I made the foolish suggestion to my niece that I would draw a picture of her beloved dog Max for Christmas. I did add the caveat that it could be a complete failure and she would be getting a gift voucher if it didn’t work. I have not done many dog portraits and he is difficult colour to be drawing. I did spend some time on fellow blogger Rebecca Anderson’s site , she does amazing drawings of her black dog,
After a shaky start I am pleased with the result. The eyes, in fact, have turned out too well and they follow you around the room. There were a couple of times when I was drawing it that I could feel him watching me. Because he is so black, there are times when it is only the flash of the whites of his eyes, that let you know that he is curled up into a dark corner.
He is a rescue pup, we got him at around three months, but he must have had a rough time as he is still a very nervous boy and easily spooked. My niece has done an amazing job with him and he is well trained, though prone to getting into trouble. He is visiting us at the moment, while Katie is at the beach with friends. Our girls love having him to visit, Rosie loves her elder brother, but he is more interested in basking in the sun.
Rosie, Max and Hannah. Max had to voice is objection in being disturbed from his afternoon nap.
We have a new member of the family, a little man called Max. He is fourteen weeks old and the wiggly-est and climbing-est puppy that ever won your hearts. He is a rescue dog so we know his mother was a Kelpie (Australian sheep/cattle dog) but we are not sure who the father was. Best suggestions so far are Staffordshire Terrier or Doberman, but we will have to wait till he grows up or we can get him DNA tested. (Yes for only $60 Aus, you can find out the parentage of your dog.)
Hannah and Milo, sitting up very straight and being good.
We already have two dogs, so it was going to be interesting to see how they took to the puppy. Milo is a 12 year old, chocolate lab, who has already dealt with a Great Dane and a Wesite puppy , so we knew she would just roll her eyes at another puppy and hide in her basket. Hannah the 4 year old Westie was thought to be the problem one. She has ruled the roost (Milo never saw the point in trying to be dominant, did it involve food or basket, then what was the issue), and we weren’t sure if Hannan was going to like having competition around. Westies can be a very determined little dog.
Milo relaxing in her basket, she does take it to an art form.
How wrong we were, she was besotted from the start. She follows him around and lies there looking at Max waiting for him to wake up and play with her again. So sweet, they are the best of mates and this keeps the puppy from bothering Milo.
Max and Hannah playing.
(First ever Youtube clip for me. Yvette my social media mentor will be proud of me.)
So despite some damp patches, one chewed pencil and eraser all is going well in our doggy family. Oops I hear yelling and the dogs have just scattered, someone is in trouble.