Last Saturday we were a vendor at the Dogtoberfest event in beautiful Dunedin, Florida. First, a special thanks to all the rescue groups that were also vendors. Too many to name, but all do good work. It's a tough thing to do and at times thankless, but they keep at it.
This event was a big thing for us because it was the first time the general public saw any of our original designs. As the artist, I was nervous because...well, it's my artwork. It's who I am and my identity. And the layout and designs are my wife's, so the feedback would be valuable. We were braced for the worst.
We were stunned at how much people really loved our "Families..." design and how many times we heard "Your stuff is so different....it's not the same old." We were relieved, yes, that we sold a boat load of our designs, but we were ecstatic that the messages resonated with so many people. As I mentioned, the most popular message was that families do indeed come in all shapes and sizes. The second most popular was our gentle reminded that life is short...play.
My favorite picture. The old guy above is 18 years old and blind. He had been rescued by a woman walking around with a pack of her rescues, which numbered around eleven. A good woman who is generating some good karma.
Here's one of my favorite family pictures - a pig, a human and the dog sound asleep down below.
And of course, our humble booth to the left. Needs a lot of work, but the most important thing was our messages resonated!