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Most naughty dogs, and face it, most dogs are naughty sometimes, do not know the difference between stealing a defrosting steak and stealing something potentially lethal.  Most good dogs, and face it, most dogs are good most of the time, do not understand what exuberantly running across the street to greet a canine or human friend could do to them.  Untrained and unmonitored, dogs will pick up food from the street, walk on broken glass, try to pull something hot off the stove, steal chocolate, eat poisonous plants, stick their head into a hole which happens to be the den of some biting creature, have a tussle with a porcupine.  Since you are the one to keep your dog safe, the way you’d keep your children safe, doesn’t this make you your dog’s parent?

Many dogs, even dogs without official jobs, work alongside humans and help them with chores or all kinds, moving the sheep, finding the lost child, fetching the downed duck, detecting an explosive device.  They help people feel well, too, alerting them to potential problems, assuaging pain, letting them know the phone is ringing or taking them where they need to go.  Doesn’t this make the dog your partner?

And more than likely, even if you adopted your dog at a shelter, you paid your money and signed some papers.  Doesn’t this make you your dog’s owner?  Or the more PC term, your dog’s guardian?

What do words matter?  We take care of our dogs, they take care of us.  But words are powerful.  So perhaps they do matter.  Perhaps what you call yourself deeply colors how you view your dog and your role in his life.  Perhaps parent and guardian guide you to seeing the dog as a puppy, forever infantilized, the child who never grows up.  Perhaps the word owner inspires you to see the dog as a thing, something you can discard when you tire of him.  Perhaps the word partner helps you recognize that even without an official job, your dog will stay close and comfort you when you are sick, will let you know there’s someone at the door even if you know that anyway, will offer you a reason to take a long walk, play a game or do other things that are social and keep you young.  Perhaps the word partner, my choice, will remind you that sometimes the dog knows best and sometimes you do, but since you supply the food, the warm bed, shelter from the weather, since you watch out for traffic and broken glass and put your medicine away carefully and take him to the veterinarian when he needs a check-up, that you are the senior partner, but even so, there are occasions to swap roles, because he knows some things you don’t, and maybe the word partner will help you keep that in mind, letting you think about when to be in charge and when to just be.

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Dogs need to know what you want them to do.  They like to know what you want them to do.  Even when dogs have no intention of obeying you, they need to know what it is they need to ignore.

Clarity is a gift you can give your dog.  It will make him shine.  It will make him smarter.  It will help his world make sense.  Clarity will show you clearly (ahem) what your dog knows and is willing (usually) to do when asked and where the problems are.

This is not an April Fools joke.  It’s the plain truth.  It will help you to shine.  It will make you smarter.  It will help you make sense as the teacher of your dog and as the student of your dog.

I’m just sayin’.

Dear Peeps,

I am adding some new drawings, but there are not an endless amount I can offer for sale.  For now, because I will be away part of April and part of May and want to make sure all of these reach their forever homes before I leave, this will be it.  As a reminder, these are drawings that were published.  Some have dates on them.  Some have corrections on them.  Some are iconic and not easy for me to give up but your response has warmed my heart so here they are.  These are for personal use only, please, absolutely not for business cards or brochures but, yes, hang yours in your office or your living room and enjoy it every day.  You can also use yours, if so moved, as your profile pic on FB, just because that is where this all began.

Since this is an initial offering, prices are low.  The drawings will arrive unframed AND, oh boy, there will be a present in the envelope with your drawing.  What is it, what is it, what is it?  A surprise you will love!

Without further ado, the drawings.

4 1/4 x 6, because you love bad dogs!  pen and ink, watercolor wash, $250   RESERVED

Take a pill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 x 5, black and white, gray wash, $225

Stealing glove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 1/2 x 6, pen and ink,  watercolor wash, $250 (really cute!)

