and gaining confidence every day. She is very slowly learning commands but we discovered by accident her first day home that she already knew how to play fetch. Our last dog never was able to get the hang of fetch even after years of trying. Daisy’s a little timid and anxious about being left alone but is a big snuggle bug. Oddly, she also will not bark. She kind of rumbles instead (a chewbacca-like noise) and we think she was punished for barking in her former life so developed an alternative. Weird that someone would make her too scared to bark yet teach her to play fetch. We’re just SO glad we have her now.

    For a fundraiser, what about some sort of raffle with all proceeds going to local shelters or a network of shelters? Perhaps baskets of donations that people could put chances in for, even online. Maybe some manufacturers would be willing to donate goods or services? Or you could have some kind of fun auction in the park across from the convention center one evening? Or create a calendar of “celebrity” quilters’ rescue pets to sell? It would be great if there was a movement like the pink products for breast cancer research but for pet rescue instead, think any manufacturers would be on board for that?

  13. I sure don’t need to be in the running for the fabric drawing (BTW), but I think there are a lot of animal-lovers in our subculture. We had a great fundraising effort over the years for Cancer. People made and donated mixed media/fabric postcards which were offered for sale at a flat rate and volunteers worked the table to sell them with 100% of the proceeds directed to one entity. Could something similar be done at the quilt festival, with all proceeds going to one or more no-kill shelters in the Houston metro-area? It seems like the mayor might get behind something like that.
    xoxo L

    • I volunteer with a wild animal rescue group. One of our volunteers had great photographs that she printed on note cards with an appropriate quote – that she found somehow. They are a good seller.

  14. Our community sponsored an art auction, with the local artists, or anyone who wanted to participate, creating a piece of art on a 5×7 canvas. The local art framer framed more than 50 of these, and we had a silent auction. Children, adults, artists of all ages, the local incarceration facility for juveniles, and whomever participated. We had a fun event, with many coming as they knew who created what, and the bidding was generous. This was one idea that worked, in part, I think, because it was inclusive in who could participate. The proceeds went to help establish a no-kill shelter.

  15. I am a breeder of Bernese Mountain Dogs and our club, Bernese Mountain Dog of the Finger Lakes has a rescue program that I assist with. My idea might be a big undertaking but I think it would be really beneficial. The greatest need in rescue is the need for foster homes, but most people don’t know of the great opportunity to foster. Would it be possible to convince the powers that be to appropriate booth space at market for local rescue groups to educate quilters on the need for fosters homes? we could have dogs there maybe even in quilted doggie couture to meet and greet and maybe even a quilt raffle or take donations for a local rescue group. I love to do quilted dog portraits and every year I donate a quilt to The Berner Gard Health Fund Auction at our national specialty. This year my quilt sold for $7650.00. I would gladly donate a portrait quilt to raise funds. and maybe we could get others to do so as well and donate them to rescue groups to raffle. You opened up a Pandora’s box with me in asking your question.

  16. I have two rescued Chihuahuas. Before adopting them, I was owned by several second-hand ferrets and became good friends with a ferret “shelter Mom”. She was struggling to pay the vet bills, so over three or four years I created over 200 ferret angels for her to sell or auction off.
    Rescued pets are the best! I’d love to foster dogs, but I’d have to ditch the hubby, so I do fund raising for a rescue organization (Just a Touch Rescue) concentrating on saving dogs from puppy mills and those with special needs. I edited a wonderful cookbook that has nearly sold out its second printing. Recently I was gifted with a lovely quilt top and backing fabric to donate to a charitable organization. I decided to finish the quilt and raffle it off for JATR. I learned to free-motion quilt feathers on my domestic machine JUST so I’d be able to do elaborate feather quilting on the quilt. And just today I received the authorization from the RI State Police to conduct the raffle! If I won the fabric I would use it for quilts for these special little ones when they go to their “forever homes”

