With love, from our four sled puppies 🙂
All four of our puppies are …spirited, to say the least. It would be impossible to get them all together for a photograph, unless someone was willing to hold them and get scratched and kicked in the process. So, drawing them in costume is the only way to go (also I don’t own a Mario, Peach, Fox and Zelda costume).
I tried to draw their personalities into this. Zelda is pretty wild, bouncing from house to food bowl to brothers and sister (much to brothers and sister’s dismay). She’s also our smallest puppy.
Fox likes to give lots of hug. He’ll clamp onto leg, arm, any part of you he can reach and it takes two people to pry his tiny claws out of skin. He means well though, really.
Peach acts very coy. She cries when she’s not being held or when sister is getting more attention than she. She’s very affectionate and playful.
Mario is our intrepid explorer. He’s not afraid to reach new heights, such as the time he grappled his way up onto his house despite being a mere 3 month old puppy facing a 3.5 feet difference. We used to place the bowls there while we were getting the food ready. He can also seem very relaxed, so that’s why I drew him that way.
I’m looking forward to drawing more of the puppies in posts to come.
Springtime is cow bunny season (I guess it also happens in autumn but I noticed it more in the spring, so spring it is). It’s that silly time when snowshoe hares are changing their fur color from their winter white to brown, shedding to look like a mini arctic bovine.
It’s also a cool camouflage technique to hide from…well, basically everything that is trying to eat it, whether it be lynx, wolf, Great Horned Owl, goshawk, Golden Eagle, coyote, squirrel (yes, squirrel, if it’s a baby hare), mink, other hawk species…geez, I’m really happy I’m not a snowshoe hare.
My favorite eider: the Spectacled Eider but now with super cool goggles. This image helped me identify them while I was searching for eiders in Utqiagvik, Alaska.
Directions for sled dogs:
Let’s go!/Mush/YAAAAH!: Go forward
Gee!: Turn right
Haw!: Turn left
There is no reverse in sled dog speak. Only muscle ache and straining, as pictured above.
Featuring the Rufous Hummingbird!
This is my first GIF! I love looking for fluffed up birds in the cold so this is my rendering of a Gray Jay transitioning from summer to winter.
This is a picture of Zelda, one of the sled puppies, that I’m thinking of incorporating into a comic. I couldn’t decide between the watercolor brush or the pencil tool, so I just used both.
Zelda is a loveable puppy with a lot of energy. She’s a little bundle of fluff now, but watch out when she’s on the team, because she can more than keep up with our older dogs. I’m super excited for her training this winter.
Right now her home is an ice skating rink because it’s been raining instead of snowing 😦 But as soon as we get snow, we’re going for a run!