Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Small and In Charge

Momma, Clancy and Shayna

As some of you already know, Momma & Poppa have decided to bestow upon me a new sister!!  Shayna is a two year old wheat colored Lakeland Terrier like me.  Last Wednesday we drove 9 hours to pick her up from the rescue group where she was living.  She is about 5 pounds lighter than me (as girls should be).  We had a wonderful weekend playing & getting to know each other.  Everything seemed PERFECT!  She did need a haircut though, so that was the first order of business.

Clancy at the groomer
Her appointment was for 10 a.m. Friday so we came in to the gallery & I introduced her to the staff.  Everyone loved her & the feeling seemed mutual.  We ran around the gallery together just to show how much we enjoyed each other.  Then, after we went back into Poppa’s office, it happened!  Our first big fight!  Maybe we’re both to blame, but wow!  Now I know why they’re called b i t c h e s!  Yikes!  Now Momma & Poppa have to devise strategies for breaking us up so Poppa doesn’t end up in the emergency room with stitches from breaking up our arguments.  I feel so bad.  I want to play.  Why can’t we just get along?? 

I’m not worried though, Momma knows how to be the “leader of the pack” and Shayna’s really smart, so I believe there will be a happy ending to this story.  We’ll keep you posted!  In the meantime, check out the little video of our first meeting and the pictures of Shayna at the groomer on my Facebook page.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Great Wall - Lousy Imports

We visited China in 1997. It was a glorious trip that included the Great Wall, great cities and historic sites like the Terra Cotta warriors. We loved the food, the people, the vistas and the bargains.

However, in the fifteen years that followed our trip to China (and especially recently), we've become increasingly wary of many Chinese imports. Especially imports that could affect our beloved Clancy, the 19-pound Lakeland Terrier and “Patron of the Arfs” who runs our lives.

For example:

Recently, Clancy suffered two troubling bouts of stomach distress and lethargy that neither we nor our vet could explain. Trolling the internet, we saw hundreds of postings warning us of Chinese-manufactured food, toys, bedding, etc. And a search of Clancy's toy box and personal effects (even his bedding and his toothpaste) revealed that nearly all of his belongings were made in China! Yes, Martha Stewart toys and clothing! Designer treats! Etc! Of course, it is possible that all of his Made in China goods were perfectly safe. But reports of lead, chemicals and arsenic put us on edge. We were reminded of the thousands of homes containing Chinese drywall that releases sulfur gases capable of corroding pipes and wiring. Such drywall has even caused the failure of smoke detectors and electronic devices, not to mention the respiratory ailments and sinus problems that homeowners, their children and their pets have suffered. So, as a precaution, in the past few days, we have junked ALL of Clancy's Made in China products in favor of Made in America items.

Coincidentally, we have known for some time that Chinese imports of art are prevalent. Art dealers can easily work with Chinese printing companies to fraudulently have unauthorized works of art reproduced for sale in the United States. We've seen fraudulent works pretending to be done by Kinkade, Pino, Brenders, Daly and more; some even claim to be original paintings! Of course, the artists get no royalties. Collectors are purchasing inferior images done under false pretensions. And stateside distributors are guilty of misleading the public in order to enrich their wallets.

Thankfully, Clancy appears to have made a full recovery...and whether his Made in China items contributed to his illness or not can be argued. We're just not willing to take a chance on his health.  If you are the parent(s) of a treasured pet, you might want to look into the plethora of Chinese products that surround your dog or cat and consider an Internet search for sites offering Made in America pet products.

And if you are a concerned art dealer or collector, you might want to check your art sources. Always deal with a reputable art gallery, and before you make a major art investment, do your homework. We take great pride in the fact that you have made Gallery One a trusted source for nearly 40 years, and we will continue to proudly serve you in that capacity.

And along these same lines, we would like to tell you that our fabulous line, Gallery Giclées™, is made from the finest components.  Our canvases and stretcher bars are all made in America.  All of the printing, coating, stretching and shipping is done right here in Ohio, USA....by the most talented and caring staff in the industry.  As always, if you have questions or concerns, we welcome your calls.  You'll find us here...in the good old USA!

Thanks for letting me vent!  We'd love to hear from you. And with your permission, we'd enjoy posting your comments on our website.

Norah Lynne and Alan Brown

P.S. Clancy sends you his best.