Pet Rescue, Rescue Mama Art

Pet Rescue Art: Peace, love, rescue…

Pet Rescue Art:  Peace, love, rescue…

This Pet Rescue painting is inspired by my cat Taco.  If ever you could label a cat a “hippie cat” it would be Taco…she is all about peace and lovin’ everybody up.  Taco is named Taco because she was found in a dumpster behind a taco joint.  From the moment I brought her home she was a relaxed and happy cat…she loves to meet new people and pets and lives under the assumption that everyone wants to be her friend.  When she needs it she has just the right amount of sass in her too.

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Pet Rescue Art is my passion, it is how I can work at spreading the word about how important it is to rescue pets instead of purchasing them.  Every day 8-10,000 healthy cats and dogs are killed in our country because they have no home, that works out to about six per minute.   My husband and I purchased our first dogs many, many years ago…we just didn’t know how many animals were dying in shelters every day.  My introduction to pet rescue was my lab Sparky…once Bret and I learned more about how many pets need rescue not only did we choose to rescue a house full of pets but we believe that sharing the rescue message will motivate people to choose to rescue vs. purchase animals like it did for us.  Check out my Art Gallery to view other Pet Rescue paintings I have done.

This painting is available at my Shop where I have a variety of fun pet rescue themed paintings and gift items for the pet lover.   If you are a rescue advocate consider following my blog…I blog about all things pet and pet rescue!

tacoI leave you with a picture of our sweet Taco who inspired this painting.

Rescue On!

Nancy

 

Hope after loss, Rescue Mama Art

Pet Sympathy: Cat Memorial Painting…

Pet sympathy: Cat memorial painting…textured acrylic on canvas.

front bitThis painting is part of my “Anima” line of products for pet sympathy.  “Anima” is the Latin word for soul.  Everything in my “Anima” line is about remembering our beloved pets that we have lost.   This is a textured painting done in acrylics on mounted canvas.  I had a lot of fun making the moon glow in this painting.

Usually I only make cards for this line…this is my first painting…what do you think?  Check out my Art Gallery to see some of my other paintings or look through my Hope After Loss page for articles and links for coping with the loss of a beloved pet.

If you love all things pet and pet rescue consider following my blog…I post 1-3 articles per week on my blog and daily on Facebook and Pinterest pages.

Rescue On!

Nancy

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Pet Crafts, Pet Rescue

Real men are kind to animals

Original Painting – Real men are kind to animals

real men 002What do you think of this painting?

This is one of my original paintings.  It is pastels on velvet paper.  I usually add something dimensional to my paintings.  In this case it is a bad boy spike collar on the dog (see angled picture below).

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Handmade Cards & Gift Wrap, Pet Crafts, Pet Rescue

Celebrate Pet Rescue with a handmade dog adoption card!

Celebrate Every Dog Adoption!

I released a cat adoption card last week …so here is one for the pups!

A pet adoption is a life saving event so why not honor the event with a card!  Thinking of any dog sitting in a shelter waiting for a family breaks my heart and I wince at the thought of how many never make it to a family – so when adoption magic does happen I get very excited!
I am really happy with how this card turned out, do you like it?

It is a very simple design.  I used a base recycled card stock that I stained black with Distress Stain, pearlized and randomly stamped with opaque paw prints.  I layered a piece of black card stock on the front that I embossed with paw prints.  You can find the paw print embossing folder I used at JoAnne’s for a just a few bucks – I love that design! The dog silouhette is hand painted – first with heavy gesso and again with white acrylic paint

I added a paw print ribbon (I believe Michael’s has similar ribbon) with a wooden heart that is painted red and stamped with paw prints.  I buy these little wood hearts in bulk – you can do so much with them!

The inside of the card is plain white card stock and it reads ” Some of the world’s greatest love stories began at the local shelter.”

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If you are not crafty yourself, I sell my cards on my ETSY store , use coupon code “NEWCUSTOMER” for 10% off.

Rescue On!

Nancy

Handmade Cards & Gift Wrap, Pet Crafts, Pet Sympathy

Handmade Pet Sympathy Card

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I finished this sympathy card last night.  I spend quite a bit of my studio time on pet sympathy cards.  I know all to well the grief experienced when a beloved pet dies and hope to provide sentiments that can bring comfort to others.

This card is made from a base recycled card stock.  I stained it blue with Distress Stain and dry brushed it with cream acrylic paint (you can see the effect in the second picture).   I hand painted a silhouette on the front of the card using a layer of heavy gesso first and then black acrylic paint.  The heart, lace and flowers are all stained to match the rest of the card and finished off with perfect pearls.

The front of the card reads; “How blessed we are to have loved them so much that it makes saying goodbye so very, very hard.”    I print my greetings on to card stock with my laser printer and then spray the card stock with fixative so they won’t smudge.  This is a far more cost effective method than buying stamps.

The inside of the card reads; “with sympathy for your faithful and loyal friend.”  If you are ever in need of any cards or gifts for pet sympathy; I have a nice selection in my ETSY shop (www.etsy.com/shop/TheRescueMama).  Use the coupon code “NEWCUSTOMER” for 10% off.

