Dogs for the Deaf

“You Get What You Give”

Okay truth is, I did not make up this quote. I stole it from a cheesy movie I watched with my daughter over Christmas break. The movie might not have been very good, but I love the quote.

Recently I answered a request for a donation of art with one of my favorite local charities—Dogs for the Deaf. This charity is amazing. DFD rescues homeless dogs from the Northwest and professionally trains them to enhance lives. In over 33 years, Dogs for the Deaf has rescued and placed over 3,000 dogs in homes as Hearing Dogs, Miracle Mutts (Special Dogs for Special People),  Harmony’s Hounds (Dogs with Special Needs), and Career Change Dogs. Find their home page at Dogs for the Deaf has given me permission to use photos of their dogs to create dog portraits. What a treat to use some of their darling pictures. I am donating a dog portrait “Topher” for their unlimited use. I am having so much fun painting from their dogs that I may be painting more. They are thanking me, but really I feel like I am the one who is being blessed—funny how that works. Here is my sketch and watercolor painting of “Topher.”

Consider this. The more you give, the better you feel. At least that’s how I feel. So, this coming year, what do you plan to give? How will that make you feel? Leave me a note about how you plan to help in your community.

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