Sophie's Story
      S.E.R.F. is the acronym for Sophie's Emergency Rescue Fund.  
      On 24 August 2012 I rescued a frightened, tiny dog from the San Bernadino City Shelter in San Bernadino, CA.  This shelter is one of the hardest hit, high-kill shelters in the country.   When I saw the pup's photo on a friend's FaceBook page and read her desperate plea for  help for this pup, that literally only had an hour to live before being put down, I knew I had to act quickly.   I instructed my friend, Barbara Moss, in California. to pull the pup from the shelter immediately and I paid all her expenses: adoption fee, spay fee, medical expenses, etc.   
     A hardworking team of volunteers immediately jumped into action to pull the pup off the execution table at the 11th hour and Barbara kept her for 10 days while she healed and would be well enough to travel.   I flew to L.A. on Friday, 24 August 2012 and met Sophie, which is what I named her, for the first time.   
     Barb brought her to the hotel at 9:30 pm.   From the very first moment I took her out of her travel crate I knew this sweet, tiny pup belonged with us at Henwoodie.  
     Sophie had been found on the streets of San Bernadino.   We don't know what her life was like before being placed in the shelter or who put her there.   This frightened pup was left with a strange man in a strange hotel room by the only person who  had shown her love and kindness, Barb.   I knew it was a stressful time for Sophie.  I spent the weekend with her, never leaving her for a minute, reassuring her that her young life was about to change dramatically---for the better.
     Sophie is now safe and sound living with us here in the quiet mountains of upstate New York.  She is one of the most loving, big  hearted, and energetic pups I've ever known.   Life here at Henwoodie suits her perfectly.   She loves the long walks in the woods, regular meals and treats, having other loving pups to play with, and having a loving family with her 24 hours a day.  
      In Sophie's honor I started S.E.R.F.---Sophie's Emergency Resuce Fund.   There are so many other desperate, deserving shelter dogs that need rescuing.   San Bernadino City Shelter, where Sophie was rescued from, is one of the shelters that we would like to help as much as possible.   They have very little funding, very little basic supplies needed for the shelter dogs, and the dogs have very little time to be rescued or adopted before they are put down.  
     All donations to S.E.R.F. go directly to rescuing other deserving and desperate shelter dogs and helping hardworking rescue and transport teams who work tirelessly to get as many shelters dogs to safer havens, no-kill shelters, and hopefully into loving, welcoming homes.

Sophie in the SBCS with very little time remaining
Sophie two weeks later on the terrace at Henwoodie
Olivier Dunrea prouding wearing his DDR sweatshirt
Olivier and Maddy after being rescued.   
NOW... to encourage you to make a generous donation to S.E.R.F. and help rescue shelter dogs quickly we are offering the following as an incentive to show our gratitude for your donation.

For a $50 donation, Olivier will personally sign a copy of either BEAR NOEL or OLD BEAR AND HIS CUB available only through S.E.R.F.

A personal note from Olivier:   

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our latest rescue pup, Sophie.   I will be writing and illustrating a children's picture book that will tell her story.   Again, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go directly and immediately to rescue the most desperate shelter dogs.   

We have eight pups here at Henwoodie.   Six of the eight are rescue.  Each one was rescued from the most horrific conditions you can imagine.   If we could we would save every single shelter dog and see to it that they, too, have a happy ending to their story like Sophie. 

But, we can't do it alone.   I am asking for your support and donations to save these shelter dogs from the most frightening and horrific demise you can imagine.

I am more than happy to offer signed copies of my books and original artwork (that I never thought I would sell).  But, I honestly can't think of a better use for my original illustrations than to help save the lives of these wonderful, loving dogs.

Please help if you can.  

Thank you.

Olivier Dunrea
Moel Eyris Studio at Henwoodie
ALL PROCEEDS FROM ARTWORK FOR SALE goes directly to rescue desperate shelter dogs in high kill shelters that need to be rescued immediately!  100% of the proceeds from the sale of the original artwork goes directly to rescue as many shelter dogs as we can save.   We work with reputable, responsible rescue teams and transport teams to provide emergency funds to get these loving shelter dogs to safe havens, foster homes, and hopefully placed permanently into loving homes.  

Thank you for helping shelter dogs everywhere!   

Olivier Dunrea
p.5   Dimensions: 13.5" x 12"  MES 022-2012                           Medium: Gouache on 140 lb rough d'Arches watercolour paper
Published 2010, Philomel, New York NY
Price:  $1,200 + $25 s/h/ins
p. 32   Dimensions: 11.25" x 9.5"   MES-008-2012
Medium: Gouache on 140 lb rough d'Arches watercolor paper
Published 2002 Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, NY
Price:  $475 + $15 s/h/ins
Hardcover 32 page picture book
Out-of-print hardcover 32 pagebook
Old Bear loved his Little Cub with all his heart.
Little Cub loved Old Bear with all his heart.
Every morning they ate breakfast together.
"Eat all your porridge, Little Cub," said Old Bear.
"No, I won't," said Little Cub.
"Yes,  you will," said Old Bear.
"No, I won't," said Little Cub.
The story of Old Bear and Little Cub is a heartwarming tale of boundless love, endless patience, and taking care of one another.

