Thursday, May 12, 2011

Nyxie is Art , an Honest Kitchen and a Planet of Dogs

I'm so far behind in reading everyone's posts, that I feel out of the loop!  I'm not going anywhere, or doing anything necessarily fun, but I am doing something exciting.  I'm working on a little business venture with some friends that may turn out to be something big.  Don't worry - No basement chemistry involved - it's entirely legit ;)  But it is using up every moment of free time that seems to come my way.

In catching up with some of those loose ends, I want to share a few things:

First, Nyxie is Art!  An artist by the name of William Gilliam came up with a genius idea to paint 150 dog breeds in 6 months.  His concept is summed up nicely at the Dog Art Today blog here.  More detailed info can be found on the artist's own website, The Canine Portrait Project blog here.  The best part of all is that Nyxie was accepted as one of the many subjects for his book and a percentage of his proceeds will go towards helping the Big Island Humane Society in Hawaii where he lives!  Here is his rendition of my baby:

Nyxie the Black German Shepherd by William Gilliam
Second, I'm an affiliate of The Honest Kitchen, a wonderful family owned dog and cat food company that promotes natural feeding through dehydrated human grade ingredients.  I first heard of them through another great dog (wonderfully philanthropic) company, Planet Dog. - they have a company store in Portland, Maine where my friend, Jamie used to work.  This is also where Nyxie's cracker-dog puppy classes were held and where I first learned of raw feeding.  Before so many other businesses jumped on the idea of holistic food choices for dogs, Planet Dog's freezers were stocked.

So why am I suddenly talking about these guys?  Well, Planet Dog is a great company that donates tons of money to the Planet Dog Foundation.  A worthy and dog-centered organization that creates a better universe?  Yeah, I'll talk about them all day long.  And The Honest Kitchen?  Well, I've been feeding Preference (their dehydrated recipe to supplement the protein you provide in a raw diet) since Nyxie came home to us years ago.  I love their company and their foods. This month they're featuring Preference and giving a discount through their website.  I figured I'd share it with you  :)

So that's what's going on here.  And now, the girls will enjoy the sunbeams and I'm going to go catch up on some much missed reading...


  1. that painting is awesome! I just love dog art - I'll have to go check him out!

  2. You've been busy...but it sounds like the fun kind of busy.

    Love the portrait...

  3. Sounds like things are going in a positive direction, that's great! Nyxie's portrait is beautiful! That's wonderful that she's part of the project. I will check out the sites! The photo of the girls look so comfy in the sunbeams! Don't work too, too hard now!

  4. Hi Y'all,

    That is one beautiful picture of Nyxie.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  5. Sounds like you have lots of exciting things going on!

    Love the painting :)

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes

  6. We commented on this post yesterday but obviously Blogger stole it. Nyxie looks so beautiful. We are going to check out Planet Dog. We have tried The Honest Kitchen for Phantom, picky boy turned his nose up to it, but we have heard wonderful things about it.

    We also wanted to thank you for all the comments you have left recently on our posts - very nice of you to do.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  7. It seems you're having so much fun at the moment, enjoy it!
    The painting of Nyxie is gorgeous!

  8. It's awesome that Nyxie was chosen -- the painting is wonderful!

    Glad you're all doing OK!

    Happy woofs & weekend hugs,


  9. That artist sure did capture Nyxie in the fur, all real life like! Furry bootiful!

  10. omg you have white carpet?!?!

    great pic :)

    love Beanz

  11. Nyxie's portrait is beautiful! Good luck on your business advienture :0)

  12. I love that portrait of Nyxie!

  13. Beautiful painting of Nixie! Wishing you all the best on your business venture :) What fun!

    Waggin at ya,

  14. I'm way behind on reading too but starting to catch up.

    That's a beautiful portrait of Nyxie. I feed Tommy Stella & Chewy's raw patties, but I love to hear about other options. Thanks for the tips. Good luck with your business venture. It sounds exciting.


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