Pets Are Family

If you’re anything like me, your pets are a part of the family. You depend on them and expect to have them with you happy and healthy every day. Unfortunately pets are subject to the same devastating illnesses as the rest of us, and cancer or disease can take them away all too quickly.

This is where local artist John Cannon and Frankie’s Friends, a nonprofit providing emergency and specialty pet care, are teaming up to raise awareness and help. Advances in veterinary medicine are revealing more options and better quality care for pets with cancer. The financial burden of those treatments is often more than a family can afford, and that is where Frankie’s Friends steps in.

Cannon has captured the personalities of pets on canvas and is displaying them for sale at BluePearl Veterinary Partners on Mallory Lane. All summer these works will be available for viewing and purchase with part of the proceeds going to Frankie’s Friends. Cannon will also donate 30 percent of commissioned pet portraits and select artwork from his studio in the Factory to the cause. “We’re thrilled to have John on board with Frankie’s Friends to help give hope to Tennessee families and save the lives of their pets,” said Kristy Hemp, development director for Frankie’s Friends of Tennessee. “His pet paintings capture those loveable personalities that we just can’t live without.”

Cannon has three cats and a dog of his own and recently lost a canine family member. “The bond between a person and a pet is something special and unique in this world,” said Cannon. “I love being able to make paintings that capture the spirit and character of a pet for that pet’s family.” Cannon’s love of his art and animals inspired him to help Frankie’s Friends. “Being able to create that art and financially support an organization such as Frankie’s Friends is a fantastic blessing.”

Learn more about Frankie’s Friends or
contact Kristy Hemp by phone at (888) 600-5254 or email [email protected]


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Andrea has always loved the written word. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and a Masters in Creative Writing, both from Belmont University. Both sides of her family have lived in Williamson County for generations, so writing for Williamson Source is the perfect fit. She loves to hear stories of what Williamson County was like when her parents and grandparents were young and to write about this ever evolving county is truly special for her.