Long Live Leo

Meet Leo. He's a Golden Retriever, and, as you can tell, he's awfully handsome. It's hard not to love a dog like this with all your heart.

Yet Leo's heart is giving him trouble — the sweet boy was recently diagnosed with pericardial effusion, and the surgery is uber-expensive. In these tough economic times, a lot of us have had to make tough economic choices, sometimes related to our pets. But Leo's mama, the Portland-based silversmith Willa Wirth, is seeking a more creative solution. She has designed special, heart-embellished dog tags and is selling them for $10 apiece. The proceeds will go toward Leo's surgery.

"I'm putting my heart out there for his heart," she says.

You may have seen Willa's jewelry — she's known for her stunning silver statement pieces, and we wrote about her last year (you can read it here). But these dog tags make a different statement entirely: "I love my dog."

So show your puppy love — and if you don't have a canine companion, no sweat. These are perfectly adorable for humans, too.

The tags are available at Willa Wirth Silver Design, 99 Congress St. in Portland, which is open from noon to 6 Tuesday-Saturday or by appointment. To place an order by phone, call Wirth at 207.232.5328. To order by mail, send a check and a note with the number of tags you'd like, along with your mailing address, to:
Willa Wirth
Save Leo
48 Monument St. #3
Portland maine 04101

For more information, join the Willa Wirth Silver Design fan group on Facebook.


The Muddy Dog said...

Thanks for sharing - I want one (for me) and it's for such a great cause......Leo looks like such a lovie!!!! I hope he gets the surgery he needs!

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