Believe it or not, amidst getting ready for Spring Quilt Market next week and planning for both upcoming Chicago and Long Beach Quilt Festivals, we are already gearing up for our our Fall Festival in Houston, and aiming to break records in raising funds for our Festival Pet Project to benefit Friends for Life, Houston’s premiere no-kill animal shelter.
Last year we raised more than $20,000 to save animals’ lives with our Festival Pet Project and I am hoping—and I know this might be considered aggressive–we can double this amount this upcoming fall!
This past March, a few of us met with the Friends for Life folks to start planning a campaign to raise awareness about this fall’s pet postcard project (all instructions are the same as last year), and I’d like to dedicate the kick-off to this campaign to my mother’s little dog, “Tee,” otherwise known as “Tee Tee.”
Even though we know what a pet’s life span will be when we welcome one into our family, losing one never gets any easier, and last week Tee Tee went to doggie heaven.
So I’d like to kick off this year’s Festival’s Pet Project campaign celebrating the breed where it’s totally cool for both females and males to be sporting a mustache: the schnauzer!
The last time I went to visit my mother this past December, I played a horribly mean trick on Tee Tee: I played dead on the family room carpet. After two minutes of pawing, nudging, and nipping me in efforts to wake me up, she ran out of the room, frantic to find my mother, and barked anxiously as if to say, “Mom, Pokey is dead! I know I sometimes barked at her when she visited and that wasn’t nice, but Mom, Pokey is really dead!”
After I got up, she looked at me with the most indignant look on her face to make sure I knew that stunt wasn’t funny. It took me some time to win back her affection…
I am on the hunt for fabric pet postcards for this fall’s show featuring schnauzers, and welcome quilt artists to make pet postcards depicting schnauzers for me to feature on this blog. (We will be featuring other breeds, too!) As part of our Friends For Life campaign, we will also be featuring adoptable pets that we will invite quilters to interpret in fabric postcards. More on this soon…
Save the Date! Friends For Life will be celebrating their one-year anniversary in their new digs on Saturday, June 8, from 6-9 PM in The Heights neighborhood in Houston. I’m going! Want to join me?