Nigel is blushing today. OK, that's pushing it. I don't think he is capable. But if I could make him understand this he would be flattered. Kathleen Coy from Earth and Sky contacted me in October with what sounded like a great idea. She wanted to paint Nigel, and auction the painting to raise funds for A Place to Bark. I thought it would be weeks before I would hear from her again, but Kathleen really knocked herself out, and I am absolutely thrilled with her work.
Please share if you feel inclined - this is for a great cause. Kathleen, my deepest thanks - this was a wonderful gesture on your part, and I'm hoping it brings a few extra dollars to APTB. You made my week.
Of course, I would be remiss if I did not mention the tragedy that has occurred in Texas. Those brave souls who found themselves in the line of fire today must be remembered. They signed up for the ultimate duty, and in doing so accepted the possibility that they would be asked to lay down their lives. The fact that they fell at the hands of a deranged fellow soldier is irrelevant. They deserve our utmost respect for serving our country, and today we set aside our usual antics to remember those who will not be here tomorrow to see another sunrise, hug a family member, love a dog, or go about the business of protecting our great nation.