For my first real blog post in my new (daily (ahhhh!)) posting schedule, I wanted to give some background info on one of my newest pieces - Bertha with a Cat. I know, I know, I'm very inventive in naming my work. Whatever. Anyway, I wanted to talk about this one because I am quite happy with how it turned out, and I am also quite happy with my blossoming friendship with Bertha.
Bertha is a dog I know, a Japanese Chin. She is probably the first Japanese Chin I've ever met, and definitely the first Japanese Chin I've become friends with. She belongs to the latest counselor I've been seeing. Let's call this counselor "S". Well, when I walked into S's office for the first time, there was Bertha. It was love at first site. As S walked into the room, I asked "is this your baby?," at the same time scooping Bertha up.
Bertha didn't mind, and actually seemed to like me. Evidently she doesn't like everyone, so it's good that she likes me (otherwise I'd be heartbroken). She is very calm most of the time, and has kind of a wise feeling about her. I love her squished face, which is kind of like Sophie's (click here for lots of pictures of Sophie), and which holds a smell very very similar to Sophie's smell. Kind of fish-y, and kind of popcorn-y. Bertha makes me super happy, and I get excited about seeing her. It's also really soothing to have her there at counseling, because I can pet her or hold her if I'm having an emotional session. I wish all counselors/therapists/doctors had dogs in their offices for their uplifting properties. Actually, most places should have dogs- being at work would be more fun with a dog there, shopping for groceries could be more exciting, even sitting at the DMV would become bearable.
Fun fact: The real Bertha lives with cats, and kind of even likes them.
Right now Bertha with a Cat is available as a print. Not sure if I will ever part with the original, but if you absolutely have to have it, shoot me an email or give me a call.
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