Pretty nifty, huh?
This portrait of Maxwell was done by Leslie Bowman. Wait a minute…Leslie Bowman…as Quasimodo said, “That name rings a bell!”
Of course it does. Leslie is one of us! A dog blogger and I think almost all of us enjoy visiting her blog “Adventures of Bitey Dog.” We all love her whimsical cartoons and tales of the (mis)behaviors by her Cairn Terrier Toby and his spirit brother, Geordie.
Some blog visitors may not realize that Leslie is a very accomplished author and artist and one of her specialties is dog portraits. Along with pet portraits, she has written a couple of books, available on Amazon, about the imaginary adventures of the terriers and has a unique curation of gifts in her blog store.
I have to admit that for the longest time I thought her last name was “Studios” because I kept seeing the name “L. Bowman Studios” on all this great dog art.
OK, I’m not too bright but you already know that. Anyhoo…
Awhile back, I wrote here of Max’s health problems, an incurable condition that would define his life expectancy and limit his activities. It was sad news and your kind wishes and expressions of sympathy were much appreciated even if it might have seemed that we shrugged them off.
:…shrug…: We’re not good at expressing feelings. :…shrug…:
While we were (figuratively) sitting around scuffing our shoes and going “aww shucks,” Leslie surprised us by painting this portrait of Sir Maxwell to bring cheer and smiles. We love it and asked if it was OK to share it with you.
Now some may say that Toby, star of The Adventures of Bitey Dog, was the actual force behind this creation. Unknown to many, he has a soft side. Yes, it’s true, he prefers to go by his tough street name of “Bitey T” but he’s actually a small softie. Maybe Geordie had a good influence on him.
If you know about pet portraits, and I assume you do, then you know that Leslie Bowman Studios is pretty near the top of the heap. I don’t know all the proper art terminology to describe how she did the portrait but maybe Leslie will chime in on the comments, if we haven’t embarrassed her into another universe.
We feel privileged to have this portrait of Max. We cherish the thought, the effort and talent she put into it.
But it’s more than that.
For roughly 8 years we’ve been blogging about this silly little Maltese and this blog has, for us, established a mini-community of friends. The heck with the blog stories, it’s the comments section where the fun happens and where we joke, harass, mourn and commiserate with each other. It’s kind of a dog family.
So Leslie’s gift to us touched us deeply. As I told her, the Alpha Japanese Female, a samurai who does not express emotions often or easily, said with damp eyes, “I can’t believe someone did this for us.”
That’s the unexpected joy a silly dog blog can bring. Of course, I will continue to harass Leslie and Bitey T as before. It’s my thing. But before I start in again, let me say, sincerely, “Thank you” and that goes for all of you.
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