Mar 172011
Brew Hug cat painting

"Brew Hug for Japan" painting by BZTAT

Whenever there is a natural disaster that disrupts the lives of people, the lives of animals are turned upside down as well. Sadly, the very creatures that bring meaning and companionship to human lives often must be left behind when a disaster looms.

Rescue efforts to bring people to safety often are unable rescue pets as well. As a result, disaster victims must endure additional loss, anguish and heartbreak when they must leave a pet behind.

Animals are an integral part of our daily lives. Their lives are of great value to us when things are normal, and their safety is important to us when things go wrong, too. It is good to know that there are rescue groups who are experienced and prepared to deal with the needs of animal victims in addition to those who help human victims.

Why is it important to help animals in the face of such human tragedy as the calamity that is facing Japan right now?

Because the animals that we see in news footage wandering the streets after a disaster have names. God forbid that those names would ever be Brewskie, Okey, Slick, Noah and Who.

The earthquake and tsunami that has devastated northern Japan is one of the worst disasters to affect modern civilization. The looming threat of nuclear contamination has complicated rescue efforts for both human and animal life. It is essential that those responding to the needs of animals in Japan have resources to meet the crisis before them, just as other rescue groups do.

Paws for Japan

In concert with other pet bloggers today, I am supporting Official Paws for Japan Day. This day has been designated to raise awareness of the animal aid groups and to help raise funds for their efforts. I am helping World Vets, a rescue group actively responding to the Japan crisis by auctioning the painting above and donating all the proceeds to their efforts. I hope that you will bid generously and donate to their cause as well.

The painting is of my Twittering cat Brewskie Butt, who often sends *Brew Hugs* thru social media to those who are sad or having a rough time. In this painting, he is sending hugs to all those who are suffering in Japan – humans and other creatures.

Here is the info about the painting and the auction:

14″ H  X 10 W″ painting on wood by artist BZTAT

Leave bids in increments of $10 below in the comments section.

Minimum Bid $50 USD

Shipping: $25 USA $45 International

BUY NOW OPTION: You can buy this piece now for $170 as long as no bids have been made in the comments below. Simply write BUY NOW in the comments and send a payment of $170 + shipping via PayPal to bztat at

Highest bid at 11:00 pm EST on Saturday 3/19/11 wins the piece.

Winning bidder: send payment of bid + shipping to Paypal using email address: bztat at

Please allow 4 weeks for shipping.


Please be sure to visit the other blogs posting for Official Paws for Japan Day:


  No Responses to “Brew Hug for Japan: Art Auction to Support World Vets”

  1. I’ll open with $50. A Brew Hug is what the world needs right now!

  2. I’m in for $60

  3. In for $85!


  4. OK…$95.

  5. Ok, a hug from the Brewsker is worth at least $105! next?

  6. Good thing this doesn’t close til Saturday!…snicker… $115

  7. I’d like a Brew Hug for $120!

  8. Just a reminder. It does say to leave bids in increments of $10. Thx!


  9. Sorry, $125!

  10. No, yours was fine, Jazzy. the next bid would be in increments of 10 from $120. Sorry to confuse. The bid is currently at $120 for Jazzy.

  11. hmmmm. OK $130. ( I do love the Brew!)

  12. I am stationed at Misawa AB in Japan. I dont think I can stay awake long enough to see the auction end at 11pm EST but I would like to put in a bit for $140 anyway 🙂

  13. When are you signing off? Love the idea of Brewski
    Going to give hug in Japan!! Just perfect!

  14. Im back! I just woke up!! I must have gotten the 11am and the 11pm time change wrong in my head!! Its 8:18am here so I guess that means its 7:18pm there?? I will try to log in as much as I can with my phone as today I am off to Hatchanohe to help with cleanup efforts!!! I think Brewski would have a great home here in Japan looking after us!!! 🙂

  15. I love the idea of the Brew going to Japan too! But I also want the bid to go as high as we can get it to raise lotsa $ for World Vets… We will work something out to get a *Brew Hug* to Japan, one way or another, so please, keep bidding all!

  16. @mystkdayge – Thx so much for your service in Japan. Be safe as you do what must be a grueling and arduous job. We are with you in spirit and wish you well. Oh, and Brewskie sends *Brew Hugs*!!!

  17. I second that!!! Lets see how high we can get this!!!

  18. In that case, I am in at $150! Game on!

  19. This auction is now closed. Thx for your bids!

  20. Looks like it the painting goes to Snowy Westie. I will, however, make an offer to create a second, similar painting for @mystkdayge for the same top bid with those proceeds also benefiting World Vets. 🙂

  21. Would you do a third one at $150. for me too?

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