I SURVIVED Freezin for A GREYT Reason!!

Hi everyone!!! I hope you all had a great holiday vacation with your friends and family. Things have just settled down here and I just got back to work in the gallery and studio.

I wanted to update and say a BIG, HUGE THANK YOU to all of my friends, family, and companies that sponsored my jump into Lake Michigan on New Years Day for FREEZIN FOR A REASON!!

It was honestly the BEST TIME! I am not quite sure what our total that we brought in together but we should have those totals soon! Last year AmericanGreyhound.org had 6 jumpers for their first year, they increased that number to 17 this year – only their second year to jump! I was prepared for the absolute WORST and was pleasantly surprised that it just was not near as bad as I imagined. The worst part was definitely coming out of the water, making your way back to your towels and then trying to get dressed.

My hubby and my friend Ryan took plenty of pics and my girlfriend Janelle and hubby also helped with the camcorder so we could make a video out of it. I’ve posted the pics and the video and the links to them are below..

2009 Freezin For A Reason Video

Some photographs of American Greyhounds 2009 Polar Bear Plunge


If you are in the Northern Indiana area and want more information on greyhound rescue, adopting a greyhound, etc. please go to www.americangreyhound.org


DOG ART: Shih Tzu Dog Pop Art Collage

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday with your family and friends!!! We’ve been having a great time here for the holidays! Tonight one of my girlfriends who I haven’t seen for awhile is coming over to visit so we are still enjoying fun times here and hope you are too!

below is one of my most recently completed dog art collages – this is Isabelle (aka Izzy), a playful little Shih Tzu of my friend Ryan’s parents.

The original of this shih tzu dog art collage and fine art giclee prints of this dog art collage will soon be made available through michelkeck.com.

Please note we will be jumping in to Lake Michigan VERY SOON for FREEZIN FOR A REASON to raise funds for American Greyound so if you did want to pledge please make sure we receive your pledges before our jump on Jan 1st. 🙂 THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS HELPED BY PLEDGING MY JUMP – IT IS MUCH APPRECIATED!!

Freezin For A Reason

On Jan. 1st (new years day) 2009 I will be jumping in Lake Michigan with some of the volunteers of AmericanGreyhound.org. The event is called ‘FREEZIN FOR A REASON’. If you know what Chicago weather is like in the winter then you will fully understand the title of the event. 🙂

I am looking for individuals and companies who will pledge money to see me jump into Lake Michigan for this event. All of the money is donated to AmericanGreyhound.org. This is American Greyhounds 2nd annual polar bear swim! Last years swim included 6 polar bears and American Greyhound raised over $1600 to help with their rescue efforts. American Greyhound is hoping to eclipse those numbers(both #’s of swimmers and funds). We will be jumping in Lake Michigan at 8:00 AM New Years morning, at North Avenue Beach.

If you are able to pledge money to me for FREEZIN FOR A REASON please use the information below to send in your pledges. This is a really GREYT cause!! AmericanGreyhound.org has now saved the lives of over 1,000 greyhounds who would have otherwise suffered a horrible fate. This GREYT organization saves these most amazing boys and girls from the racetracks and fosters them until they help these wonderful dogs find loving, caring, forever homes.

Please note that if you are able to pledge any money for FREEZIN FOR A REASON your donation pledge is tax deductible.

If you are able to pledge any amount at all no matter how small a donation every dollar really does MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! Please use the information below to address and send your pledges…

1) Make checks payable to – “American Greyhound”

2) In the memo area of your check please write in “Keck Plunge Pledge”

3) Send checks to

Michel Keck
3956 North 700 West
Rensselaer, IN 47978

If you are mailing in a check please include a note with your check with the mailing address you would like your receipt sent to.


2008 Freezin For A Reason Photo SlideShow Click here

For more information on how to adopt one of these GREYT boys or girls go to AmericanGreyhound.org