Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This sweet mother dog had how many puppies??

Akasha will soon be available for adoption.
As many of you who follow my business and my blog know, I volunteer for the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter just north of Austin, TX. I have been volunteering with this shelter since 2010 (Wow, it's really amazing to think I have been with them for 7 years) and during that time, I have watched it grow into a true No Kill facility. That means, every animal that comes through their doors is given a chance to thrive (not just survive) in the shelter system. 

So, of course, when a super sweet mother dog and her nine (yes, 9!!) puppies arrived at the shelter, the staff kicked into gear to ensure every one of these little babies has the best opportunity to be given a wonderful life. 

As it happened, I stopped into the shelter shortly after this little family arrived and to my delight, was able to photograph each of these puppies along with spending time with their beautiful mother, Akasha.

Akasha is just one of those dogs that you instantly fall in love with. She has a tail that a Tesla would envy, 0 - 60 in 1.0 seconds. She has been a wonderful mother to her puppies, but she is happy to let her caregivers handle them and even more excited when she can sneak in a pet of her own. She was full of kisses and when I took her out, away from her babies for a walk together, she was delighted to spend time romping around the shelter conference room and enjoy some treats and quality time for herself. It's hard to  believe that this little 40lb dog had such a large litter, but without being spayed, there is never a guarantee on how many puppies a dog will or will not bring into the world. 

SOOOO cute! 
True to the No Kill mission and vision of the shelter, the staff reached out to see if we could find foster homes for Akasha's 9 puppies who will need a few weeks of TLC as they grow old and strong enough for adoption. The puppies are currently around 6 weeks old and looking for fosters in the Austin, TX metro area. If you or your family are interested in fostering, stop by the shelter to fill  out a foster application and start saving lives! Of course, if you are not in the Austin area, you can make a donation for their care to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter or even better, sign up as a foster for a local rescue in your area! 

Stephanie Conrad
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Pupdate: As of 1-18-2016, 3 of the 9 puppies have found a foster home.  





Monday, December 26, 2016

Mutt Monday: Meet Bunny

It's hard to believe this sweet lady is still in a foster home.  I photographed Bunny nearly a year and a half ago, in July of 2015. This charming girl has been in her current foster home for nearly 2 years. Bunny has one challenge ahead, finding a home that would love a fun, active dog, but she does need to be the only pet in the household. 


When it comes to fun, Bunny is definitely your girl. She LOVES her toys and spent the majority of our photo session playing with my own dog's toys and balls that were laying around my studio. She was a wonderful 'model' during her photo shoot and listened well. Bunny has been through a lot of training with her foster family, so she is already an excellent roommate. Bunny knows her basic commands, she walks great on a leash and is house-trained. Now, all this charming girl just needs the perfect forever family to find her and fill out an adoption application! 

If you are interested in meeting Bunny, contact the Pflugerville Animal Shelter for more information!


Stephanie Conrad
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

10 Critter-Themed Gifts for the Holidays!

My booth at Blue Genie

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of chatting with a small group of attendees at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, a lovely month-long holiday show where over 200 local Austin artists showcase their crafts. This show is pretty much the mecca of holiday shopping and even better, every sale supports a small local business like my own! In addition to myself, three other artists chatted about their works and shared their creative story with the crowd. Listening to these other artists, it helped me to remember how much passion goes into creating these handmade goods. Of course, I create every day, but after 5 years of photographing rescue pets and making tote bags, I sometimes forget how lucky I am to be able to run a successful small business and still enjoy the work I do every single day. 

The theme last night was 'critters', decided upon by Dana Younger, one of the founders of Blue Genie Art Industries. Each artist that spoke had a different reason for choosing critters. From feeling more connected to animals than humans (I bet we have all felt that way at some point) to finding inspirations through dreams and wanting to connect to the universe, each artist spoke of their works from  the heart and I felt honored to be part of that experience. 

After the chat-portion of the evening, I spent some time walking around the show, it almost felt as though I were seeing some of the works for the first time. Animals are a common theme throughout so many artist's pieces. I felt compelled to share some of my favorite 'critter' themed gifts at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar below (if you are not in the Austin area, I also included links so you can shop online, please support small businesses this holiday season!).

Blue Whale Tote Bag by Pet Studio Art 
This is currently one of my favorite totes in the Pet Studio Art line. I am fascinated by the ocean and I feel that whales represent everything majestic and mysterious about the water. 

Wolf print by Flip Solomon
Flip was one of the fabulous artists that spoke at our event last night. Her works are incredible pen and ink drawing and reach up to 8 feet in size! Her work is stunning and you could have a print of your own!

