Last Spring – The Fall

Little oak tree, you can't live here. Let me take you to the woods and transplant you,

Holy crap! My right boot lace got caught on my left boot hook. My feet are tied together!

The Fall 3

Splat!

I didn't know humans could fly. Is it legal to say those words in this state?

Ew, this is so disgusting! I am soaked clear through to my underwear.

Ow! I''m not going to be able to walk for weeks! You know what this means, don't you? No supervision!

I'll go get us something from the fridge. I'll go get the toilet brush!

It has been a year now since The Fall.  At the time I expected to be better in a few weeks, but it was months before I could even take the dogs for a hobble.  My left knee never did recover, and still can’t fully bend it.

Toby takes advantage of my not being able to properly kick his butt.  This morning – at that magical Dogging Hour of 3:00 a.m. – he decided to destroy a few things around the house.

Toby grabs and chews a package

Heh, Mom’s not looking.  I’m going to steal her package.

Nah, I'm not interested

Oops.  Caught.  I’ll pretend that I am not interested.

Toby glances up at the package he was chewing

I just can’t help myself…

Ooh, I can't help myself. I really want it!

I really AM interested!

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Would you like even more adventures with my terrible twosome?  Then order a copy of Dream Our World!

Cover of the book Dream Our World

Inside, my boys visit the Museum of the Imagination and view the world of art  from a canine perspective.

Dream Our World is available from Amazon.

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.

 

May the Fourth

(OK, so we’re a little late…)

Toby Wan stands with his light saber.

Here I am, Tobi Wan, the greatest Jedi knight ever! Really? Most boys play Luke Skybarker. Plus, if you're Luke, you get to be The Divine Rod when you grow up.

But by being the best Jedi ever, I might impress that hot Yorkie and get to ask her out. There is no Yorkie in Star Wars.

Sure there is. It's that tall pilot Chewie!Puppy insists that there is a Yorkie in Star Wars - the tall pilot named Chewie.

Chewie is Wookie, you ninny, not a Y orkie...and he's a guy! The Divine Rod, you say?

Back end of Cairn terrier sticks out from under the bed.

I’m so embarrassed.

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Keep small business alive by ordering a pet portrait!

Sketch of two pigs sleeping in straw.

(Or, if you are feeling particularly ornery, call it a spouse picture.)

Toby pleads with you to go to my website L Bowman Studios and order something.  Otherwise, he is going to have to keep going for walks with me ten times a day.

You can also order a copy of Dream Our World where Bitey and Toby go to the museum of their dreams.

Cover of the book Dream Our World

Dream Our World is available at Amazon.

Come On Guys, Let’s Go!

Come on, guys! Let's go!

 

Ugh, why do we have to suffer whenever she overindulges?

Come on Toby.  Let’s be fair.  The real reason you are being taken on three walks a day is because you chewed up my book, ate a note pad, tipped over the trash can, climbed up on the bed and stole a hankie, ran through the house with my underwear…do I need to go on?

Bored terrier lies next to his tennis ball.

No, I know.

After my scale-crunching last post, I have been cutting back on portions and walking more (all the things panicked chubby humans do).  Today I checked, and I found that I had lost -4 pounds.

I guess with everything else in the world being upside down, I shouldn’t be surprised that the laws of physics are too.

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Escape your claustrophobic world with a fanciful adventure to visit the Museum of the Imagination in Dream Our World.  Inside, Bitey and Toby enjoy a day of unsupervised fun while viewing  art from a canine perspective.

Cover of the book Dream Our World

Dream Our World is available from Amazon.

 

 

 

Toby’s Book Club

What are you doing? I am reading a Mitch Rapp book so that I can be a super spy, too!

That's not how it works. You have to EAT the book to absorb its power. Really? Well, OK.

You want some Parmesan with that? No, I'm good.

Family sent me a book recently.  Toby got a hold it before I did.  He declared the book…

Chewed up cover of the book Wild Land.

Chewed cover of the book Wild Land.

Comestible!

Cairn terrier puppy hold his food bowl.What did I say in the last post, Ma?

More food in the dish; fewer books in the tummy.

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If you would like your very own Bitey Dog to “eat” thing around the house, get The Bitey Dog Lunch Bag!

Just like real Bitey Dog, this bag is always hungry.  You can fill him with your lunch (which you know you are going to do anyway.  I mean, look at those eyes!) and take him to work/school.

Bitey Dog Lunch Bag

Bitey Dog Lunch Bag enjoys some of the same activities as real Bitey Dog.  He likes peeking between flowers.

Bitey Dog Lunch Bag sits looking out of window.

 He likes watching out the window.

Bitey Dog Lunch Bag lying open.

He’ll lie on his back, begging for food…

Bitey dog Lunch Bag butt.

