About the Big Black Dog

But enough about me; you all are here about The Dog. He is the namesake of my art studio in Dunedin, Florida. Eenie Meenie My Nemo, or Nemo for short, is my inspiration for what I do. All of my pets have been rescues that we have adopted, but Nemo is special.

Jokingly called The Chosen One, I rescued his mother, a Great Dane mix, whom a neighbor had left tied as a puppy to a tree and couldn’t seem to remember to ever feed and water her. Incensed, I had been making sure she had food and water for over a year when another neighbor’s large pedigreed Yellow Lab was out wandering and got “Daisy” pregnant. I promptly untied her from the tree and confiscated the dog. To my shock, the young man who owned Daisy would still wave at me and once in awhile ask how she was doing – – – apparently with no hard feelings toward me for “stealing” his canine prisoner and remaining generally clueless about responsible pet ownership.

Daisy gave birth to nine puppies on July 5, 2010, and as everyone was weaning, Nemo decided at almost four weeks old that he wanted to be indoors toddling after me or lying on the air vent on the floor and separated himself from his mother and siblings. To say he’s The Chosen One is really backward in that My Nemo actually chose ME – my pick of the litter did the picking!

Unlike all of my other rescued and adopted pets, I have known Nemo since before he was born and he has never known a day of want or neglect in his life. Is he spoiled? Oh, yeah. Am I a pushover for anything he wants? Oh, yeah. Can I imagine my life without him? Heck, no! My shiny black Uber Puppy rules my day. Now that we moved to the West Coast of Florida, my life pretty much revolves around my dog. Thankfully, the ‘Mo takes really long naps in the daytime so I can work on projects in my studio.

Of course, Nemo as a baby was quite artistic himself per this post from my other blog, written tongue in cheek for an art appreciation class!

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Videos of the boys playing together can be found on our YouTube page here.

My old blog’s “Nemo page” is here showing him in his early years: http://caffeinatedmusic.wordpress.com/nemo-page/

And Emmylou Harris loved her Big Black Dog so much, she wrote a song just for her Bella on this clip from the Fox affiliate in Nashville: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2yLY8ASur8

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