In 1985 William McVey (1904-1995) created this sculpture of his airedale, McDog. The statue now greets visitors to the Cleveland Botanical Garden. McVey was a well known artist whose works include the statue of Winston Churchill at the Brithish Embassy in Washington. McDog lived from 1958 until 1974.
I am excited to be going to Cleveland for my birthday weekend. I've never been, and I am celebrating with friends I haven't seen in months. While I'm away Dudley is at summer camp at my mother's in Connecticut. He loves spending time in the country, and I know he is safe and well cared for. My mother is even taking him to work with her, which is a daily adventure for him. This photo she sent me of him hard at work is hysterical.
Patty painted this stunning portrait of a stray pitbull who had been picked up by Douglas Worthy. Patty said, "These were the first dogs that Doug picked up when he started Lone Star Animal Recovery... He brought these two dogs to where I work, so that I could see them and I photographed them. The male was huge and absolutely beautiful. The female (bottom photo) was very thin and very frightened. I took a bunch of pictures of her and in every single one of them she has the same expression. He probably had been used to fight. He had a huge laceration on his neck. Very, Very sad." I think he's magnificent.
My friend Patty Pendergast paints the most beautiful portraits of dogs. I think she really captures the essence of each individual. Here are a few examples of her work. While she is preparing her website I am going to post some of her paintings here from time to time.
On Monday, May 9th, I went to the Animal Care Spring Fling at Armani Ristorante to benefit Animal Care and Control of NYC. There were delicious hors d'oeuvre, of which I had none, and delicious Prosecco, of which I had much. Cornelia Guest, who was a host of the event, made vegan cookies for the goodie bags. They were delicious as well, and I devoured mine before I made it out the door.
This is an important cause to me. Last week I visited the dogs at the CACC on 110th Street. Most of them had been picked up as strays, wandering the city streets in search of food and shelter. Tomorrow evening I am attending a volunteer orientation to see what the options are to help the dogs... beyond sipping Prosecco.