Friday, March 09, 2007

IF: Wired...and unwired




About a year and a half ago my husband and I rescued a terrified Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix. Like most of us, she had issues-none of which we were warned about. We would have adopted her anyway, but knowing something about their background is usually helpful. We knew she was one of seven dogs of different sizes and breeds who were left in a yard for a year or more, pretty much unattended and left to fend for themselves whenever food was tossed their way. A neighbor reported them to the local humane society, thank goodness, and the owners surrendered six of the seven.( I pray every day for dog number seven who stayed with them.)
She was in the very last run at the shelter, just quaking in her boots with her back right up against the wall. She barked and yelped at me, knocking her food over in the process. I opened the door to her run, sat down on the floor and spoke softly, telling her I had all day. After about a half hour or so she crawled onto my lap. The rest, as they say, was history!! The shelter had given her the name of "Sadie" which she didn't respond to. After having her home for a day I renamed her "Sweet Emma." Now that time has passed we realize she's only sweet with us...oops! And she also has epilepsy-but because she's so special (to me) I just tell her she has "Emma-lepsy :) Her seizures are infrequent and small so no medication is needed at this point. Good thing her mom is a retired vet tech. Another family might have returned her.
So...being the nervous or wired type she can sometimes be, here's my rendition of her when she's amped up as well as a photo of her the day I brought her home. I'm in LOVE! Can you blame me? ( Click to enlarge...it looks better!)
Watercolor on Canson, cut out and glued onto scrapbooking paper and embellished with colored pencils and micron pens.

57 comments:

  1. Laurel your baby Emma looks like a sweetheart...even if only to you! The background looks like ancient gold leaf, very cool affect. She's lucky indeed, now immortalized!

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  2. Great illo! I love the colors you've used! Love the story about Emma...and I hope you enjoy many relaxing years together! :)

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  3. How could you not be in love? I love this story as well and Emma reminds me of a friend's wired little adopted dog. What a wonderful piece and photo as well. Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. Ahhh, little Emma. So glad she found a good home. I have yet to meet a Chihuahua who wasn't a trembler. Lovely portrait of her, too.

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  5. Awe! How sweet! What a lucky puppie to have you.
    Love your illo -the colors are fantastic

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  6. Aw, love the story, the illo and photo. Just perfect!

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  7. Poor Emma. Lucky she has someone like you to love her. Great illustration!

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  8. awwww.... what a sweet, sweet story!! Good for you! Our dog#2 is also a once-terrified shelter dog. We think she was a stray who'd had things thrown at her, because we still can't throw bites of goodies to her without her heading for under the bed upstairs... great imges, too!

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  9. Love Emma's story. Hello sweetheart!

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  10. Love little Emma and your illo. Try reading "Animals in Translation" it's about animal behavior...wish I read it before dealing w/ Charlie, our old dog who was only nice to us too!

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  11. My little adoptee is like this, too. People need to realize that animals are not disposable, but have feelings and consider themselves part of our "pack"....not to be abandoned....because they trust us until they are taught not to. I am glad Emma found a good home. I love my little mutt. She is my best little buddy. Anyone considering a new pet should look into adoption, but be prepared for a lot of work. It is all worth it in the end!

    Thanks for sharing your story!

    -kate

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  12. I don't blame you one bit! Truly lovable!!! Awesome wired, love this!!!

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  13. Heartwarming story Laurel and Emma is lucky to have found her way to you, cute illo too.

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  14. cute photo and awesome illo, great textures

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  15. What a lovely illo to go with a touching story! I hope Emma is coping with the seizures no matter how minute they may be... I feel sorry for animals going thru such... God bless you for being such a kind human companion.

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  16. Very cute dog! Love your story and so sorry that she has epilepsy! Glad Emma found a good mother.

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  17. The circular shapes create a vibrant energy that conveys "wired" formally as well. Love your "hide" illo with the rats as well. Thanks for your kind comments! :)

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  18. The eyes have it. Splendid portrait.

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  19. very nice Emma and very nice illo

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  20. Emma looks like a wonderful dog, she's lucky to have you and I am sure you are lucky to have her too. Hi Emma!

