My husband and I have only been more keenly aware of the dog rescue world since we adopted our first dog - a two year old Akbash from the south. We didn't know he was a guardian dog who took his job very, very seriously until he settled into our household, about four months later. With friends and little kids coming and going, our dog was too much for us to handle safely, even with expert help and the commitment on our part to make our relationship work. We had to resurrender him --- with many, many tears, for he was so loving to us.
A few months later we adopted our sweet Molly. She is a Great Pyrenees / Golden Retrieve mix. When we first got her, she was sweet, sad, and a bit soulless . She didn't sit, come or stay. She wasn't interested in treats - she was almost like a ghost dog. As the months went on, she learned the basics, but was still a little sad.
Then one day, she showed her extreme excitement at our return to the house. I played a game of chase around the dinning room table and that was the beginning of her finding her doggy self.
Now we chase around the yard, she races our grandchildren and I just heard from my husband that she stopped to play with a dog on a recent run.
She is a dreamboat!!!
Here is my first dog painting
Molly 11x14 oil on panel
So now I am starting a project that involves painting rescue dogs looking for adoption. I am hoping that my skill as a painter can translate to a better life for some of our faithful furry companions.