No Stopping Her ~~ Painting a Dog a Day by Kimberly Kelly Santini

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"No Stopping Her," 11" x 14", from "The Gratitude Project," portrait of a Boxer who's looking for a home, done in Golden Open Acrylics on a Raymar panel. Proceeds from the sale of "No Stopping Her" will be donated to Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue (BRBR), the group currently fostering Allie, today's muse. Inquiries about purchasing this painting may come to me.

Abbie is a 1-1/2 yr old brindle. She injured her left hind ACL at 3 months of age, and it was repaired. When she re-injured it, her original family turned her and her vet records into a Virginia shelter.

Rescued by BRBR at 8 months, it was discovered (by the vet who went in to repair her ACL) that she had also fractured her femur 3 times. Her left hind leg was amputated, which turned out to be a blessing, given that she had stopped using it and it was atrophying.

Not long after, Abbie fractured the kneecap on her right hind leg. A pin and spring were inserted, and she healed in a wheelchair donated to BRBR. 10 weeks into healing, she developed a hematoba and the pin had to be removed - yet surprisingly, her knee seems stronger than it did pre-surgery, and Abbie is able to get around wonderfully.

Throughout her ordeals, Abbie has displayed a joie de vivre that is not easily forgotten. She is always happy and tackles whatever life throws her way with zest.

There's no stopping this girl!

If you feel so compelled, I know that Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue would welcome your support. And are you interested in adopting Abbie? the deets are here.

Thanks for sharing my artwork with your friends and family,
Detail of "No Stopping Her"

In January I began painting shelter animals and particular souls who demonstrated faith and hope, despite (in some cases) the grimmest of circumstances.

I wanted to also spotlight their stories wouldn't ever be written were there not compassionate volunteers - people who sometimes singlehandedly begin the next chapter in these homeless animals' lives.

"We are what we create" is an idea I've been mulling over for the last couple weeks. It's the legacy we leave behind.

And legacies can be far grander than anything measured in a bank account.

"The Gratitude Project" is a small piece of mine that highlights big pieces of others' legacies.

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