by Carrie Boyko
I am a professional graphic artist for a large screenprinting company here in Charleston, SC where I am from. I had been thinking about getting back to doing some fine art paintings and the Dogs for the PAWS project was started.
I sent out an email to rescue/shelter groups as well as friends, who then proceeded to share it with their friends...etc... I had 34 dogs submitted the first week! I am proud to say that I have accepted every dog and story that has been submitted since last September 2009.
Some of these dogs have suffered abuse and neglect but were adopted by loving forever families. This is a completely free project to enter and participate in. I also give free Woof Outs to the rescues and shelters involved in getting these dogs adopted. They are just incredible dogs with stories that will grab your heart. I tell people I've kept the Kleenex company in business thru all the tears I have shed painting these portraits. One friend calls the project "heartbreakingly, heartwarming". Pretty much says it all!
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