Here is a December photo of my baby, Daisy, a toy fox terrier. (That sawdust from the barn really builds up -- that's why I do art or clean the house - or not as you see here.) She came to me in October of 2007 as a cast off, having passed through at least four hands, the last two rather rapidly. I could not learn about her earlier history. She was a year and half old then.
7x5 Colored pencil on panel
I have enjoyed her. She likes to sleep under covers or whatever garment she can get under, next to me as often as possible. She is a lap dog when I am at the computer. In addition to being catlike affectionate, she has alot of spunk and likes to play as the top photo shows. I like her smallness for ease of transport. Since I spend alot of time with my mother in another city she was great to take along the first year I had her. My mom lives in an assisted living facility now, and many of the residents loved to have her visit. Unfortunately, Daisy is the jealous type and she became very protective of my mother, which did not work well after a while with facillity workers coming into the rooom. So Daisy's visits were terminated. She is protective when anyone approaches me now, too. A key perhaps to why she did not last in some of her earlier homes. I have consulted with a trainer, and of course, I am doing something to encourage her behavior. I will have some one-on-one sessions with her and a trainer when I can find the spare time and money to do this and maybe she can become a traveling dog again.