Right now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 x 7, pen and ink, full color wash, $250

biting puppy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 x 7, pen and ink, small amount of color wash, $250     SOLD

Square Root

Square Root

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 x 7, black and white with gray wash, from Mother Knows Best, $250 (I get visiting rights on this one.)    SOLD

Mother Knows Best

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 x 7, pen and ink with gray wash, $250

Piggy Bank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 1/2 x 3 1/2, pen and ink with watercolor wash, $175     SOLD

Smooth

Scan ha ha ha so cute

Scan leave it

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Scan a girl and her dog

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Scan dog and blanket

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One of a kind original, small, pen and ink drawings with watercolor wash, signed, unframed, for personal use only, $250. Message me via Facebook if interested.

Scan GSP and Baby

No colorist.

No stylist.

No make-up artist.

No plastic surgery.

No pretense.

No nonsense.  Well, maybe a little nonsense.

The more you are like your dog, the better.

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2684Even if your dog doesn’t have a heart on her cheek, the way my dog, Sky, did when she was a puppy, he still has his heart on his sleeve.  Here’s how I know this…

Dogs make people feel better about themselves.

Dogs make people act better toward each other.

Dogs display their feelings flat out.  There is no hidden agenda, no sarcasm, no spite.  What you see is what your dog feels.

Dog help us form social networks, both in real life and in cyberspace.

Even when they don’t understand our words, dogs always understand our feelings.

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Dogs let us feel more deeply than we are sometimes about to do on our own.

Dogs encourage us to share our feelings, as they share theirs.

Dogs don’t judge feelings.  They accept them, and when appropriate, the act on them.

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Drawing from DO BORDER COLLIES DREAM OF SHEEP?

 

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Great for retrieving.  Will not roll or bounce into traffic.  Pretty much keeps to the trajectory of your toss.

Easy to carry.  Squooshes into any pocket.  Every pocket if you are me.

Is great for bathtub games.  Toss it and have your dog toss it back into the tub, or place it in your hand, or scoop it out of the tub, or find it hidden behind the shower curtain or under the washcloth.  Be sure to name it and name each activity.

Will not set off the alarm at the airport.

Will not be confiscated by the TSA.

Good for hide and seek.

Will keep a dog quiet during Tae Kwan Do practice. (see below)

Cheap to buy and replace.  We buy them by the bagful.

When your dog beheads them, which is why we buy them by the bagful, the heads make nice decorative touches around the house.

Having a duck in your pocket will encourage you to engage with your dog.  On the rare occasion that I have left home without one, I have tossed my keys and even my wallet.  Anything to please my dog.

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It’s been years since Oscar came for an overnight that stretched into three or four nights.  His people were having a baby and I had offered to keep Oscar here in case they needed to go to the hospital in the middle of the night or in case the baby took a while coming.  Oscar played with my dogs in the park behind our building, so I knew they all got along.  What I didn’t know is that Oscar would stay as long as he did or that my dogs would do one of the least expected things I’d ever seen any dogs do.

Oscar was a German Shepherd, a rescue, and a very nice dog.  He had digestive issues, as many Shepherds do unfortunately, but other than that, he was easy, friendly, obedient, an all around nice guy.  Outdoors, Sky liked to retrieve while Monk and Oscar wrestled.  Indoors, everything changed and I didn’t realize it completely until Oscar finally went home.  During the time Oscar was here, my dogs never played with each other and left Oscar out.  Either they both played with Oscar, or one of the two of them played with Oscar while the other chewed a bone or took a nap.  It was only when he left and they threw themselves at each other for a long, hard game of Let’s Be Dogs, racing, leaping, tugging, kissing, that I realized that they hadn’t done that for four days.

I would never expect dogs to be such good hosts.  But, indeed, they were.  And thinking back on it, I am still amazed.  My dogs have been with many other dogs, but I have only seen a guest dog treated quite so well and with such sensitivity that once.

I don’t have a picture of Oscar, only one of his hosts, happy to be with each other, and happy to welcome a friend in temporary need of a place to stay and some friends with whom to pass the time.

