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DAY 15 – DOG-A-DAY – MEET “GABBY”

“GABBY”

was adopted at 4 months from the Humane Society.

“It all started with a photo that I saw on Petfinder.com. She was listed as 4 months old and Maltese/terrier mix. I immediately fell in love with that little face… Apparently, she was meant to come home with me because she was still there when I went back a month later. “

“… she ended up being one of the best decisions I have ever made. She brings so much joy to our family. She is the smartest little lady ever. She loves to go walking. She always grabs her harness when I ask her it she wants to go walking. She loves her cats, she has six! …

“Her favorite thing to do is to go to the beach.. When we are traveling and as soon as she smells the salt air and sees the bay she starts whining and scratching at the window. “

Leslie

HAPPY VALENTINES!!! DAY 14 – DOG-A-DAY – MEET “BRODY”

One of the VERY FIRST Pet portraits I ever did was a breed I had never heard of…”THE VIZSLA”

I HAVE since come to KNOW and ADORE VIZSLAS

 MEET “BRODY” THE VIZSLA

“Brody is our 55 pound lap dog!”

 “He has earned the reputation for being the neighborhood’s honorary mayor.

He hasn’t met a person he doesn’t like, and he’s the one all dogs love to chase; they hardly ever catch him, though! We adopted him at 10 weeks old and have had 6 years of unconditional love. In 2015, we welcomed our daughter Colette, who has since become the apple of his eye. “

 FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT VIZSLAS

VIZSLA PUPPIES ARE CRAZY CUTE!!!

  1. Lovingly NICNAMED “VELCRO VIZSLA” Because they are hardwired to stick close to their humans. therefore, they do not do well if left alone for long periods. They LOVE people.
  2. This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It is not considered to be a very protective breed. They’re unlikely to scare off intruders.
  3. You can’t use strong discipline with this breed. Sitting down and having a conversation about inappropriate behavior works best!

    VIZSLAFOTO

4. The aftermath of World War I, followed by the ravages of World War II, nearly brought an end to the breed, however. Fortunately, the Vizsla managed to survive, and the first members of the breed were imported to the United States in the early 1950s.
5. You may need to control his tendency to mouth your hands — provide a box filled with toys so he can carry things around in his mouth.

SEND YOU PHOTOS TO INFO@LSLIDEVITO.COM  –

SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH MARCH 1

Leslie

DAY 13 – DOG-A-DAY MEET “CUPCAKE” AND SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

I love Cupcakes..and I love today’s Dog-a-Day is a TOY POODLE named….

 “CUPCAKE”

” Cupcake is very smart.  Her most favorite thing to do is to wait for the mail to come through the mail slot on our front door every day.  If not home when it arrives, she leads me to the front door as soon as I come in.  The funny thing is, she seems to know that mail doesn’t come on Sundays, as she doesn’t wait for it on Sunday mornings.  I don’t know if it’s because of the change in routine, or her biological clock has figured it out.”

   ” Another thing Cupcake loves to do during the summer months is “help” me hang laundry outside.
As soon as I pick up hangers or the laundry basket, she is ready to go.  During the day, I might go
back and forth several times bringing in the clothes as they dry, and she is always right there by my
side each time.”
1. Poodles come in 3 sizes : Toy, Miniature and Standard. These aren’t different breeds, just different
sizes of the same dog.

Tie dye poodle

fur and cold paws, many of the dogs had to be dropped off at checkpoints. This struggle led to a new
rule that dictated only northern breeds like Siberian huskies and Alaskan Malamutes are allowed to
race. This measure ensures the safety of breeds that aren’t cut out for the extreme cold.
3. Among the many many celebrities that have Poodles – Elvis Loved them!
4. Poodles are one of the smartest breeds, second only to the border collie in rankings of canine
intelligence. Their smarts make them extremely easy to train and a favorite of circuses.
5. The poodle has been bred with other popular dogs like Labrador retrievers, (Labradoodles)
cocker spaniels,  (Cockapoo) and   wheaten terriers (Whoodle) to make more hypoallergenic
breeds.
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OKAY
HERE IS MY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN SO POPULAR AND IS GAINING SUCH MOMENTUM AND
THEREFORE
I HAVE DECIDED TO
PAINT 100 DOGS IN 100 DAYS!!!!!!
 I WILL TAKE SUBMISSIONS FOR A DOG-A-DAY PAINTING UNTIL MARCH 1.
SEND YOUR PHOTOS TO 
INFO@LESLIDEVITO.COM
  • IF YOUR DOG IS SELECTED FOR A PAINTING YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED A FEW DAYS BEFORE
  • IT IS POSTED. PAINTINGS WILL BE POSTED ON THIS BLOG AND MY INSTAGRAM. @leslidevito 
  •      You will have the option to purchase your painting.

