About the Big Black Dog

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The Big Black Dog is named Nemo, as in Eeenie Meenie My Nemo. He is the namesake of my art studio in Dunedin, Florida. I grew up in a multi-generational home where I often heard the adage, “waste not, want not.” Recycling, re-using and re-purposing has been a lifestyle for me my whole life, and I am very happy to be able to create sculptures using cast-off items and turning them into things that make people smile. My life has usually revolved around my pets, and it is only right that I am finally dedicating my days to working in a medium that celebrates both mine and other people’s pets as I create sculpted likenesses of pets past and present. I am one of those who didn’t have children; I had puppies. In fact, a college paper I wrote recently celebrated the parallels in raising children and puppies, which I happily share here with those visiting my site.

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But enough about me; you all are here about the Dog. Eenie Meenie MyNemo, 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.

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Daisy gave birth to nine puppies on July 5, 2010, and as everyone was weaning, Nemo decided at 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 MyNemo 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 as this post from my other blog, written tongue in cheek for an art appreciation class demonstrates!

Nemo has two BDFs (best dog friends): Bailey and Rico. Bailey is a Dalmation/Pitt mix of 7 years and Rico is a Black Lab puppy. Rico turned one year old in October 2013 and is Nemo’s bestest BDF. Rico is also known as My Other Dog, because when he’s here visiting while his human is away working, Rico believes he is my dog. Since Nemo spends a lot of time either napping in the house or following my mother around picking up the crumbs from her snacks, it’s a good thing I have My Other Dog here at or on my feet to pick up the slack.

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

http://caffeinatedmusic.wordpress.com/nemo-page/

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And Emmylou Harris loves 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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