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When I was a little girl, all the boys had street names, Shorty, Lefty, Spike, Curly.  They weren’t quite as colorful as sports nicknames or even Mafia ones, but they were colorful all the same.  That was before TV, before cell phones, before the wheel, for godssake.  And it was before language got cleaned with Clorox, bleached of all its clarity, all its nastiness.  Sure, it wasn’t nice to call the fat kid Fatso and there were worse names people were called.  It wasn’t perfect back then.  But, in a way, it was more real.  We had a bully on our block.  A fat kid, actually, but not one anyone would dare call Fatso.  Even without the offensive label, he’d beat up anyone who came his way.  But no one committed suicide from his bullying.  No one joined in.  No one back then bullied anonymously.  If you were a bully, you were a bully and everyone knew it.  They knew they could walk the other way or cross the street.  The bullies back then never showed up in your inbox.

I always thought that being alpha to your dog was merely being the leader.  In fact, the phrase I used was “benevolent but alpha,” advising people to use the mildest correction that worked when training, often, almost always, the word “no.”  But alpha, which my old friend Capt. Haggerty said was “a stage presence,” has been bleached out of the language.  And so has the word “correction.”

I stopped reading every dog book that came out – I am, by force, very selective now – when someone wrote a book called Never Say No to Your Dog.  Really?  I hope the book’s followers never have children, though it seems many of them have.

I believe that dogs crave and need clarity and that the judicial use of NO and OK offer it in a wonderfully digestible way.  I believe that whether or not you think dogs are like wolves, but different, or unlike wolves because they compete in dogs shows and eat canned food, DNA aside, every dog still needs a smart, loving, gentle leader (no matter what word you like or don’t like to use.)  And here are the two easiest ways to assume that role.

Teach your dog a sit stay.  In learning to execute a neat, reliable sit stay, dogs learn how to learn.  They learn how to listen to a language not their own and understand that the funny sounds have meanings.  Who knew!  And when they look at you and plant their cute butts, they are saying you are in charge and that working with you is fun and exciting.

Play a Follow Me game.  Got a new puppy, an untrained rescue, a dog you meant to train but, hey, there was good stuff on TV?  Fine.  Walk around your house encouraging your dog to come with you.  As he grows to enjoy this fun time with you, have him hop on the bed, go around the back of some chairs, go in and out of the kitchen.  Toss in a sit.  Toss in some soft conversation.  Toss in a lots of stops for petting and kisses.  Good job.  You lead. He follows.  You’re the leader.   Being benevolent but, um, the leader is the best gift ever you can give your dog.  It always has been and it always will be.

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agentlycurvingroadThe road ahead is long and what better to do for your dog than teach him – anything.  Whatever you teach makes the next thing you teach go faster.  Whatever you teach makes your dog’s brain more lively, more attentive, more ready to absorb.  Whatever you teach can and should be fun for you and your dog AND should make your life saner and his life safer.  But, really, jumping through a hoop?

Teaching a dog to jump through a hoop is easy and like any other training, it will teach your dog to listen to your words and understand that they mean something, something relevant to him.  Your bond – ah, that! – will grow stronger as your work at hoop jumping.  Your dog will regard his lessons as fun.  You will regard your dog as more fun than he was before.  And if you show the finished project to your friends, they will be amazed and may even go out and adopt a dog so that they can teach him to jump through a hoop.

Convinced?  Great.  Take a hula hoop and put it, resting on the ground, in a doorway.  In this way, your dog has to go through the hoop to get into the next room.  As he steps over the hoop, tell him Over.  And then GOOD DOG.  Toss a toy through the hoop.  Put his food bowl on the other side of the hoop at dinner time.  Step, praise, step, praise.  Next, in a few days, raise the hoop an inch.  And in a few more days, another inch.  See?  Easy.  When your enthusiastic praise has convinced your dog that going through the hoop, now over and through, is great fun, try moving the hoop out of the doorway.  Even if you have to move the hoop as your dog approaches, make sure he goes over and through rather than around.   Put some bells on his collar.  Invite your friends.  Have a good time.

Anything you teach your dog makes him a better, more attentive companion, and makes you a better and more attentive companion as well.  It’s 2014.  Happy training.

 

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