Corinne & Rudy —“Who Rescued Who?” In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical from my career as an international flight attendant to pursue a more creative, balanced life. The best thing about “coming in for a landing” was that I could finally take those painting classes I’d always talked about, and I could get a dog. I made numerous trips to Utah Friends of Animals’ “Furburbia” adoption center looking for a four-legged companion that “spoke” to me. Rudy (formerly known as Bob) was skinny, scarred and a bit unruly after being abused, then spending three years shuttling between various shelters and foster homes. He wasn’t my first choice (or my second), but the knowledgeable staff convinced me to give him a chance, and I took him home on a “trial.” We’ve been fast friends ever since. When I began painting Rudy, I’d find myself giggling while sitting at the easel, and I slowly gained confidence with my art. My first self-published book, The Tao of Rudy, earned Independent Publishers’ Bronze “IPPY” Award for Most Outstanding Book Design and also received “Honorable Mention” from Foreword Review Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards. A bi-lingual English/Spanish version of the book soon followed. The sequel, SHOOT for the MOON! Lessons on Life from a Dog Named Rudy, was released by Chronicle Books in May 2011 and earned a Gelette-Burgess Award in the Inspirational/Motivational category the same year. The fourth book in this award-winning series, Wake Up to Love, Lessons on Friendship from a Dog Named Rudy, was recently released in early 2015. Rudy is a gem, a diamond in the “Ruff.” He inspires me, makes me laugh, stretches my patience and brings me much JOY! Rudy has also taught me many things, and I want to share his canine wisdom through our paintings, limited edition prints, books and greeting cards.
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