Are you going to a Summer Festival this year? I am no Glastonbury-girl but I am now super-comfortable at one that we return to year on year with our children. This is my list of 10 essentials that make for a brilliant weekend away.Read More
How I painted a dog from a photograph from the 1970’s.Read More
This is the story of painting Dylan, a beautiful cross breed, painted posthumously as a Birthday surprise. Read through the various stages of making a dog portrait painting: from photographs to canvas.Read More
Local student helps out elderly lady and very old dog, queue some important life lessons.
When I was studying at 6th Form, we were asked in form to a volunteer to walk an elderly lady’s dog for her. She lived locally and was struggling with mobility.
Thinking I might get out of Maths (I was re-taking, again) I raised my hand.
So it began, my twice weekly walks with Bonny, a small-once-white terrier that in dog years, was older than Rose.
The first time I went to collect Bonny, I entered into a large, ramshackle terrace house which was no longer in its prime. The hallway was testament to the rest of the house, full of stuff that Rose could no longer move by herself, stuff building up as Rose aged, it was lived in and loved.
Bonny & Rose rattled around the house, eating, napping, shuffling & listening to the radio. Occasionally they ventured into the garden. Bonny lived up to her name, old, dishevelled but happy in nature, and on each walk (slow walk) we got to know each other a bit more.
Tea & biscuits were offered and consumed - awkward teenager meets physically uncomfortable Octogenarian conversation pursued.
A friendship began with both owner and dog. I began moving stuff for Rose and over time spent with Rose and Bonny, I saw how much adored her companion was. Rose lived for Bonny, there wasn’t anything else, just Bonny. No family, daycare or visitors, just Bonny.
I was struck how swiftly Rose moved when she needed to for her dog, water refreshments, feeding time. If her dog wasn’t with her, I’m not sure Rose would have moved much at all.
I don’t know what happened to them both, I honestly don’t remember. My year at college came to an end and I went away to art school which must have finished our connection.
This was nearly 30 years ago now so I can’t imagine they are both alive, which left of them left this planet first I don’t know - Bonny or Rose, but I hope that that the one left without the other, didn’t have too long.
I never did get that maths either.
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Would you like to learn how to Draw Your Dog?
I’m going to be delivering a FREE ONLINE 30 min session which you are invited to join me on. Absolutely NO art skills are necessary, just a willingness to have a go. Scheduled for a Saturday in early August, I will teach you how to produce a drawing that you never thought possible.
Do dogs tell us when they want a cuddle? Do you know when your dog is pleading with you for his/her best toy? Dogs’ eye muscles have evolved which increasingly enhances human/dog bonding, I know because Barney told me. Read this.Read More
Beaches, long walks, country pubs and happily tired dogs. I wonder if dog owners might let their dogs come on holiday WITHOUT them?Read More
What is Doga? How do you do it and what does it involve?
Read on…Read More
Do you fancy doing something completely different with your working life? Have you ever thought about working with dogs in your home? What does it take to become a Licensed Dog Boarder here in the UK?
This is an easy read guide for you - written as I’m going through the process this week!Read More
Have you made choices that it’s not too late to change? I suggest you watch ‘The Wife’.Read More
How do you feel at the end of a lazy day? Rested and chilled or a bit annoyed at having not done any of the things you might have?
Do we use our children & family commitments as a shield? A handy cover-up when called to places we aren’t in the mood for - or perhaps to hide behind when socialising? What happens as they grow up and we aren’t needed so much? Step in the dogs...Read More
This week I completed what’s called a ‘soft launch’ that is I began my dog-sitting service in my studio, The Dog Garden. I borrowed two dogs along with Barney my own, and herewith the key things I learned along the way.Read More
Yesterday, utter stupidity dictated that I pour £30 of petrol into my diesel engined car. Not very bright, but crap happens. What came out of it though, was an interesting social experiment and a good lesson in customer service.Read More
Shut my shop? Really? Have you ever gone backwards to go forwards? It’s taken some planning but I think I might actually be growing up…Read More
Hello! It’s been ages, too long in fact since I’ve been on my blog regularly, but that’s ok, better to wait until I bring something of use, than useless fodder? - or is it?Read More
This Summer I’m going to head out onto the open road and attend some Dog Fairs with my Dog Portfolio & paintings, I can’t wait.Read More
Let’s Think Dog!
If I were a dog, I’d want to lie, sniff, possibly dig, jump, rest and play on the ground in the sunshine and likely in the rain too. My four paws wouldn’t want too much in the way of small gravel and I’d need some purchase from the ground I play on!Read More