“On September 11, 2001 Roselle and I were in our office on the 78th floor of Tower One of the World Trade Center when the tower was struck by American Airlines flight 11 which had been hijacked and was being controlled by terrorists. Working as a team, Roselle led myself along with the others on our floor, down a darkened stairwell (that consisted of 1,463 steps) to safety moments before the building collapsed.She remained poised and calm through the entire day. She gave kisses and love wherever she could and she worked when she needed to do so. I would not be alive today if it weren’t for Roselle. I cannot say enough about the incredible job she did. What Roselle did on 9/11 is a testimony not only to those who raised her, but also to her trainer Todd Jurek and all the people who make up the wonderful organization of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Most of all, what Roselle did that day, and in fact, every day she and I were together is nothing less than the strongest possible evidence I can provide of the value of teamwork and trust.”
The Roselle’s Dream Foundation and Artist Ron Burns have teamed up to help turn dreams into reality for blind children and adults. With your help, a piece of art can have the power to change a person’s life forever. 40% of the net proceeds from Ron’s painting of Roselle will help blind children and adults obtain the technology they need to not only excel in school and at work, but to live out their dreams.
To learn how you can help, please go to www.ronburns.com/roselle
In addition, Roselle is the recipient of the American Humane Association’s 2011 Hero Dog Award. The award ceremony will be broadcasted this Friday, November 11th on The Hallmark Channel. Check your local listings for full details.
Roselle by Ron Burns
“I believe Roselle is a true American hero. From the moment I read her story and viewed her photographs, I knew I had to paint her. I believe art should have meaning – a purpose. Roselle’s story alone warrants a worthy tribute, but the fact that her story – which is one of bravery, loyalty and love – can come full circle and, through my art, help even more people couldn’t be more fitting.” – Ron Burns
Archival Fine Art Giclee on Paper
Image Size: 8″ x 20″
Paper Size: 10” x 22”
Edition Type: Open
Hand-signed by Artist Ron Burns with Roselle’s printed “pawtograph”
Quote printed in margin: “I would not be alive today if it weren’t for Roselle” – Michael Hingson
Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson w/ Susy Flory
In Thunder Dog, follow Michael and his guide dog, Roselle, as their lives are changed forever by two explosions and 1,463 stairs. When the first plane struck Tower One, an enormous boom, frightening sounds, and muffled voices swept through Michael’s office while shards of glass and burning scraps of paper fell outside the windows. But in this harrowing story of trust and courage, discover how blindness and a bond between dog and man saved lives and brought hope during one of America’s darkest days.
Book Size: 9″ x 6″
Hand-signed by Michael Hingson with Roselle’s printed “pawtograph”
[dcs_head top=”0″ color=”#666666″] [/dcs_head] About The Roselle’s Dream Foundation
Blind people today face a high-tech world. However, because the technology used to gain access to our world is often very expensive, blind people are sometimes excluded from the tools and technology that would enable them to live life to the fullest and to make their own contributions to society. That’s why, in honor of my guide dog, Roselle, and the courage, poise, and teamwork she displayed on September 11, 2001, I founded The Roselle’s Dream Foundation.
It’s our goal at the Foundation to help today’s blind children and adults not only to have access to the technology they need to excel in school and at work, but to live out their dreams. I have always wanted to do something to help more blind children get a proper education and have the tools to take them into the future. I’ve also dreamed of helping blind adults acquire technology to do their jobs and live up to their potential. Through The Roselle’s Dream Foundation, I want to make the dreams of blind children and adults a reality.
-Michael Hingson, Founder
[dcs_head top=”0″ color=”#666666″] [/dcs_head] About Ron Burns
Affectionately known as America’s Favorite Animal Artist, demand for Burns’ original work, limited editions, and books continue to flourish on the strength of gallery sales, word of mouth among collectors, and media praise. Known for his bright and colorful paintings of shelter animals, pet therapy and search and rescue dogs – he has been featured twice on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and on CNN, Fox News, and other national television spots, including a segment on Good Morning America. Additionally, his art has been seen in multiple magazines, including TIME, New York Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, and Forbes, which writes that Ron’s style is “extremely collectible.” Ron also holds the esteemed honor and privilege of being the one-and-only Artist in Residence for The Humane Society of The United States. In the state of Arizona, his Pet Friendly State License Plate has generated over funding to support Spay/Neuter programs. Notable clients have included Elizabeth Taylor, the Princess of Morocco, Joan Rivers, and Doc Severinson.
[dcs_head top=”0″ color=”#666666″] [/dcs_head] How to Enter
Today’s giveaway winner will receive a limited edition, signed Roselle Fine Art Giclee, and a signed copy of Thunder Dogs by mail. As always, only those in our e-mail list are eligible to enter, and if you’re not subscribed, you can fix that in five seconds by clicking here. When your first daily digest e-mail arrives, hit reply, type the words “contest entry” in the subject and send (current subscribers can reply to today’s digest). Only one entry per e-mail address please: those attempting to game the system with multiple entries will be disqualified. We’ll use randomizer.org to select winners, who will be notified by e-mail. Entries will be accepted through midnight Saturday: please note that this contest is open readers worldwide.
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