The dog book I was illustrating is complete and when I saw it - I was blown away!
I enjoyed working on this project and was given complete artist freedom! YEEHAW!
I had no idea it was going to be an awesome kit as well! & for only $20. - seriously - hard to believe to everyone I have presented it to so far! $20 to possibly save a child/anyone from being bit? Not to mention FUN! Hee hee It has a memory game that I love! (two games) I have played it several times and look forward to a little one to join me! The concept of the book is parents read it with children- as I was drawing Storm kept saying:
"MOM! Why are you drawing that kid doing that to that dog?!"
I had to get the point across and we did! I have read over the book and was very impressed, I can't tell you, countless times kids have come up to my dogs and stuck their face in theirs- not knowing. My girls are good- but you never know, Tequila is old, sometimes dogs just do not want to be bugged- and sometimes attacks seem unprovoked- but with careful attention family pet owners will recognize the signs and teach their kids to avoid a possible dangerous altercation!
The website explains it best! Windy Willow pet services, keeping our kids safe & dogs out of shelters. Below a few images of the kit! They are also now on instagram and will be sharing tips, tricks and awesome pics! The website WindyWillowPet Services also has a coloring contest! Download the sheet I colored & enter to win!
This has been one of the most gratifying projects I have ever had the pleasure of creating.
I can't help think of all the kids that will read, laugh, giggle, imagine, talk & teach
(IT comes with PAW stickers & popsicle sticks!!!) each other over this book & Bandit's kit, The official mascot ;) They will have fun, talk about the art work and save legs, hands, faces from painful, frightening dog bites that sometimes even can lead to death. ;( I read a few sad stories. I really wanted to post here some graphic images to shock some of you into the reality of how often this does happen - if only to educate- do but I won't because the Kit is just too happy. PLEASE never forget the reason behind this creation. I will say I have become friends with Rachael (the owner and operator and hard working woman*) over the years and she is even more passionate about this project than I was - If you can believe it! I love her for it. She is truly saving lives of dogs! Many of them and you know how I feel about 'my girls'!
I am gifting a kit to the kids behind me, vibrant little girls and others who play in the yard and they have dogs and puppy! I must say- its great, me being able to watch the pup play and I think - glad he is over there! Like 'granddoggen' I get so see & have fun but don't have to chase after all the time! lol
I'm excited, in a letter: I've asked them to be official testers and send a comment to Windy Willow Pets Service! I know it will be terrific because the "Bandits Kids & Pup Safety Program" Kit is!!"
This project was drawn with much LOVE.
Side note: I did ask to keep one original which is now very creatively framed by my LONG time, good friend/cow Kat, of Kats Gallery I know she will smile at that.
She posted she's leaving Town! The love of her life is in Montreal, I must say the thought of Kat gone brought a tear to my eye- cause I had a piece of glass in it (again she is smiling). Really, I will miss her presence.
More on the cow later.. I have a special piece to show you very soon!!!
Believe <>< xox