Social distance dog

Alice is practicing social distancing this week. Not by choice, but because she was skunked the other night. And no matter how quickly you get the peroxide/baking soda/dish soap on a dog, there’s always a lingering scent that follows them around. So for the next few days, as much as we love her, we are staying just a little further away than usual.

21 Comments on “Social distance dog”

  1. Bernadette says:

    Poor, poor Alice but from your great painting we’d never guess she was in isolation.

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  2. Chris Rusk says:

    Poor puppy – pretty good at holding a pose 🙂

    I couldn’t write earlier, but I liked the last two ‘counters’ as well as your earlier versions. They still look so fresh!

    I had never seen product results of Albrecht Dürer watercolour pencils before and based on this, I am going to give them a go.

    Many thanks, Chris


  3. Andrea Rule says:

    Sorry about Alice and the skunk. I found the straight tomato juice worked the best with my dog when it got skunked…………. Andrea


  4. gaelle1947 says:

    Oh no! Poor Alice! Obviously the skunk didn’t get the “safe-distancing” memo but then again, when you smell that strong, I guess you don’t need protective rules!!! Maybe some smart entrepreneur will invent a new line of perfume for humans, “oil of skunk” – might be more effective than masks and gloves!


    • That’s pretty funny Gayle. The morning after this happened I was in line at the grocery story, standing on my little red X, and I noticed a man looking at me strangely. Perhaps he detected a lingered oil of skunk on me too.


  5. Donna says:

    Aahhh! Spring has arrived with those pretty butt lethal skunks!!! Alice looks like she understands…may as well just sleep!!!!


  6. joantav says:

    LOL But does she stay further away…or try to sneak closer? Poor thing. Glad you don’t have “smell-a-watercolor.” Nice sketch of her!


  7. Missy Walsh-Smith says:

    A princess shouldn’t have to deal with this. Beautiful sketch, none-the less.


  8. What a lovely portrait. I can’t recall a sketch of Alice in watercolour. Beautiful tones.
    (My cat Gaïa got sprayed once. Yikes!)


    • Yikes is right. The kids had never smelled this before and they couldn’t believe how different this is from roadkill skunk smell. It’s a whole different thing. It’s finally better in the house. We’ve been trying to air it out but it’s hard when it’s cold out.


  9. Jean says:

    Sending my sympathy to Alice on her being skunked! Has happened to our dogs too. But your portrait of her is very sweet to see!


    • Thanks Jean. She needed some sympathy when it happened. This was a first for her, and she had no idea what hit her. She was so distressed. But she’s much better today.


  10. Susan Smith says:

    Aww, poor sweet Alice is thinking ‘they don’t love me anymore.’ What a beautiful dog. Here’s a remedy prescribed by my pharmacist that is cheap, easy to apply, and, most of all, effective! Get a tube of regular toothpaste. I chose Pepsodent, cheap and minty but with no added whiteners and brighteners, etc. Wet the dog down, squirt a line of toothpaste all down the dog’s back, lather as usual, and rinse off. I only had to do this once, thank goodness, and it worked like a charm. Now I keep the tube of toothpaste with my other dog shampooing supplies. Hopefully it will act like an insurance policy. My dog grooming friend also taught me to attach a short leash to something permanent (like a big eye bolt in the wall), then clip it on the dog’s collar. That way you have both hands free to bathe the dog. Helps a lot if you don’t have a dog that loves water.

    I must mention also that I always enjoy your sketches and paintings sent by email. It would be hard for me to pick a favorite, but one of my top ten is Painting on Thin Ice. I would love to see that in person. It looks as though I could dip my finger in that pond of melting water and cause it to ripple. Amazing technique. The background of the trees silhouetted by the sunset is equally dazzlingly but in a more subtle way, framing that pond.

    Thank you for sending your stunning work for me to see. Water color is my favorite medium. I’m an artist wanna-be. I love water color for its immediacy. No time to go back and paint over areas. So while I don’t paint myself, I certainly love to see good art day after day.


  11. Soni says:

    great sketch as always & bless her heart

    you’re absolutely right >> only time takes that away but she’s got a swell Mommy who loves her


  12. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Evening dear friend Shari,


    Anyway I feel she is enjoying Social distance.
    Good sketch with natural posture.



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