I'm excited to tell you the story of how his illustrations came about.
Paula Carlson has been a longtime friend. When I saw her two adorable Beagles, I knew they had to be a part in my books.
Enjoy this interview with Paula about her sweet Beagles.
1) Penny and Lexi were your family's pets for many years. Fill us in on them.
I met Penny and Lexy at the end of October 2003. I believe there were 12 pups in the litter.
Penny snuggled, and layed on the couch with them, and would get as close as she could, but did not appreciate getting clothes or hats put on her. She'd look at me like "HELP MOM," where Lexy was more the type, "I AM a PRINCESS", someone recognizes my royal blood! Now bow, you peasants! LOL.
Between the two of them, Penny was like my daughter, and Lexy was my best friend. They were different but both irreplaceable.
When they passed, I decided I wanted to do something that mattered for animals. Every animal deserves the quality of life that my girls did.
I found a wonderful organization called Beagle Freedom Project that rescues Beagles and other animals from labs. They accept donations and offer items to buy with 100% of the money going to rescue! Beagles are the most used dog in laboratories because of their sweet and "aim to please" nature. It breaks my heart to see these precious animals exploited in this way. These sweet animals give so much love, yet they're abused. Animals should not be specimens for testing, and it's changed my life so I now shop cruelty free. I gave up many of the products I use, but it's important to take a stand on this! I use an app called Cruelty Cutter. You open the app, and scan the barcode of a product and the app tells you if the product if testing is being on animals.
3) I understand you make many other crafts! Tell us more.
I make and sell memorial bracelets called Rainbow Bridge Bracelets. Included in each color of the rainbow in array of hand selected beads, a paw print, and a heart. I donate 100% of the profit to Beagle Freedom Project. They are a wonderful way to remember your pet!
I love or should I say LIVE to crochet. I make amigurumi animals and dolls for my grandchildren, hats, scarves, Afghans, and even clothing! I'm a passionate crocheter!
If you want to help animals, there's many ways! Its great try to become cruelty free in your life. Search out products that don't test on animals. We have to get the message out and stopping buying these products sends a message. Commit to donating even $5.00 a month to Beagle Freedom Project or SPCA or your local shelter. Make or donate your used blankets to the shelter. Pick up a box of treats each time you shop and donate them. Frightened animals love the comfort of a soft blanket, a toy or a chew bone. It may be the first kindness they've seen. Little things matter. Many animals are in need out there. It matters much to ONE, and by helping one at a time, we can help each of them. It matters.
If you see or suspect animal abuse, call the authorities!
Thank you so much for sharing your story and photos of Lexy and Penny!
What great gifts to buy for someone and donating back to animals in need.
If anyone is interested in buying a bracelet, or earrings, they can contact Paula at:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 816-304-6021.