Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Michele's Story as she tells it.....

Michele age 12 and Sunny age 4

Often I am deeply touched by a customers story and this makes the piece I create that much more special. I created the "Sunny" necklace below for Michele in honor of Sunny. Please read Michele's story about Sunny as she tells it:

Michele's Story... As she tells it!

When I was 8 years old my mom surprised me with a puppy! We named her Sunny because of her blonde coat. Sunny was adopted from the Jefferson County Animal Shelter in Port Townsend, Washington on September 9, 1999; they estimated she was only 2 months old. Her breed was a Labrador dog mixed with a Mastiff dog.

My brother, who was 7, and I learned all about the responsibilities of pet ownership. We fed her, bathed her, played with her and helped with training her. We were also able to teach her tricks like speak, shake paws, rollover, and to beg on up on her hind legs.

Over the years we moved many times. Our constant companion was our dog Sunny. My mom taught us very early on that pet ownership is a lifetime commitment and is to be taken very seriously. Sunny would always be a member of the family and not ever given away because of the inconvenience of a move.

Sunny grew to be a large dog. At her strongest point, she weighed 123 pounds. Although she was too strong for us to walk her, mom and dad had too, we sure enjoyed playing with her at the beach, in the rivers and hiking in the hills.

About two years ago the vet told us she had diabetes. This is when my brother and I learned the meaning of sacrificing to care for a pet you love. Sunny had a new, special diet. She had to receive two injections a day of insulin. We never left her alone unless it was absolutely necessary because she would sometimes have seizures and she needed us.

This past January we kissed our Sunny goodbye. It was very difficult for all of us. I missed her so much that I decided to return to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter to not only thank them for the precious gift of Sunny, but to see if I could share some of my love for dogs with the homeless animals at the shelter.

I became a volunteer at the shelter and the staff was grateful for my time and efforts. I decided to take my advocacy a step further and I gained permission from my school to change my senior project to fundraising efforts for the animals and raising awareness of the needs of this shelter in the community. In Sunny’s sweet memory I am happy to be a voice for the homeless animals.

Jefferson County Animal Shelter

112 Critter Lane, Port Townsend, WA 98368

I am pleased to announce that I am teaming up with Michele in her efforts to raise money for The Jefferson County Animal Shelter. For every "Woof" necklace, which can be customized or for each NEW Pet Tag that is purchased I will donate 10% of proceeds to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. You can always visit my shop at Kristen's Custom Creations.


Cinnamon said...

Oh, Kristen! This is SUCH a lovely story! I'm all teary now! I lost my beloved kitty Cinnamon last year, so I know all about how difficult this is! Michele, you are doing such a wonderful thing with your volunteer work!
And how amazing that you're donating part of your proceeds. You're such a good soul! :)

girlichef said...

You just made me cry...such a touching story. These custom tags are great and you're doing such a wonderful thing.

Lolli said...

Those are fabulous! You continue to impress me, not only with your talents, but with your goodness!

Leya said...

It's always such a hard thing to say goodbye to a good friend. I definitely used my share of tissues reading the story. Thanks for sharing.

BTW, also wanted to let you know that I left you an award over at my blog.

You can find it here.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

this is so lovely!!!

Proud Mommy said...

Awwww!! That is the best story ever!!!

Anonymous said...

You are so fabulous!! That story made me sad but what you're doing is wonderful. :)

Anonymous said...

Amazing :) love her story and that is one beautiful dog :) and what you are doing is absolutely amazing :) no need to tell you your work is beautiful too!

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

What a great story - I love the guest post and the fundraiser. Good luck.

Jenni Jiggety said...

Oh that made me all teary! I love this idea, Kristen!

Jennifer said...

*sniffle* Suuuunny! :-(

Very touching story, and I'm happy to hear about your involvement with the shelter!

Valerie said...

What a sweet story. Wonderful of you to donate too. I wanted to tell you about my giveaway, if you haven't entered yet hop over and do so. It will be open til tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. (CST).

Becky said...

What a beautiful story ... when my guide dog died last year, I searched so hard for a bracelet or necklace to honor her life. What you have created is amazing and beautiful.