Briar Rabbit Primitives by Folk Artist Starla Myers

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I am a Folk Artist, A Grandmother & an Advocate for Animals, especially Pit Bulls, a breed very close to my heart.

My Blog is a mixture of my Favorite Things. My Family, My Friends, My Work & My Dogs.

I hope you enjoy your visit! Hugs, Starla :)

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Christmas Cards are on the way!

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Monday, February 22, 2010

The Passing of a Legend...In Memoriam: Daddy the Pit Bull

Cesar Millan, all his family and friends, his staff and volunteers, and dog lovers all around the world today will mourn the passing of one of the most loyal, trusting, well-balanced, and influential pit bull ambassadors the world has ever known. Daddy, Cesar’s longtime friend and partner in canine rehabilitation, died peacefully surrounded by family on Friday the 19th of February. He was sixteen years old.

He lived each day of those sixteen years happy and fulfilled as Cesar’s right-hand-“man,” helping to shape the behavior of entire generations of dogs by showing them the way to balance. He stood as champion for calm-submissive pit bulls everywhere, and was instrumental in helping to repair their image as violent, savage, uncontrollable beasts. He successfully battled cancer and weathered chemotherapy, and even got the opportunity to present at the 56th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards!

His name is now added to that honorable roster of dogs gone by whose influence is still felt today, and which includes some of Cesar’s beloved childhood heroes: "Rin-Tin-Tin." "Lassie." … "Daddy."

He has been immortalized by Dog Whisperer fans in all mediums, from painting, to photographs, to charcoal drawings and papier-mâché sculpture. And, of course, he lives on in his work, reflected in the balance and calm-submission of his protégé Junior, the countless animals to whom he was a positive role model, and in the hearts and minds of everyone who knew him as a calm, sweet, and mellow example of a widely misunderstood breed.

In Loving Memory.

If you would like to honor Daddy’s memory and the contribution he made to improve the lives of other animals, you can make a donation to Daddy’s Emergency Animal Rescue Fund, which will provide assistance for dogs who are victims of abuse or violence, man-made disasters (hoarder and puppy mill rescues), and large-scale natural disasters (hurricanes, fires, and other natural catastrophes).

Daddy's story & pictures were taken from Just click the title of this post & it will take you directly to Cesar's site where you can leave condolences for the Milan family or a donation to Daddy's Charity "DEAR"

My sincere & heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Milan Family. Thanks for sharing Daddy with us. He will live on in our hearts forever.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

We All Knew It! Vick is still Lying! USDA releases confidential Vick documents

This story was reported on the "OHMIDOG!" Blog tonight. Finally it's out...We all knew it, but still Vick will not accept ANY responsiblity for his cruelty. He still side steps the fact that he KILLED Dogs & Enjoyed It! Here's the proof that I'm sure he did not want made public.

The United States Department of Agriculture, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, released hundreds of pages of new evidence last week from its investigation of NFL quarterback Michael Vick to Atlanta’s WSBTV.

The documents include summaries of interrogations by federal investigators with member of Vick’s dogfighting ring and confidential informants in the case.

Among the revelations:

• A confidential informant told investigators that Vick drowned dogs, shot them to death and killed others “with a shovel.”

• A Delta Airlines employee from Virginia was fired “when he attempted to get Vick around security” during the peak of the dog fighting operation. Vick “felt responsible” and went on to hire the employee.

• In 2003, Vick and two other men attended a dog fight in Blackstone, Va., bringing with them two pit bulls. Both lost so the dogs were left with the owner of the property. Vick did not keep dogs that lost matches.

• In April 2007, Vick tested several dogs to determine if they had the predisposition to fight. He ordered six or eight dogs destroyed because they did not meet his standards. The witness said Vick personally helped drown three or four dogs, a process that took two people to hold the animal’s legs while the dog’s head was held under water. Vick also hung dogs.

• The witness told investigators Vick “seemed to get an ‘adrenaline high’ when killing the dogs.”

Vick served nearly two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a federal animal fighting charge. He was released in 2009 and joined the Philadelphia Eagles.

WSBTV.COM submitted the request for the records in March 2008. The information was delivered by the USDA last week.

Shame on Michael Vick for his lies & Shame on the HSUS for their involvement in his so called "rehabilitation". Vick tried to kill the dogs by his own hands & the HSUS fought hard to have ALL the dogs killed after they were confiscated in the raid on Vicks property. Now they stand hand in hand...making millions & smiling all the way to the bank. Support the folks who actually helped save these dogs & fight for them still. BadRap, the ASPCA, Best Friends, Our Pack Inc, Brandon Bond, and many others who had a real hand in saving these dogs, who are now much loved Family Pets & Certified Therapy Dogs. Kudos to these folks!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Some of my Creations...Christmas Past & Christmas Present...

Patriotic Santa Shelf Sitter...

Snowman created from a Veena's Mercantile design...

Tinseled Snowgal is my design...

Old Style Snowmen from one of my very fave Angel & the Crow designs...

Santa's Wild Goose Chase is my design...

Santa Crow from a Sunnyknoll design

Vintage Style Snowmen Stockings created from an Angel & the Crow design

Stockings created from a TN Ridge Primitives design

Santa Make-Do is my design...

From Our Yours...Merry Christmas!

