HURRICANE HARVEY AND YOUR PET

I truly am always honored when a pet owner is willing to have me make an original oil painting of their pet. I love pets and always love the reaction I get upon delivering one of my custom oil paintings. It is exciting to have people that cherish their friend say that I have captured their pet perfectly.

Watching the heartbreaking story of Harvey unfold had me as well as you glued to the news. It struck me that there were so many pictures of people that have lost all their possessions. When it cam time to evacuate the one thing that they were most concerned about saving was their pet. Lives were lost going back into harm’s way to save their dog or cat.

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 27:  Naomi Coto carries Simba on her shoulders as they evacuate their home after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in Texas over the next couple of days.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 27: Naomi Coto carries Simba on her shoulders as they evacuate their home after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in Texas over the next couple of days. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Our pets are not possessions. I know that legally we are their owner, but in reality they are real live members of our family. The bond between us and our pet is unbreakable. Many people would not evacuate unless they were sure that the family pet was safe.

Even with this care there were hundreds of pets separated from their owners and the look of anguish on the owners and the pets face is so heartbreaking. Yet the wonderful joy that came when they were reunited is spectacular. Our pets give us unconditional love.

I was out of state during the storm but on the road back I saw mobile rescue trucks going to Houston to help with the difficult task of uniting an owner with their friend. These no-kill shelter trucks and their crews would be there to help.

I have been thinking what I could do in addition to giving money to the relief for the disaster. If you decide to have an oil painting of your pet. I will for the next 60 days on all orders placed give half the proceeds of my work to the SPCA in the Houston area to try and unite our friends.This is a win, win. You will have a great original oil painting of your pet and will have helped someone get reunited with their loved one.

Just go to my website, larrygekiere.com, and place an order or call me personally at 214-405-1834


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