Kick the Snow!

Come on, mom, kick the snow!

Here is Toby staring at my boots telling me to start the game.

This has got to be Toby’s favorite game in the whole world. Every time it snows, we play “Kick the Snow’ for hours. Look at those teeth! Look at those claws! This boy is dead set on killing himself some snow.

My neighbor saw us playing and said of Toby, “He’s bat-shit crazy, isn’t he?”. Short answer: yes.

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If you and your beloved decided to get married on Valentine’s Day but you haven’t yet chosen a ring, be sure to buy a beautiful Royal Velvet Pillow for perfect presentation. Royal Velvet Pillow can also be used as a ring-bearer’s pillow during the ceremony. Once you’ve settled into a happy life together, your Royal Velvet Pillow can rest in a place of honor on your comfy couch.

Royal Velvet Pillow is available from my shop.

Tumbleweeds

Ew! For heaven't sake woman, have some shame! What? I've been in quarantine almost a year. Nobody sees me.
So we're not "somebody"? For the purposes of this argument, no.
Why is it acceptable that you guys are all furry and not me? 'Cause we're adorable.
Two Cairn terriers pant in the sun.

See? I told you we were adorable!

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Handmade olive green tweed cardigan for men.

If you have been considering buying a soft, handmade cardigan for yourself or someone you love, now is the perfect time. Order what you want while you can before fuel prices go up.

This lovely Olive Green Cardigan is hand knit of soft merino wool and alpaca. It has set in pockets, and the buttons are made of eco-friendly coconut shells.

This sweater and many other fine gifts are available from my shop.

Blue Puppy/Red Monster

Check you slippers in the morning, Mom.

Toby and I play a game where he gets a treat for touching the toy that I name. This day, we were playing “Blue Puppy/Red Monster”. He did well with Blue Puppy, but when I called out “Red Monster”, he bopped me on the head.

Sorry, Toby. There are no rewards in life for honesty.

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Are you expecting a new little monster in your life? If so, welcome him or her with a handmade layette set. This sweater, hat, socks and blanket were all painstakingly (and I do mean painstakingly) made of extra soft brushed acrylic.

Layette Set (and other fine gifts) are available from my store.

Blue and Yellow

Based on actual events.

Dog:  OK, the blue I understand. We've been eating blueberries. But what about the yellow?  
Woman:  Toby ate a banana peel.

Dog:  A banana peel? So what did you think of it?
I wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating kibble!

Guess how I found out Toby could jump high enough to reach the counter?

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On the recommendation of our dear friend Max, I did check out the AKC’s Museum of the Dog. Oh my gosh, I had no idea such a place existed! It is located in New York City, but I think there should be branches in cities all over the world.

Unfortunately I missed the deadline for submitting a work to be considered for their Dog Days of Summer exhibit which started yesterday. I doubt I would have been chosen, but it would have been a hoot to try. Instead I have been trying to contact the museum to see if a book about a couple of familiar terriers might be a good fit with their gift shop. So far just voice mail messages and email forms but no replies. Toby says he is very much interested in getting into this museum so he can play like Ben Stiller when everyone goes home.

Cover of the book Dream Our World

If you would like to see what my boys like to do when they are alone in a museum, pick up a copy of Dream Our World. Dream Our World is available both from my shop and from Amazon.

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Insanity Squirrel #1

Drawing of squirrel

I was going to do another Insanity Avoidance Kitty, but something in my head whispered, “Do a squirrel”, so I drew an Insanity Avoidance Squirrel.  How is it working?  Meh.

Photo of dog's chin.

Did somebody say “squirrel”???

I have to keep Toby away from both real squirrels and the picture.  He will happily chew both.

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Handmade afghan with roses and bows.

Do you have a dear friend or family member for whom you need a gift? (Perhaps a belated, blame-it-on-the-Post-Office Mothers’ Day gift?)  If so, consider giving  your beloved this rose afghan!  It was cross stitched and “bowed” by hand.  Mine!

Your gift will help to support small business and keep Toby in the finery to which he has become accustomed.

Toby on a stack of cushions

Whoopie!

Finished dimensions of the afghan (including fringe): 58″ x 47″ / 147.5 cm x 119.5 cm.
Material: 100% cotton
To clean: Wash in cold or warm water, delicate cycle. Tumble dry low. No bleach.

The cost would be $65.00 + Shipping.  If you are interested, you can contact me here or at my website L Bowman Studios.