October - November 3rd 2022
Dia de Los Muertos 2022
K9 Angel’s ADW Class of 2017 fellow graduate K9 Henry in front of the Ofrenda celebrating deceased loved ones in the CASA Chaves county Office @casa.chaves in New Mexico throughout October and into the Dia de los Muertos celebrations. A huge thank you to Natasha Yvette Sing for including K9 Angel again in this years Ofrenda, this is a beautiful tradition that really means a lot to us. This year saw K9 Henry lose his big sister K9 Emma who is at the top of the Ofrenda, my sincerest condolences to Natasha and family.
K9 Angel’s spot on the Ofrenda of deceased loved ones in the CASA Chaves county Office @casa.chaves in New Mexico throughout October and into the Dia de los Muertos celebrations. A huge thank you to Natasha for including K9 Angel again in this years Ofrenda, this is a beautiful tradition that really means a lot to us.
April 21st 2021
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC in Vancouver on Thursday, April 21 had the special Nocturnal 5-8pm. Showing of Takaya: Lone Wolf, an award winning Nature of Things documentary, Q&A with filmmaker and author Cheryl Alexander, plus a special exhibit of artifacts from Takaya’s life and a display of photography and tribute art that artists from around the world have created in honour of this remarkable wolf. Book signing with Takaya’s paw print available. All proceeds donated to conservation nonprofits. "Ballad of Takaya" was featured at this special exhibit!
Selected and featured as an artist for another curated virtual group exhibition by the AKC Museum of the Dog in New York.
K9 Angel's portrait was featured and shared across all the AKC Museum of the Dog's social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) for its virtual exhibition titled Autumn Art Showcase.
The AKC Museum of the Dog preserves, interprets and celebrates the role of dogs in society and educates the public about the human-canine bond through its collection of art and exhibits that inspire engagement with dogs.
Founded in 1982, the AKC Museum of the Dog was originally located in The New York Life Building at 51 Madison Avenue as a part of the AKC headquarters. Combining fine art with high-tech interpretive displays, the Museum of the Dog’s new home at 101 Park Ave hopes to capture the hearts and minds of its visitors. Located in the iconic Kalikow building, the Museum will offer rotating exhibits featuring objects from its 1,700-piece collection and 4,000-volume library.
Thank you so much to all the artists who participated in the #AutumnArtShowcase! We are so grateful to have such a community of talented artists, with such a diverse range of style. Once again, a huge thanks to:
Linda K. Evans
Holly H. Banks
Dr. Laura Palmer
November 9th 2020
Hey guys this year I’m participating in #wildauction2020 with a limited edition print of my piece “Ballad of Takaya” on auction on November 9th.
Head over to @friendsofpacificwild in an hour or so where I’ll be doing an instagram takeover at 8am-11am AEST.
50% of proceeds of the sale of my piece will support Pacific Wilds 2021 campaigns including stopping the BC Wolf cull and buying up trophy hunting licenses to prevent wolves being hunted when the season opens up.
“Over 110 artists from around the world have come together to donate works to our annual fall event, #WildAuction2020. These artists are committed to conservation in their daily practices, and have created pieces designed to bring Pacific Wild’s conservation campaigns into homes and offices and give comfort to us all during Covid-19’s intensity and need to stay close to home.
The auction runs from November 9-12 online in our dedicated auction site only. You do not need to be on social media to bid. Last year you said you wanted bigger pieces… this year there are sculptures, jewelry and large pieces and values run right up to $22,000! Artists will be donating a significant portion or the entirety of the proceeds to Pacific Wild. (We have an ethic that says artists should not be asked to participate for free).
It’s a fantastic way to support Pacific Wild’s campaigns, conservation-minded artists and bring beauty into your home this winter.”
October 24th 2020
Featured in the curated in person/live group exhibition held in conjuction with Eagle Feather Gallery titled "The Takaya Lone Wolf International Arts Festival" in Victoria, British Columbia. 2 new works were shown, both oil paintings see below.
Takaya’s painting at home with Cheryl Alexander @takayalonewolf , the founder of the Takaya Legacy Project, in British Colombia, , thanks so much for supporting Cheryl, this piece will be part of an exhibition on the story of the late Takaya the lone wolf later this year/2021 in BC.