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  21. Hi Laurel,

    Another sweet, touching story to go with your lovely painting. I honor you for your dedication, care and patience with Sweet Emma. I love the multimedia piece of her (the background is cool). And the photo is just darling. Sounds like you both are lucky ;) Have a great week. ~Michelle

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  22. I always cry when I read your stories.... But that means they are really good! You've been the angel-of-the-day for that poor (not anymore) dog... Thank you from all animal-lovers! :)

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  23. Thanks for the wonderful comments everyone! I can't take credit for the fun background of the illo though. It's printed scrapbooking paper. I love using the different papers in some of my work for an added artsy element. It's also good for me when I don't have much time to spend on the illo and still want it to be interesting!

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  24. So funny because I'm sure it's so true. My sister's dog, a rescue too, is the same way!

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  25. She is lovely, I especially like the story. You are very brave to take on a shelter dog. Good on you for doing so, I wish more people would!

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  26. Darling Emma---what a sweetie.
    thanks, Laurel, for your comments on my bulldog pic--I know, those man-made freaks just break my heart. Rescue folks are the best!

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  27. Hhehheee, LOVE Emma's eyes in your drawing! I'm a rescuer too .. but of the feathered kind. (No cats or dogs allowed) :)

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  28. I love this history of the sweet and also very cute little Emma. So lucky she is to have been adopted by you Laurel.
    I think your Emma is just a fine piece of work, love the muted colors and the wired image of this little dog. Tell Emma she is quite photogenic!
    I've adopted two dogs from animal shelters. Luther, a beautiful big dog, all heart, sadly passed away, he had cancer, he was operated on, didn't work, and Little buttons, I still have him, a poodle, he's great.
    Anyway, just a wonderful post Laurel!

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  29. Hahaha... I love the way he fits in your blog's layout :)

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  30. Nice image! Thanks for the detail - your textures are great and I love the squiggly dog lines.

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  31. Awwwwwwwww!! What a heart-breaking story with a happy ending. I'd be in love too, she's adorable!! And I'm a sucker for animals other people don't want. I came to adopt my old cat from my neighbour, who already had 5 other cats who lived in a shed. My old cat was the oldest, so got bullied. He also had kidney problems. But I loved him to bits. Love the drawing and the photo.

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  32. Love your drawing! Thank you for sharing the story behind your adopted dog. It's always good to read about adopted pets leading happy lives after a tragic past.

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  33. Ahh, so sweet. The background really does add to the painting of Emma. Very cool!!

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  34. What a great story. I am glad she has a great home now. Nice illustration too.

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  35. Nice illustration and story ... what a sweet-looking dog - even when "wired."

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  36. Love your drawing. Really nice work. Love the way you've colored this as well.

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  37. she looks very sweet.she's lucky to have a friend like you! great illustration too.

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  38. Love this! and your painting is awesome too! Thank you for saving Emma.

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  39. Very cute! I like the rough technique you've used in this piece.

    Also nteresting to me... this makes three dogs I know of who share my name. ;)

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  40. Great story and depiction of "wired" state!

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  41. what a story! so sweet as well as your work :) emma is adorable ! :)

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  42. Beautiful portrait! Love the background and Emma is so cute!

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  43. Such a dog is one to love! Thankyou for your story - it's good, that Emma now have some people, she can trust - I can understand that she don't believe at all people after what she have tried.

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  44. Rescue dogs make the sweetest pets (even with all their issues)! Nice illo. And thanks for the comment on mine.

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  45. What a charming story! Aw, she has "emmalepsy"?! What an endearing term. I really love your illustration this week and your story has touched my heart. keep up the terrific work!

    Cheers,
    Theresa

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  46. THis is a beautiful piece!! Love the character!

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  47. I love your painting, sweet story!

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  48. That is a sweet pup. She looks comfy. Natural selection has small breeds like her sharp. The less bright ones have been trampled to death by clumsy humans.

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  49. great colors really nice illo!!

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  50. sweet little Emma.....she is lucky to have found you....

    a lovely tribute to her.

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  51. I really like the colors and the layering. Polka dots look great and fit with the wiredness idea.

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