  17. I live in the Bahamas where i do rescue myself. Only thing is here there are no *shelters* (on the island that i live on) to drop dogs off to when you find them. The group I work with rehomes some dogs, but as a result of this work I have 15 dogs, 8 cats and 14 fresh water turtles. People here have no respect for the life of an animal and everyday I pass more and more on the street that need to be rescued. Our group does FREE spay and neuter and every week we are paying for this, but somedays it seems it is not helping. I know it seems unbelievable to have this many dogs, but just take a look at my facebook pictures and you will see teh dogs I have at home as well as the dogs I have rehomed. On top of this 5 of my 15 dogs have epilepsy. Rescued pets are the best anyone will ever own and I cannot understand someone paying money for a pet when there are so many sitting in shelters and foster homes every single day.

  18. GREAT IDEA!!! I’m IN regardless of the fundraiser. I like the idea of dog-themed Fiber Postcards or priority sized quilts to be auctione or sold (like the Alzheimers) . THANK YOU for saving and fostering Sweetie!!! I have 3 rescue dogs of my own ,one from a NW Indiana inner city pound that does not adopt to the public (only through rescues) and have fostered 2 from the same place ( one is currently with us now).I have no children so they are pretty much like my kids.

  19. I have two rescued dogs, a catahoula from Sugarland, TX through H.O.P.E.(HOMELESS & ORPHANED PETS ENDEAVOR in Houston) , and a basenji mix, who wandered into my yard. I put signs everywhere and posted him on a lost pet website. The basenji mix didn’t get along with my “hula” girl so I tried to adopt him out. He was eventually adopted out but returned because he was incorrigible. I brought him to the SPCA but was told it wasn’t a no-kill shelter and that owner surrendered dogs would be euthanized sooner. After our trip back from the SPCA, Chester was a different dog. I’m not sure what transpired, but he had a change of heart and so did I. Now we’re one big happy family and we all get along great!

    I really like all the ideas everyone has posted here. I would like to suggest a book showcasing prominent quilters with their pets or even “past pets”. I would like to know who has a menagerie and if anyone has a pot bellied pig, stuff like that with instructions on how to bake dog biscuits, cat toys, and make dog beds and sweaters.

    **Chester sleeps under the sewing table when I sew. I always have to be careful his tail isn’t under the sewing machine pedal.

  20. Oh my, such great ideas! I’ll volunteer to be involved in one of the above ideas. If something could be done at festival (awareness booth, etc), I can help (I live in Houston). Also, the wife of a friend, Nohemi Floyd, runs a Houston-based non-profit, They’re So Fluffy, promoting the importance of spaying/neutering and fostering, and is currently running fundraisers to open a no-kill shelter. They may have ideas or want to be involved. I have a rescue dog (from SPCA), about 7 yrs old, 120 lbs, thinks he’s a lap dog, urg. Also a 13 yr old cat, declawed front & back (no, I did NOT do that), I took her in a couple of years ago when her previous owners got tired of her. She thinks she is the ruler of us all.

  21. I like the idea of selling a calendar containing quilted rescued pets. It could be an annual contest because you’d never run out of entries with so many quilters with pets. And, who doesn’t like an animal calendar?! We adopted our Border Collie mix from a no kill shelter in Illinois six years ago. Any time I hear someone say they are thinking of getting a pet, I encourage them to rescue one.

  22. We have a rescued chihuahua. He was mistreated by a man with a cane and a beard, therefore he hated men. He had been forced to live outside in a cage without shelter from the sun or weather. We have had him now for three years and he now can go to a strange man visiting without fear. His “girlfriend” has had two liters and he now plays well with one of his sons. He would never have done this three years ago. Little Bit is a loved member of our family now and enjoys meeting new humans. He loves his family and hates when go out without him.