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Nancy

Handmade Cards & Gift Wrap, Pet Crafts, Pet Rescue

Handmade Cat Adoption Card

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I just finished this card and I am really excited about how it turned out.  Adopting a cat from a shelter is a life saving event, why not celebrate it ?!

I used plain recycled card stock to get this card started.  I stained the base card stock with an Antique Bronze Distress Stain and then painted it (dry brushed) with a blue acrylic paint.  It gives the paper the look of something completely unique and handmade (you can see it in the last picture below that shows the inside of the card).  I used some sweet paper I had in my studio with “Happily Ever After” all over it that I stained and distressed on the edge.

I drew a simple cat sillouhette and painted it with a super heavy gesso to get the textured look (let this dry overnight) and then painted it with bronze acyrilic paint and dry brushed with blue acrylic.

I added some simple embellishments (that I painted to match my color theme); ribbon, flower and heart.

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The inside of the card is a cream card stock that I distressed and slightly stained (on the edges).  It reads; “Some of the world’s greatest LOVE stories began at the local shelter”.

The card was inspired by my own rescue cats who I couldn’t love more; Taco, Jasmine and Catzilla.

If you don’t like making cards I do have some of these available on my ETSY shop:  http://www.ETSY.com/shop/TheRescueMama

Rescue On!

Nancy

Pet Crafts

Fun Valentine Craft for the Pet Lover!

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Quick and easy gift for a pet loving friend.

I wanted to make some quick handmade items for all the sweet people in my life for Valentines Day. This is one of the item I decided to make.  I use regular old clothes pins to make these.

february 6th 001  The basic items you need are clothes pins, ribbon, magnets and acrylic paint.   I painted all the clothes pins first.  I typically use a slightly better paint than craft paint when I make a project as I find it covers faster and looks nicer longer but craft paint will work fine too.  I had several spools of paw print ribbon in my studio – you can use any ribbon, just make sure its the width of the clothes pin.  When the paint was dry I glued the ribbon to the pins with tacky glue.  I applied ribbon on both side of the pin but just doing the front would be fine too.

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I wanted small hearts on the front of my clothes pins.  I buy bulk bags of small wooden hearts.  I painted them red, stamped them with paw prints and then sprayed them with ModPodge pearlized glaze.  You could use any type of sealer but I like the shimmer of this glaze.  I glued the hearts on to the pins with Beacon’s 3 in 1 – it is a wicked smelly glue but it is a very strong hold.

I finished them off with a large magnet on the back so these clips can be used as refrigerator magnets but they have functionality without magnets too.

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I made a few different styles of these.  The skulls were for me …why not?  The snowflakes for my mom.

Enjoy!

Pet Crafts

Quick and easy handmade gift for the pet lover…

MAson Jar Hostess gifts 015  I made these three treat jars (filled with dog cookies) last night.  The whole project cost me less than $10 (not including the treats I put in the jars) and took about 90 minutes.    I am planning to use them as hostess gifts for dog loving friends over the holiday season.

I have attached a quick tutorial to show the products I used to make them.Hostess Gift for Pet Lover. Enjoy!

Pet Parent Resources

Prevent Pet Poisoning

    Prevention & Resources

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Most of my pet memories are the type of memories that give me the warm fuzzies.  But there is one memory  that makes me cringe;  my first dog (my Rottie puppy) had his way with  a bottle of prescription medicine.  I found a cracked open bottle and pills all over the bathroom floor.  Since I couldn’t be sure I could account for all the pills, off to the emergency vet we went.  I am certain  my rickety little GEO Metro  broke speed barriers that night.  Some wonderful vets took care of Hercules and everything turned out fine.  I, however, was horrified with myself for letting the incident happen and decided I needed to take a hard look at properly pet proofing my home.  Accidental pet poisonings are all too common and one of the main culprits is prescription and OTC drugs.  The best thing I can do as a caregiver to my pets is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Preventing a pet poisoning starts with knowing what is toxic to our pets.  When I brought the first pets in to my home I had a huge learning curve in “all things pet” but I was a complete “goose egg” when it came to knowing how seriously dangerous some common household items are to my pets.

I also underestimated my pets’ (especially a puppy’s) ability to get into cupboards, closets and hidden corners that granted access to things that should be off limits.  I learned very quickly that pet proofing my home  was more than closing cupboards and clearing counters and it has since become part of our household management on a daily basis.  “Proofing” the home for the pets isn’t really much different from proofing a home for a child.  Over the years I have found that maintaining a pet proof home keeps my house neat because it requires being diligent about putting things away – medicines, vitamins, chewing gum, salty snacks, raisins, batteries…nothing gets left outs.

In some cases there are things that we have just parted ways with for the sake of our pets; we don’t put any presents under the Christmas tree ahead of “opening day” and you won’t find items like grapes, Easter Lillies or Poinsettia plants in our house.

Following is a summary of lessons learned for protecting our pets from poisoning that we have gathered over the years.  I hope you find it helpful.

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