I honestly can’t believe I’ve done twenty-six dog stalking portraits: that’s half a year! It seems like not so long ago that I hit publish on the very first dog stalking installation. My favorite part of the series–aside from getting to spend my time seeking, cuddling, and painting dogs!–is showing the owners’ portraits of their favorite canines (one highlight: when one owner asked to purchase the portrait I featured of his wife’s doggie submission!) Of course, it’s terribly difficult to decide on the best entries into my canine archive, but in honor of Dog Stalking’s half-year-versary, I’m going to try. Read on to find out my five favorite dog stalks!
Remy is one of the first dogs I ever stalked (and the first to receive dog stalking’s now-signature typographic treatment!)–a sweet fox terrier at the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market.
I met El Madrileno on the very last day of my European adventure a couple of years ago–I never got to find out his real name, since he was wearing a bow tie instead of tags!
Once I met Mark Zuckerberg’s puli Beast at the mall. The perks of living near Facebook!
I was so excited when Andrew Knapp gave me permission to feature his sneaky border collie Momo!
If there were dog entertainment in every traffic jam, tough commutes would be no problem. If I were president….
I’ve been saving this one for a long time, folks–literally months. One weekend back in January or February my family went to Carmel by th’ Sea for the day and met the most wonderful St. Bernard. (Unrelated: one of my favorite things about Carmel by th’ Sea is that they leave off the “e” most of us slap on the end of “the.”) I can’t possibly be the only one who gets extra-excited about stalking really big dogs, right? When his owner introduced him, I knew this particular dog would have to wait to be stalked until the timing was just right: the release of The Great Gatsby, obviously! Of course, only a dignified (and enormous) pooch could be called Gatsby. Perhaps, though, that wise wrinkly face is not quite suited to such a character!
Who else is looking forward to seeing this movie? I don’t mean watching the story and such–I’ve read The Great Gatsby a few times, the story is plain depressing–but actually seeing the movie. It looks gorgeous! If the cinematography is anywhere near the quality of Lawless or Skyfall I’m sold.
After 24 weeks of dog stalking with one cat thrown in, you’re probably wondering why the Striped Cat has never showed up in a Thursday post. Wonder no more!
Charlie has plenty of nicknames (Bear, Boo, Doodle…explaining all of them would require a novel), but you know him best as the Striped Cat. Like most pets, he has his fair share of quirks, many of which are…quirkier than most: he loves putting away his toys (plastics go with his food), he demands that I work out every night, and when I travel, he always helps pack my suitcase full of toy mice.
(In case you’ve noticed that this week’s portrait looks a bit different, no I haven’t changed dog stalking again! This is an old portrait of the Striped Cat, and I didn’t have the time or energy to break out my painting supplies in time to prep a portrait this week!)
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Today I have another dose of Central Coast love for you: meet Guido, the nine week old puppy I met on State Street in Santa Barbara. Guido is a Spinone Italiano, a breed of gun dog not usually seen in the United States. I loved the extra scruff around his nose, and the fact that his paws were much too big for him. Cutest of all? The oh-so-serious expression not usually found on a puppy. His mother described him as a “hooligan,” a phrase I often use to describe the Striped Cat–I wonder if they’d get on well?
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It’s no secret that I have a particular fondness for scruffy dogs (in fact, my excitement over them is so extreme that my boyfriend has texted me just to let me know he saw a scruffy dog). Brian may be the most ridiculous of the scruffy dogs I’ve seen: a passerby commented that he appeared to be having a “bad hair day,” and given his particularly wispy fair that resembles a constant case of bedhead, the description was more than accurate. His lanky body and sparse dalmatian spots add to his unique look, as does the especially messy patch of grey fur right on top of his head.
When I met Brian, he suddenly turned around and gave me a kiss right in the face–it was adorable, but the Striped Cat didn’t approve of the residual doggie kiss after I got home!
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I have some great ideas for improving the world–most of them involve either dogs or polka dots. I strongly believe that the world would be much happier if all scenarios that require waiting (lines, traffic) had dogs in the vicinity, to watch and play with. How do I know this would make traffic bearable? This dog:
One morning on the way to the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market to see Remy, this fellow was in front of my mom and I in the carpool lane, and smiled at us through the back window until his family exited the freeway. Subaru should pick this up as an ad, don’t you think?
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Can you believe I’ve done twenty of these pet portraits so far? For the big 2-0, I decided to do something a little different: cat stalking. When my friend Anita sent in Frango, he was too cute to resist (what’s funnier than a picture of a cat yawning?), and her version of his biography captured me instantly. Rather than try to match her description, I’m just going to quote it:
“He’s not the brightest kitty of the liter, and his high energy was a turn off for potential owners, and that’s how he ended up in my house, because he was the only cat left when we went to pick a kitten up. His parents had a forbidden love sort of story, the father name was Prince, a persian cat who had won multiple best in category shows; his mother was a stray with the sweetest face you have ever seen, attending by the name of Blackie. Frango was born March 3rd, and moved in with me early May in 2002. He was at first a scraggly kitten, but he grew up to be a very handsome cat, but one who has never learned how to aim in the litterbox.
Zodiac sign: Pisces (obviously)
Favorite snack: flowers and yogurt
Favorite spot to nap: the grass in the backyard by the chicken sculpture
Loves: sunlight and ear rubs
Hates: baths and strangers”
Here’s to 20 more dog (or cat!) portraits! If you want me to stalk your favorite furry friend, you can purchase a portrait right here.