Category Archives: dog

Pet Star of the Week: Jinx, a Border Collie

Jinx was a fun subject.  A dynamic sport dog active in disc and dock diving, his owner gave me free rein to choose whatever picture I wanted.  It was a bit of difficult choice, because Stephanie’s pictures were excellent quality … Continue reading

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Pet Star of the Week – Callus, a German Shepherd

My friend Penny  raised German shepherds for over thirty years.  She bred dogs from traditional German bloodlines; with generations of titles in Schutzhund.  Her dogs were beautiful, athletic and smart.  Penny donated entire litters to Leader Dogs for the Blind, … Continue reading

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A Higher Standard in Poodle Art

When I got the request to paint a Standard Poodle I went, “COOL!” because I am nuts about the breed. They can be really active, so I envisioned doing a portrait of one leaping with a big laughing face and … Continue reading

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Sport Dogs In Art

I just completed this acrylic painting of a corgi running agility and was reminded again of how the wisest pet owners leave the art up to the artist.  A sport dog offers great subject matter; the painting is loaded with energy … Continue reading

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Border Collie on Slate

My friend Barb’s border collie is featured in today’s slate painting. This beautiful dog has appeared on billboards promoting pet expos all over the country from Michigan to New York. She is easily one of the fastest dogs I have … Continue reading

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Indentured Service Dogs

While in Tractor Supply the other day, a girl stood behind me in the checkout line with a very nice Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.  The dog was on a leash and gave me a sort of pleading look, standing right by … Continue reading

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Horses and Dogs

Rip and Til playing, “Ring Around the Pony” Remembering a ride on the Island:  It’s Cliffy’s turn to run free and I’ve saddled Trudy up. We are enjoying a lively trot down the road toward the shore. Til the border collie … Continue reading

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Pigs Helping Pigs

This year, Long Island Pet Expo had a booth with potbellied pigs.  This is not unusual for a pet expo, but for some reason I got it in my head that one of them should be trick trained. My dogs … Continue reading

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Puppy Tricks

//www.youtube.com/get_player Most people don’t realize this, but little puppies can learn tricks faster and with more panache than adult dogs can.  There’s an early learning window lasting until a dog is about 5 months old, making their brains like little … Continue reading

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25 Ways to Raise a Great Border Collie

Terrible Til once again had a successful run in the Disc Dogs of Michigan Frisbee competition.  This one was held in Grand Blanc, Michigan and we placed third in the novice toss-and-fetch, against about 30 teams.  Til is pictured (against … Continue reading

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