 ..and he’ll turn his tail to you if you aren’t quick enough.

Add Bitey Dog Lunch Bag to your family today!

Bitey Dog Lunch Bag is an original design and is handmade.  He is completely washable, but do not iron.  Between his fuzzy pin wale corduroy exterior and his cotton lining is a layer of Insul-fleece to keep you warm foods warm and your cool ones cool.  To adopt Bitey Bag, contact me here or through my website:  L Bowman Studios .

Bitey Dog Lunch Bag is $45 + shipping.

 

 

How Did This Happen?

Oh dear, how did this happen?

Nom, nom, nom. Woman wolfs down large plate of food.

Oh yeah. Total mystery, that one.

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Cairn terrier puppy hold his food bowl.

I’m tellin’ you Ma, if you would give more to me,

you wouldn’t weigh as much.

Sadly, I have been having trouble buttoning my clothes lately.  If I were to want new clothes, though, they are considered “unessential”, so I can’t go to the store to try on and buy new.  That leaves me with few options…

.And just like that, Edith didn't have to worry about social distancing.(Not my image.)  (Tastefullyedited for my audience.)

 

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To keep IRL Toby in biscuits and kibble, consider purchasing many copies of Dream Our World the next time you need a gift for home-bound family of friends!

Cover of the book Dream Our World

Come with Bitey and Toby as they tour the Museum of the Imagination.  There they view the world of art from a canine perspective and enjoy a day of unsupervised fun.  (Of course it is unsupervised.  All the humans are forbidden to be out!)

Dream Our World is available from Amazon.

 

Today I Am A Man!

Sketch of Doberman peeing on a pole with his leg lifted.

Now I am a man too! In your face! This might mean more if you weren't carrying your stuffies around all the time.

Stuffies aren't manly?

CAirn terrier lies next to stuffed toys.

Stuffies are too manly!!

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Without much to do during this lock down, I am expecting a baby boom late this year and early next.  If it happens that you will be welcoming a new life to your family or circle of friends, consider giving him or her a beautiful handmade quilt.

Handmade ASL/American Sign Language Quilt with stuffed monkey posing on top.

Handmade American Sign Language/ASL Quilt

This ASL/American Sign Language Quilt is crib sized (41.5″ x 47.25″) and is an original design of mine.  The quilt is made using hand applique, hand embroidery and hand quilting techniques, so it is quite time consuming to make.  The shell is entirely cotton with a cotton/bamboo batting.

If you can help my quilt find a happy home, I would be most appreciative.    (The cost is $725 with shipping determined by ZIP code.   You can contact me here or  through my website L Bowman Studios ).

Chili Out?

Si.

Smiling chili pepper toy.

Hola!

Toby told me he head to pee, so I clipped his collar and leash on and headed toward the door.  Before we stepped out, he cried “Wait!” and dashed back into the room to grab his new stuffed chili pepper.

Cairn terrier allows his stuffed chili pepper toy to go pee.

Whenever Toby has a toy that he likes, he fusses over it like a good papi.  He likes to take his toys out to give them a chance to relieve themselves.

Cairn terrier peeing.

Aw, Mom, don’t show that one!  I was standing like a girl.

Once Toby and the toy were done, he picked up his little one to bring back inside.

Cairn terrier approaches his stuffee chili pepper toy.

Cairn terrier touches his stuffed chili papper toy.

Cairn terrier carries his toy chili pepper.

Cairn terrier gazes off into the distance while hoding his stuffed chili pepper toy.

 I can hear the wild chili peppers

calling off in the distance!

As always, Toby was extremely cooperative when having his picture taken.  He stood perfectly still so that I could capture his portrait in perfect detail.

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Pencil drawing of a boxer and a kitty lying down beside each other.

For a clear picture of your pet, consider having his or her portrait done!  Visit my website, L Bowman Studios, to see examples of my work and price lists.

Pet portraits make great gifts including birthday gifts and healing tributes.  Since I work online, you don’t need to worry about wearing a mask while doing business.

Hope to see you soon!

 

 

 

Who Was That Masked Dog?

Geordie: Why are you wearing that? You know dogs can't get Covid 19. Toby: Yes but now all the girls wil think I am a doctor.

Toby: OK ladies, Marcus Welby is in the house! Geordie: He probably shouldn't watch so many late night reruns.

Toby will do anything to impress the ladies.

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Have a special occasion coming up but can’t get to the store to buy a present? Then order a copy of Dream Our World to be sent to your family or friend.

Cover of the book Dream Our World

The Museum of the Imagination is one of the only museums in the world that is open right now.  Come along with Bitey and Toby to view the world of art from a canine perspective and have free rein in the museum with all of the humans at home.

Dream Our World is available from Amazon.