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Stand By Me, Schepperke

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Stand By Me, Schepperke


 The stories I could tell about this Schipperke. The name of this oil is, 'Teacher's Pet.' How did the dog make it into the painting given his work alone, independent thinking? His penchant for running off? The ever curious and agile family pet Schipperke is an individual and not a robot, even after a good long excursion if not asleep he's off and I'm looking for him. My little son here was used to it so often that he would say, "He's gone! All gone!" dramatically, then in the next breath he would pull out a toy animal under a napkin and say, "Here he is!" as if to cheer me up. We even had a hymn to sing to keep up the hope, Bring Him In. Of course we changed the words slightly and trusted in God his maker to reunite us all before dark! But the little boys learned the words and we would have our prayers answered. This was a big dog in a small package. Mother wanted to paint us in the grove while the flowers and sun where out. So we came for the day to visit Grandma Dean at her studio, have lunch and naps too. The Schipperke was two years older then my first born son and as much demanding as all other members in diapers. I kept the pet leashed. Mom is a skilled impressionist, found what caught her eye and mixed her paint. I remember Mom realistically modeling in the little devil last. "The skirt needed breaking up." It does look better with the Schipperke. What a joy now for Art Legacy Shop to offer, 'Teacher's Pet'.      (Daughter Lisa, grandsons Josh, and Gabe with the pet Schipperke). 


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