Day two at the dog hotel and another photo turned into a painting.
Here I am in colored pencil.
I got all excited when my person told me to get in the car this morning.
I should have suspected something when I saw the suitcases.
I was hoping to end up somewhere adventurous and fun – but here I am at the dog hotel.
And I can’t even tell you about my adventures here, because if my person finds out that I have fun sometimes she might make me stay longer.
And I don’t like it here that much.
So here’s the deal.
A couple weeks ago my person went to a camera meeting and they had a drawing for some photo programs.
And my person won!
She won a program called Snap Art that makes photos look like paintings or drawings.
So you get to see me in art all week.
It looks like my person spent hours with her brushes, but she really only spent a few minutes on the computer.
So here’s the first one.
This is me in impasto (a technique where the paint is laid on thickly).
I bet He rode the donkey into the temple and the donkey accidentally knocked those tables over.
That didn’t happen?
Jesus knocked over those tables on purpose?
I don’t get it.
I thought Jesus was a nice, peaceful guy who healed people and gave dogs loves and treats.
Okay, I’ll listen to the story.
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.
So why did Jesus do that?
Weren’t those people just trying to make a living?
They needed to make money so they could feed their dogs, didn’t they?
What do you mean, they were selling things for too high a price?
That doesn’t make sense. Wouldn’t the people just go buy stuff somewhere else then?
Oh. They could only use temple stuff when they worshiped God there – so they had to buy it?
I would bark a lot.
I am listening.
And as Jesus taught them, He said, “Is it not written” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’?
But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”
I get it. Those people were making all kinds of money when they should have been praying.
The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill Jesus, for they feared Him, because the whole crowd was amazed at His teaching.
Wouldn’t it have been better if those chief priests and teachers of the law listened to Jesus and started praying instead of trying to kill Him?
I don’t think I like those guys.
I bet they never give their dogs treats.
My person put on her shoes and I thought she was going to take me somewhere.
But she put me in dog jail instead.
And she left.
She does that all the time but this was different.
I just knew she was going somewhere special.
And she didn’t take me.
Her camera got to go though.
Somehow I think that camera is more important than I am.
So if you want to see what her camera was up to you can look down below.
But don’t tell my person that my younger person came home early and let me out of dog jail.
And don’t tell her that I got to go for a walk with Toby.
I said don’t tell.
Do you believe my person wanted to take pictures of butterflies when she could have taken pictures of me?
She even found an angel butterfly.
I’m the perfect angel. Where are the pictures of me?
But to make it even worse, she had to rub it in with some pesky birds.
I think I’ll go over to Toby’s house.
Something tells me it’s girlfriend looking season.
I haven’t seen any of my girlfriends in a long time.
I wonder if any of them are out here.
But I’m not the only one looking for a girlfriend.
At least we won’t be competing with each other.
I don’t think my kind of girls will care about that guy – and vice versa.
Normally the quail around here hang out on the ground hiding under the bushes.
But this time of year some of the male quails (did I just make a rhyme?) hang out in trees and make a loud calling sound.
I guess they think they’ll attract the girls that way.
I’m not sure what a girl would see in that, but to each her own.
Maybe they don’t get any girls because sometimes they’re hanging out in trees like this way into the summer.
But this one might be a little smarter than most.
He’s staying closer to the ground – unlike some who get in the top of a tall tree.
And now I know he’s figured it out.
He’s finally looking down at where the girls are hanging out.
Maybe I could learn something from him.
I’ve got to go figure out where my girlfriends have gone.
I was minding my own business today, being the perfect dog that I am, when a squirrel took over my tree and started chattering.
Those pesky squirrels!
Not only is that squirrel hanging out in my tree, but he’s trying to taunt me with food.
I see that treat he’s hiding in his mouth.
He knows I see it too.
I know how those squirrels think.
See, that squirrel’s got a peanut in his mouth.
And he’s not even going to try to hide it anymore.
He’s going to flaunt it.
He’s hoping I’ll get upset and try to go after him for his peanut.
But I’ve got other plans up my sleeve.
You might as well give up you pesky squirrel.
I’ve got your number.
You’re done for now.
So just to show that squirrel that I mean business I’m going to get my own treats.
I went out into the kitchen…
And I ate the squirrel.
These aren’t supposed to be here yet.
What are berries doing while it’s still winter?
All the other Manzanita bushes still look like this.
What? You can’t tell the difference?
Well then, check this out.
All the other bushes are still covered in blossoms.
So where did all these berries come from?
I’d better do something to hide these berries from my person.
If she sees them she’ll have her camera out in no time.
And she’s going to have plenty of time to take pictures of berries without starting now.
Hey person, look over there.
Don’t look this way.
There’s nothing interesting here.
Person, what is your camera doing out?
What could you possibly find here to take pictures of?
This is going to be a long picture taking season.
Bongo Fact: Manzanita means Little Apple
Can you tell why these bushes are named Manzanita?