  23. We rescued Calvin, a Papillion, from my vet. I went to the vet one day to pick up pills for my dachshund who had seizures. At a weak moment, I asked the vet if he had an pets to adopt, and he replied the one became available that very day. Calvin’s owners had previously dropped him off at the vet after he had been severely mauled by a pit bull; of course, the owners said, “Spare no expense!” After $600 worth of surgery, Calvin was healed but the owners never returned to get him. When I walked into the vet that day, I was shown to a cage in the back. Calvin pushed his nose through the wire mesh of the crate and licked my nose. My heart skipped a beat, and he went home with me that night. My husband said he could spend the night and if he behaved, he could stay. Everyday until the day he died, we were worried that the owners would change their minds and want him back. After our dachsund died, we went to the Tulsa Humane Society and adopted another Papillion from a puppy mill who has taught us day after day how important patience is. After Calvin passed on, we again found ourselves at the Tulsa Humane Society where one of the workers was talking about a Papillion at the Tulsa Animal Shelter that they were going to bring to their office. I texted my husband, and together we raced to the shelter to adopt Rusty, another Papillion. Daisy and Rusty are best friends and keep us in their sight constantly. We love them dearly and would trde them for the world. Long live rescue pets!!

  24. My rescue dog is Buddy… found 8 years ago as a 7 month old puppy. As I drove from Houston to our deer lease just South of Victoria, I was on the last 3 miles to the site of our season camp, a dirt road, on an unfenced prairie. I saw a small white and black animal move off the side of the road, in a mesquite, brushy area, and thinking that perhaps it was a calf down, I stopped, rolled back a few yards, and was very surprised to see a very gangly, starved looking puppy come running up to the side of the dirt road. Worried to put a dirty, possible sick dog in the car (our dog was at the lease already with my husband who I was driving out to meet up with for the weekend), I had some sandwich bread on the seat in a grocery bag, and threw some bread to him, and drove on to the camp. We asked around to see if any of the other hunters were missing a dog. No one was, and I thought it best to go back and rescue the dog. He’s been with us ever since. A South Texas “Heeler” he’s part Aussie Cattle Dog, and part terrier… the most loving dog I’ve ever had. Affectionate, playful, but a bit of an unknown history. He hates anything around his neck, and is afraid of children. But otherwise, just the nicest dog you’ll ever meet. My first thought on fundraising for animals would be to put together a website like Ami Simms has for Alzhiemer’s research… How about making small quilts to be sold at auction? Or maybe “palettes for pooches”, or other quilty items made for auction just for dogs? The proceeds to go to saving more rescues – or even better, to fund low cost spay and neuter!

  25. I have two rescues and wouldn’t take for them. It may be just human projection, but they both seem to really appreciate their home and yard (an acre fenced pasture) and we love seeing them so content. I think the area I live in (Kitsap County in western Washington) must be doing a good job with the spay/neuter clinics because when we lost both of our original dogs last year I had a hard time finding a rescue puppy! We started with a two year old, Shadow, and then added the 6 month old border collie mixed puppy, Major. I regularly checked out the rescue sites I was aware of (my husband wasn’t quite on board for awhile to get dogs again and I felt almost like I was looking at porn when I looked at the pet rescue sites, it was that surreptitious!) and it’s amazing how many homeless animals there are. I would love to get involved in an effort to raise awareness for rescue animals, but also to raise the consciousness of prospective pet owners.

  26. I don’t know what the program could be – other than one I do myself here at home – every couple of years I make 10 or 15 cage-sized quilts and donate them to my vet. We could do the same for rescue organizations.

    Also, I have 5 furred pets (all of whom are rescues – two of them came as a matched set – fosters we were never able to give up). I am positive we can’t take any more, but I do love them all and am not the least bit sorry we have so many!

  27. There are a ton of wonderful ideas here…so all I will say is I would LOVE to lend a hand in whatever you do! How lucky Sweetie is that YOU were the one to find her…things happen for a reason…and yikes, I had to do a double take when I saw the first pic with Clarence & Sweetie (I thought for a second my Maggie had somehow gotten into the picture). All of our “kids” have been rescued – and for years now we’ve collected fabric ‘scraps’ (and I do mean SCRAPS…teeny bit’s and pieces destined for the trash bag) to stuff pillows for our local shelters. Our quilt shop put the word out for ‘scraps’ only ONCE….YEARS ago…and to this day, my students bring their ‘savings’ to me when I teach at retreats…customers bring them into our shop all the time.

