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Tuesday, August 29, 2006


I love Fall.
I am a New Englander through and though and Autumn is my season. Hopefully we will have that snappy-aired, crystal blue-skyed, scarlet color-leafed, baskets of apple-crunching & pumpkin-picking, bright sunny days that make having gone through this last season of rain and humidity up here in the North East, bearable.
But you have to always realize the old saying is true..."IF you don't like New England weather...wait a minute, it will change."
To celebrate the upcoming of Autumn, today's images are fall themed. I can't wait! Images are copyrighted to Carol Chretien.
Top image of oil painting "Spotted in the Pumpkin Patch" available for animal charity, "Autumn" private collection and "Pumpkin Time" collection the artist.

Monday, August 21, 2006


What could be better than a summer outdoor party and cookout?

Well one with LOTS OF DOGS of course!

I recently had the best time at a fabulous party for Dog Pals hosted by 2 of the most wonderful and big hearted people, Eileen and Tony.
They are know for their love of their Elkies but they opened their home to dogs of all shapes and sizes, all patterns and ages for a fun day of romping, playing, meeting and greeting...and the PEOPLE had fun too with an incredible lobster/steak fest and a chance to get a couple of different dog loving groups to meet.
The people from the Canine Message Board and the "DalPals" from the Dalmatian Message Board on AOL came together for a wonderful dog-filled day.
This incredible variety of dogs played so well and were together all day. Respresenting the various breeds..Tucker the shelty, Boone, petite basset, Pricilla the JRT, Shayna a Dalmatian, Brego a shepard, Secora a shibu inu, Chloe a mastiff, and the Elkies...Snoop, JJ and Kate and MORE. Just a fabulous time was had by all.
Thanks so much, Eileen & Tony!
Images copyright Carol Chretien. The pictures above show the "Dog Yard" also the Dog House, air conditioned with TV for the dogs to enjoy! ...and a Dal making friends with a young Shepard near the pool. You just have to see it to believe it. A wonderful place for happy Elkies and their vistiors to enjoy.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


How do you keep it all straight?

Why, with a ART HELPING ANIMALS CALENDAR, of course!

This wonderful calendar full of Art Helping Animals artwork is being debuted this week for 2007.

The artists at AHA have banded together to produce this calendar with all proceeds going to animal charities.
YOU need a calandar and you want one that is beautiful and can actually make a difference in the life of a homeless animal.
Do something that is a win-win for the animal lover on your holiday shopping list, get a AHA CALENDAR while HELPING HOMELESS ANIMALS!

Image copyright 2006.

Saturday, August 12, 2006


Rod Stewart sang about it and anyone who loves animals FEELS IT! You have to...if you are owned by and loved by an animal...spots or no spots, mind you...then you know PASSION.
Who greets you like you've been gone for months when you just got back from a 20 minute errand?
Who keeps track of your every move and adores you in a good way (and is not a "stalker") and thinks you are all that and more?

You want to help?
You feel compelled to assist the Homeless and Helpless animals that are abandoned and dumped into shelters and in rescue coast to coast?
You can't foster or adopt?

Visit Art Helping Animals and find a charity that you CAN support. The charities that the artists paint and create for are trying their best to assist a variety of homeless animals find "forever homes" or be cared for in sanctuaries, in the case of wild or exotic animals. These charities are located from coast to coast as are the artists! These animals all need our help to survive.

Art helping Animals is a small artist fellowship where each independent artist provides original art for auction or sale in a variety of media and prices to donate a portion of every sale to these helpless and homeless animals.
The mission is clearly stated...
"Saving one animal won't change the world... But, surely the world will change for that one animal... "

Our Mission is to help Animals by telling their stories and by raising funds through the sale of artwork to help animals in need.
This mission is passionate and the vision the artists share for these animals is making a difference. The support they are helping to give through art is mounting with the generous support of collectors of fine art and lovers of animals. In the last 5-6 months Art Helping Animals has raised almost $ 8000.00!
Come meet the artists and the charities with a visit to There is always something new to see, read the newsletters, and coming soon new ideas for gift giving and a way for children to get involved, too!
Come find your passion while opening your hearts to creatures great and small!
Todays images...Lizzie with a message and the Art Helping Animals banner, copyrighted 2006.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

The BEAGLE Has Landed!

This is the premier of my Beagles for B.O.N.E.S. art...
visit the charity BEAGLES OF THE NEW ENGLAND STATES to see what the good people there are doing for homeless beagles.
Art Helping Animals has added BONES to the growing list of worthwhile charities to assist homeless animals with art.
Today's images: copyright 2006 Carol Chretien.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

We're Having a Heat Wave...

The Northeast is one of the places battling the high heat and horrendous humidity that threatens to dehydrate each one of us. Check on the elderly neighbors.
Keep the pets inside and keep fresh water available...keep the shades or blinds drawn and fans moving the air. If you have A/C count yourself and your loved ones lucky.
Take cool showers and most of all... drink lots of water! Alcohol is not recommended acts like a diuretic and you may dehydrate faster. Use your good judgement. Just don't over do it.

We have this to deal with every year...just another bump in the road.
Sending you all cool images to make you think cool and feel the chill.
copyright 2006 CHRETIEN. Lizzie enjoying the Snow...and a painting of a view from my window.