I can’t believe I haven’t posted here since April, though I don’t suppose it’s hurt anything to keep the parole post up for an extra long time. Things have been pretty busy here Up on the Woof. In the “Good” column, I finished illustrating the children’s book, Raffy Calfy’s Rescue, which is part of the Animal Protector Series from Who Chains You books. The Animal Protector books are written by Tamira Ci Thayne. This is the second book I’ve illustrated for the series, and I’m working on a third, which is about hermit crabs. In the “Bad” column, our precious Rocket Boy left us on August 29, and that sucked. It was all very sudden. He died at home in our arms, and life just isn’t the same without our boys. But, that’s a conversation for a day when I am less consumed with soul-crushing sorrow.
Back to my previous blog post, about keeping Jeff Nally in jail to serve his entire sentence, which is where he belongs. I hope you’ve written a letter to the WV parole board asking that they set off Nally’s parole. If you haven’t (Why not??), and if you just can’t get motivated to take pen to paper, or put ink in your printer, there may be another option (see below). . . But I’ve read that personal letters carry the most weight with the parole board. There’s still time, you know. (Hint hint) Meanwhile, the project continues. Did you sign the petition? This is what a Change.org petition with nearly 11,000 signatures looks like. I downloaded it, printed it out, and attached a cover letter. The petition is still active and accepting new signatures if you haven’t already signed. My cover letter informs the WV Parole Board that the petition is still active, and points them to it so they can note new signatures.
This is our cute young mail carrier, Denny. Today he picked up the packaged petition, and it is now headed to the parole board in WV. I hope they will be swayed by our request to have Nally serve his entire sentence. Thank you, to those of you who signed.
At the beginning of this blog post, I mentioned that if you were having a hard time getting motivated to write a personal letter to the parole board, there might be another option. Part of my plan for the project is to supply pre-printed postcards. I am currently in the design phase of the postcards, and foresee having them printed in October. I am taking requests for them. I don’t want to mail out single postcards, (The GoFundMe I set up to pay for the postcards hasn’t brought in very many donations, and my disposable income is negligible,) but if you think you can get five people to each sign one, I will happily send you five (or more, depending on how many you think you can get people to sign). I would love for the parole board to be flooded with letters and postcards!
Here are some ideas: Do you work or volunteer at an animal facility or rescue? Would your vet let you put some postcards on their counter? Would your favorite pet supply store? Do you belong to an agility group, or attend obedience classes where you could pass them out to other animal lovers? Send me a note with your postcard request, and I will keep your info on file for when the cards are ready. The cards will only need a signature and a stamp, but I am designing them with some blank lines where you can write in your comments if you choose.
Please help however you can, and get your requests in now.
If you would like to offer us a helping hand here Up on the Woof, we have vet bills up the yin yang from our recent testing/imaging/medication & cremation of Rocket. We are always looking for coupons for certain items we purchase for our dogs on a regular basis. Bil Jac Frozen coupons, milkbone coupons, or Lysol coupons that you will not be using, please save them for us. Contact me if you have some to send. Donations can also be sent via Paypal to email@example.com
I also attempt to earn money for the pups with my Etsy Yelodoggie Art store and Zazzle items.