The Wagging Dead Print
Fans of The Walking Dead rejoice!
I ordered this print on a T-Shirt for my husband last year and it was a huge hit! 
Adorable felted woodland creatures by Gypsyharte
Another speaker at last night's events, I was in awe of the time, love and intensity that goes into hand-felting. It is a process that I knew absolutely nothing about and  now have a new appreciation for. You can also find videos of her work on YouTube



Happy Pandas Utility Apron by Crescent City Couture
Could this get any more adorable? I personally have a pac-man themed apron by CCC, which I use to hold treats and squeaky toys during photo sessions at my local shelter. 
Dino Succulent Planters by The Plaid Pigeon
I got one of these as a gift last year and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! 

The Jumping Fox woodblock print
Elizabeth Stettler spoke yesterday about her works as well. Each print is hand-carved into a wooden block then pressed onto paper, giving each print a little something unique to love. She has everything from his fox to squirrels down to a cockroach (which as she lovingly put it, "might not be for everyone"). Gorgeous works with a personal touch!

The Lazy Lion Crochet Taxidermy by The Plaid Pigeon
I hate hunting, I think it's cruel and terrible, so naturally, I have fallen in love with these humane and incredibly cute crochet taxidermy animals by The Plaid Pigeon. These make adorable gifts for nurseries or just to hang on your own wall to enjoy!

The Crazy Cat Lady Candle
While I firmly believe there is nothing crazy about loving cats, this candle is too much to pass up! It smells ahhmazing, very fresh and clean and is made right here in Austin! 

The Jungle Hook Elephant Wall Hook
These are perfect gifts for your kid's rooms. Adorable jungle themed wooden hooks! 

Go shop, support your local artists!

Stephanie Conrad
Pet Studio Art | Owner | Artist
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Mutt Monday: Meet Tristan


Hey You! Yes you….are you looking for a lifelong pal? Someone who will be loyal, obedient and your best friend? No need to look any further as I’m your dog. My name is Tristan and I am waiting and willing to become your BFF.

Did you know I’m a good luck charm too? Yes that’s right I must be because I was lucky enough to be rescued by Lone Star. They literally saved my life and have given me the opportunity to have the kind of life every dog deserves. I am more than willing to share this wonderful new life with you. I am so excited about getting to have a forever family that will love me and take care of me and who are willing to finish the life transformation Lone Star has begun for me.



If you think that I may be my forever family and I’m the missing pup from your life please fill out an application and someone will get to you let you know out more about me and how to begin the process of adoption. You can also contact my foster mom at adoptioninquiries@yahoogroups.com for more information.

You can apply to adopt this adorable little fluff at www.shihtzu-rescue.com. This adorable little fluff is altered, up to date on all shots and heartworm negative.

(above written by Lone Star Lhaso Apso Rescue)

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Blue Genie has arrived!

It's my favorite time of year. The holidays have arrived, which means we are now prepping for our biggest month, full of holiday shoppers on our website, sending out orders to our fabulous retailers (see our list here!) and we just finished setting up for our favorite holiday show, the Blue Genie Art Bazaar

This show is in it's 16th year and has become a staple in Austin, TX for holiday shopping. I actually find myself stocking up on gifts for birthdays and rarely find myself leaving the show without a little something special (which gets expensive because I stop by almost daily to check my own booth stock! 

As a member of the Austin Art Community, I feel like this show truly embodies the spirit of the Austin art scene. Over 200 local crafters and artists who have turned their hobbies into a true way of life join together to showcase our works. Literally thousands of unique items line the shelves and original artwork covers every inch of the walls. Each time I turn a corner, I find something new to fall in love with. 

If you are in the Austin area, I highly recommend taking some time this month to visit the show and offer some support to your local small business owners! 


The show runs 10am - 10pm through December 23rd, then from 10am - 10pm on Dec 24th. 
6100 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752


Stephanie Conrad
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Mutt Monday: Meet Zeus

I was lucky enough to meet this handsome gentleman a few months ago at Puppy Mill Awareness Day Austin. Zeus is a 5 - 6 year old male pitbull mix rescued through the awesome organization, Don't Bully Me Rescue in Austin, TX. This handsome gentleman has been with the rescue since 2012, yes that's right, 4 years of living in a foster home. Of course, we love knowing that Zeus is safe, but we would love to hear that he has finally found his forever family!


Zeus was once a stray in San Antonio, TX, but luckily was found and brought into Don't Bully Me Rescue's program. He has blossomed in his foster home, he is house trained, eager to learn and knows sit, down and heels during walks. He walks beautifully on a leash and enjoys the company of other female dogs. Don't Bully Me Rescue would love to see Zeus join a family where he can have another dog buddy, but Zeus would prefer medium to large dogs and no cats. 

If you are interested in meeting Zeus or learning more about Don't Bully Me Rescue's program, visit their website here!


