August 4, 2013

Dog Daze of Summer

I've been a bad blogger lately--both as a post-er and reader-comment-er.  I don't know why I always have this idea that summer will be "time off," only to have it be packed with tons of activities NOT related to vacation!  My biggest challenge lately has been dealing with my dear old, OLD, dog. We just pulled him through a medical crisis. I thought for sure it was the end, but the old guy rallied!  Finger's crossed for some more quality time for him!
Meanwhile . . .
here are a couple more "daily" (well, almost) sketches from my Facebook page.  Doing these little ditties has been fun, and done when I really SHOULD have been doing something else.
It's obvious I've had the dog on my mind ;)

So, dear blog friends, I hope to get caught up soon.  Have a great rest-of-the-summer!   


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  1. Whatever time the old boy has left, may it be quality time.

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    1. I know you know, U. Knock wood, he's doing fine right now. Not bad for a 15 year old. Thanks!

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  2. Black labradors find summer to be trying. Abby has taken over one of the air conditioning vents.

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  3. Hope your dog will have a lot of quality time:) Love your illos:)

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    1. Thanks, Monica. So far, so good. I certainly hope he stays stable for a while. Glad you like the illos!

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  4. Aww your dog looks such a lovely boy {{hugs}}.

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    1. Thanks for the hugs, Ann. He is SUCH a good boy.

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  5. What a sweet dog, and fantastic, whimsical drawings as usual!

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  6. ELIZABETH STANTON! It's so good to see you post again! And good to hear that your furriend is on the mend! Love your renditions as usual, and that last one is a HOOT!!!!!! Welcome back dear one. Anita

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    1. Thanks, Anita! I did the dog painting on a particularly hot (and not at all typical for Seattle) summer day not long ago. Dog daze on both fronts!

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  7. What a sweet dog! Oh my goodness. We've had some rough times with our little guy too, as his second rear knee went out after the first was finally getting back to normal. But they are such troopers! Best wishes for many more happy days with your pup!

    I love those monsters pulling on their leashes. And the dog is just too cute!

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    1. Hi Cindy, They are troopers, aren't they-- and nary a complaint! Glad yours has pulled though. Glad, too, that you like my monsterdogs ;) and DoggieDaze :) :)

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  8. Love the monster dogs!! Glad your sweet dog is doing better - we know how our dogs are part of our family. Summer has flown by!! My boys start back to school in 3 days!

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    1. Wow! Starting school already! For some reason, July and August fly by. Time really IS relative, isn't it? Thanks for the good thoughts about doggie and drawings, Michelle :)

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  9. So happy to hear you have more quality time with the pooch. They are priceless friends. Enjoy.
    Our little Sookie the evil genius reminds me of the little orange critter on the leash in your art, always pulling at the leash and full of endless energy.
    Happy Sunday to you. Don't feel bad about not blogging, we all deserve a break now and then. We will still be here :-)
    Di
    xxxx

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    1. Di. You are the best. Thanks :) P. S. Glad your little Sookie is so spunky!

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  10. Oh noes! Hate hearing about family pets in peril. Hope the old guy is doing better by now! If our cat could type, I'm sure she'd have a rousing Patton-esque speech for yer canine. :-)

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    1. Thanks, E. At 15+ he is definitely living on borrowed time. But he is such a trooper, and is the biggest sweetheart--not a mean bone in his body. When the time comes, we will miss him terribly. My cats, however, will just shug and say, "Meh." ;)

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  11. I feel your pain. They become true fur 'babies'. I hope you have lots more snuggles and wet kisses! :)

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    1. Thanks, R. They truly are family members--makes it all the harder, doesn't it? So far so good, for now.

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  12. Hello Elizabeth

    I understand what you say about summer and life revs up as opposed to slacking off. I enjoy your images on Facebook.
    So happy your dog is well. I feel like hugging him, he has such a kind face

    Helen xx

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    1. Thanks for tuning in to my more-often-than-not-silliness on FB, Helen! Glad you like! As for our old doggie, yes, his face matches his personality--he's such a sweetheart!

