Online Art Auction to Benefit Lucky Dog Rescue

Between Up on the Woof and the Cleveland Pets Examiner I have been writing and blogging about Lucky Dog Rescue and Pet Pardons for months. In case you missed all that, Lucky Dog Rescue is a tiny animal rescue located in Meridian Mississippi. It is a 501c3 non-profit organization of approximately ONE. Ashley Owen Hill is the owner and operator; the driving force behind Lucky Dog Rescue.

Ashley dreamed about having a rescue since she was a kid, and when she grew up she opened up Lucky Dog Retreat, a boarding facility. Lucky Dog Retreat helps to fund Lucky Dog Rescue. Ashley pays for everything her rescue dogs need out of pocket, and relies on donations to help her cause.

What is Lucky Dog Rescue’s cause?  To save the world, one dog at a time.

Noah: a former bait dog.

Ashley rescues the most broken dogs she finds in kill shelters, brings them home, rehabilitates them, teaches them what it’s like to be loved and valued, and then she finds adoptive homes for them.  It’s pretty amazing because aside from the occasional volunteer, Ashley does it all by herself. And some of the dogs are really broken; former bait dogs, dogs that have been starved and abandoned, dogs that have been abused. Although it’s possible for any type of dog to end up a Lucky Dog, Ashley has a real soft spot for the bully breeds, who seem to be abused, mistreated and abandoned more than any other type of dog.

Ashley lives a simple life in a small building on her property, giving everything she has to her rescue dogs. Sometimes it means there is nothing left for her; that’s how selfless and dedicated she is.

I wish I had a boatload of money to give to Ashley. She needs beds and bowls and kennel cleaner. She needs collars and leashes and dog toys. She needs lots and lots of dog food…and of course, she needs money to vet her rescues, who sometimes come to her in horrible shape

I saw Ashley’s “wish list”  on Amazon .com, and I wrote to the companies that make some of the items she needs, asking if they would donate. But they are assholes. It’s all corporate-this and corporate-that and they have no monetary interest in a little backwater place like Meridian Mississippi, even though their donations would be tax deductible.  So after I got letters back from them with all the excuses why they couldn’t donate a box of sponges, or paper towels or dishwashing soap, I thought screw you, billion-dollar-Procter & Gamble, and screw you, billion-dollar 3M; if you won’t help Lucky Dog Rescue, I will.

So I started emailing all the artists I know on Facebook, and quite a few artists that I didn’t know. I asked them all to donate a piece of artwork for an online art auction to benefit Lucky Dog Rescue, and wouldn’t you know that almost every one of them did?

Artists, folks. People who are often struggling to make a living with their talents. Regular people suffering in this messed up economy. They donated – but the billion dollar corporations wouldn’t.

The artists who have donated their work to help Lucky Dog Rescue are from all over the US; Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Colorado, California, West Virginia, Florida, Connecticut, and Texas. Some of them donated more than one piece.

The art auction will run on eBay for ten days from October 20-30, and will offer many types and styles of art, including oil paintings, jewelry, fine art photography, sculpture, comic style drawings, sketches, watercolor, enamel and glass.  I want the auction to be a big success, so if you are reading this, please share this post on your social networking sites.

The artists who have donated work are listed here:

  • Sandi Shorter is an artist from Sophia, West Virginia who has a passion for drawing animals and family pets. Sandi is a commission artist, who will work from a photo you provide. Sandi has created a piece of artwork of Lucky Dog Rescue dog, “Susie”, who was half-starved when Ashley saved her from a kill facility.
  • Dawn Brunell, who makes Sunz Jewelz; glass tile charms in various styles and shapes.  Dawn’s charms are fun and beautiful.
  • Michael Mitchell is an artist from Detroit, Michigan. He teaches drawing at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, and paints classical portraits and still lifes.
  • Nicole Tadgell is an Illustrator of childrens books and loves to draw children of all races, full of motion and emotion.
  • Don “Sonny” Strait is (among other things) a comic book artist. Sonny’s forte’ is Anime style art.
  • Gary Garrett is a Plein Air Painter who paints Impressionistic landscapes.
  • Christine Dowling Kelsey is a watercolor artist, self-taught nature photographer, and an animal advocate.
  • Jamey Lee Balester Lopez is a California artist who has combined formal and self-taught techniques which include; drawing, painting, print making, ceramics, sculpture, and digital media.
  • Delfin Barral is a New York cartoonist, illustrator, animator and comic book artist. The work Del has donated he created together with the late Barry Blair.
  • Stephen Paternite is a fine arts photographer whose stunning photographs are created via digital infrared photography. His photos are unlike anything you have ever seen before.
  • Anna Arnold is an American artist, muralist, jewelry designer artrepreneur (entrepreneur/ artist) and educator. She has a vibrant and unmistakable style of painting.
  • Carol Adams is a dimensional artist who does large public installations. Carol also creates enamel-on-copper animal themed pins that are beautiful pieces of wearable art.

