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Day Twelve: 12 Days of Christmas PETS

Scanned DocumentAnd now we come to our final entry in 12 Days of Christmas PETS. Artist Jenny Sparks worked on this piece during her Christmas break. It features her adorable bunny, Peaches.


Jenny's bunny


Jenny Rachel Sparks is in her fifth and final year of the Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program, where she studies Sculpture and Geology.


Peaches is Jenny’s lovable 8.5 year old bunny who enjoys destroying anything in her reach.








Thank you to every one who contributed to this special Christmas series. It has been fun to meet your furry companions.  Happy 2015! Cheers, Rita



Day Eleven: 12 Days of Christmas Pets

Scanned DocumentMeet Josh, a boarder collie rescue  who lives with his human Angie, and her two cats Roo and Tux in Winchester, Virginia.


Josh Xmas


Josh started life on a farm where he was fully neglected. Having developed a obsession for chasing cars, he was hit by one and sustained cracked teeth and a broken pelvis. He received no veterinary care. Josh was dropped off at a rural shelter which, due to lack of funds, wasn’t able to treat his injuries. His troubles included heart worm, which is fatal if not treated. Fortunately a border collie rescue was willing to take him out of the shelter, treat him, and find him a home.

Angie found him listed on Petfinder as a “special needs dog”. She fell in love and adopted him.

Despite being so poorly treated by humans as a puppy, Josh is a gentle, sweet dog and reaches out in a loving way by touching you with a paw. He’s now about 14 years old, he has some arthritis and his eyesight and hearing are in decline.

He loves to sit with you while you read or watch movies. He also loves sleeping in his warm, fuzzy bed and eating treats (even ones with vegetables.)

His very presence is a blessing to all in the house.



Day Ten: 12 Days of Christmas PETS

Scanned DocumentToday’s entry for 12 Days of Christmas PETS come from animal lover and friend, Jenny B.

Meet Missy, the Yorkie.


Missy oversees the Christmas decorating efforts of Jenny and her family.


Jenny is in her third semester at the Community College of Baltimore County where she is an Acting major. She loves to read and is musician (both voice and flute — just not at the same time.) Besides her own pets, Jenny has a dog walking and pet sitting service for her neighbors (a service she’s been doing for several years.)  Jenny at a Pennsylvania pet store and can be found either behind the counter or taking care of the furries, the feathereds or the scaled ones.


12 year old Missy likes to sleep and to play with her toys and chew on her bones. She came to live with Jenny’s family 5 years ago because her other family couldn’t keep her.

Jenny and Nan, the cat, on National Hug Your Cat Day.

Jenny and Nan, the cat, on National Hug Your Cat Day.

Here’s a pic of Jenny with another of her pets, Nan, a ten year old boy cat. He’s part Siamese and part American Short Hair and has one blue eye and one green eye. Both of Jenny’s eyes are brown… for the record.


Day Nine: 12 Days of Christmas PETS

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Meow! Today’s pet is Amy the cat.


Nancy's cat Amy

Amy lives with Nancy Magnuson, College Librarian at Goucher College, and her husband Jay Harrell (also Ruthie, Shere, and Pawl). Goucher is the home of North America’s best collection by and about Jane Austen. Nancy recommends celebrating the New Year with a contribution to the library’s “Emma in America” campaign! http://www.razoo.com/story/Goucherlibraryemma

Day Eight: 12 Days of Christmas PETS

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Today we get a visit from royalty on 12 Days of Christmas Pets.

Asgard Warrior Prince, Marianna Herpel’s handsome schnauzer, is three years old and likes to take long walks in the woods. He is working on his Rally Novice title.

Marianna's Prince

Marianna and Prince live in Garret County, Maryland.

UPDATE: Prince  got his Rally Novice (RN) title today (1.11.15)  at the Charlottesville-Albermarle Kennel Club Dog Show in Fredericksburg, VA! Congratulations Prince and Marianna!!!

For more information on Asgard Standard Schnauzers click on the link below.

12 Days of Christmas PETS — Bonus New Years Post

Happy New Year every one!

To celebrate I’m adding a bonus blog post today. This one is a logo for the 12 Days of Christmas Pets designed by my friend Hannah Eber.

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Hannah is a 3rd year in University of Cincinnati DAAP’s industrial design program. She works mostly in product design, but enjoys handlettering and graphic design as hobbies. Also loves: sketching, dancing, playing the bass, eating steamed crabs (in addition to most all foods), and slowly reading classic novels.
Visit https://www.behance.net/eberhr for some of her work in progress.

Day Seven: 12 Days of Christmas Pets

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Artist Julia DeNuzzio did this special  picture for her mother, Sue, for Christmas. The subject is of Matilda, the family’s beloved Bichon who passed away this April. Matilda was the family’s only dog and they had her for 14 years.

“We felt very blessed for having her for as long as we did.” Said Sue. “This is the first Christmas with out her and we really miss her.” That made the painting even more special for the family. “I love the look in her eyes, and the little pink nose is right on.”


Matilda DeNuzio


Julia attends Wake Forest University where she majors in Studio Art and minors in French and Entrepreneurship.



Day Six: 12 Days of Christmas PETS

Scanned DocumentWriter and friend Lynn Reynolds sent in this set of Christmas photos of her cat Tiger.


He liked the Elf on the Shelf, although he apparently felt the shelf was the wrong place for it.


And judging from the maniacal gleam in his eyes, he especially liked the silver snowman Christmas wrapping paper.

Tiger is an old cat (nearly 19) but he still knows how to have fun.

Lynn writes contemporary romantic suspense and mysteries with a chick lit vibe. Her novels include the “chick noir” Thirty-Nine Again, a book that RT Book Review called “a first-class mystery…and first-class read.” Most recently she was featured in Bake LOVE Write edited by Lois Winston. For more on Lynn go to  http://www.lynnreynolds.com/

Day Five: 12 Days of Christmas Pets

Scanned DocumentMy cousin Shannon Baker commissioned artist Sam Peterson to paint this picture of her dogs Pete and Josie for Christmas a few years ago.

Shannon;s pups

Sam Peterson is a visual artist who explores his relationship with other species using many different mediums. He works on commission, using either photos he takes of the subject, or photos chosen with the client. The works are small, intimate, lively, and thoughtful. His most recent commission was for the recently deceased beagle mix Tangerine, whom he drew in a field of bluebonnets (she’s Texan) that turned into butterflies arching into the sky, representing her now-free spirit.

Learn more about Sam and his art at handsofsam.wordpress.com .

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