January 18, 2015

Portrait of a Pup

You might remember last summer, when Connor and I spent the afternoon with artist, Sam Robinson, so Connor could have his portrait painted. Sam and his wife, Barbara, took lots of photographs of Connor and captured some great poses – after we calmed Connor down a bit. I was given one of the portraits later in the summer and I loved it to bits! It captured Connor on his favourite patchwork quilt, which usually is in the back of the car to prevent him from sliding on the leather seats. IMG_2733

Well, just after the New Year, I was with the same friends, and they gave me the other painting of Connor – one I didn’t know had been painted. Apparently, Sam did a small study of Connor before he painted the picture above. It’s such a sweet picture, and really captures Connor’s big brown eyes, fuzzy head and funny ears.

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As Connor’s time winds down, I know that I will treasure these pictures forever.

I am going to hang the study with three terrific sketches that were done by my friend Lady Rosie West. image

As I look at this sketch, it’s exactly the same position Connor was in this afternoon when I snapped a picture of him. IMG_8236He loves to tuck into the corner of the old wing chair, now covered with a large painter’s cloth. He sleeps there about 23.5 hours a day now.

Speaking of dogs, my friend Andrea’s daughter just got this adorable GoldenDoodle puppy over the weekend. IMG_8265I was so tickled to have the chance to meet little Natty this afternoon. IMG_8267

It almost makes me want to get a puppy!

24 comments:

  1. Every time I see that photo, I think Natty looks like Yoda! Cute one you are, puppy.

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    1. You will make a terrific granny to Natty!

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  2. Elizabeth SpeicherJanuary 19, 2015 at 4:48 AM

    As cute as puppies are, the mature dog has greater appeal to me. Mr Robinson's paintings capture the dignity of a dog well-loved. Fidelity and trust radiate from Connor's face. You are so fortunate - a wonderful dog and artistic friends to capture his beauty.

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    1. Both of my dogs have been older dogs. I don't have the patience to deal with a puppy.

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  3. I love both the paintings and the sketch. Now am thinking I might get something done for my brothers dog...

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    1. Rosie is in London! You should get her to do the sketches.

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  4. what wonderful pictures of connor + adorable puppy. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  5. For a second there I began reading this post bracing myself for the worst. PHEW

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    1. I am bracing myself, too. Two friends have lost their dogs recently and suddenly.

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  6. Yes, Connor is winding down a bit, but I'm sure he still keeps an eye on things!! Love to you and Connor. xoxo Mary

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    1. Actually, he doesn't keep an eye out. He's gotten kind of deaf, so i really have to stomp around for him to know i am there.

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  7. Great paintings and sketches of Connor. He may be sleeping a bit more, but then what else does he have to do while you're away. I'm sure he has no plans to go anywhere. Life with a best friend like that is so rich........congratulations for thinking to do that! Angela Muller

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    1. Funnily, even though i was at home yesterday, he still slept a lot.

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  8. Such beautiful paintings! Wonderful friends! I love that sweet boy of yours and treasure every glimpse of him on the blog, knowing that the days grow short, and my heart literally aches. You have been the perfect home for him.....and he for you......(come to your senses about that puppy idea!! LOL!!) Hugs to you both, Meg.

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  9. What a handsome boy! Connor looks so regal!!! My dogs are 15 and 14, so I know what you mean about sleeping more and winding down. And what a cute pup :)

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    1. Loi, this is the companion piece to the painting I received at the party this summer.

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  10. I have a huge soft spot for yellow Labs. Connor reminds me of my dog, Babe. She passed a couple of decades ago. Babe was my best buddy and I still miss her - she helped me through some hard times. I have two little dogs now and I love them dearly, but Babe was special, as most yellow Labs seem to be -I just think they are the very best dogs. It is just wonderful that you have these paintings of Connor.

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    1. Connor is the second yellow I've had, and although the shedding kills me, they're great dogs.

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