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I DID IT! FEBRUARY DOG-A-DAY – DAY 28!!! MEET A GIRL NAMED “BO”

I made it. I did it!

I painted and presented a Dog-A-Day for the Month of February!!

Let me introduce our Beauty Queen, the icing on the cake

“a girl name BO”

Her Mama writes, “This is my dog, Bo.

A girl Bo.  🙂 She is my husband and my first baby.  She was rescued from a kill shelter in WV and brought to D.C., where we adopted her at about a year old.  She changed our lives.  She is the sweetest, best behaved, most endearing pup we have ever had.  A few years after rescuing Bo we had our first son and 2 years later our second son.  Bo was amazing with our boys from day 1.  They consider her their older, fluffy sister.  She is 9, almost 10 years old now.  I can’t believe how fast time flies, but she is still as cute as ever.  She goes on a walk/jog with me every morning, and it’s the best way to start each day.”

Oh Bo. You sweet sweet girl. I absolutely loved painting you and I will miss your sweet face looking back at me from my studio walls.

SWEET SWEET BO

BO IS A VIRGINIA TECH HOKEY!

Wow, I feel like I just finished a Mini-Marathon. Such a Labor of Love. It started out to be just a challenge, try to paint a Dog-a-day for the month of February. But in the process of painting, of waking up every day…pouring my coffee and heading into the next room…my Dining Room/Studio taking out the days photos and getting to know that dog…it’s story…and then creating that face on a canvas…in the process – my heart got lighter. I guess you could say I went into February with a bit of a heavy heart…and exited lighter…more hopeful, more connected and centered and happy.

I DO HOPE to continue this endeavor …a new dog a day, once things quiet down with our house being for sale…. for now what I have decided to do is to get back to the HOME and DESIGN based posts on the blog but on Instagram (@leslidevito) I plan to continue posting dogs I have and will be painting…their faces will greet you and their stories will entertain you.

Thank you for following along , for sharing your dogs with me and for your kind words. Please take advantage of the offer on leslidevito.com to get a 10 x 10 dog portrait done…I am taking commissions through March 5.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
Josh Billings (a.k.a. Henry Wheeler Shaw; humorist and lecturer)

XO

Leslie

DAY 27 – DOG-A-DAY – MEET “OSCAR”

When I read Oscar’s story

I knew I had to paint him!

Oscar is an American Bulldog.

” My American Bulldog Oscar,  recently turned 9. I rescued Oscar through the Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk, Maine. They told me he was a stray. I really feel like I hit the jackpot. He’s such a happy-go-lucky guy who loves people, other dogs, even cats. Once he’s inside, all he wants to do is snuggle on the couch, or s;eep on his back with all 4 paws up in the air.

I adopted him when I was a bachelor in my 20’s. And along the way he’s lived with me in Maine, New Hampshire and now Boston with my wife – who he might like more than me. He’s explored all over New York City, camped in Vermont and hiked Mount Washington. I really can’t imagine my life without him, he is my best friend!”

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT THE AMERICAN BULLDOG

  1. The American Bulldog is loyal, reliable, brave and determined. Not a hostile dog. Alert and self-confident, this breed genuinely loves children.
  2. The American Bulldog will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard.
  3.  Thanks to the efforts of John D. Johnson of Summerville, Georgia, the American Bulldog exists today. After Johnson returned from WWII he was disappointed to find that, like the English Mastiff, it was almost completely extinct. He then decided to gather the best specimens he could find from all across the rural South in an effort to bring the American Bulldog back from the brink of extinction. He has been breeding these dogs longer than anyone else in the world and his father bred them before him. He is an old man now and these dogs have always existed in his family. He is the sole reason why they exist today. If it were not for his efforts they surely would be extinct. He has been breeding them nonstop since then.

OSCAR LOVES THE OUTSIDE AND IS ALL BUSINESS!

4.  A variety of ear types are acceptable including cropped, rose, half-pricked and forward flap.

5. The coat is smooth and short, and comes in all shades of brindle including red brindle, varying degrees of white, red, brown, tan, fawn and piebald.

OSCAR IS A BEAUTIFUL IN PROFILE AND FACE FORWARD!

“No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish – consciously or unconsciously – that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.”

                                                                                                                DEAN KOONTZ

Leslie

DAY 26 – DOG-A-DAY – MEET “ZIGGY” THE HAPPY HAVANESE

I had to look up HAVANESE

when I painted JINGLES! and now I have painted two!!!

MEET MR. ZIGGY

How to describe ZIGGY?