Checkout @takayalonewolf for more info and the moving story of Takaya.
Below: Ballad of Takaya, A Ghost in these killing fields
Oil on canvas 18 x 24
This piece was on exhibition as is for the Takaya Lone Wolf International Arts Festival in Victoria, BC in conjunction with Eagle Feather Gallery on October 24th - 25th
Proceeds from print sales will support Pacific Wild and the Raincoast Foundation in their efforts to stop the BC wolf cull and ban wolf hunting in the region.
AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 7TH 2020
Selected and featured as an artist for the curated virtual group exhibition by the AKC Museum of the Dog in New York.
K9 Angel's portraits were featured and shared across all the AKC Museum of the Dog's social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) for its virtual exhibition titled Dog Days of Summer.
The AKC Museum of the Dog preserves, interprets, and celebrates the role of dogs in society and educates the public about the human-canine bond through its collection of art and exhibits that inspire engagement with dogs.
Thank you so much to all the artists that participated in Dog Days of Summer 2020!! We were so excited to share the artwork created by our talented community members in this virtual exhibition. Want to participate in the next artist showcase? Keep an eye out for more opportunities like this one on our website and social pages!
Thank you again to our featured artists: Michaela Soto, Marcelo Rochá, Elizabeth Mason, Karen Kratosky Spidle, Brad Robertson, Jacqueline Whitcomb, Gabriele Kolb, Natahnee Miller, Steff, Paul Matzner, Joyce Danko, Nayana Rathmalgoda, Lizzie Malvicini,and Michele Ports Gargiulo
November 2nd 2019
Dia de Muertos, New Mexico
I wanted to lead into it with this photo from the Ofrenda, given what K9 Angel did on this date when we were in New Mexico. These following images are deeply moving, and are a beautiful, touching visual of a deeply moving celebration. This ceremony in New Mexico was curated and created by Natasha Yvette Sing @nysing at the CASA Dogs venue for Dia de Muertos, at the Eastern New Mexico Fairgrounds.
These photos were taken by @ashleyvernonphotography for CASA at the event.
This service was amazing, Angel would have loved it, especially being honoured alongside fellow Working Service K9s by Working Service K9s And their handlers, of whom the organiser was a fellow graduate in Angel’s Class of 2017. She would have loved this, thank you sincerely Natasha and K9 Henry @nysing
Also to be held in New Mexico given the significance of this place for our team makes this even more special
I Miss You Blood, I Love You, I know you saw this
REST IN POWER
MY SERVICE K9 ANGEL
Eternally yours and only yours
I M M O R T A L S
W O L F G A N G
Dia de Muertos, November 2nd 2019, New Mexico
K9 Angel on the Ofrenda alongside two other late ADW Service K9s, K9 Cooper and K9 Duvall.
The Fox toy was her favourite toy she got in Santa Fe New Mexico; she got a lot of toys but the size and ergonomic playability of this Fox tug with the squeaky quickly became her fave. And that’s her exact face when she sees a new toy, with the smile and her eyes going big to show the whites, she’s switching into high drive. Alongside is the Kong Wubba which was her fave toy since she was a baby puppy. Thank you so much Natasha @nysing for adding these details to her Ofrenda it really makes it special and was truly appreciated. K9 Angel would have loved this, she love love loved her toys, even more than food.
An Ofrenda is a collection of objects that hold close meaning to the lost loved one placed in ritual display during the annual Dia De Muertos celebration, it is intended to welcome them to the altar setting.
This is a tradition originating with the Aztecs. Aztec culture considered souls to continuously live and enter different realms when a body would die, essentially the eternal soul. The Ofrenda is presented to commemorate the souls of loved ones, with a three tier setting, the second tier in which things are placed to encourage the dead to feel at home and welcome, as shown here.
K9 Angel would have loved this, especially as she’s being honoured and invited alongside other late Working K9s, together as a pack. This is a beautiful ceremony that these K9 heroes deserve.
The Ofrenda dedicated to late Working K9s, My Baby K9 Angel, alongside K9 Cooper the Golden Retriever loved by @hopemh7 and K9 Duvall the Black Labrador from Louisiana.