And of course, I donated some of my own artwork. Not just Yelodoggie art, but some of

Canis Miscellaneous

my earlier work as well.

Please take a look at the beautiful art when the auction goes live on Thursday. You can find the auction once it begins by clicking here. And please, PLEASE…share the auction with your family and friends. 100% of the winning bids (less a portion of eBay’s closing fees)will be given to Lucky Dog Rescue.

Wow..did you read this whole post?  THANKS!

Naturally, I hope you will bid in the auction, but if you don’t win a piece of art, maybe you can send Ashley something that’s on her wish list.

If you want to send Ashley something directly, Lucky Dog Rescue is at: 8659 Hillview Dr. Meridian, MS 39305  or you can donate directly online HERE.

About yelodoggie

Ariel C. Wulff is an author, artist and animal advocate. They have been involved in pet rescue for over twenty-five years. They have written two books about their true-life adventures living with an ever-changing house full of pets: Born Without a Tail, and Circling the Waggins, and a guide to animal advocacy using the Internet as a tool: How to Change the World in 30 Seconds". Wulff also wrote a pet column and book review column for the Examiner, and was a contributing editor for They attribute their love of animals to having been raised by Wulffs.
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12 Responses to Online Art Auction to Benefit Lucky Dog Rescue

  1. nancy5vic says:

    looking forward to seeing all the artwork. Hope the auction is a huge success. Best of luck, cousin!


  2. Yep, I read the WHOLE post!! Bless Ashley’s heart and yours for stepping up to do this auction. It is amazing who really cares enough to help, the little people struggling to get by, yet they still manage to look beyond that to help the animals in dire need.
    Hope the auction proves to be a huge success!!!! Best of luck to Ashley and all the lucky dogs given a new leash on life through her 🙂


  3. I did read the whole post!!! And I will definitely be bidding, hopefully winning!! I have posted this on my fb page to help get others involved. Ashley, God Bless You and all the work you do to help these poor babies, victim of vicious people. God Bless them as well.


  4. Susan Mueller says:

    Ashley is a real hero! Bless her heart………I wish I had the resources to rescue every dog in the world who needed a home. I am going on a mission to get people to aid her in her gargantuan project! Wish me luck!


  5. Heather Gallant says:

    This is awesome and I am confident it will be a great success!! Keep up the great work Ashley! You are SUCH a huge inspiration! God bless!!!!


  6. I am honored to be a part of this online auction… Many thanks go to Ariel for organizing the ebay auction, and to Ashley, the driving force behind Lucky Dog Rescue …… Bravo!!!!!!!


  7. Good post, I have got four Cockers myself.


  8. Judith says:

    I just shared the auction news! I have two rescue pits and I love them with all my being. I will be bidding.


  9. Stacey Horton says:

    Ms Wulff,
    Soo glad to have seen this!! I did post it on my fb pg & will bid. Bless both you and Ashley for helping the dogs. I too have a small rescue and its heartbreaking to know some of the things human beings do to innocent creatures. It is wonderful to read the good news too! That is why I like Pet Pardons & advocate for them. FYI, Procter & Gamble & 3M refuse to stop testing their products on animals even though there are many alternatives. I don’t buy their products for that reason. Please remember that next time you shop. Their are other brands out there. Thankfully, they are becoming more available that are cruelty-free. God’s love works through us and its great to see it at work through you ladies. See you at the auction!!!


  10. Sandi Shorter's says:

    Thank you so much for this chance to help all the furbabies. I am honored as well to take part in this great cause! Thanks Ariel and Ashley for all you do to help these babies.


  11. This is a terrific idea. Barking Planet will be there to bid and will post about this event in our barking planet blog…Best wishes,


  12. lissa says:

    You know, that’s (one of ) the problems in this country. It’s always the same people who step up to the plate to do something. People who have much less to give, are always the ones giving, while corporations sit on their piles of money, and do not make a move unless there’s something in it for them. That p*isses me off!!!
    Bless you for helping out, and all the artists who took action, THANK YOU!!


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