Big boys

I always love a nice “Boy and his Dog” portrait. I especially like this one because Charlie is six feet tall and 225lbs, so Nemo sitting next to him gives you a pretty good perspective on just how big my Big Black Dog is! Nemo is a Great Dane in a Black Lab suit. LOL

IMG_6671

Dolphin watching

Nemo was quite attentive to the family of dolphins feeding in the marina at Caladesi Island State Park.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Birthday painting

It’s Charlie’s birthday today! While we are in mid-reno of his house, he had casually mentioned that perhaps I would paint a mural of some sort on one of the walls, nothing in particular. I thought about it and decided on the perfect subject: his boat. Not wanting to put anything permanent on the walls, however, I – in my waste not, want not, reuse-recycle-repurpose way – went to my garage to check my available stock.

“Charlie’s Boat”  is the result. 48″x62″ on quarter-inch plywood. Our first summer together, we spent several nights anchored out in the Gulf of Mexico on beautiful still waters staring up at all the stars.

boat portrait

Dogtoberfest 2014

Had a great time with the humans here in Dogedin. Not only did Charlie and I stop in to the kissing booth at Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue’s hot pink tent, but the Doxie sculptures were auctioned off to help raise money for Suncoast Animal League’s support. Here I am with Dr. Cal Hay of Tampa Surgical Services who went home with the Doxies. Great time as always!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Cherry Blossoms window

I painted the storefront windows at SomSom’s handmade boutique here in town. We did a pair of Sakura, or Japanese Cherry Blossom, trees and butterflies.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Tail wagging good time

Nemo is half Black Lab and half Great Dane. His head looks very Lab-like, but those claw feet and most of his behavior patterns are all Dane. In dog shows, Labrador Retrievers are to demonstrate their rudder-like tails wagging at all times, because that is a Lab trait. Nemo’s tail rarely wags unless he wants something, but on our weekend out at Caladesi Island recently, he splished and splashed around in a quiet cove for nearly three hours. He had a grand time as evidenced by the latent perpetually-wagging-tail Lab genes that showed up. #LuvMyBigGoobieDog

Caladesi Island visit

Nemo spent most of a three day weekend with us out at the State Park where he got to go boating, docking, hiking, and lots of swimming.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Lunch with the humans

Went to lunch with the peeps after a nice swim, rubdown and hanging out by the boat. Love these dog-friendly restaurants: http://www.ozonabluegrill.com

IMG_4853