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When Spring Has Sprung

Dog at Ronan Park along the Chicago River

That moment when you get a real walk after a long winter and go a little cray cray

Ronan Park, Chicago, IL 

happy dog at Ronan Park along the Chicago River

Want to know one of my other new favorite things this spring? My new collage made by my fellow rescue supporter and friend Nancy Gordon. Nancy makes custom collages using photographs of your pets. All you need to do is send her photographs and she will create a one-of-a-kind art piece. As you can see, our collage has kind of a fun, Buddhist theme. I highly recommend Nancy’s work and her creations make a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, a birthday, or perhaps to honor a special pet who has passed away. A few weeks after Nancy made us this collage our mouse Cookie (beige mouse) died unexpectedly so this piece is extra special for us!

Nancy is a huge advocate for pet adoption and her inspiration comes from her rescue pets Roscoe and Archie. Roscoe was a neglected Persian cat she rescued in Detroit. Archie is a poodle mix rescued from Los Angeles, who now loves snow and ice in Chicago! You can check out more of Nancy’s amazing work at or contact her directly at

Looking for ways to celebrate spring, have fun, and help animals? Check out our 11 Ways To Celebrate Spring By Helping Animals


  1. March 29, 2019 / 8:59 am

    the collage ist so beautiful!!! you friend has golden hands and a golden heart…. enjoy a wonderful spring weekend ;O)

  2. Sandra Hangey
    March 29, 2019 / 10:36 am

    really nice collage and I must say your first wander in spring like weather, you are looking wonderful

  3. March 29, 2019 / 11:04 am

    We’ve always had rescue babies. They need us the very most.

    Have a woof woof day and weekend. My best to your peeps. ♥

  4. March 29, 2019 / 12:45 pm

    Just walked back into the office, after enjoying lunch-time in the muted sunshine, with a cool breeze. But, it’s not snow, and it’s above freezing, so I feel a bit cray cray too!

  5. March 29, 2019 / 1:33 pm

    The collage is just beautiful and you are looking so happy smiling away, Ruby!

  6. Bella, Roxy and Dui
    March 29, 2019 / 2:26 pm

    Ruby, we think you are REALLY enjoying that walk. You look so happy.

  7. March 29, 2019 / 5:06 pm

    The collage is BEAUTIFUL!!! And nice that it is so customized to your likings. We are so sorry to hear about Cookie. Soft woos and gentle hugs.

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  8. March 29, 2019 / 5:57 pm

    What a gorgeous collage, and a wonderful way to memorialize your pack!!

  9. March 29, 2019 / 6:45 pm

    You look so happy sweet Ruby and that collage is wonderful!

  10. March 30, 2019 / 8:00 am

    Oh my Dogs Ruby I love love love your black sweater with the hoodie and faux fur trim….
    you are stylin’ and it is ok to go cray cray…it was a very long winter.
    The collage is beautiful
    Hugs Cecilia

  11. meowmeowmans
    March 31, 2019 / 10:05 am

    Ruby, it sure feels nice to get outside, isn’t it? Hooray for spring!

    Nancy is really talented. We love the collage she made!

  12. March 31, 2019 / 1:36 pm

    Ruby, you do look like you have a little spring fever there! LOL. The collage looks wonderful. What a great idea. I’d like to have one made from all my past pets, that would be so special.

  13. April 4, 2019 / 8:37 am

    I see that the ice has melted and Ruby is smiling! I’m so glad that you can feel spring in the air!

    I love that collage!!!!

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