The Ofrenda is a central component of Dia de Muertos, honouring loved ones and celebrating their lives.
Every Ofrenda also includes the four elements: water, wind, earth and fire.
Water is left in the bowl for the spirit to quench their thirst. Papel picado, or traditional paper banners, seen hanging above, represent the wind. Earth is represented by food, seen here by the treats. The candles represent the fourth and final element, fire.
The colourful spotted paper also symbolizes the joy of meeting those who have now departed. It is associated with the festive spirit, the celebration of their lives.
This is exactly how K9 Angel would have wanted to be honoured, alongside her fellow Working K9 peers, and for this to be organised by her fellow class of 2017 grad Natasha @nysing and K9 Henry really made this personal.
She would’ve loved this, she was super proud of her vest and whenever she put it on she was filled with purpose, she took her job to heart and lived and died by the Working K9 Oath word for word.
There is no greater, purer or deeper bond than that between a Service K9 and her/his handler, we’re together 24/7. I travelled the world with my Blood, our lives depended on each other daily. She’s saved my life multiple times over.
To be honoured this way, and for it to be in New Mexico as well, means a lot to both of us as a team.
This is a beautiful ceremony that these K9 Heroes deserve.
K9 Angel’s class of 2017 fellow grad K9 Henry (yellow lab) and K9 Hamlet (black lab) by the Ofrenda
Just look at K9 Henry’s eyes. The emotion in his face, the mournful expression, it’s extremely powerful. With K9 Hamlet to match
From his handler Natasha @nysing :
“Anytime they’re in a new place or especially when around each other they act like straight clowns, but here they were like this the whole time..”
I’ve seen this only once before. This body language and behaviour is exactly how K9 Angel was when we went to the ranch in Currumpaw, New Mexico, where they had Lobo’s skin hanging up. There were deer outside, all around the cabin, & Angel’s normally bouncing off the walls with prey drive at the sight of that or from deer being right outside the door like that. But as soon as We entered the cabin holding his pelt she just became flat, depressed in behaviour and extremely solemn, it was incredibly eerie, it gave me chills.
It’s exactly the expressions and body language shown again by these K9s beside the Ofrenda, an incredibly moving, and powerful moment captured on film.
This is exactly how K9 Angel would have wanted to be honoured, alongside her fellow Working K9 peers, and by her fellow Working K9 peers; she took her job to heart. K9 Angel lived the Working K9 Oath word for word, she deserved this and would have loved this. It’s incredibly moving, and having her fellow K9s there is something she would have loved, something that made this event extremely powerful.
And for this to be organised by her fellow class of 2017 grad Natasha @nysing and K9 Henry really made this personal
She would have loved this, I can’t say that enough
K9 Zia by the Ofrenda for late Working K9s, My Baby K9 Angel along with K9 Cooper and K9 Duvall
What really struck me was the marked solemn mood of the K9s in attendence, they showed a very distinct depression of behaviour and body language, a mournful eerie expression, that’s seen clearly in their eyes and faces in these photos; and even more so in their behaviour at the Ofrenda.
From Natasha @nysing :
“Zia’s handler went to go do something and pretty much forgot she was there by the Ofrenda, and that dog would normally jump at the chance to go look in a trash can or sniff and we were all freaking out because she stayed right there by it perfectly still.”
Calaveritas de azucar, or sugar skulls, along with toys are left on the altar, here is the raccoon version of K9 Angel’s fave fox toy she loved in Santa Fe. She is surrounded by cempasuchils, a type of yellow marigold flower native to Mexico. With their strong scent and vibrant color the petals are said to lead the spirit to the altar to come celebrate.
This ceremony is to remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved one.
This festival is a deeply moving tribute to the departed, and the next few images of the K9s in attendance at the Ofrenda paying their respects are incredibly moving, capturing the emotional impact of this ceremony intensely..
This ceremony in New Mexico was curated and created by Natasha @nysing at the CASA Dogs venue for Dia de Muertos. Again thank you so much for this Natasha These photos were taken by @ashleyvernonphotography
Thank you sincerely Natasha for your hard work and talent for putting this together
Image From the left: K9 Angel’s class of 2017 fellow grads Natasha @nysing and K9 Henry
K9 Zia, captured here literally looking at K9 Angel’s photo on the alter, with her handler Carrie-Leigh.
