It's Fursday! Last week, I mentioned how hard it is to choose a dog to paint each week. So on Sunday I went to one of the Haven of the Ozarks adoption events. I figured I'd go there and fall in love. The choice would be easy.
Well it was still not so easy but one thing that made it a bit easier was that several dogs were adopted that day. Hooray! At least that gave me fewer choices but it made me feel a little extra sorry for the ones left behind. :(
This week, meet Brinkley. I met him on Sunday and was drawn to him because he was friendly but gentle. I'm not sure how old he is but he wasn't jumping up and down excited. He was curious but calm. He has sweet eyes that looked right into mine. This was his first time at an adoption event.
When Brinkley came to the Haven of the Ozarks, he had fly bitten ears and a ring around his neck from where a chain had held him. He didn't show signs of abuse but was left without the best of care. He's healthy now and ready for a forever home.
Brinkley's name reminded me of the dog in one of my favorite movies, You've Got Mail. Joe (Tom Hanks) talks about his dog Brinkley in one of the beginning scenes:
"Brinkley is my dog. He loves the streets of New York as much as I do -- although he likes to eat bits of pizza and bagel off the sidewalk, and I prefer to buy them. Brinkley is a great catcher and was offered a tryout on the Mets farm team --
-- but he chose to stay with me so that he could spend 18 hours a day sleeping on a large green pillow the size of an inner tube. Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms."
This Brinkley is about 58 pounds and is a golden retriever mix. I'm pretty sure he'd be happy to spend his days sleeping on a large green pillow. He has a short, stumpy tail that he happily wags. He's going to make a sweet companion for some lucky someone.
If you want to be that lucky one, contact Haven of the Ozarks and arrange to meet Brinkley. Another way to help Brinkley and Haven of the Ozarks is to share his story with your friends and family. I'm continually amazed at the number of times that dogs are able to find their forever families that way. Brinkley's family is out there. Help him find them.
UPDATE: Brinkley is still looking for a forever home. However, this painting sold and all proceeds went to Haven of the Ozarks. Hooray!