Whether you are looking for a purebred or a mutt, we cannot encourage adopting a dog enough. There are thousands of homeless dogs that would love to make your life richer and full of love, and to call your home their home. There are endless organizations working tirelessly to care for and place these wonderful animals.
We will be donating $250 per painting to The Street Dog Project at Friends of the Animal Shelter in Jackson County, OR. The Street Dog Project’s mission is to improve the quality of life for dogs and cats on the street or living with humans with limited means. Their volunteers are currently doing incredible work to support animals that have been affected by the devastating wildfires in Oregon this summer.
Thank you all for taking our Dogs Survey and helping direct this first group of dog paintings!
Stephanie ( & Fuji!)
Stephanie with her Mastiff rescue, Fuji.
Explore the full one of-a-kind Dog Watercolor Collection!
About The Street Dog Project
The Street Dog Project was founded in 2013 in Oregon and is now part of Friends of the Animal Shelter in Jackson County, Oregon (www.fotas.org). Their primary mission is to spay/neuter animals of those without homes and low income communitites. The Street Dog Projects has spayed/neutered almost 1,000 cats and dogs so far, as a free service.
The Street Dog Project’s mission is to improve the quality of life for dogs and cats on the street or living with humans with limited means. They provide high quality food and gear including leashes, harnesses, winter coats, paw wax, flea and tick medications, and fund medical needs when they can. The Street Dog Project also works closely with other organizations on both the national and local level, including Pets of the Homeless and No Pet Left Behind.
With the devastating fires in Oregon, The Street Dog Project has been bringing donations every day to the various community resource hubs in all the towns affected by the fire. They have also been assisting with groups trying to rescue the many displaced cats and dogs and helping animals in need with veterinary care. The Street Dog Project is an all volunteer organization, and most of the members also volunteer at the animal shelter, which is currently inundated with animals from the fires.
Meet Rags! One of the dogs rescued by The Street Dog Project.
We’re back with our round-up of recommendations, Five Favorite Things! This month our team is sharing what they are watching, doing, donating to, saving up for and learning this fall.
On the Rail Trail in the Hudson Valley. Right Image by: Jonah Bautista
“I have felt really lucky to have my bike, especially this summer, both for transportation and as an outlet for safe social distancing while adventuring outdoors. I recently went bikepacking in upstate New York. We camped near New Paltz and biked many of the Rail-Trails around there including the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is an organization with the mission “to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines, connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.” They are even working on a Great American Rail-Trail which would connect trails across the country, so you could bike from Washington D.C. to Washington State. Search their map, find and enjoy a Rail-Trail near you either by bike or on foot here: https://www.traillink.com/”
- Alija, Content and Brand Manager
Black Surfing Association Paddle Out, Rockaway Beach, September 5th 2020
“Last weekend, I went to Rockaway Beach for the Black Surfing Association's last paddle out protest of the summer. Lou Harris is the founder of this branch of the nonprofit and gives weekly surf lessons as well as free gear to children in the Rockaway Beach area who might not have access otherwise. The kids were so excited to participate, speak and act as leaders at the paddle out so it was great to witness. Their Go Fund me page is: https://www.gofundme.com/f/21tth5adao”
- Lynsey, Head of Fabric
“Beautiful Homeland” by Marissa Curley
“I’m saving up for one of these beautiful handwoven rugs from Adopt a Native Elder. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the Navajo weavers. It’s hard to pick one, but my personal favorite combines my love of textiles with my passion for soap operas. The rug above by Marissa Curley is also truly special. The in person Rug Show will be held virtually this year in November, you check it out here: https://www.anelder.org/Navajo-Rug-Show-and-Sale”
- Jess, Customer Care Specialist
This week the New York Times has an article about how learning something new as an adult can help in building resilience.
“I don’t have a reason to use these things in my professional life, but learning helps me to focus better,” Ms. Williams-Byers said. “It’s also something that I have some control over. I take classes in subjects I am just wildly interested in learning about. When I expand my brain, my wingspan is greater. It lets you get a little higher, to get above the headwinds.” - “To Build Emotional Strength, Expand Your Brain” by Kerry Hannon, NYT
I’ve been taking Spanish classes for the past couple of years and had planned on signing up for a new class when New York City went into lockdown in March. This article inspired me to enroll in an online Spanish class to continue my studies now, rather than waiting for an elusive “after”. Below are a few places you can find remote workshops to engage in understanding something NEW now!
- Learn a new textile skill by registering for online workshops at the Textile Arts Center or TATTER.
- Idlewild Books is an independent language school and bookstore located in NYC. They are offering online French, Spanish, Italian and German classes this year.
- This Free American Sign Language Class was mentioned in the NYT article. It’s FREE!”
- Alicia, Wholesale Accounts Director + Creative Content Manager
Want more? Check out our past Five Favorite Things posts!