A “Brush” With Danger

That's it!  No more pets for me.  What?  I just didn't want to have my fur brushed.
Thanks for ruining things for us Toby.  We would have liked to have a mom like yours.

(I picture the puppy guf much like heaven.)

I can’t seem to go two weeks without a dog bite. This time Toby was fully awake. I was brushing his fur, and he threw a bloody tantrum when I hit a small tangle. I was trying to make things easier for his groomer when he goes for his first appointment, but now she is on her own. I’ve also started shopping for muzzles for Toby – only I am calling them “masks” and pretending they will keep him safe rather than me.

Look, I painted some puppies!

Oh no, wait. I only painted the one on the left. The one on the right is by Sir Edwin Landseer. I had the opportunity to see that picture at the museum a few years ago. Among all of those famous paintings, it was surprising to see something that reminded me of my own. (See? The secret of doing good art stuff is finding something you like and claiming you did it!)


If you would like a pet portrait of your own, I work in various sizes and mediums. Just contact me a my shop and let me know what you are looking for. L Bowman Studios .


  1. First of all, a big +1 for use of “puppy guf.” That alone was worth the price of admission. Next, a big cheer for the puppy painting on the left which is clearly the superior example of dog portraiture, no offense to old British guys. The subject of the portrait is eerily familiar. Now to meat of the post; namely your hand. Get it? The “meat?” Hardeharhar. 😁 It’s disconcerting that Bitey T is so reactive. Sometimes the little guys can be irascible and snappy but it sounds like it’s getting worse. Yikes. I don’t know what to suggest…are the dog trainers who deal with this behavior? Toby, Toby, Toby…mellow out small dog. Like the Dude you need to abide.

    • It is frustrating. I know something is up with Toby, but I don’t know what it is. The vet offered Doggie Downers, but I really want to know if he has a medical condition or if I am handling him wrong. Each day, I keep looking….

      I have to agree that the puppy on the left is clearly the superior model!

  2. I hear a lot about basket muzzles – and if they’re used correctly, they’re not awful. I worry about Toby biting too. If you have to go to ER at some point, it could turn ugly fast. Praying that you find a resolution to this soon.
    Also, much as I hate to do it, I have to agree with Maxwell about the paintings. The first is far superior to the second.

  3. That painting of Max was pure genius! Well done. I even poked around the Ms. Studio website taking in all your talent. Alas, grooming and dog bites seem to go hand in hand. Come to think of it, little tangled haired kids react much in the same way. 😇Hope the grrom visit goes well for all concerned.

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