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2013 Calendar features the paintings of 12 rescued therapy/service dogs and heartwarming stories about the journey with their owners

2013 "Rescued Heroes" Calendar Project //www.rescuedogart.com

Hi Everyone! I’m Paul Sansale, an illustrator from St. Paul, MN. In 2009, I painted my first portrait of a dog named Lucy, a Golden Retriever who belonged to a friend. Lucy was a rescued therapy dog and became the inspiration for our 2012 Calendar - “Rescue Dog to Therapy Dog". Her painting and wonderful story along with 11 other great rescued therapy dogs were the subjects of our first calendar. I am excited to show you our new project, the  2013 Calendar "Rescued Heroes". 

I have been amazed by the remarkable contributions these once displaced and discarded dogs are making in the world and I am proud to share them with all of you. These dogs truly have an innate gift of understanding the needs of people around them and often seek out those in need of comfort. As a father of a daughter with disabilities, Jenny, we saw that magic first hand with in the relationship she had with our first dog Molly some thirty years ago. 

The first year we printed a very small and limited run and the people we reached were very enthusiastic. This encouraged us into continuing the project and we produced our 2013 Calendar “Rescued Heroes”- hoping to reach even more people this year.

Our goal this year was to print a larger run in the U.S. avoiding the unexpected delays and frustrations experienced printing in Korea last year. We found an wonderful printer in St. Paul, MN providing exceptional quality that we are proud to present in this year's calendar.

Project: 2013 "Rescued Heroes" Calendar 

Our newest project is the 2013 calendar "Rescued Heroes". We bring you twelve more unforgettable dogs that I know you will enjoy meeting. Once again, each month features my paintings of 12 rescued dogs, a dog/owner photo, and their stories. 

Some of the heroes:

Our dogs include an exceptional blind Golden Retriever and a Chocolate Labrador that uses a front wheel chair to make his volunteer rounds. Other dogs featured are helping kids read, assisting therapists, helping children with autism, making kids smile again in hospitals, and are welcome friends at a women's shelter.

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How Will the Money Be Used?
We seek funding to print our calendars here in the U.S.A. – in fact here in St. Paul. This allows us to proudly put the U.S. flag on the back cover. These generous calendars measure 14” wide and 21.5” long when open, have heavy glossed covers and are of exceptional quality . If funded you will have our profound gratitude and the knowledge that the stories of these resilient rescued dogs will be shared by many, perhaps inspiring people in the process to find their own match through rescue. Read on and help us meet our goal.


Goals and Impact of our Calendar:
We are excited to show the resilience and capabilities of rescued dogs. Hector the pit bull and "Mr. January" is perhaps one of the best examples of "resiliency". Hector was seized in the April 2007 raid on the dog fighting ring of NFL’s Michael Vick. Today he is a therapy dog at the Mayo Clinic.

This year we added a wonderful service dog to our group of 11 therapy dogs. His name is Fitz and he is the rescued service dog to Tony, an Iraq Veteran. Fitz does an incredible job in helping Tony manage his symptoms of PTSD. Because I am Veteran of the Viet Nam era and son-in-law of a WWII veteran that had “shell shock” it was important to share how service dogs are helping today’s Veterans. Many organizations across the country are training rescued dogs as service dogs for veterans. If properly screened, trained and matched, these service dogs are changing and saving their lives. There is a growing need for these dogs and we hope to draw attention to it by making Fitz our cover dog and letting all of you read their story.

Every month allows us to celebrate and honor the powerful relationship between dogs and people. 

Recognition:

Our previous "Rescue Dog to Therapy Dog" 2012 Calendar received wonderful recognition:

  • St. Paul Pioneer Press Article "Every Dog Has His Month" written by Amy Carlson Gustafson, 11/29/2011
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune Newspaper Article "Twin Cities Rescue Dogs Get Their Day in Calendar" written by Gail Rosenblum, 12/15/2011
  • Coverage on Kare11 - the Twin Cities NBC affiliate
  • Victoria Stilwell Positively Podcast- of the Animal Planet and Discovery Stations
  • Featured on Fox 9 - local affiliate

Calendar Details: 

14" width X 20.50" length, open  
Exceptional quality - with Glossed and laminated covers
14 full color pages
Printed in the USA!

Rescue dogs can work miracles in our lives. Go to our website at www.rescuedogart.com and our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/rescuedogart to see twelve great examples. If you are "LIKE" our page and want to share these stories with others we would be very grateful.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CHECKING US OUT! 

INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING MY PROJECT? Please check out some of the great rewards we have available for you - at whatever level you feel most comfortable to give. EVERY PLEDGE IS IMPORTANT AND WILL BE RECOGNIZED ON OUR WEBSITE, SO PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING US GET TO PRINT!!

SPREAD THE WORD about the 2013 Rescued Heroes Calendar Project: If you like my project, please be sure to share our site and our project with your friends.  Help us get the word out on the 2013 Rescued Heroes Calendar Project and forward our link here to all your dog-loving friends! 

THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR TIME!!

FAQ

  • That is absolutely a "typo" and should read "estimated delivery October 2012" like the other calendar rewards stated. Kickstarter rules do not allow us to edit, change, or even 'correct' any of the terms of a reward after a project starts- so we cannot correct it. Please know we will be shipping in October 2012 if we meet our goal and can proceed to printing. Thanks so much for bringing this mistake to our attention!!

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    Sponsor a 2013 Calendar Month of your choice. For your generous support, you will be acknowledged by name in print in the 2013 Calendar on the month/dog that you choose to sponsor. Or you can also choose to use this kind support pledge as a memorial for a beloved pet to be recognized by name in the month/dog of your choice. You will also receive ten signed 2013 calendars.

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