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!

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My Other Dog – continued

Today, I got started on the facial features on Rico. The rest of the weekend portends to be a blur with church supper, pageant and three worship services to play for, so hopefully come Monday, I can add some dog toes. I love doing dog toes ……. little piggies ❤Rico progress2 ❤ #LuvMyOtherDog #LuvMyOtherHuman

 

My Other Dog

Since I miss him so much when I don’t have him with me (since he’s not actually my dog), I decided my next piece was going to be one of Rico. This is a sneak peek at how he’s coming along. 🙂

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Daisy and Dub finished

The pair of Cocker Spaniels is finished! Thank you to Pat for allowing me to create these memorial pieces of her beloved fur family ♥

Pat’s husband’s little Buddy (a/k/a Dub) measures 15″ high by 11″ wide and Pat’s girl Daisy measures 21″ long by 12″ high.

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Cocker Spaniel – Daisy

Daisy was a friend’s beloved Buff Cocker Spaniel who was her sidekick everywhere. Still some more work to go, but here are some progress shots:

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BBDS YouTube page

Uploaded a few videos to the BigBlackDogStudio YouTube page, plus added some info for visitors as to what they should hope to find there:

Our BigBlackDogStudio YT channel features videos about our Big and Little Black Dogs, Nemo and Rico, respectively. Okay, so we only borrow Rico, but Nemo is very attached to the little guy, so we consider the baby as part of the fam.

BigBlackDogStudio itself is our art studio specializing in custom pet sculpture, whether of a living pet or of one who has passed away. Working from photographs, we match the beloved pet’s colour and markings to the sculpture as a lasting remembrance of those hairy family members who bless our lives. Both miniature versions and full life-sized versions can be created. For pricing and photographs of pets already memorialized, please visit our website, BigBlackDogStudio.com.

Blessings and Dogspeed, dear friend.

Boxer trio at home

It was a sad, yet happy day for me today. I’d grown rather attached to Hoot and Pete these past four weeks as they were becoming themselves, but they were ready to go to their new home. Here are my last photos of The Boys as they went for a ride in the car and met their little brother in their new home, looking quite content to stand  ready to welcome their human as he comes home from work – just like they did when they were alive.

I absolutely love doing this kind of work that helps preserve people’s happy memories of their beloved pets.

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Boxer pair – Hoot and Pete

It’s been a fast four weeks working on this life-sized pair, but they are now ready to go to their forever home with Rocky.

Hoot was a brindled Boxer mix and Pete was a snow white Boxer. The impression I got from the photographs provided is that Hoot was a kind of goofy, vocal and huggy kind of dog and Pete appears to have had the patience of a saint, long-suffering and mellow. All dogs have their bursts of bounciness, but Pete appears to have been a champion napper. Both of the boys clearly loved their little buddy, Rocky, from the snuggle photos I saw. I hope that their personalities come through and that they help keep alive for their owner the memories of his beloved pets.

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Sculpture class today

Nemo just loves going with me to teach the sculpture class over at the senior center. Constructed from recycled objects and wrapped up with papier mache like little mummies, after construction and addition of clay details like eyes and toes, we switch to the painting of our little creations.

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Dachshund

This Black & Tan Doxie measures 11.5″ high by 20″ long. Along with the Boxer puppy, he is available through Stirling Art Studios on Broadway in Dunedin, Florida.

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Art class today

Here’s a shot of the class just as they are beginning to paint their papier mache creations – we had two dogs, a piggy and a butterfly going on down at the Dunedin Senior Center. Due to the Toronto Blue Jays beginning their spring training across the street at the stadium, we’ll pick up Friday morning class again come March. I hope to have at least four people in our next class, too! This has been great!!

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One of these things is not like the others

Pearl frequently is under my feet in the studio. Chickens are flock animals, so when she and Ruby are bored, or its too chilly or windy outside, or they want a snack, or they want a nap, or any of a myriad of chicken reasons, it’s all about “togetherness.” I often have to remember to be careful when I stand up since they will sit under my chair.

On this particular day, she had it in her head that she wanted to lay her egg anywhere BUT in her coop and spent over an hour poking in and around my studio. Here, Pearl seems to be inspecting the goods:

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