Dog of the Week – Border Collie

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The dog breed design that I’ve selected to work on this week is the Border Collie.  Actually, I can’t believe I don’t have one among my designs yet.  I have hand-painted them in the past for customers, and have received several requests for them.

Border Collies are beautiful dogs with loads of character.  My friend Karen has a tricolor, and one of her favorite things to do is guard her kitty (a live cat, not a toy).  She’ll spend hours in the the cat room just lounging around and making sure her cat is ok.  Such devotion.  That’s the thing I’ve noticed about his breed is that it is very focused.  That’s what makes them such great herding dogs.  My in-laws got raised sheep for a time and got an older working Border Collie – Tyson was his name – and man, was he intense.  He’d go in and round up those sheep in no time….until he found out that my in-laws were softies, then he figured out, even faster, how to round up the throw pillows and blankets and have a nap by the wood stove.  We couldn’t blame him, he’d been working for 8 years under a very “firm” owner (to say it kindly) and was treated nicely by my in-laws.  He naturally figured his work was done, and so it was.

I will spend some time on the drawing and get the finished, or almost finished, version up by the weekend.  Sometimes I get them done and then find I need to revise them, after I’ve had some time away from them.    I cant wait to have my artwork done so I can make some Border Collie mugs!

Have a great week!