Friday, August 6, 2010

August 6, 2010... ATC Of My Dog Toby...


Traded to Mariann Johansen Ellis...

This cut was based on a silly observance. My dog is a timid creature, cautious and selective in his companionship. We got him after he had been mistreated by someone else, and even though he was a small puppy when we got him, he never fully behaved as a puppy does. My brother-in-law found him and brought him to us. I tended to him the best he would let me, and he has improved so much. He is in his "teens" now, but recently had a puppy moment. He noticed a grasshopper trying vainly to escape notice just near his feet. He put his face near it, and when it got startled and hopped a bit out of the way, he got excited. It was like a call to "come out and play". He placed his front paws under his chin while leaving his hind legs in normal standing position, and mini hopped around it, as if answering the call to hop with joy, thought that was not the intention of the grasshopper. He nosed it, and when it jumped again, he excitedly hopped around, until the grasshopper got the best of him and escaped. It made such an impression on my mind. This traumatized dog has made tremendous headway. He has learned to enjoy simple things as a simple dog should, without fearing the little things like he used to. Big deal!

1 comment:

Miss Sandy said...

What an enchanting creation to capture a moment on joy in Toby's life. How thrilled you must have been to see him be a puppy after his trauma. I love how an everyday scene inspired your art.