OLD BEAR AND HIS CUB was chosen by Dolly Parton for her Imagination Library for 2011 and 2012.   Her special edition has a printing of more than 500,000 copies.
It's a dark, dark, cold, cold night.
It's snowing!
pen and ink study    Dimensions:  5-3/8" x 7-3/4"
Medium: pen and ink on 140 lb cold press d'Arches watercolor paper
N/P     ID# MES-004 2012
Price:  $45 + $10 s/h/ins

This is a pen and ink study for Pyn with sketches of the various elements that she has collected and loves.  
Medium: pen and ink and watercolour of smooth paper
Dimensions: 8-1/2" x 12"
Price: $150 + $15 s/h/ins
This was the original concept idea for a story about a man who loved chickens.   The book was published in 1995 as THE PAINTER WHO LOVED CHICKENS in a more naif/primitive flat style of painting.   The rooster's tail is NOT cut off in the original art!
MES 024-2012
P. 3 Dedication page 
Medium: gouache and pen and ink on 140 lb. cold press d'Arches watercolor paper
Dimensions: 10" x 9-1/2"
Published by HMH 2008 Boston
Price: $125 + $15 s/h/ins
MES 025-2012
Promotional Poster [very limited quantity] (7)
Medium: Printed on sturdy bright white stock
Dimensions: 10-1/2" x 13-1/2"
Published by HMH Boston
Price: $25 + $10 s/h/p
Each poster sold to raise money for desperate shelter dogs will be individually signed and dated.   Thank you so much for helping save these wonderful dogs!
Note:  The poster is on bright white stock!  The shadow was done so that the poster shape would stand out on this page.
John put this short video together from raw footage shot with my iPhone the first day Sophie arrived at Henwoodie in upstate NY after a long, grueling day of flying from L.A. to NY.   This video shows her and our other pups on Sophie's very first walk in the woods.   In the beginning you can see how timid and uncertain she is.  But within a very short time she just became part of the gang.   She is a wonderful addition to our family.
These two desperate shelter dogs are named Sammy and Cobra.  They are a bonded pair, devoted to one another, that were brought into a high kill shelter together.   Sammy sat in the corner for the longest time, too depressed and anxious to turn his face away from the corner.   S.E.R.F. helped to rescue these two deserving and loving dogs together as a pair.   Your donations, purchase of artwork, or a signed copy of a book will help other desperate and deserving shelter dogs have a chance to live and get out of these high kill shelters alive and safe.   Please help.   Please donate.  Please adopt a shelter dog.
This is the real face of a real shelter dog facing his last moments in a high kill shelter.   S.E.R.F. helped to rescue this pup by pledging money for its rescue.   These sweet shelter dogs face dire and desperate situations.   You can help by donating to S.E.R.F. or by buying a piece of original artwork or a signed copy of one of my books.   Be a save a shelter dog's life.
Hanne's Quest
MES 050-2012
Chapter 5
Medium: Gouache on Canson Mi-Tientes paper
Dimensions: Image: 9-1/4" x 8-1/2"  
      Paper: 12-3/4" x 9-3/4"
Published: Philomel Books, New York 2006
Price:  $1,200 + $50 s/h/ins

If you would simply like to make a donation to S.E.R.F. here is where you can do it.   Thank you.
$5 donation
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Note:  If you would like to make a larger donation please send an email to:
This is a once-in-a-lifetime offer:  An entire original sketchbook filled with my drawings, notes, ideas for books, etc. in a small 4-3/8" x 6" hardbound sketchbook.    The sketchbook's binding has separated so that the sketchbook is more like a portfolio of drawings.   There are also loose tiny pages of sketches and cutout figures scattered throughout the sketchbook.    This is one of my most prized possessions and records as to how I work as both a writer and illustrator.   But, in order to save the truly most desperate shelter dogs I am offering the sketchbook for sale.   The price may seem steep but you have to remember: the sketchbook contains dozens of original drawings done almost on a daily basis.
Inquire for price:
A story idea for a book often begins with a sketch like this and a few words that captures the idea simply and quickly.
Sometimes just a few words can propel me to write an entire story!   
Read these words aloud and you will see what I mean.
The sketch on the left was part of the early studies for HANNE'S QUEST (formerly Mem Pockets and Her Fabulous Hens); the sketch on the right, of course, was for a new gosling in the Gossie & Friends series.
This 1992 Sketchbook is also a diary---obviously, it snowed on 18 January and I had snowmen on my mind!
Scattered in the sketchbook are cut-out figures and other pages of sketches and drawings that I kept tucked in the pages so that I wouldn't forget an idea.
Here you can see me working out page composition---how I want the finished artwork to look in the published book.   Notice how text and picture work together to create the composition.
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