    So whatever your ‘plan’ becomes…COUNT ME IN!

  28. What a sweet looking dog…a boxer? I have three “rescue” dogs. My first dog we adopted from our local Animal Protective League. About 3 years later, someone brought in a 6 week old black shepherd mix puppy to the police station where I work and I couldn’t bear to leave her. We know she was abused because she never plays with toys…ever and, besides my husband and sons, barks at any man that comes into our house. Women are fine…but not men. She would never bite anyone, it’s not in her nature, but she barks and you can tell she doesn’t like men. The third was our “foster-failure” . My sister works with S.O.S. (Save Ohio Strays) and asked if we’d help by fostering a terrier-mix puppy for a few weeks. Of course, after she immediately blended in with the other dogs, we couldn’t bear to give her up. I also have a 3-pawed cat that we “adopted” because no shelter would take cats and the alternative was to let this tiny 3-pawed kitten loose to fend for herself after someone brought her into the police station when they found her. Yes I have “SUCKER” written on my forehead….sigh…but I wouldn’t trade any of them for the world. They are all great dogs…housebroken…loving. All three are well-trained and can walk without a leash anywhere because they never leave my side.

    I know from raffles at my daughter’s school, that quilts are a great gift basket idea. I know S.O.S. does raffles baskets from time-to-time during their fundraisers and I may contact them and see if a quilt donation would be something they’d like to have as a basket donation in the future. I know from the work my sister does with S.O.S. (she’s a great foster-mom) that part of the reason we have so many dogs needing “forever” homes is the economy. People losing their houses, moving to apartments or in with relatives can’t take their pets.

    Good luck in finding her a “forever” home whether it be with someone else or with you. You’re doing a great thing…hang in there.

    shel704 at aol dot com

  29. My first thought was an exhibition of mini quilts, but I think Tomme tidies that up nicely by saying they could be auctioned off. Last year I found a dog on Christmas Day that had been hit by a car but he wouldn’t let me near and hopped off I never did manage to grab him, I hope he’s OK :(

  30. I don’t have an original idea for fund- and awareness raising, but there are so many great ones already offered here–I’d sign on to any of them.

    Our lives have been graced by rescued dogs and cats, and right now our house is full of them. In 2003 we adopted a dog from the shelter; we were told she was spayed but it turned out she was pregnant. We kept four of the puppies and moved to the country, as our suburban town had strict rules against having more than three animals. (Counting our original dog and cats, the mom and pups brought us to 9.) Our “puppies” are nine now, and their mom still bosses them around.

    In May of this year we adopted a pregnant cat who was wandering the streets. Because it was kitten season there was no room at the shelters and we couldn’t stand the thought of this sweet girl out on her own. She delivered four adorable kittens and, true to our history, we kept them all. So that’s another five rescued animals.

    I suspect our relatives think we’re crazy, but I know for sure we are happy.

  31. I have a rescued greyhound and have had one other rescued stray dog. All seven of the cats I’ve had were rescued, two sre still with me

  32. I would love to take them all home, but since that is not possible I would love to be able to donate blankets for crates to help. I have two rescue dogs and 5 cats. They are the most loving animals I have had.

  33. how about a calendar and each month is a photo of a rescued dog is photographed sitting on, wrapped up or whatever with a quilt? Or how about an online auction of donated dog themed small quilts, postcards, mug rugs, etc? Images of the quilts could be put on a set of note cards. All the $$ raised could go to programs that help shelter fostered dogs and help pay for spay/neuter programs.

  34. Pokey, Not to dilute your efforts, but don’t forget about cats. My two formerly feral cats are just two bundles of crazy love. Check out Karen Stiehl Osborn’s blog for all the work she is doing by not only fostering dogs, but also taking endearing photos that ensure rescued dogs look as lovable as they are.

