Thursday, May 05, 2011

New Contest - Raffle, for Dogs Wearing Hats

I'm having a contest on my page at Pam's Watercolor Pet Portraits starts now, ends Friday May 13th, 2011.

In my quest to go big or go home, I decided to paint a BIG painting size 18x24 with a value of $575.00.
All you have to do to participate is submit a photo of a dog wearing a hat to my page. (link above)
I will paint that I admire the most and have them sitting at a bar. This painting should have mass appeal and prints will be given to the contests who's dog makes it to canvas.

Then as a second step, I still want to go big with a donation to a rescue this month. So, lets have a raffle on the painting, $5.00 per ticket - 10.00 for three chances to win. I will list the names in a spreadsheet and use to pic a name. The winner will receive the painting, and 25% of the monies collected will be sent to the rescue of the winners choice.

Come see the pictures that are already on my wall, help me go BIG for MAY! With over 6,000 people on my page, we should be able to really go BIG!

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

For less than a cup of coffee you can help save this abandoned Kitty's life!

Lucky was abandoned on Christmas Eve.

She needs surgery.
If you can donate a dollar or two even it will help save her.
If you would like to help with an online donation, here's the link to the page.  

_______  Full Story _____

Some of you are familar with Lucky the kitten that I took in on Christmas Eve.  She has been here at the hospital waiting for a surgery consult at the University of Georgia and had that today.  But let me back up and tell you how we got here . . . . .

We first saw Lucky back at the end of August with what appeared to be a wound on her tail and some type of wound in her perineal region next to her rectum. Her family thought it was some type of trauma.  Over the few weeks, while Lucky was coming in for her vaccinations, the wound wasn't healing. 

November went by and most of December.  On the 22nd of Dec, Lucky's Mom called and her husband brought Lucky in.  Lucky had weeks worth of poop all over her rear end, flanks, and rear legs.  Once we got her cleaned up the best we could, she appeared to have some type of fistula as she had a vaginal discharge that looked a lot like poop.

In talking with the family, it wasn't looking good for Lucky. Some of the family wanted Lucky euthanized.  Some didn't. And some felt that the most humane thing to do would be to throw her out somewhere.   And it seemed that the dumping her somewhere was going to be her fate.   On Christmas Eve.  With it being 22 degrees outside.  With poop on her rear end.  And it was going to snow the next day.

So I took Lucky in to get her out of harms way.

 in the dryer cage after her bath

The Teaching Hospital is on a holiday schedule the week before Christmas until after News Year.  Most of the students are gone, and most of the cases are emergencies only.  Lucky  originally had an appointment last week when the 2nd snow storm hit.  And was rescheduled for today.

I think it's in the Movie Dirty Harry,  there's the line,  
" Opinions are like ass holes. Everyone Has One."  

Well, it seems that Lucky was born with no opinion.  And no ass hole. 

"Atresia Ani" is the fancy name for it.  If you insert a thermometer into her rectum, it's like a closed pouch.  And that's where the fistula developed into her vagina.   (I hope no one is about to eat dinner after reading this by the way. . . .)  Rectovaginal Fistula.

The next time you feel like calling someone an AssHole,  take the fancy route and tell them,  "You are so NOT ATRESIA ANI."  By the time they google that, you will have safely left the building.

So, at this point,  Lucky has 2 options.
1. Euthanasia.
2. Surgery to try and repair the fistula.

Surgery Estimate-  $2000-2500.   There are possible complications as even routine surgeries have risk of complications.   Colons don't like surgery.  Surgical sites don't like poop on them.  There is also the risk of nerve damage to her sphincter muscle resulting in fecal incontinence.  But at least I (we, they) tried to give Lucky the best quality of life in the first place.

Now I know that some of you are thinking,  "That sounds like a beautiful case for surgery students to study.  So much better than a routine spay.  Why can't they do it pro-bono or at a really reduced rate?"

And it is a fantastic case.  You just don't see things like this everyday.  But I can't expect the teaching hospital to do the surgery for free.  They are too many expenses involved-  salaries, utilities, medical lucky supplies, etc.   It can't all be covered by tuition alone.  Poor college students pay a lot as it is.  However, sometimes when cases go way over the estimate, the hospital does try to write some or all of that off. So I personally think it all works out in the end.

When I posted the first photos of Lucky of Facebook and Flickr, people offered to donate some funds to help her out, but I had to first find out if surgery was even a possibility.  And it is.  So, the University has set up a fund for her.

It is set up through Sundown Surgery Fund at the University website so any donation is tax deductible.  It is important to note in the Notes or Comments section that the donation if for the Lucky Fund.

If you would like to help with an online donation, here's the link to the page.  

If you would prefer to mail in a check, please make the check out to The UGA Foundation for Sundown Surgery and make sure to note For Lucky on the check.  The mailing address is
Veterinary External Affairs Office- Sundown Surgery Fund
501 D.W. Brooks Drive
Athens, GA 30602 USA

I would also appreciate if you would take the time to pass this post around.  Post it on Facebook. Tweet it.  Email it.  Lucky can't have surgery until the funds are raised.   The Foundation Office will let me know when donations come in so that I can share it with you. 

Any questions?  Drop me an email at

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Happy Dog Connections Magazine

Please take a look at the new Happy Dog Connections Magazine.

I am pleased to announce that I made feature artist on the first on line publication.

commissions always welcome, contact me at
Please click on the post title to comment.

