Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Design, Dogs, and Grace

There is no denying how the love and warmth of a canine companion can calm even the most frayed of nerves.  (I do love the kittehs, too . . .  have even had a few, myself.  They are definitely a whole different animal, if you know what I mean!) 

nakeddecor(You may remember my “hearting” this pair of doxie pillows, cleverly displayed on a bed in a previous post, which included a “Lonny Magazine” article.) 

Meanwhile, as you may know, I’m “owned” by a pair of dachshunds who keep me “calf” high in entertainment, sweet kisses, and warm fuzzies.  My husband and I adopted them when they were almost four years old, via Almost Home Dachshund Rescue.  They were listed as a bonded pair and were actually littermates.  I won’t go through the entire story, but I’ll just share with you, when they were delivered to us by their foster parents, I told my husband that Santa must have brought our sweet boys because, Jim Ingram, (the foster “dad”), had the full beard, twinkling eyes, and familiar jovial laugh!  Jim, and his wife, Leslie, now have their own rescue group, Doxie Acres, where they foster, feed, vet, and care for lots of special little buddies, waiting to go to their forever homes.

Because I’m up to my elbows in alligators, um, dachshunds – kind of like this classic Kohler ad:

Kohler Ad I won’t go on and on about the rewards of pet adoption and how great the need is, right now, to help save the lives of animals who have lost the security of home and hearth.  I’ll just give you a gentle reminder, since the holidays are approaching, and we may tend to forget that the lovely, dedicated people, from all of the animal rescue groups and shelters, never take a holiday from being there for our furry friends.  They often have to dig into their personal funds, when times are tight, to save just one more.  Thanks for thinking of them with a donation of any kind.  If you know of an organization in need, or can help with sponsoring an animal, Twitter and Facebook are great places to get the word out.  I’ve seen some amazing results, beginning with just one post!

I’m declaring November, my month for #GraceandGiving.  (The funny little way I’ve spelled it just means my friends on Twitter will all be able to see it, better!)  This week’s post is about helping our little buddies find homes.  It’s about helping people, too.  Those who save them, as well as those of us who could use a little extra love!

Keep Calm Doxie As always, thank you for stopping by for a chat.  If you have any thoughts or questions you would like to share, they are always welcome! 

Bonus Interior Design Tip:  Did you know Sunbrella offers a beautiful selection of indoor fabrics and trims?  Yes, the maker of outdoor fabrics now has interior offerings, such as velvets, which are pet-friendly!  Pearson Furniture showed several of their frames, covered in this, at the High Point Furniture Market. You can have your fur buddy and a chic home, too! 

All my best! ~ Wanda

PS - Contest Alert!  I’ll be giving away an autographed copy of Vicente Wolf’s “Lifting the Curtain On Design”!  All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on any two of my posts, beginning with this one and by November 30, 2010.

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I’ll announce the winner the first week of December 2010.  I hope you’ll enjoy a festive month!

4 comments:

Anne Lubner Designs said...

What a sweet post to nudge us to care for those who take care of the defenseless. Great tip to use Sunbrella fabrics to create homes where we can allow our furry children to feel right at home without fear of harming the upholstery.

As for your giveaway, I'd love to win Vicente Wolf's book, Lifting the Curtain on Design, I find his design philosophy refreshing and inspiring!

Anne Lubner Designs said...

What a sweet post to nudge us to care for those who take care of the defenseless. Great tip to use Sunbrella fabrics to create homes where we can allow our furry children to feel right at home without fear of harming the upholstery.

As for your giveaway, I'd love to win Vicente Wolf's book, Lifting the Curtain on Design, I find his design philosophy refreshing and inspiring!

marcy said...

This is a really important reminder especially at this time of the year. There are sooo many wonderful furry friends that need homes- and I can speak personally after my family was rescued by one.

Rebecca Ward said...

I have always loved that kohler add. My sister in law has a dachsund and she is super sweet. I love that etsy pillow too! Looks classy in the black and white!