I am still ironing out the posting details. I would like to resume my HOME related big posts and so what I may do is POST the DOG-A-DAY PAINTINGS, daily, on INSTAGRAM AND leslidevito.com, and once a week, post all 7 for the week….any suggestions welcome.

So send me your photos!!! I cannot put into words what JOY it has been meeting your dogs, hearing the stories and being reminded daily of the precious bond between Us and our Dogs.

THANK YOU!!!

 

Leslie

DAY 12 – DOG-A-DAY MEET – “HOBBES”

“HOBBES”

IS An Adorable, feisty and sweet – 12 POUND “RAT TERRIER”.

“While visiting family in Texas, this little dog just showed up from out of the brush-it’s pretty rough country down there. He followed us whenever we left the house to the barn or the field or wherever and was waiting when we returned.  Long story short, we couldn’t find where he came from so we brought him home to live with us. “

” We will have had him for 13 years which means he’s anywhere from 14-16 years old.  He runs the pack of 3 dogs I have. Since coming north from the Rio Grande valley, Hobbes has always loved the heat.  His favorite place is to lie on his bed in front of a roaring fire and will stay there until he is left panting… he also lies directly on the sidewalk in the hot sun rather than the cool grass in the summer.   He absolutely loves people and will go up to anyone who gives him a smile and share delicate, little kisses.”

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT RAT TERRIERS

THE DAILY PUPPY

  1. President Theodore Roosevelt is said to have given the Breed its name after his own terrier had eradicated the Rat infestation in the white house.
  2. Rat Terriers are among the most trainable of terriers, and sports like agility, flyball, and coursing are excellent ways to socialize them and burn off excess energy.

    A PLACE TO LOVE DOGS

  3. Rat Terriers love to dig, and they can get out of a fenced yard relatively easily. Provided they have the proper protection, they are able to spend a good amount of time outdoors. They love to be inside the house and outside to play.
  4. The Rat Terrier was officially recognized by the AKC in 2013.
  5. They are also very good swimmers, not bashful or afraid and have no problem with the water.

Thank you Diana for sharing Hobbes with us…

I SAW “A DOGS PURPOSE” TODAY…LOVED IT!

Stay Tuned tomorrow I will be making a very exciting announcement !!!

Leslie

DAY 11 – DOG-A-DAY PAINTING – MEET “BEAR”

“BEAR”

WAS AN YELLOW *** “ENGLISH” LAB

a big sweet boy.

Winnie’s Pooh Bear of Rockfish aka “Bear” son of Winnie Woodworth (mother) and Woody Voshell  (father)
Obedient, happy, hungry, alpha, curious, sweet, stoic, beautiful, regal, loyal and loving till the very end.
Man, he was such an awesome dog!

BEAR

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT LABRADORS RETRIEVERS

  1. Labrador retrievers were bred to be the perfect water dogs: They have water-resistant double coats that provide insulation, and their short fur keeps them warm but doesn’t drag them down when it gets wet. Their webbed toes facilitate speedy swimming. Fishermen used the dogs to bring in nets, pull ropes between boats, and recover escaped fish.

    MY COUSINS’ BEAUTIFUL LAB  NAMED “CONNIE”…SHE WOULD SIT ON THE DOCK UNTIL ALL THE KIDS WERE BACK AND IN OFF THEIR BOATS.

  2. Labrador retrievers actually come from Newfoundland, not Labrador.
  3. Regardless of the parents’ color, a single litter can include black, yellow, and chocolate puppies. There are two genes that cause the pigmentation of the coat, so the variation can be just as common as different hair colors in a human family.

    LABRADOR RETRIEVER

  4. In 1981, a black Labrador mix named Bosco won the election to be the honorary mayor of Sunol, Calif., beating out two human candidates for the job.
  5. Thanks to their powerful noses, Labrador retrievers have been trained to sniff out and identify early stages of cancer. Through work with cancer cell samples, dogs can learn to smell the disease. The canine doctors can make a diagnosis by smelling a patient’s breath, blood, or stool. So far, the only known way to screen for easy stages of ovarian cancer is by letting a lab sniff the patient—they have very high success rates.

