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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Remember, even a loving dog's kiss comes after licking the butt

Time for some cartoon dogs. Dogs are fun, dogs are cute. We personify them. We really want to feel that they are just like us, only single minded...(as if). I could do some serious portraits of dogs, but so many people already do that and very well. I pull these out of my head. It's my fun release while sitting on the couch watching Law and Order marathons. Hey, everyone has to have some time like that. I knit too, when I'm very fidgety.

Sometimes, when I'm drawing a dog, I imagine it talking to me. I wonder if he thinks I party too much, eat too much, or if I should stop drinking because he has an instinct to know if some thing's wrong with me.

Maybe, he's just observing me because there might be a treat involved. Or, at the mention of the word, "walk" she'll be ready to go. This is why they follow you around. Not for companionship or some kind of pack animal mentality, but so that they wont miss anything!

If your dog could be an actor, observing from the ethers, much like Gary Oldman in Dracula, he might look like this. Does he secretly want to be mysterious? If dogs knew how much a hat does to uncover a personality, they would always want to wear one.

We know they dream, but do dogs have aspirations of, well, anything at all?

You know, they really have a good life, especially at my house. Lying around all day, being lazy, waiting for some belly time and maybe a little leftover breakfast on a plate. I can tell you they love eggs and toast, bacon (duh) and potatoes. My dogs loiter whenever they hear eggs cracking. In fact, the egg carton tells them they might get something.

But, it's true that just by uttering any sentence with an ascending pitch will make the ears pop up. "You want to be beaten to a pulp today?" or "is that a kitten?" Really, you can say anything in that tone, and they'll get excited about the prospects.

I can tell if they're happy, sad, or embarrassed. The eyes give it away, personifically speaking. (I just made that up.) Are you still reading this?

I think if dogs could talk, they would probably say, in the words of Gary Larson, "Hey, hey, hey, hey!!" or "you haven't given me a treat in a while. Is now a good time?" or "I have to poop!"

Or, remember Bloom County? "Tomorrow, I'll get to poop again!"

This talking dog reminds me a little of the story teller in the Dukes of Hazard...I can hear him with a southern accent really spinning some tales and suggesting in retrospect how you could have done that differently to avoid getting into trouble.

I wonder why it's so important to sniff butts..that really isn't a human trait, is it? But, again, if you look at it from their point of view, it makes sense. After all, it's like asking, "Whatcha been up to?" Furthermore, my dogs like to find places in the yard where some animal has died or something, and then roll in it for a little perfume action. "Eau de Carcass". I think they do it so that the next meeting with a friend there will be a 'tale' to tell...

Dogs who sit and stare at me can make me a little nervous. One of my dogs must have some Border collie in her, because her ability to sit statue still for 20 minutes while staring at me is menacing and creepy..I have no idea what she might be thinking, but if Hitchcock could offer suggestions, I suppose he might say, "Always make the audience suffer as much as possible."


  1. These are so great Rebecca! I love how whimsical they are.

    And your story behind all of this...a great read to lighten my day. Thanks!

    Yep, the pups around our house are spoiled rotten too. And their eyes give away their thoughts all the time.

    Very cool! Do more!

  2. I like your dogs. Fire hydrants are yellow now. Maybe from dogs peeing on them?

  3. Could be...I want to paint the one in our yard like a little fireman.


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