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Friday, December 03, 2010

New Memory Vases

I am now offering new items for people who cannot hang pictures. Memory Vases are a great way to honor you pet. I've added two sizes of vases and one larger covered  white urn for pet cremation ashes.
Get your special pet portriat on one of these items. I donte 10% of my sales to help Alaqua Animal Refuge

example of small vase. This little girl passed on Halloween so she was painted w/her Halloween costume on.
6 1/2 " tall $35.00

6 3/4 wide - 11 3/4 high $100.00
Large 7" Jardin Glass $45.00
shipping not included in price - need good digital photo to work with

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Monday, November 15, 2010

15% Donations for the FL Shar-pei Rescue

I have a web link on the FL Sharpei Rescue site, and we have been waiting for quite some time for someone to purchase art so that I may make a donation for the rescue. The Shar-pei is a special breed, and they often times need surgery on the eyes. So, I had offered 15% of my art sales to them and posted an event a few times on FB. But, after many months, yet no orders to paint a Shar-pei. This weekend my first order came in, and this client wants two portraits and three ornaments. YEA!! This 15% is going to be a nice little donation.

Here is the first portrait I did.
11x14 Acylic on Gallery wrapped Canvas

adoptable dogs here, visit the Shar-pei site and see how you can help

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pam Utton gets some of her first paintings published in new book!

Pam Utton is an emerging pet portrait artist, from the Panhandle of Florida.  She started painting last fall for a hobby, and a friend asked her if she could paint a dog for a Christmas present. After that first painting, Pam was hooked on painting dogs. Since she had always loved animals and nature, creating them with paint on canvas came naturally. She would often say she
painted with the rhythm of her soul. She knew the in order to sell more paintings she would have to develop a skill and a following so she used social media to accomplish this. Her goal was to become a known artist, who was trusted and had a reputation of helping others. She was able to gather thousands of people on her new Facebook fan page. Her internet personality shined and people were encouraging her to become a full time artist. She frequently gave away prizes and free paintings to get her work seen and have word of mouth work for her. Today she has almost 5,000 people on her Fan page  “Pam’s Watercolor Pet Portrait’s” and has sold paintings all over the world. She has also, been published in the new collaborative book “ Dog Sayings, Wit and Wisdom, from man's best friend” published by Bardford Wheler.   She blogs about her social media marketing style and encourages other artists to follow their dreams. 

About, founded by Bradford G. Wheler, is a collaborative service that assists a wide variety of artists to reach the public through the publication of collections of their works. The website serves as a community where artists from a variety of disciplines are free to join and meet other creative artists. More information on the artists is available on the website.


Title: DOG SAYINGS wit & wisdom from man’s
best friend

Author: Bradford G.Wheler
Illustrations by 50 artists from 6 countries                  
Edition: First
LCCN: 2010909672
ISBN: 978-0-9822538-2-3
Pages: 134
Cover: full color soft cover.
Interior: Color

Price: $24.95

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Alaqua Open House in Freeport FL Dec 11th

I will be attending the Alaqua open house in Freeport FL on December 11th from Noon - 4:00 PM. I am in the process of painting a few Florida theme ornaments to offer. They are a smaller glass ornament and each one will have some sand and shells placed on the inside along with a whimsical painting on the outside. They will be offered for sale at the event for $10.00 each. $1.00 of each sale will go back to Alaqua. I will also bring some paintings for sale. The Cavalier will be up for sale and 50% of that will be donated as well as a % of any custom orders. I am quite excited about getting out in the public with some of my art. Usually all of my orders come directly from the internet. If you live in the Panhandle of FL I hope to see you there. Alaqua is a large Animal Refuge and they have many events to keep the facilty running. I look forward to more particpation in future events.  If you are unable to attend, but would like a Ornament w/a FL theme or a custom pet portrait ornanment, I'd be happy to work with you to meet your request. Just e-mail me for prices and examples @

10.00 each 2.00 shipping - Custom painted - Beach theme small glass ornaments

Custom Painted Pet Portrait glass or porcelain  ornaments $35.00 Each - 3.00 shipping - discounts on more than one.

Medium heavy glass balls - inside glitter makes a nice background - painted with glass enamel paint
good digital photo required - Free Gift box of green or red while supplies last for the glass ball pet portrait ornaments.

3 1/2 " Porcelain - Options are Round, Heart, Ornament, Star
35.00 each - or two for 50.00  $3.00 shipping for one
$1.00 for each additional.

10% of all sales goes to Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport FL

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Meet Hope from Alaqua Animal Refuge

Joe at Alaqua has been working with a new member to the Refuge. This is Hope, just look at those eyes. She is getting some intensive training to become a great addition to a loving home. She has been living at the end of a chain, and hopefully one day soon she will be part of a loving family. This dog just steals my heart. Alaqua is located in NW FL in Freeport.
To find out more about Alaqua and how you can help - click hereLink to Alaqua

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Thrilled to join Art Helping Animals

I am thrilled to be part of Art Helping Animals.
This is a wonderful group of people who have raised more money than most people earn. Their generous spirit of helping animals and other artist along the way is very impressive.

I will be painting more than just pet portraits as I reach out and try to donate more to my community. I have been FB friends with most of the members of Alaqua Animal Refuge for quite some time and look forward to being able to send more frequent donations to their cause. To read more about this 10 acre animal refuge, please click here.Alaqua Animal Refuge, Freeport FL

As a gift to the dedication of the Alaqua staff toward helping animals, I will be donating art depicting each of the members loving on animals for their facility.

This is a peek of my first one. 8x10 pen and India ink, that a color wash will be applied - By Pam Utton

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Monday, October 25, 2010


It gives us great pleasure to introduce 3 new member artists who are joining us at
they all want to share their work to help homeless animals with their work!
Wonderful day for homeless animals having these artists join us in the
mission to paint for homeless animals and support non-profit rescues with sales of our art.
they will soon be posting new art on our
Please Visit their sites for a great preview!
Julene Baker
Janet Burt
Pam Utton