K9 Hamlet in the red bandana with his handler, And K9 Oliver with his handler.
Last Kings Logo debut at Rolling Loud Los Angeles 2018
Last Kings Records Logo - Saint Michael the Archangel
This drawing has a special significance and meaning to me due to its timing. This was the first thing I drew after being discharged from hospital following the brain haemorrhage I received after the car crash that I lost my beloved K9 Angel in 2018. The day I was discharged, literally the day before K9 Angel’s funeral service, my brother Eric Rishard @ericrishard called me, unbeknownst to him what had happened as he knew K9 Angel personally, and he asked me to draw this Angel.
I didn’t know about Saint Michael the Archangel at all before this, and as I was in the shock and crisis of losing My Angel, I didn’t really dwell into reading up about him and his significance. However I told my bro what had just happened and he was the first person outside my immediate family to know, I know K9 Angel would’ve wanted it that way as she loved Eric like family. He was part of her pack.
I drew the top half of Saint Michael the day before K9 Angel’s funeral and sent it to Eric; he consoled me the best he could during the funeral drive and then we had K9 Angel’s funeral in Sydney with Buddhist monks giving their blessing to her during the service.
Once I got back from K9 Angel’s funeral, I finished the full drawing of Saint Michael, and then sent it to Eric to design into this logo for Last Kings Records.
Only then did I do research about Saint Michael the Archangel, & it sent a shiver down my spine. Saint Michael is said to come to you in times of crisis, & lord knows I was in a crisis having just lost my Service K9 Angel, my real life Angel.
Archangel Michael is the only angel who is mentioned by name in all three of the major sacred texts of the world's religions that place the most emphasis on angels: the Torah (Judaism), the Bible (Christianity), & the Qur'an (Islam).
Doing this drawing in the darkest moment of my life really bought me back, it provided me with hope & reassurance that My Guardian K9 Angel is always watching over me & will never leave my side. There’s a lot written about Saint Michael & how he appears and when, this was quite literal & direct in a crisis moment & as such this logo has great meaning to me.
06 August 2018 EOW
A Hero never dies
My Guardian Angel
Rest In Power My Blood
My Service K9 Angel
15th July 2010 - EOW 6th August 2018
God sent me an Angel from the Heavens above
No Man Seperate What We Create
Dogs for Life And in Death
I M M O R T A L S
W O L F G A N G
K9 Angel's funeral service
K9 Angel's Buddhist Almsgiving
April 20th 2018
TEDxTalk goes live on youtube!
EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF NEW COLLECTION FEATURED ON NATURE NEEDS MORE BLOG
From the blog: There is a group of men in the world who have the potential to influence the primary users of rhino horn, driving the current rhino killing spree, to change their consuming behaviour. These men probably don’t know that they have the power to do this and, even if they do, it is critical that they understand how.
We have joined forces with an amazing young artist, who cares passionately about animals and the natural world, Nayana: https://www.lobokingofcurrumpaw.com
Nayana has brought his incredible talent and Breaking The Brand has contributed our research and knowledge of the users of rhino horn. As a result, Nayana is in the process of creating his next collection, which he launched a preview of last week at a TEDTalk in South Dakota. Breaking The Brand is able to bring you a sneak peek of some of Nayana’s preliminary work.
We ask the men featured in this oncoming collection to pick up the phone to influential men in Viet Nam and ask for their help to break the brand of rhino horn in Viet Nam and save this wonderful creature from extinction in the wild.
Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.
To read the blog in full and see the exclusive preview:
Rapid City, South Dakota. USA
It was an honor to share the stage with such talented, revolutionary and intelligent individuals, was deeply moved and inspired by their stories and wouldn't have picked anywhere else in the world to give my first Tedx talk, Angel and I are sincerely grateful for the opportunity, Thank you.
And Thank you Cindy Dunne and Autumn White Eyes for the preparatory process. And Thank you Andres Gallardo for putting me on!
Rapid City, South Dakota
I M M O R T A L S
W O L F G A N G
Angel during rehearsals, October 12th, Photo Credit - Angel White Eyes
Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, strike like a thunderbolt.
