Saturday, January 17, 2009

Page from the Moleskin Project

Here is a peek inside my Moleskine Project book. This is our Yellow Lab Penny. She came to us when she was 9 months. She had separation anxiety. She had been turned over to a shelter, taken out as soon as she was ready, and then for the next week or so shuffled around to 3 different households.

After hearing her story and seeing her, we couldn't stand the thought of her being shuffled any longer. Once here, you stay. For animals at least.

When we brought her home, hubby left the next day for out of town work. The poor dog thought she lost another one. So when I went to do errands, my house suffered a Penny tornado. I even posted photos back then of the house when I got home.

After much love and working with her by taking short trips away from home and coming right back (many times in a day), she finally learned to trust that we would be returning. She still gets nervous if she can't find me, but she now knows she is home. She will be 3 this year and a joy for both of us.


Joan Sandford-Cook said...

How long have you had Penny - and how often have you sketched her??
Liked your floral cards and especially the choice of plants - unusual for the UK all those cactus.
Tried your WHAT FLOWER AM I .. resulted in me being a snapdragon - but I liked the decription of being foremost a good friend but a prankster wanting to make people happy.

Laure Ferlita said...

Much love is evident in this sketch - both in the eyes of the dog and in the hand the drew it.

My husband and I have "rescued" 9 animals over the years. Six are still with us. They do bring much joy and love.

That's what I see when I look at this portrait. Well done!

Joan said...

Penny came out super!! I love your story of how you taught her to trust you to return.

Teresa said...

What a wonderful day for Penny when she came to live with you and Bill. Sounds like a mutual thing!

Anita Davies said...

Lovely sketch Jeanne

Ai said...

What a sweet story and you did a lovely drawing of her.

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

This is a lovely sketch of Penny.
I have a granddog that is a Lab with an expression like this.

yes, the sketchbook that we are working on....I used watercolor on several pages and of course they crinkle. Then I went with collage on many others. Two more pages to go.