Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Wild Side - Pansies

The Wild Side - Pansies by Nancy Medina
Oil on Canvas
Available in My Daily Painters Gallery

Nancy Medina Web Site

The Wild Side, Pansies, is a new painting drying on the easel this evening in Flower Mound Studio. It's one of those perfect nights, the puggies are snoring, and I'm right at that moment where I will decide whether to do one more quick study before cleaning the brushes. Pansies are half finished on one canvas, a large container garden painting is calling for some petunias or daisies (the eternal question, petunias or daisies...), and I have three lovely prepped canvases that could hold anything at all. But I also have a really good book by my nightstand.

This is the first full week with my foster pug, Tanner, who was rescued from a puppy mill in Oklahoma by Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue. This little guy has lived his whole life in a cage, and now, at age 7, he is free. Nighttime is hard for him. He cries sometimes in his crate, which I keep next to me by the bed. Last night he just could not sleep, and kept whimpering. I read to him from my book and he seemed to like that. His eyes got heavy and he stopped crying and he watched me as I spoke. He finally fell asleep. This morning I discovered he has a tattoo in his right ear - the number 101. A friend in rescue explained that the tattooed dogs are the "breeders" and help the puppy mill operators tell the breeders from the dogs they will sell.

These tattooed dogs go their whole lives with no names, just a number in their ear. I went to PetSmart today and purchased the most expensive dog tag they had, and a beautiful new blue collar. I had Tanner's name engraved in gold, along with my phone number, and Reward For Return in all capital letters.

Tanner will never be just a number again.

Pansies of Fredericksburg, Texas
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