We Make Great Pets!

The other day I was sent a request to discuss an event taking place in Denver on November 19th from 6 to 8pm at the Access Gallery, 909 Santa Fe Drive in Denver.  I get asked to write about pet events often so I didn’t think much of it at first.  At a second glance and after hearing on a local talk radio show a caller said “One act of kindness”.  That’s what’s missing from our communities today.  This program is a culmination of an 8 week artist-in-residence program with local gallery owner and artist Nixa Knoll.

As most of you know I am the Denver Dog Training Examiner blogger, but I also own and operate Dog Works Training Centers in Denver, Colorado and now in Alaska.  My husband and I also produce and co-host two internet radio shows via Twine Group Media called Dog Works Radio and Mush You Huskies!  I will mention this article on both of those shows in the upcoming days.

So what is We Make Great Pets all about; is a fundraiser benefiting and showcasing Denver Public Schools art students who happen to have disabilities.  Through the VSA Colorado (http://www.vsarts.org) organization 14 students from the Student Transition and Recovery Program (S.T.A.R.) will be available to create portraits of your pets on an 11×14 canvas for donations of $75.00 and will be split between the students and VSA Colorado.

The goal of the project is to develop, implement and support arts-integrated education and employment programs for teens with disabilities.  Portrait orders must be placed by Tuesday, December 7 to ensure holiday delivery. For more details, or to commission a portrait, call Damon at 303-777-0797. The “We Make Great Pets” show can also be viewed during the First Friday Reception on Friday, December 2 from 6-9pm.

If you’re planning on making any donations this holiday season whether you’re committed to the same organization every year or not, take a moment, mark your calendar and come to the show on November 19th, meet the kids and discover their talent.  Then set up the commission of your pets portrait, if you don’t have a pet but a friend or family member does, these make great gifts.

One act of kindness can make a huge difference no matter how small that act may be.  I hope you join the kids on November 19th and make their first show spectacular.


Michele Forto is the Denver Dog Training Examiner, the lead trainer at Denver Dog Works and the co-host of the Dog Works Radio Show.



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