OUR DOG CHARLIE IS HALF LAB…ALL LOVE…

ME AND CHARLIE- the big boy

****The terms ‘American Labs’ and ‘English Labs’ aren’t absolute and strict terms, but more a useful guide of the probable type of Lab being described. There are many exceptions. GENERALLY SPEAKING, However, what I have come to know as the distinction is that the “English” have larger heads..and are stockier ….BUT, you can find “American” labs with big old noggins and stocky bodies too. I see the the distinction more come into play when folks are looking for a breeder…just my two cents!

Leslie

DAY 10 – DOG-A-DAY PAINTING – MEET “BOOMER”

BOOMER

(short for “Boomerang”) is a 6 year old Australian Shepard.

He is the pup of one of my high school classmates…and I am so glad she shared him with me….

If Boomer had a Slogan it might be “will work for Tennis balls!!” He is razor sharp and quick as a flash. My brother had an Australian Shepard named “Mack” and and that guy could wear out the carpet chasing a ball…and Oh are they ever smart!!! If you even THINK “ball” they will come sit by you and wait!!!

Susie says, “Boomer likes to play more than any dog I have ever seen. I am probably outside with him five times away throwing balls and frisbees and he will go until he finally tires out . He does that by bringing one frisbee at a time (we have about six going at one time) to the garage door. When he has all six at the door we know it’s time to stop. But half hour later he will be ready to play again! “

Like a BOOMERANG!!!!

BOOMER

“At Christmas and his birthday he really does open gifts. We wrap his in plain white tissue paper so he knows they are his! As soon as one is opened he is ready for another…just like a kid! And of course he gets a doggie ice cream on his birthday but he cannot blow out the candle!”

Thank you Susie for sharing Boomer with us!!!!

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIAN SHEPARDS

  1. Despite his name, the Australian Shepherd originated in the western U.S., not Australia, around the time of the Gold Rush in the 1840s.
  2. Aussies are natural born leaders… successful in such canine careers as guide dog, hearing dog, assistance dog, police dog, and search and rescue work.
  3. You can even teach an Aussie to help you with chores around the house, such as picking up dirty laundry off the floor and bringing it to you. You will however have to fold!

    THREE DOGS ON A STICK!!!

  4. Require regular brushing .
  5. Aussies enjoy the company of their family and prefer to stick close to their human pack. They don’t do well stuck in the backyard by themselves for long periods.
    Read more HERE

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10 DOGS PAINTED AND 18 TO GO….

EXCEPT..

I am contemplating making this a 100 dog challenge!!!!

I have gotten so many submissions and the project is gaining momentum….of course, if I decide to go for 100 DOGS IN 100 DAYS, I will split the blog so that I can incorporate home posts AND DOG-A-DAY POSTS!!!

SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK?????

Leslie

DAY 9 – DOG-A-DAY – MEET “SAM”

MEET SAM

Sweet, Little Sam crossed the Rainbow bridge recently. He was a 13-year-old Yorkshire Terrier who at 12  “sturdy” lbs  – was “husky” for a Yorkie!

His owner told me that despite his failing health, he held on long enough for his 3 college age “kids” to get home for Christmas…

I love dogs!!

“We used to say that Sam put the “terror” in terrier. Never were there more teen-age boys afraid of a 12lb dog, and he developed quite a reputation at my kids high school. His favorite activity was to  chase from the kitchen to the stairway an assortment of strapping football and lacrosse players and swimmers. He never ever bit anyone but took great delight in making them run!

I think you can see the mischievous gleam in his eyes.”

Thank you for sharing Sam with me.

YORKIE!

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YORKSHIRE TERRIERS

1.For its first few years, the Yorkshire Terrier breed was called the Broken Haired Scotch Terrier, Broken Haired Toy Terrier or simply Toy Terrier. By the 1970s, the name Yorkshire Terrier was adopted to honor the place where the breed began.

2. RANKS 6TH in Popularity in the US

3.Legendary actress Audrey Hepburn was famously attached to her Yorkshire Terrier, Mr. Famous. Lots of photos exist of Hepburn toting the dog around with her on studio lots, and he even made an appearance in one of her most popular movies, “Funny Face.”

4. Judging by their bravery and boldness, Yorkies have no idea how small they are, or else they have the confidence not to let their diminutive size hold them back.

