Friday, May 27, 2011

The Story of Sully

My partner Eric and I had an awesome corgi mix dog that unfortunately got sick and passed away in the fall of 2008. It was hard, and we always missed having a little buddy around. She was a rescued dog, so I knew the next dog in our lives would be the same – a rescued dog. I knew it would be good to wait, so after one year plus some months, the itch was too much and I was checking out on a daily basis. That is how I came to find Project Rescue Chicago. 

A glamour shot of a corgi/golden retriever mix was staring at me in the face, and I immediately filled out the application to see this little peach of a dog. AND BRIDGID CALLED! We came to see the dude known as Fielder. He was a bundle of energy and we loved him. He REALLY loved Eric, and they bonded immediately. It must have been that male commonality. 

Bridgid had 9+ applications on him, and we were the lucky ones to take him home!! I don’t remember what I wrote, Bridgid, but thank you!! We had a hard time saying “Fielder” in our silly dog voice, so we changed his name to Sullivan Fitzpatrick. Sully adjusted immediately to us, and he is so fun! His personality is awesome, he loves to play and snuggle, and we can’t imagine him not being in our lives. 

When Sully comes to PRC, he always remembers Bridgid, and runs to her with total recognition that she’s his first mommy in his new life. Thank you PRC – keep doing what you’re doing because the happiness from having one of your dogs that you’ve rescued is one of the best joys in the world!

Many thanks to Emily and Eric for opening their home and their hearts to Sully and for sharing their story with us.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Going Once, Going Twice…Sold!

We know dogs! And to do a good job for the dogs in our program, we also have to be able to do a good job with people. Luckily, Chicago is full of amazing people. Just walking down the street in the city or suburbs, you will pass loving dog owners, animal advocates and volunteers for all sorts of organizations. We also have a plethora of talented artists in and around Chicago: painters, photographers, sculptors, professionals, hobbyists and those just getting started on their careers. And Chicago is home to many generous business owners—people who share their success with our community by donating products, services and more.

Project Rescue Chicago was incredibly lucky to have many of these amazing people lend their support this past Friday to our first-ever silent auction event. We auctioned off artwork created by over 22 local artists. Owners and representatives from 11 local businesses contributed products or services to our cause. And many more supporters donated canine gift baskets; baseball packages; and their time and talent—generously.

With their support, we were able to raise over $3,000—all of which will go a long way toward ensuring that the PRC pups are healthy, happy and safe. It also means that we will be able to rescue and home even more dogs this year than we did in our first year of operation.

Thank you to all who were able to support us! We hope those of you who weren’t able to join us this year will be able to stop in next year—it’s going to be even bigger and better! To see more photos of our evening, please take a look at photographer Jen Soares’ blog.

Special thanks go out to:
2 Kings Coffee*
Chris Abrey
artist Vincent and Jan Gildo
Laura Banick
Eric Bourland
Max Brown
Canis Familiaris
Tom Cantos
Traci Colby
Jerry Delany
Skye Enyeart-Rust
Siren Salon
Christy Freeman
Vanessa Friedman
Julie Gall
Jamie Gannon
Goose Island
Michelle Holtzman
The House Theater
Mary Lou Ibadlit
Marisa Ievans
Dave Klotz
Michael A. Koenig
Betsy Lent
Polly Lent
Brabant Lenting and Jan Gildo
Susan Leonard
The Longroom
Trent Reusnow
Revolution Tattoo
Amy Sayre
Natalie Sielaff
Tim Sielaff
Tojo Gallery (soon to be Platform Studios Chicago)
Top Level Fitness
Jen Soares
Stella & Chewey’s
Jennifer Swanson
Sarah Tilotta
Will Lent Horseshoe Company
Meredith Winer

* Make a purchase by May 31 and a portion of the proceeds go to PRC!