Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Dog called Khaya

Another painting of a young dog from DARG.

Khaya and her companion, were left to fend for themselves and were picked up wandering on the N7 highway just outside Cape Town (the main West Coast Road). Both youngsters, Khaya is a cross Husky Lab, were obviously just dumped as people become less and less able to feed and care for them.

An unusual name, Khaya is the Zulu (and Xhosa) word for 'home'. And the good news is that both Khaya and her "sister", Ujo, have just been adopted. I'm hoping that the new owners will donate to DARG for Khaya's portrait. Fingers crossed!



18 comments:

Barbara Pask said...

Another wonderful dog portrait. So sad to imagine that people would dump their animals or worse yet leave them in a house and move away. When I was a child I remember if people didn't want dogs they would take them out to the country and set them free. How cruel was that, like they were wild animals or something.

Charlene Brown said...

I hope Khaya and Ujo grow up to be the wonderful dogs their new people deserve. And I hope those owners will want to buy the picture to preserve the vulerable 'puppy' look you've captured perfectly.

Marian Fortunati said...

Hi Liz!
Good to see you're painting again!! Hope this guys new owners love their new friends a LOT!!
Congrats!

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Liz, I just posted a pic of my little cat Shadow and her story, so I was emotional about animals and then I saw this...had to tell you how special you are to have such a heart! This one looks so gentle...so glad to know they have a home!

Mineke Reinders said...

How could Khaya's new owners resist such a lovely, sensitive portrait? I'm glad this sad story has a happy ending.

Art with Liz said...

Hi Barbara, thanks for visiting. Isn't it incredible how our parents thought! We take our furred friends far more to heart than they did, I believe. And thank goodness for that.


Thank you Charlene, so do I.

Art with Liz said...

Hi there Marion! Thank you for that. You're right I need to get painting more, but it's easier sitting in front of the fire watching rugby and cricket!! Midwinter and all that.


Oh Saundra I read your post and left my thoughts on your blog. Thank you for your very kind words.

Dean H. said...

What a great painting! It's good to hear that both dogs get a second chance in a new home.

Art with Liz said...

Hello Mineke - yes it is so nice to know that there are these rescued animals that find homes - you are one of those with a big heart.

Judy Mackey said...

I guess it doesn't matter what country - pets get abandoned. Cookie, our foster will be transferred to another foster home. She wasn't housebroken but - fingers crossed - she hasn't had an accident yesterday and today and is such a happy youngster. She is the one who has the shorter front legs so is not a specimen dog but has a heart so big and loving that I hope someone will adopt her. Humans are the cruelest of all animals...to give love and then to take it away.
I'm so happy yours have found furever homes.

Cheers,
Judy

James Parker said...

Very nice, Liz. Khaya looks like she deserves a good home, and I'm glad she found one. I would be honored if you do participate in WTTW...still ten days left, and 4 old wrinkly faces. :-) Take care.

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

Love your animal paintings and such encouraging stories when they get good homes.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and giving me a good word.

Art with Liz said...

Gosh Judy, I think that if we didn't have our two, I would also be a 'foster' mom to dogs like Cookie. But then, don't you fall in love with them and want to keep them with you? I do so hope Cookie also finds a home. LOL


Thank you James. OK OK, I will try the wrinkly, but no promises!

Art with Liz said...

Hi Peggy and thanks for the visit. Feel good stories are rather nice amongst the horrors of this world, and I'm glad Khaya is one of them.

Cathy Gatland said...

It breaks your heart to see these dogs abandoned and wandering - DARG and other animal shelters deserve all the help and support they can get. I think your lovely portrait is as irresistible as the dogs were - my fingers crossed too!

L.Holm said...

Yea! So glad to hear they've been adopted! This is a a beautiful portrait. She reminds me so much of my rescued pup, Roxi, who was a husky/doberman mix. Same sweet and gentle nature. Love Khaya!

Art with Liz said...

Thanks Cathy for the visit and comment especially as I know you have a hectic schedule at the moment. Really appreciated.


Hi Liz. It seems that nearly all of our lovely blogging people in the artworld have rescued animals at some time or other - it makes my heart warm to know that you are yet another one.

Suzanne McDermott said...

I always love to see your doggies!