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  13. My office mate is an old finch who lost power of flight several months ago. I cut his his egg shell to help him hatching after he as an egg was abandoned by parents. I appreciate his effort to carry on, every day. : ) One side of his body is paralysed.

    Love your monsters. One of my dogs is a bit like the orange one! : D Nice to read your post again!

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    1. I hope your little finch hangs in there, Midori! How sweet to his him as an office mate! Glad you like my monsterdogs, too. Thanks!

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  14. Sweet, sweet pup. :( We had to do the same to a childhood pet, our beautiful, loyal German Shepherd Archie. My heart goes out to your big guy.

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    1. Thanks, S.! He is the sweetest--and a shepherd mix. As a big dog, I marvel that he is still chugging along.

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  15. What a sweet boy-Pup.
    Healing and Sweet times together.

    Lisa G.

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  16. Beth, you senior citizen dog looks like SUCH a sweetheart!!! Looks like love is just coming from him in waves. Of course, you must spend time and thought and care on him. Give him a big hug from me!!!
    Kath XXX

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  17. Poor ol' poochie. He might like to watch some Popeye cartoons, and fix him a bowl of ice cream to eat while watching. That's what your supposed to get while recuperating from a medical crises.

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    1. I like your prescription, Dr. Ted. Do you make house calls?

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  18. ahh poor thing. I hadn't realised you had a dog (I must go and stalk your facebook ;P ) I hope he stays well. Love the bottom sketch!

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    1. Thanks, Sue. I love seeing your adventures with Degas!

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  19. Glad to hear your furry love pulled through!! Love the monster-dogs!!! and the sweet retriever-looking guy as well!

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    1. Thanks, Mit! It's been a busy couple of weeks. Glad you stopped by!

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  20. Good luck Old dog...I'm a dog lover so I'm feeling this too. We lost our 14 year old dog Hank a couple of years ago and two months later we got our now two year old Mungo...It helped everyone through. Your Spikey family and pets are great...probably my favourites of yours so far..

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    1. My inner-illustrator is pleased that you like The Spikies. As for the canines--losing them is so hard, but I'm glad Mungo (love the name) is helping to fill the void!

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  21. Dear Elizabeth,
    glad to hear your dog is well. And the drawings are again so cute (but also more than that) that I am rhapsodizing over them.
    The summer's dog days were hindering me too to blog or comment - though I don't regret it, I call it living the hot life.

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    1. Thanks so much, Britta! I hope you are continuing to live (and love) the hot life ;) Glad you like the drawings!

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  22. I love those illustrations!
    I was just put through my saddest week, putting my 13 year old chocolate lab to sleep. It's so hard to explain the loyalty and trust between people and their pets.
    Needless to say, I enjoyed reading your post :-)

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    1. Oh Naomi! I am so sorry about your old dog. I am glad you enjoyed the post, in spite of it. Yes--it is SO hard :(

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  23. Hi Elizabeth, I too have been letting my blog get a few dust bunnies on it. Summer has escaped me :) love your work, and it's nice to see little pics pop up on FB. Your work always brings a smile to my face! Blessings to your dear old dog! They are such a part of our soul~

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    1. Hi Mary Lou. I like the notion of blogs having dust bunnies. I'm also glad you like my visual musings on FB. Thanks so much!

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  24. Hope your dog will be alright!
    It is good you mentioned your FB page - I'll have a look there as well.

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    1. Thanks, Brigitte. I'm relieved to say that he seems to be stable at the moment! :)

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  25. Sending you and your puppy loving thoughts! I hope he's comfy and happy! Love your illos too, friend!

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  26. So happy your sweet pup is doing well, and I hope you've been able to spend the time you want with him, it's so difficult to see them go through a tough time, glad he and you have pulled through.
    Enjoy your time together...and relax!
    xo J~

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  27. You have amazing artwork! New follower :)
    heylittledoc.blogspot.ca

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  28. Hello Elizabeth:) I am a new follower too. Your blog is gorgeous!! Your drawings fantastic. I hope your sweet dog is doing well.

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    1. Welcome, Renate! Thanks so much for your kind words. Doggie is doing well :)

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