I love animals. Through the years I have adopted many dogs of various breeds and have found that they make amazing companions and members of the family. Because adoption is virtually the means by which I always find a new pet, I've seen many cases of abandonment, neglect, mistreatment and general lack of care given to these precious little creatures. I've started a series of paintings that depict the hard reality that many dogs unfortunately face at the hands of thoughtless people. Maybe they will cause the viewer to think again about buying or adopting a pet before considering the responsibility and consequences of making decisions and choices they soon forget to keep. Animals need love to... and love is not just a feeling or emotion, but a commitment. And when we forget our commitment to care for creatures that cannot care for themselves, and become physically and emotionally dependent upon our oversight, provision and protection, the results can be devastating.