Inspiration on offer.

Last-minute update!

Before I go on to today’s post I must share with you what appeared yesterday in our local Grants Pass Courier newspaper. Please see it as a postscript to yesterday’s People post.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Police – page 5A

A tan Acura reportedly sped up, swerved and hit about seven geese, killing some of them, at about 11a.m. Tuesday near Riverside Park. The car was last seen headed north on Seventh Street.

One of the geese survived and was taken away for rescue while others were bagged and taken away for disposal. The front of the vehicle likely has damage.

Now to today’s post as planned!

This takes some beating!

Recently published on Mother Nature Network. It’s a great reminder of the special place we hold in our hearts for our dogs.


When people and pets at this shelter need inspiration, all they have to do is look up.

‘Sun Spot’ is 20 feet tall and covered in 90,000 stainless steel pet tags.


Standing 20-feet tall, ‘Sun Spot’ was unleashed at the Denver Animal Shelter in 2011 by artists Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan. (Photo: Wally Gobetz/Flickr)

While thousands of lost and abandoned pets have come and gone from the gates of the Denver Animal Shelter, there’s one dog that hasn’t budged an inch since arriving in 2011.

And the people who work and volunteer at the city-run shelter wouldn’t have it any other way.

That “dog” — a gleaming 20-foot tall sculpture that looms over the shelter entrance — is a towering inspiration to everyone who sees it.
In fact, the statue dubbed “Sun Spot” can even be seen by passing motorists on Interstate 25, thanks in no small part to the 90,000 steel pet tags that cover its surface.

It all adds up to a bright beacon of hope for all who see it.

A beacon of hope — and a promise to help

‘Sun Spot’ is actually one of three parts to the installation, which includes a massive hanging collar and a riverbank lined with pet tags. (Photo: Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan)

“‘Sun Spot’ is an inspiration to the staff at Denver Animal Protection and to the many visitors who visit the Denver Animal Shelter daily,” explains Alice Nightengale, director of Denver Animal Protection, the city agency that runs the shelter. “Working in animal welfare can be incredibly rewarding and heartbreaking at the same time. We are proud of the work we do for Denver’s animals and for our community, and that keeps us going.”

But while the dog’s head — bent ears and all — is the first thing visitors see at the shelter, there are actually two more equally epic components to the installation.

In the shelter lobby, a massive collar, some 6 feet in diameter, is suspended in the air. And that collar is adorned with an ever-growing collection of tags, etched with the names of adopted dogs.

And the third component? A boulevard of tags along the riverbank running past the shelter. Each of those tags identifies native plants — and also gives them pet names.

The big idea, according to the creators of ‘Sun Spot’, Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan, is to link caring for animals with caring for the environment.

But with all those stainless steel pet tags covering its giant frame — from ear to tail — it’s the dog that draws the biggest crowd.

All those stainless steel tags give ‘Sun Spot’ a particular shine to his coat. (Photo: Wally Gobetz/Flickr)

The dog gives the impression that it’s chasing the biggest, brightest prize of all: the sun. But LED bulbs also make “Sun Spot” shine at night, exchanging sun for moon — and giving the statue a sense of permanence.

“‘Sun Spot’ is a reminder to all that our organization is a safe haven, a place providing respite for the animals who need care, love and shelter, and a wealth of resources for humans wanting to help them,” Nightengale adds. “Every year, the staff at Denver Animal Protection cares for over 7,000 lost, abandoned and injured pets, and we’ll continue to do so, with ‘Sun Spot’ serving as a ‘north star,’ guiding those animals and people who need us to our doors.”

Indeed, “Sun Spot” is more than just an inspiration to humans; it’s a symbol of hope for the anxious, frightened, heartbroken animals who wash up there.

And like that iconic statue that stands tall in New York Harbor, it offers a world of hope to new arrivals.

Although the Denver Animal Shelter is a municipal shelter, it relies heavily on donations for treating and fostering the thousands of animals that arrive here every year. You can support those efforts by making a donation here, and then see “Sun Spot” come into existence in the video below.


You all have a very peaceful and, hopefully, a smoke-free weekend.

20 thoughts on “Inspiration on offer.

  1. Thank you for sharing the story on Sun Spot. Living in Denver I am aware of this remarkable art installation and what it signifies. And for the record, I hope the Acura driver has the book thrown at them.


    1. My very great pleasure! Maybe one day, just maybe, life’s journey will bring us that way! Turning to the Acura driver, apart from the fact that I shall be watching out for the vehicle when we are in Grants Pass, the ‘fickle finger of fate’ has a way of levelling things up! Like you, I most certainly hope so!!

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      1. Thank you so much!! Maybe, just maybe, we could take a few days off next year and explore the world in your direction. Utah and Colorado are two States that I have never been to; need to ask Jeannie if she has been out that way when Ben was alive (Ben was her American husband who died in 2005.)

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      2. Eugene is about 100 miles North of where we are. It really does come across as a beautiful area to live in. Especially to someone who was not born here!! Did you drive across to Eugene when you came to see your daughter? If so, how was it as a drive?

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  2. Hi Paul and Jean.. Looking forward to my catch up this afternoon.. and what a great post to land upon.. Sunspot, just wonderful to see its construction and what a wonderful cause..
    Hope your weekend is just as peaceful too 🙂


  3. Dear Paul, I have a wonderful dog story for you. A blogging friend Maria, who moved to Cyprus with her dog, then tragedy struck.. As her dog was in a traffic accident.. But she would not give up on him.. as he had given her so much strength to overcome her own illness.. The story is here..
    I asked her permission for me to share her blog link with you and said you may in the future like to repost it. It brought a lump to my own throat.. The link is here.
    Wishing you a good week.. Sue


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