Stephanie Conrad
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Monday, November 14, 2016

Mutt Monday: Meet Ellie

Oh Ellie! How this sweet girl has not yet found her happy ending, I will never understand. I first met Ellie in April, when she was first brought into the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. This charming lady was a dream to photograph, not only gracing me with her happy smile, but stopping in the middle of our photo shoot for a pretty epic blooper (see below).

Ellie has an infectious smile, loves attention and ADORES belly rubs. Ellie plopped right over between photos for a quick rub and even fell asleep in the grass enjoying the sunshine while she was being lavished with attention. 

Ellie is  currently in a foster home with another WCRAS pup, Noah. She gets along with other dogs, I believe she enjoys the company of cats and of course people of all sizes are immediately her BFFs. 


At just under 2 years old, Ellie still has a lot of love to give and would love to find a wonderful home to share her sweet spirit with. Ellie is spayed and up to date on all of her vaccinations. If you are looking for a stunning Unicorn-Spirited pup to add to your faimly, Ellie is definitely worth meeting!

Stephanie Conrad
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Ellie and Noah, both available for adoption through
www.wilcopets.org



Ellie's amazing blooper, well, pooper. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Painting SALE!

Stella, one of the many pieces available at
www.petstudioart.com
Recently, I had the pleasure of hanging my artwork at a well known local restaurant, Kerbey Lane Cafe. The show lasted for 2 months and during that time, I was able to showcase my own paintings alongside photographs of our local adoptable animals from the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. 

The show was a huge success, not only did I sell a few paintings (a goal of course) but we were able to reach a new audience for the shelter animals and every animal that was featured in the show was adopted!! 

I want to send a big THANK YOU to Kerbey Lane for showcasing my works and of course, when the time comes for another show, I will absolutely be looking forward to another great showing. 

Of course, now, the 35+ paintings that were on display are back at my studio and ready to find homes of their own as well! So, this week, all paintings will be hugely discounted in hopes of sending them off to bring joy on someone else's walls! 

Click here to see all of the available works, each painting is 100% original on canvas. The canvas pieces are wrapped and painted along the edges, making them ready to hang when they arrive to you!

Video showcasing all of the works that were sent to Kerbey Lane Cafe! 


Stephanie Conrad
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Monday, November 7, 2016

Mutt Monday: Meet Bonnie Blue

Sometimes, you meet a rescue dog that just makes you melt, for me, Bonnie Blue was definitely one of those dogs! I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet lady at the annual Pittie Pride festival, hosted by one of my favorite local organizations, Love-A-Bull, inc just a couple of weeks ago! After spending a moment chatting with Steve, the founder of Stray Acres, who obviously has a huge heart for each of the rescue pets in his care, I took Bonnie out of her crate for a quick photo session.  This sweet girl immediately plopped over onto her back asking for a belly rub (apparently her favorite pastime) and refused to get up until she was satisfied. Happily, her handlers obliged and I was treated to a cute sight of this wiggly girl soaking up the attention. 



Bonnie Blue is currently available for adoption through Stray Acres Sanctuary, a small organization in Bertram, TX. If you are interested in learning more about adopting Bonnie or any of the beautiful dogs available through Stray Acres, visit their website or make a donation to help more pets like Bonnie Blue!

Stephanie Conrad
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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Cats and Coffee

Blue Cat Cafe in Austin, TX has quickly become a favorite spot of mine to enjoy an iced coffee while I work remotely. Not only is the cafe cat-themed, but they are home to several Austin Humane Society cats who are waiting for their forever homes! 

As I sit and drink my coffee with my laptop on the table and a kitty snoozing in the chair next to me, I can't help but think about how amazing this city truly is. We moved to Austin over a decade ago, as soon as I could get here, it felt meant to be. Maybe it's cheesy to feel in love with a city, but this town has really gotten me through some hard times as well as helping me grow as a person and a small business owner. 


Sadly, earlier this month, Blue Cat Cafe was vandalized by some locals who felt they were part of a gentrification problem in the East side of Austin. It was heartbreaking as a supporter of this cafe to see such a nasty attack happen, especially since this shop is not out to hurt anyone, in fact, it's just the opposite! Of course, every city sees change and naturally neighborhoods will evolve, but unfortunately some people aren't as on board or supportive of this sweet shop as I am. 

A few months ago, I showcased a video I took at the cafe, and I felt it was time to revisit Blue Cat to show my support after they were attacked. Violence and destruction are never the answer and we are wishing Blue Cat Cafe the absolute best as they move forward from here. I guarantee that I will be back in soon to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy some adoptable kitty love!


Blue Cat Cafe has adopted out nearly 200 cats since they opened in October of 2015! 

Stephanie Conrad
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