Sunday, June 22, 2014


One of my absolute favorite dogs to make are the Sighthounds. This wonderful memorial piece had a special job. He was going to be the comfort for a elderly lady that was about to undergo hip surgery.. Roi was her constant companion in life and now more than ever he was missed! Other new Whippets in the household did their job to comfort but we all know about those heart dogs.  The request came from her daughter I began Roi right away so he could get to Australia in time for the surgery. Happy to say he made it in time and Mum is coming along well now. I like to think little Roi is helping her with the pain of surgery and loss of a four legged companion.  The hard part of my artwork at times is knowing the powerful love involved in our pets and bringing a memory back is a task I take very personal. I have had to say goodbye myself to more than one. More and more my artwork is doing just what I had hoped.. giving a physical reminder of a member of our family often times much closer than the humans we live with. Dogs are so very special to me there is no other way I can be closer to them.. I guess that is what I have always wanted to be close to them!


I always love it when the request is a secret gift for either husband or wife. Carly was a birthday gift for a wife. Being told his wife is always looking at little Cavalier sculptures to find one that resembles their own dog I knew I could help. With pictures sent I began to make this cute little one. Picking the pose was pretty much left to me didn't take long to decide on the cute one with the paw curled under. It is such a joy to see all the dog photos come in and when the dog is a surprise it can be funny. I could see in the real Carly she was not sure why she had to suddenly stand in odd ways so markings could be seen. She had that look in her eye like I see in my Bob when they are just suspicious of all this photo taking. Another very sweet part of this commission is she was actually given many weeks before the birthday.... sweet anticipation. I am happy to report that I was shared a picture of Carly in her mom's hand soon followed by a message how much she loved the piece and it looked just like her!  Can't ask for more than that.. I love dog people! They are simply the best..

  "Until one has loved an animal, a part of 
         one's soul remains unawakened"

  Anatole France