  35. I have two dog rescues who own my heart right now and am quite the advocate for rescue and adopt. I’m very interested in what ideas come out of this discussion, I make quilts to be auctioned for one of the local rescue societies for their fundraisers and would love to hear of other ways to help them. Donations of food, blankets and of course money help, but a way to raise awareness of spay and neuter, adopt and love are what I would love to help with.
    Thanks for this conversation, I have high hopes for Sweetie, but I have a feeling she’s already home :).

    • Thanks, Dana. But I know in my heart it will be very very hard for me to personally manage all of these pets, especially with my work and travel schedule. I am determined to help her find a really wonderful forever home. ;)

  36. Pokey – check out CAP’s Weekend Sponsor program http://www.cap4pets.org. You can borrow a cage at the shelter for the weekend, and if Sweetie doesn’t get adopted, bring her home and try again. No worries about euthanasia.

  37. Great ideas, count me in on whatever you come up with. I’ve done quilted photos of my sweet dogs made into pillows, and have taught classes on doing them, and they are always populer. You have a great heart.

  38. You could reach out to fabric shops across the country. For every yard of fabric they sell, a 25 or 50 cent donation is made to a shelter in their county for a period of a month. As well as asking them to have their customers make a quilt/blanket for a dog/cat in a shelter-they always need blankets/quilts. Call it for example …Giving Shelter Animals Loving Warmth and Life Month.

    I adopted a Norwegian Forest Cat from a woman who had this lovely cat for 4 years…….and got a boyfriend who did not like the cat because the Cat called JC was too affectionate. Mind you….. this was after one month of dating him. I adopted JC the cat and two months later the boyfriend dumped her……….to this day five years later I have JC….

    Then there is Jelly Bean, a sheltie/shepherd mix that I adopted from Tennessee because her foster mommy who was going to adopt her got cancer. So she came to Massachusetts and has been a great sister to her 3 brother doggies!

    Oh…I remember receiving beautifully dyed fabric by and from you….but never a gorgeous tote!………….Just kidding…your pet sitter must be great….glad you found a nice one!!!

  39. We were adopted by Gracie (a long-haired chihuahua / ??? mix) three years ago from a kill shelter in the Rio Grande Valley in TX. She was fearful of all men except my husband for some reason – guess she knew he was a nice guy. She was just skin and bones and had several medical problems we needed to address, but recovered from all that and gained half again her body weight. She couldn’t be a sweeter fur kid! With lots of patience she now socializes with almost everyone (still leery of men in dark glasses and hats). Last fall, at a campout, she actually made the rounds of everyone gathered around a big campfire – lap to lap – known friends and new friends alike. She’s the third dog we have rescued and I guess it’s rubbed off on our family as our daughter and her husband currently have 2 dogs and 2 cats who were rescued. You have many suggestions for projects but may I put in a vote to earmark some of the funds for spay and neuter programs.

  40. If I could I would love to take them all home but since I cann’t do that what about donating blankets for adoped and or sick pets. I know when my first dog was sick the vet gave us a quilt to keep him warm when I brought him home. When we brought our new dog home he curl up in the blanket and went to sleep on the trip home. .

  41. Sadie came home with us after visiting eight Houston-area shelters. My son wanted a dog, but is generally afraid of them. My daughter wanted a lap dog that wasn’t too “barky”. We walked into the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, and there she was, in the lobby waiting for us! The only dog (after seeing hundreds) that my son walked right up to without fear. Just the right size for my daughter’s lap, and she wierdly almost never barks. She’s the sweetest dog ever! Perfect for our family.

  42. Pingback: Pet Lovers Unite! Big Animal-loving Announcement for International Quilt Festival/Houston! « pokey's ponderings

  43. I have done art quilts of our dogs for years and have had them in shows but would really like them to be displayed in conjunction with fund raising or awareness for animal shelters. Some of them are rescue dogs and some aren’t but we love them all as part of our family. I think a show of quilts at a place like Houston would be a great idea as well as the post cards! My daughter’s German Shepherd saved her life when she stood between an oncoming car and my daughter, she certainly got an art quilt for that!

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