We just had our Electric restored today, after several days with out power. A heavy snow fell here in the mountains & wreaked havoc on our trees, power poles & lines. I am a modern gal & love the luxuries that electricity provides! (lights, heat & hot water!) Thanks to all the linemen who worked in horrid weather to get us back to sweet electrical bliss.

Here are a few of my Holiday pics from this Christmas Season. Hope yours is Merry & Bright! See you in the New Year!

Grandson Wyatt went with us to the Bush Bros Christmas Celebration for the kids & grandkids of their employees.

He met the Company Macsot "Beanman" who was decked out for the holidays...

He posed for a pic with "Pop-Pop" on the Famous Flying Pig featured in one of Bush Bros many commercials that also starred Duke & Jay.

Then he visited with Santa while Duke sat nearby.

The Shadrack's Dancing Lights Show was really kewl!

Lights at the Bass Pro Shop...

Son Brad & Grandson Reece in front of the huge fireplace at Bass Pro Shop...

Reece liked the BIG Snowmen there...

Both Wyatt & Reece told Santa what they wanted for Christmas...

Then they went & picked out their favorite colored 4 wheelers so Santa would know which one to bring...(Ho Ho Ho!)

Some pics of decorations in my home. The Tree & my favorite gift is already under it! (Phil of course!) The Huge "Happy Holidays" sign is from Pam & Chuck Ludwig of Goldieloo Woodworks...

A few of my favorite decorations...Vintage Tins, scales & holiday goodies, tucked here & there...

A Rustic Snowman & a Goldieloo Woodworks "Snowman Cafe" Sign from my girl Pam Ludwig...

My Gorgeous Snow Doll from Miss Kitty of Ragpatch Primitives!

A Wonderful Primitive Stick Reindeer from my pal Cookie of Curds & Whey...

One of the only pieces of my work that I have ever kept...My "Phil Pull Toy" stands atop my kitchen cabinets along with vintage tin canisters, cedar boughs & a fave Prim Snowman from Rebecca's Thyme...

One of my Most Favorite Snowmen is this Sweet Fella from my long time friend, the Very Talented Patty Kelly of Dogpatch Primitives...

A Wonderful Santa Claus painting that was done by a Friend who passed away a few years ago. He loved Christmas so very much & he asked that this painting be given to me after he passed. I put it up each year & remember my friend who loved Christmas...

Blessings to you & yours & a Very Merry Christmas from the Briar Rabbit & Family.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

DEMO the Junk Yard Dog's 3rd Annual Holiday Give Away

I bought this book for myself, during last years promotion & plan to buy 2 more for my Grandsons during this years promotion. This is a Grrrrrrreat Book! A Wonderful Story, Beautiful Artwork & the Author has such a Big Heart for the Underdogs too. Please check out Demos Site & pick up a copy of his book for yourself or a gift today! Just click on the Demo Banner below or find the link in "My Favorite Things" list on the left side of my blog.

Here is the address to Demo's MySpace Page too. You can see pictures of the real Demo, the very handsome boy, who inspired the story!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Some of my Favorite Fellers wanted to wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and a Very Merry Christmas!

Big Maxie Claws...

Philly Claws & Petie Beagle Elf... The things they will do for Treats! LOL!

Maxie Reindeer...

Philly Claws...

And...then we have "What tha Heck Chiefie"...He's still the New Guy. Guess he needs practice with the Holiday Torture Traditions from Mom & the camera. LOL!

And don't forget to let this cuddly guy come over & help ya get that star up on top of your tree! I just Luv The Bumble!

With the cold of Winter upon us, if you have some extra Blankets & Quilts just lying around, think of your area Animal Shelters & Rescue Organizations & drop those off to help give a doggy or kitty a nice warm bed for the Holidays. If you are looking for a Dog or Cat for a Family Gift, PLEASE check out the animals at your local shelter. They will love you dearly for giving them a forever home of their very own!

From our Holiday House to yours...Merry Christmas!

Uncle Sam & Rocket Dog Pull Toy

Uncle Sam & Rocket Dog Pull Toy
This is one of my all time favorite pieces. I used my APBT Phil as the model for Rocket Dog.

~*Rebecca's Thyme Primitives*~

~*Rebecca's Thyme Primitives*~
"Rebecca's Thyme Primitives" in Pigeon Forge, TN is truly a Primitive Lovers Delight! If you are planning a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains area... Be sure to put this on your "To Do" List!

Rebecca offers a wide variety of Fine Hand Crafted Furniture, Lamps, Candles, Stitcheries, Dolls, Folk Art "Needfuls" as well as Offerings from Me!

I am doing One of a Kind pieces for Rebecca, as well as Finished Goods from some of my Favorite Artists/ Designers Patterns.

Thanks to Kentucky Primitives for the Great Cupboard Eagle design, Crows Roost Prims for my Favorite Black Bear design & Jackie Schmidt for her Wonderful Primitive & Prairie Doll designs! Love you ladies! :)

Reece & Polly Dog out for a stroll

Reece & Polly Dog out for a stroll
Apollo has been to obedience school. Can't say the same for Mr. Reece...LOL!

Did I mention I have a Grand-Kitty too?

Did I mention I have a Grand-Kitty too?
Reece gives Mr Kittlesworth a hug....

Wyatt gets luv from Phil

Wyatt gets luv from Phil