Art Under Foot

Posted by Pia

A recent trip to my hometown reminded me that the streets of The Big Apple were made for much more than walking! With some creativity, colorful chalk, and an adoption-loving audience, anything is possible!

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1 "Hey mama look over there! Isn't that Frannie and Sharkey's friend Dr. Pia? What's she drawing on my favorite pee spot?"

2 "Yeah it is Dr. Pia! I've been spying on her for about 15 minutes. That store over there has a bucket of sidewalk chalk, and she's been going nuts since she discovered it!"

Oooh! I simply love sidewalk chalk! And what a great way to spread the message about adoption!

3 Oooh! I simply love sidewalk chalk! And what a great way to spread the message about adoption!

Turns out both the chalk and the adoption message were infectious.

4 Turns out both the chalk and the adoption message were infectious.

By the time I looked up from drawing, others had joined me and were making masterpieces of their own adopted fur kids right there with me.

5 By the time I looked up from drawing, others had joined me and were making masterpieces of their own adopted fur kids right there with me.

Pooches and their humans were stopping to tell their very own adoption stories!

6 Pooches and their humans were stopping to tell their very own adoption stories! "Mama, I waz dadopted too, right? Tell the lady how you saved me!"

Pet-loving creativity abounded!

7 Pet-loving creativity abounded!

Hmmm... is that a dog or a pig? You know you can adopt both at  Adopt-a-Pet.com?!

8 Hmmm... is that a dog or a pig? You know you can adopt both at Adopt-a-Pet.com?!

9 "Perhaps you'd like me to sit for a portrait? I was fostered by a fabulous NY couple, and then, as luck would have it, I decided to adopt them permanently!"

They say advertising your message properly requires...

10 They say advertising your message properly requires...

...location and exposure,...

11 ...location and exposure,...

...foot traffic,....

12 ...foot traffic,....

(Well actually, foot AND paw traffic!)

13 (Well actually, foot AND paw traffic!)

...and a human crazy enough to pretend she is a dog to call attention to the message!

14 ...and a human crazy enough to pretend she is a dog to call attention to the message!

Oh, and an audience too! These adopted cuties had just arrived the day before from Australia! They were thrilled to learn of Adopt-a-Pet.com and that NYC is so pro-adoption!

15 Oh, and an audience too! These adopted cuties had just arrived the day before from Australia! They were thrilled to learn of Adopt-a-Pet.com and that NYC is so pro-adoption!

When you want people to listen to what you have to say, it's important to apply creativity...

16 When you want people to listen to what you have to say, it's important to apply creativity...

,,,and to believe in your ability to make a difference and that anything is possible!

17 ,,,and to believe in your ability to make a difference and that anything is possible!

Meow...woof...oink...

18 Meow...woof...oink...

Adopt a pet and save a life!

19 Adopt a pet and save a life!

Years ago I used to teach art classes for kids. My projects involved making art out of everyday objects that one could find easily and at no cost. I wanted kids to realize that creativity is in all of us, and we can make art out of really anything that is around us!

I encourage everyone to get creative this summer -- and better yet, to get creative with the adoption message! Carry some chalk, make a collage, snap some candids, write a song...whatever you can dream up! And be sure to share it with us at the Daily Wag -- I'd love to blog about any and all of your adoption-promoting creative ventures!

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Comments (3)

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    We don’t have any “art” on our sidewalks around here. I guess everyone is too busy spray painting gang signs on the buildings. Just placing a bucket of chalk on the sidewalk is all you do to get it started? If that’s the case, I’ll give it a try. I saw on “The Martha Show” how to make chalk. If my paws would hold a spoon I would even make the chalk myself. Chalk by Kirby sounds good. I think that the next time I go to PetSmart I’ll take along the chalk.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Dr. Pia: It would be great if momma tied a piece of chalk to my paw so I could draw. Us pups don't have any thumbs. Well, I guess you already know that.

    I'm so glad my parents adopted me. I keep them busy and they keep me busy. That's the way it should be. They are so very good to me, and they make sure I am safe, loved, well fed, trained, clean and happy. Don't know what else I could possibly ask for. Oh yes and I'm free of fleas and ticks too.

    Hi Zoe if you are looking in today. Hi even if you are not. HAHAHAHA

    Well, I had a great day today. It was dry and warm and plenty of sunshine for my walks and a sunbath. Now it is time for my dinner. Take care. See ya later. Love, Gracyn.

  • Hi Dr. Pia, What a terrific idea to do fun things to promote adoptions of wonderful animals in need of friends who will really care for them. Your photos are really great and if more people would read your blog maybe we could have more information out there to promote more adoptions. I sure hope so, Thanks for all you do. Jan

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