“His two favorite things are human food and cuddling with us.
He has a doggie sister who he adores named Roxy.
He loves being outdoors and we frequently go on hikes.
My 17 year old son Trent has been Ziggys constant companion since we adopted him. I have so
many pictures of the two of them and  they still are best friends to this day.
He is the sweetest, cuddliest doggy. I sleep with him every night and I can’t imagine not having him
next to me.”

The story of Ziggy is really touched my heart and I am honored to have painted him.

Ziggy  has cancer and every moment shared is precious.

Dogs do not live NEARLY long enough. Not even close. And sometimes I even wonder if THAT fact is yet another one of the many many lessons DOGS have to teach us. They do not waste ANY time. They have boiled their live down to JUST WHAT MATTERS –  to all the good – eating, sleeping and loving. The rest…they have no time for … but still, I wish they lived so much longer.

I hope Ziggy has all good days…xo

Leslie

DAY 25 – DOG-A-DAY – MEET “BELLE” THE SHICHON

MANY COUPLES

HAVE FOUR LEGGED “FIRST BABIES”

MEET “BELLE”… “The First baby”

“We got Belle 8 years ago this month and she was our first baby 🙂 We went to a breeder who was local to us “just to look” and as soon as we laid eyes on her we were in love. She came home with us that day. We thought she was the sweetest little bundle of fur, so we gave her a “princess” name – Belle. As she grew, we realized she definitely was all things sweet, but she was also all things sassy 🙂 She can be impossibly stubborn but she is also incredibly loyal. Our two girls love Belle to pieces and she loves them back (although sometimes she does hide under the couch to escape them, haha!). She’s also known to be a bit of an escape artist, so our neighbors have gotten to know her too (oops). She’s an adventurer, and explorer, and she wants to be everyone’s friend. We love her so much

“Our family will be making an overseas move to the Philippines for missions work in the next year, and the saddest part is that Belle won’t be able to come with us. It breaks our hearts, but we are determined to find her the kindest, most loving home we can before we must leave. We have wanted to get a portrait done of her so we can always remember how much joy she brought to our little family.”

BELLE AND THE BABY (NOW 5 1/2 YEARS)

I am so happy to have been able to paint this portrait of Belle”.

BELLE ON THE SOFA. Bean loves to sleep on the top of the cushions like this!!!! Love the blanket!!! Also like our house!

BELLE is a very special dog who is loved very much. I can’t imagine how hard it will be for the family to leave her behind and I hope she finds a new home and continues to get lots of loving snuggles.

5 FUN FACTS ABOUT SHICHON

1.If you are looking for a “teddy bear” dog, the Bichon Frise Shih Tzu mix, also called a Shichon or Zuchon, may be just the one for you.

2. Because of the very nature of a mixed breed — diseases prone to afflict the pure breed pass mixed breeds by — your Shichon will usually enjoy robust health.

3. The Shichon is the type of dog that will follow you around the house from room to room.

4. Fractures are definitely a possibility when dropped even from a low height onto a hard floor. Be careful with the little ones!

5. The Bichon Frise Shih Tzu cross is getting to be increasingly popular. And, with good reason. It is a relatively low maintenance dog which is an ideal companion for somebody living alone.

3 MORE DOGS!! WOW WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO SPEND A MONTH!!!

When I look back over these photos, I can remember each dog…each face and each story. I still want to make it to 100 some day…and perhaps what I might do is continue to post pics and stories…on Instagram!!

Funny, I also can remember what music I was listening to while I painted each dog .. or TV show I was binge watching while I painted… Lets see, WHILE I PAINTED In February I watched

“MOZART IN THE JUNGLE”

one of my faves!! and

all 7 seasons of “THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW”.

HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY!

 

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

IT IS FEBRUARY AND DAY ONE OF “DOG-A-DAY” PAINTING MONTH!

 FEBRUARY is HERE!!!

FEBRUARY IS HERE?

Yes, February is here and

I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT MY DOG-A DAY PROJECT !!!

Everyday this month, I will paint and post a DOG-A-DAY . Each painting will measure 10″ x 10″ and will be available for purchase. You may still EMAIL photos of your dog for consideration to info@leslidevito.com

TODAY I INTRODUCE TO YOU

THE VERY FIRST DOG-A-DAY PAINTING

MEET “MARS”

MARS IN THE HOUSE

MARS IS A 7-YEAR OLD JACK RUSSELL TERRIER

MARS – SOLD

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 THE lineup of Pups is amazing! Thank you so very much to those of you who have shared your Dogs with me. I love your stories!

STAY TUNED. A new  DOG-A-DAY painting will be posted each day at 10amEST!!!

send your photos to info@leslidevito.com. Please consider purchasing your painting if selected as I have received hundreds of submissions. Thank you.

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