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Art and Sad Beagles

Posted by | June 07, 2011 | Art, defective wildlife | 4 Comments

6 x 12 mixed media on print on hotpress watercolor paper sealed to board

Careful crossbreeding between the Flemish Giant rabbit and a species of pygmy reindeer eventually produced the Lapp Giant, a formidably antlered breed of jackalope sturdy enough to be used as a pack animal.

Still fooling around with technique and all. Original for sale or will go to con, drop a note to inquire, and prints available.

8 x 8 mixed media on hotpress watercolor print sealed to board

Cute pensive manticore is pensive! And cute!

Scanner did not do justice to this one…not sure if photos will help much either. Damn you, clear gesso! *shakes tiny fist* But there’s nothing else quite like it…anyway, original for sale, prints available, will go to con if not sold before then.

Meanwhile, in addition to art, we had to take Gir into the vet, as he suddenly came down with a serious limp and was The Saddest Beagle In The World.  (Then he got in the car with the window down and was The Happiest Beagle In The World, except for bits when he remembered that his foot hurt and was Sad again.) An X-ray and three hundred dollars later, we have a beagle with a day-glo orange cast, as he somehow dislocated his toe last night, and a great many medications, because his allergies and weird yeast problems means that he will probably get a horrible skin condition under the cast, so he now he’s on anti-fungals, which is good anyway because he’s got Yet Another yeast infection in the giant floppy ears.

Awful, awful dogs, beagles. I mean, I love Gir, but I would never, ever, EVER get a beagle willingly. Seriously, you held a gun to my head and handed me an adorable wiggly beagle puppy, I would hand it back and tell you to go ahead and pull the trigger. Never. Again.

4 Comments

  • Blue says:

    Poor Gir!! Although I know exactly what you mean about Beagles. My dad owns one and I lived with him for a few years. Sweet, friendly little dog. Also possibly the most annoying creature I’ve met. I love Henry Beagle, but never again will I live with a hound. I’ll take my OCD herding dogs over gets-stuck-in-a-paper-bag (no joke, Henry really did). Every dog has their own version of “crazy,” what matters is which version you want to live with!

  • Amy says:

    My papaw keeps beagles for hunting. They live on table scraps and the occasional coffee can of Ol’ Roy.

    I don’t think, other than the standard visit for rabies and the like, that they’ve ever been to the vet.

    Weird.

  • omega7788 says:

    @Amy: It often depends on the breeding. Beagles bred as pets, from a long bloodline also bred as pets, will likely be “softer” in terms of constitution, but will have better looks, conformation, temperament, etc. Beagles bred and raised for hunting will usually be tougher, because soft “pet” quality dogs wouldn’t do as well in that environment, so they wouldn’t get bred by someone with that in mind. There are several breeds where that has happened–the German Shepherd is a good example. Some people breed for physical power, huge stamina, and healthy prey drive. In America, though, many people these days breed dogs that are smaller, more delicate-boned, with sweeter personalities.

  • Casey says:

    You are mildly freaking me out. I’ve been working through a major jackalope project for the last month and half and started thinking about starting a manticore piece yesterday.

    Second: I love love love that jackalope.

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