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


Autumn Leaves said...

That poor boy... Our Oscar (a Greyhound rescue) at least had a name. He also raced longer than many Greyhounds do (he was 3 years and 9 months old when he broke his hock and was retired). He never knew how to be a puppy, how to play. He lived his life in a crate and hated getting in the car. He no longer is crated and loves car riding. He also attempts to play at times and it is both fun and funny and a bit sad at the same time. Oscar will be 9 in September.

Anyway, Nancy, these pansies are just dancing! I hope Tanner had the sweetest of dreams last night and I hope he is going to join Annie, Howie, and Java as a permanent studio assistant.

Unknown said...

Sherry please give Oscar a hug for me. I am so glad he is your baby now, and has had a second chance at life and love thanks to you.
I wish I could keep Tanner, but I am at least hoping he will be a foster for a long time. All of my fosters have gone to wonderful families, and still stay in touch with me with pictures and updates. The best part is I get to screen and pick the family that adopts him so I can make sure he is going to be loved.

Brutus, Ellie, Pippa and Otto said...

Poor Tanner - no doggy deserves to live a life like that! We are glad that he was rescued and will no longer be just a number to anyone!!!

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda & Brutus

Becky said...

Tanner will be yours before too long. I just know it. Thses pansies are so cute, they remind me of happy little faces.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

These pansys are so beautious.
Every color of pansy looks like smiling faces to us.
Sweet little Tanner must not know what to do with all the love he is receiving right now. If he were here, my moms would be reading to him too, just like you are doing.
You have one of the biggest hearts in the whole world and I am so happy that Tanner is feeling love and kindness, and sweet words, and loving touches. Your touching his heart and he will never ever forget you.