Have a safe and sane 4th of July!

I always like to remind everyone who has pets to keep them inside and safe during the 4th. Where we live it’s like a war zone sometimes during this festive time. Lots of crazy fireworks all over the place. Since it is a beach town we have loads of tourists that come to Santa Cruz to hang on our beaches and go nuts! People bury fireworks in the sand days before and dig them up and have their own dangerous personal firework displays! It gets really really crazy!!

So with that being said and about your pets, please keep them home and indoors. Turn on the TV or music and play it loud. I put Rescue Remedy in their water bowls about a week before and call my Vet to get some doggie valium!

I also made my own version of a Thundershirt for one of our crew that pretty much loses her mind from the sparkly explosions. It breaks my heart to see her so upset. So we hope this will work on her along with taking meds and drinking calming water.

Candy modeling her orange is the new black straight jacket!
Candy modeling her orange is the new black straight jacket!

SO PLEASE!! Enjoy the 4th and keep your furkids safe!

Oh! And please don’t ask me if I sell these for other doggies. I did and got a cease and desist note from the people of Thundershirt! Even though mine is not the same, they still were crabby that I made a few of them…………………………

Published by Janice Serilla Art and Design

I have been artistic in one way or another all my life. Growing up in a creative family fueled my desire towards being an artist. I moved to Santa Cruz, CA from Detroit, MI in 2009, I needed a creative outlet and started volunteering at a local Clay Studio where I created many hand built ceramic vessels and fun sculptures. From there, I stumbled into sewing and started a handbag line under the name Mackerilla Design. After many years of sewing my bag designs, (which I currently still sell sewing patterns of my designs on ETSY and through a few online retailers) I wanted to get back to being an artist and started painting in 2014. Since I am passionate about animals and volunteer for rescues, painting dogs and cats in acrylic paint on canvas would be my subjects of choice! But I do love to paint all other living creatures as well as a few humans here and there! My approach is to capture the animal’s essence through the look in their eyes. To show their vulnerability and love for their humans. I truly love painting and have so many ideas continuously swirling in my head! I feel I am still learning and growing. I am looking forward to my future to see my progression as being an artist. -Janice Serilla

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