Lee Barwood

Paranormal, Mystery, and Environmental Fiction


The Beat of Gaia's Heart

It's All About Love

June 25, 2011

Tags: dog, rescue, wedding, dress, rocker, Maria Daines, save, help, recycle, green, cruelty-free

Weddings are all about love, right? Those of you ladies who are happily married would probably rather get rid of just about anything else than part with your wedding dresses -- I know I would. But the big-hearted and unselfish rocker Maria Daines is auctioning hers off -- for dog rescue funds.

Here's the deal. DDAWatch has accepted the care of seven dogs who need rehoming, and in the meantime they have the care, feeding, and medical evaluations of these dogs. Maria, as her followers will know, is nothing if not devoted to the care of animals in need of rescue, and she has not one but two auctions running (on a short timetable) to raise funds for these dogs. One auction is for a full set of six of her CDs, which I can personally recommend! They are at http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170659366364 .

The second auction is the one that brings tears to my eyes. Maria is actually auctioning off her wedding dress, because, as she says, the dogs need the money more than she needs the dress. That auction is here:

Ladies, if a wedding is in your future please open your hearts and your pocketbooks and make your wedding both green and cruelty-free by walking down the aisle in a dress that has saved animals‘ lives! A recycled wedding gown will be kind to your purses and your furry friends, and you will not only have the satisfaction of looking gorgeous as you take that long-awaited walk with your beloved, you will know that you have done your part to help animals desperately in need of a second chance at love.

The dress is a Gino Cerruti designer ball gown/wedding dress, so even if you are not on the verge of saying “I do,” you can still look elegant on a big evening out and help animals at the same time.


  1. June 25, 2011 12:23 PM EDT
    Thank you so much Lee, for supporting the work of DDAWatch for these lovely dogs that will now be able to have a full life. It's so kind of you to write about the auctions and share our news on your blog, thank you again, we really appreciate that you took the time & trouble to do this.
    - Maria
  2. June 25, 2011 12:32 PM EDT
    My pleasure, Maria! Your work on behalf of animals in need of help is tireless, and your songs really hit home. Here’s hoping those auctions raise plenty of money to tide these wonderful dogs over till they get to their forever homes.
    - Lee
  3. June 25, 2011 8:53 PM EDT
    She is a truly amazing and unselfish lady - and she can sing too!! I have made many friends on facbook, and I am very fortunate to have this marvellous woman on my friends list.
    - Jackie Roe-Lawton

Selected Works

Love and death tread the boards at a haunted Victorian theater
Love can survive death -- but so can hate. The two collide in this haunted Ozarks tale of betrayal and heroism -- on both sides of the grave.
Australian wildlife images to stimulate creativity in children and adults alike
Vintage wildlife photos illustrate a children's story about koalas
Retellings of eight Australian Aboriginal tales, mostly focusing on the koala -- a powerful figure in Aboriginal lore
Gryphon Award-winning ecological fantasy novel, now available from Double Dragon Publishing (February 2006)
Volume I of The Ribbons of Power, this was Honor Book Award winner in Andre Norton's Gryphon Award competition
Volume II of The Ribbons of Power
A professor is murdered. Can the plot be unraveled?

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