Art Fur Paws
I've been an animal lover all my life and became an artist around 2002: but it was in October of 2016 that I found a purpose for both of my passions.
In October of 2016, I learned of a contract working dog named Nero who passed away. Nero served 7 years in Afghanistan. Nero retired and was adopted through an organization called K9 Mission Rescue. Nero's owner had the privilege of loving Nero for only 2 years before Nero passed away.
After reading the owner's story, I was moved to action. I immediately reached out the K9 Mission Rescue and asked them if I could paint Nero's portrait as a gift to the owner. And they were thrilled!! And I was thrilled - I finally have a purpose for my talent!
Here is a time-lapse video of Nero's Dry Brush Oil Painting.
Working animals and their owners MUST be honored.
*Note: the framing and display may differ with upcoming portraits to ensure costs are reasonable.
My purpose: I want to create timeless, custom dry brush oil portrait memorials for the owners who have loved and protected working animals at no cost to the owner.
Your Donation: The donation that you provide will be used for framing, painting materials, shipping and handling of the custom memorial portraits. The end result will move the recipient beyond measure.
Growing Need: Unfortunately, the U.S. has been at war since 2001 resulting in many CWDs (contract working dogs) and MWDs (military working dogs), as well as search and rescue dogs from 9/11. These working dogs are aging and passing on. I already have several dogs and their owners lined up that need to be honored.
I have to do something for these animals and their owners! I'm hoping that there are a lot of you out there who want to be part of honoring these caring people and amazing animals.
As I complete the portraits, I will post them here and my website www.artfurpaws.com.
Help me spread the word. I'm only one person doing this and I certainly need help :).
The creation of this portrait has many to thank:
- Mission K9 Rescue for the nomination
- Painting is sponsored by Barkbox who provided Furax with a year subscription.
- BAM Photography of MS for providing the photo reference
- Brandon's family for never giving up!
Join me on March 4th at 7-8:30 CST on my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/sweaverster.
If you'd like to receive a signed print of Furax's painting, please donate $20 or more and add the comment "Furax".
See you live on Youtube Saturday night!
I'm also incredibly thankful to an anonymous donor (I know who you are :) ) who fully funded an upcoming portrait of MWD Ryky, MWD Duco and CWD Gina all for one owner, James Harrington. Thank you!!!
This past week I worked on Contract Working Dog (CWD) Zorro's portrait live at the Greater Huntsville Humane Society's annual fundraising event Dog Ball. I spoke with Zorro's owner this week and I'm delighted by what I see in the portrait, a softness, love and dedication to his one and only love, Kris from Mission K9 Rescue. (I'm not quite done with the portrait, just a few fine touches left).
I've been incredibly overwhelmed with the support from the K9 community and have more portraits to work on that need your support: CWD Jukon MDD, and my latest is a K9 Narcotics and Bite dog Furax.
Each time I get a working dogs story and talk to the owner a majority of the time I end up in tears. I have to tell you I become very emotionally invested. The love and dedication in times where the animal should have given up on human kindness they often overcome their own fears to provide unconditional love. Thank God for these amazing people who care!
This week I've completed MWD Coba's memorial portrait! All that is left to do is frame it, matt it and ship it. If you'd like to see the facebook live session, go to: https://www.facebook.com/ArtFurPaws/videos/1237992919613179/
I have a personal goal to complete 2 portraits a month to honor service and working animals, which means I need to raise $500 a month to complete and ship two portraits.
Help spread the word and contribute to this cause!
Contribute what you can so we can give service and working animals and their owner's recognition for their service and sacrifice by memorializing them in a timeless painting. Please help us keep their memory alive.
To help raise money for CWD Coba's memorial portrait I will be hosting a painting Coba on www.facebook.com/artfurpaws on January 21, 2017, from 7-8:30pm CST! Please join me on facebook.com/artfurpaws for the live event as we discuss Coba and her contributions to our military men and women and you get the inside scope on how I paint these portraits!
Coba served as a tactical explosives detector dog, or TEDD -- a canine who trained under a two-year-old program whose job was to sniff out bombs in combat zones. She was "man's best friend and also one of his best weapons on today's battlefield. " - She was a hero and a comfort to many soldiers. https://www.army.mil/article/81948
On November 21, 2016 Mission K9 Rescue released a note on Facebook, MWD Coba R592 TEDD (Tactical Explosive Detection Dog) suddenly passed away.
The weekend prior Coba had lost the use of her legs, and Co-Founder of K9 Mission Rescue Louisa rushed her to the emergency room. After some extensive testing, an inoperable tumor was discovered that had already metastasized into the bone. Louisa made the difficult decision to let Coba cross the Rainbow Bridge with dignity. Louisa was devastated.
Louisa had this to say about her sweet Coba: "Today I had to say goodbye to my precious angel Coba R592. She had the most amazing spirit about her and everyone who met her adored her. I wonder how life can be so cruel, and I wonder again how I will be able to heal this severely broken heart. My kids and I are so devastated and we never imagined that we would have to say goodbye to her this soon after she came into our lives.”
Please say a prayer for Louisa, her children, and Coba, and love your babies for as long as you can!
End of Watch: November 21, 2016
Let us not forget the ones who served us so well. As I complete these memorial portraits I will begin adding their stories to my website, artfurpaws.com and create a virtual memorial wall of their paintings and their stories.
God bless and thank you for your support!
Stephanie has honored my retired war dog in such a beautiful way, and to tell his story was equally as gratifying. CWD Nero was horribly abused by contractor employees and it was only when Mission K9 Rescue got him away from them that he began to know love and compassion. And then this beautiful honor....this love for my beloved boy! WOW!