The Art of War
I M M O R T A L S
Immediately after we completed our speech on stage, October 14th, 2017
May 19th 2017
K9 Angel's Graduation Ceremony in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Angel's Graduation Video onstage during the Assistance Dogs of the West Graduation Ceremony at James A Little Theatre on Tuesday night.
Our blessings and congratulations to the rest of the Class of 2017
Let's Celebrate our 2017 ADW Graduate Angel via @assistancedogs
Angel is part of our owner self training program. Training your own service dog is an in-depth process requiring discipline but offers immense rewards. We are proud to graduate her and owner Nayana from our program and wish them all the best in Australia.
Congratulations Class of 2017
I M M O R T A L S
W O L F G A N G
BTS photos from the making of our graduation acceptance speech video
Long Island, New YorkUSA
November 12, 2016
The iceberg that sunk the Titanic....
Even though it all went wrong, I stand before the lord of song with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah....
Santa Fe, New Mexico
With thanks to Laura Eaton of Defenders of Wildlife Southwest, and Rebecca for purchasing the original painting "A Wolf's kept fed on his feet"
Met the Mayor of Santa Fe, Javier M Gonzales, at the private solo exhibition of my work at Defenders of Wildlife Southwest office opening event
October 28th 2016
Check out Huffington Post’s ongoing compendium, “If This Art Could Vote,” a collection of political art which includes work from Lobo’s latest piece, FDT.
Completed in 3 Days, this oil painting addresses the current political landscape of 2016, expresses the plight of the Dakota Pipeline Protestors who have often been overlooked in the media, the importance of water and the frequency of oil spills. Donald Trump is an investor in the Pipeline, and rejects climate change outright.
The most important issue facing our species, which was overlooked in all three presidential debates, this piece focuses on this crucial aspect of the presidential election, to send a clear and strong message; Fxck Donald Trump!
JULY - AUGUST 2016
Last minute entry into this Auction, I have a busy schedule and thought I had missed this one. The Canvas Print of Wolf Wars is being Auctioned tonight, 50% of proceeds going to Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, NM. I support Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, I'm having my first group exhibition in New Mexico this week, one of my wolf paintings will be shown at Gerard Vachez Gallery, 418 Montezuma Ave, Santa Fe, 50% of all proceeds of any sale will go to Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, a place rescuing abused wolves and wolfdogs. My artwork will be there from next week, on display the whole month and on the 29th of July there'll be another opening with Flurry the Arctic Wolf.
I only make 25% off any sale, I believe in this cause and I can tell when people are really about the animals, it takes one to know one.
This is just the beginning of things to come stay tuned
K9 Angel meets Flurry the Arctic Wolf at the show opening
K9 Angel and I did podcasts before podcasts became a mainstream thing. Watch one of them here circa 2015 and freshly landed in LA. With thanks to Foster Corder for having us on multiple times, hope all is well Foster! Joined the CWAP team and guest Zach Skow in the studio in Los Angeles.
National Threatened Species Day
7th September 2000
Kids have their say! Hands on for Habitat Awards National Threatened Species Day
Children's Quotes from the National Poster Competition
A bilby is one of my favourite threatened species because he's a cute little thing and needs protecting so he doesn't become extinct. He lives in Australia in the bush but is very hard to find as they are very timid.
Zak Hardinge, Kingston QLD
These wallabies [yellow-footed rock wallaby] are endangered because of predation by foxes and competition with feral goats, which eat its food and sometimes force it out of its home. By losing the yellow-footed rock wallaby we are losing one of the outback's precious jewels.
Nayana Rathmalgoda, 11 years, Palmerston ACT
I like the Australian Numbat because it has a nice complexion with white stripes
My favourite threatened species is the Kowari. I like the Kowari because it's a quite, small, peaceful animal.
Belinda Joyce Daley
My favourite species is the blue whale and it is a beautiful and harmless animal.
My favourite species is the Regent Honey Eater. It is my favourite because it has beautiful feathers.
Alice Bopf, QLD
It would be terrible to think that this adorable little animal (bilby) one-day might not be seen in the Australian bush again.
Gemma Ripper, 11 years, NSW
It's a new millennium, lets start afresh....help save the animals!!
Hamish Townsend, NSW