Health, Painting, Pets

Timely Tara Tells Tantalizing Tales

It’s my story that the last two weeks of not posting or doing art have not been my fault. And I’m gonna stick to it. The last few posts at the end of August were about the finishing of two paintings for an upcoming show. I worked hard on them, and the remaining steps were to varnish the panels and…

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Painting, Pets

Four paintings and an attack

To paraphrase Victor Hugo, some weeks’ function is to serve as a bad example. This was one of those weeks. By Friday, stick a fork in me because I was done. I sat down in my studio Friday evening and basically destroyed some paper. I would like to report, that got it out of my system. Maybe it did. Saturday…

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Birding, Pets

The best (and the worst)

Sometimes (most times) I feel like Facebook doesn’t give a very even picture of an actual event. For example, this weekend… Friday, Key and I loaded up in the car to head up to Camano Island, Washington (north of Seattle) to do a nosework (NW3) trial. This is our second trial in the last three weekends (in other words, of…

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Pets

Owner of the “Fastest Tongue in the West”

Before you start wondering, this is not a kinky post; it’s a dog post. Specifically, about my dog. Today Key and I got up VERY early and headed over to Bend (yes, again) to attend a Barn Hunt. (No rats are harmed.) So early, in fact, did I get up, that I saw this sight as I headed over the…

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Painting, Personal, Pets

Charette

A charette (pronounced “shuh-ret”) is an intense period of design activity. The word charette comes from the French word for “cart” or “chariot” and is sometimes spelled “charrette.” The term is thought to have originated in the 1800s at the famous Parisian art school, the École des Beaux Arts, when professors would circulate a cart, or “charette,” to collect final…

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Humbled

If you walk up to any person who regularly works with animals and ask them, “Do you know about [insert name of animal here]?” they will almost inevitably demur with something that sounds like, “I know a little.” There is a reason for that, and I’m the example. While I started “late” into dogs (19), it was an intoxicating drug…

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Painting, Personal, Pets

Progress Report

I’m tempted to start off this blog post with an apology for the length of time since my last post, but I’m afraid I can’t really be sorry. So much is going on that any day I get dressed is a small victory. I am making progress on various areas of life, but I’m afraid that much of it is…

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Pets

Remember to say “Finish”!

This weekend Key and I went down to Grants Pass for a nosework trial. This will be his fourth trial this year, plus the ORT in January. This time he was competing for a Nosework 2 title. Saturday sights We drove down early on Saturday morning because I wanted to volunteer at the NW1 trial in the afternoon (no volunteers,…

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A nose work tale

As I told you back in January, I have been training Key in the noble game of K9 Nose Work®. In January, Key successfully navigated his Odor Recognition Trial (ORT) and a few weeks later, a little bit by accident, we picked up a Nosework 1 title (NW1). “NW1, NW2 and NW3 titles are granted by successfully passing (receiving a…

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Goodbye, Bob

Today I said goodbye to my cat, Bob. I got Bob from the Oregon Humane Society in the fall of 2001 as a shop cat for my business, Pawsitively Clean (a self serve pet wash in Portland, Oregon.) He was about 6 months old and had been adopted once and returned for “digestive issues.” I never figured out what that…

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