Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Gift Of Joy

Wishing You Joy and a Wonderful 2010! With Love, Liz

Wishing You The Gift of Joy ~ oil on linen panel, 5 x 7" ~ Liz Holm

If you are reading this blog, you are probably like me and Liz and all the other folks here in our community who love animals with a passion that is all consuming. Liz Holm has been a contributor to the "Art For The Animals" project from the beginning. When I got this ecard from Liz this holiday season, I inquired about the subject of her heart warming painting. Liz got back to me with this wonderful story about Taz.
She writes;
Taz arrived at the Prince George's County SPCA in the spring of 2007, and his exuberance and outgoing nature quickly won over his foster family and their three dogs. Unfortunately, little Taz's enthusiasm led to injury when he jumped on another sleeping dog in the middle of the night, and he was bitten by the much larger, startled male. Taz's upper jaw was broken, and he spent 2 months of repeated visits to the dental surgeon, and wore the dreaded Elizabethan/cone collar while his upper jaw mended. Once bitten, twice shy? Not Taz. Undaunted, he continued to romp with his cone collar on, and showed affection to everyone he met. Once his jaw was completely healed, he joined his adoptive family and new brother, Jack, on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The last picture is of Taz in his new back yard, smiling with sheer joy. It's that picture that inspired me to do the Christmas painting. Such a joyous, forgiving, unstoppable spirit seems right for the season.

Taz recovering

Taz visiting Licorice and Coconut

Taz happy at his forever home....
Photos courtesy of Pam Townsend. The sale of the original art and reproductions to benefit the PGSPCA.

Thanks so much for sharing your story and wonderful image with us Liz. Wishing you and the entire "Art For The Animals" community a HEALTHY, HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR! ~ Sheila, Carrie and Sandy


  1. Hi, You have very good blog with good puppies and good details. Please keep on posting the more stuff.

  2. Oh Liz this is so wonderful!!! You are my hero~

  3. Thanks, Sheila, but I can only take credit for the painting...Taz's foster Mom, Pam, and his adoptive parents deserve the accolades. :-D

  4. Oh Liz. This is a wonderful story. That this dog would be saved. I must get my nerve up to do something like this. Knowledge of animal suffering is always playing someplace deep within me and I avoid pet stores and shelters because of it :(

  5. Sheila, you are my hero! Thanks for all you do for animals.