August 4, 2008
Owning a pet provides a companion, one to care for, to walk, to feed, to love and to tell stories through many adventures. A pet also tells of a time and a place and makes a memory. As a child, I watched “Lassie” and had a dog name “Snoopy.” Lucky me.
One such lucky fellow is a Westie name “Winston” and his Master tells tales here.
I always enjoy reading the latest scoop!
Illustration of “Winston” the Westie by pve design
Another lucky four legged friend, “Monty” illustrated below has quite the life of Riley!
If you do not know Monty already, click here, after all it is “Monty Monday!”
You may follow the exciting adventures of this handsome lad.
I adore his name and his sleek physique.
Illustration of “Monty” by pve design
If you own a pet, no doubt you have a “pet story.” Never have I met a pet without some sort of story or adventure. The first time they touched “grass” or “snow” or “sand”-and the first time they got a “tick” or were “sick.” The first time I met “Bobool” – my husbands childhood dog in France, I must admit, I was (un peu- in french means, a little) nervous because of the stories I had heard. “If Bobool likes you, you are in” — he would retort. Great, (I thought) to think that it all came down to the likability of a “dog and I.” It is true how a pet can immediately be your friend or foe. My brother has three dogs and when he came to visit, my dog, “Bentley” would not stop barking at him. It took threes days before he warmed up to my brother.
Illustration of “Bear” the Bermese Mountain Dog by pve design
Training and teaching a pet can be quite a challenge, “repetition is after all the mother of learning.” Many commands repeated, sit, down, stay, come, are all rewarded when done with finesse. They say that the dog needs to hear his or her name repeatedly and that “2” syllable names work best. I did meet a Yorkie named “Hercules.” Giving a little dog a “big” name surely will relieve any future pet insecurities which might lead to “pet therapy!”
Illustration of the feline, “Simba” by pve design
Recently, I phoned a friend who was just on her way to take her cat to be “put down” and she was crying, a twelve year pet story to tell or to paint. Never easy to lose a pet after so many years and so many stories.
Do you have a pet story? Love to hear your pet story or illustrate your pet for you!