5. The Yorkie was created by working men of north England, who developed the breed for catching the terrible rats and mice that infested clothing mills and mine shafts.

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What started out as a “wonder if i could do this..” kind of project has turned into so much more. I have received dozens and dozens of submissions, and the stories that go with the photos of each dog each are so wonderful. I always find it amazing how our pets bypass the nonsense and reveal our truest selves…for better or worse… I thank you sincerely for sharing your selves and your dogs with me.

xo

Leslie

DAY 8 – DOG-A-DAY PAINTING – MEET “ELLA”

THE FAMILY GOT ELLA IN GERMANY WHEN THEY WERE STATIONED THERE AND

Her breed name is Amelie von der wilder Horde translated to

“AMELIE OF THE WILD BUNCH”…

BEST NAME EVER!!!!

I JUST CALL HER SWEET ELLA.

SHE IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SETTER. I WANT TO LAY DOWN NEXT TO HER AND TAKE A NAP.

“ELLA” – SOLD

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT SETTERS

  1. The English Setter dog breed was named for its practice of “setting,” or crouching low, when it found birds so the hunter could throw his net over them.
  2. English setters are very sociable dogs. They enjoy being with both people and other dogs.
  3. The English setter is an intensely friendly dog. He does not do well banished to the backyard or to a doghouse.
  4. The color of the coat can be white with overlay markings of different colors like; Blue belton (white with black), Orange belton (white with orange), Lemon belton (white with lemon), Liver belton(white with liver), or tricolor (blue or liver belton with tan markings) etc.
  5. Great with kids!!! But not apartment dogs…need lots of exercise.

I LOVE SetteRS!!!!! My Mom used to breed Irish and English setters when I was a kid. I LOVED having the puppies around…sooooooooo soft!!!!

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I am so excited about the line up of DOGS…so many beautiful friends with amazing stories and fantastic personalities. Thank you for sharing them with me!

I know many of you are anxious to get back to “HOME STUFF” and I promise we will…We are presently in the process of getting our house ready to go BACK onto the market after a two month break. Round II !!!!

Check out this amazing photo that the Photographer got with a DRONE of our property…do you see why it is so hard to leave this place!!!

Photography by @barlingphotography

See you tomorrow!

Leslie

DAY 7 DOG-A-DAY – MEET SPRINGER SPANIEL “WINSTON”

DAY 7 …WOW A WEEK HAS PASSED!!!

MEET “WINSTON”

The Springer Spaniel

SIR WINSTON

I knew the SECOND I saw the photo of Winston that I HAD to paint him. For ONE, I have a total soft spot for Springer Spaniels. We had one when I was a teenager named “Millie”..and honest to God she was the sweetest dog I have ever owned in my life…and perhaps the softest too.

SPRINGER SPANIEL PUPPY – I MEAN….SO CUTE!!!!!

HERE ARE 5 FACTS ABOUT SPRINGER SPANIELS:

  1. The Breed originates in England – another dog that barks with an English accent!
  2. Known to be INCREDIBLY AFFECTIONATE
  3. GREAT with other dogs.Kids and Strangers -maybe not such good guard dogs 🙂
  4. They get to be about 50 lbs.
  5. Like the tee shirts at J Crew – the Spring Spaniel comes in MANY COLORS :  Black & White, Black White & Tan, Liver & White, Liver White & Tan White & Black White & Liver

DOG BREED LIST

Thanks for stopping by to see the DAY 7 Dog-A-Day, if you submitted a photo…I will let you know the night before your painting is posted…I have so many great dogs to paint and you will have so many great paintings to buy!!!

Leslie

DAY 6 DOG-A-DAY – LIKE CHOCOLATE? MEET “HERSHEY”

HAPPY MONDAY!

Did your team win the Super Bowl?

Today is day 6 of the Dog-a-Day painting Project.

I am so happy to introduce

“HERSHEY”

Still a bit of a puppy, Hershey, a Two year old Chocolate Lab Mix…is the perfect family dog.   Full grown and only about 35 lbs…, she’s a petite Lab!

HERSHEY

I am painting so much I actually had a dream about painting a dog!!!!

HEAVEN

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Congrats to Andrea and her dog “BELLA” – Winners of the Friday Giveaway.

If you left a comment on Fridays post and submitted your pet for consideration and would still like to have a painting of our dog…. send me photos, you can send them to info@leslidevito.com

 

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