One part boxer + one part hound = one sweet puppy with goofy legs

Gibson Puppy Portrait in Oil Wash by Heather L Young

Mr. Gibs


Acrylic & Oil Wash on Illustration board

©2011 Heather L. Young


February 23, 2010

We have a real problem on our hands with Miss Vayda.  It all started a few months ago, when she decided that she would no longer eat or drink from her stainless steel bowls.  I guess after five years of the same dishes, she wanted a change of pace.

Since she never seems to have a problem cleaning our dinner plates, we presented her with a much more civilized ceramic plate and bowl.  The newness wore off, and  in about 2 days, she was starving herself again.

Nick’s brilliant idea was to buy the cheapest plastic bowls he could find…in a terrible, shiny-blue-ick color no less (I later found out he had the option to buy red) but by then the dog was eating from them…so how could I take them away?

These ugly bowls satisfied her  for about a month. Until last week when she decided that her outdoor water bowl had the tastiest water.  She begged and begged for us to let her outside.  We begged and begged for her to drink indoors.  The dog won.

Now I have one more piece of Bears memorabilia INSIDE my house.  She is without question, a Daddy’s girl.

some dog…

December 3, 2008

In super-duper exciting news, I picked up the 2008 Vayda Christmas cards from the printer yesterday…I’d give you a sneak peak, but then it wouldn’t be so special for those recipients who also read my blog…I just love the surprise you get when you open a real card…don’t you?

While we’re speaking of that mutt, she and I paid a visit to a new vet yesterday…(time for the good old Rabies vac)  In true Vayda form, she embarrassed the heck out of me with her overly dramatic antics, (those of you who know her, know how she is)…So as a kind reward for her “strife,” I bought her a new giraffe toy, and then proceeded to take her to all her favorite places.  We gallery hopped, we dined al fresco with a view of the river, we visited her pals at the bank and at grandma Cima’s.   We even walked the grounds of a possible wedding venue…Just how does she show her appreciation for such a fun filled day?


She guts the giraffe.  Some dog, I know.

Meet Dolce

November 15, 2008

One of the few Christmas puppy portraits I can show you in advance.  I just love love love this pup!  She is like an over-grown Vayda.  I met Dolce’s parents at the Gordonston Art Fair, and they’ve been wonderful supporters of my work ever since.  If you’re reading, many thanks, and it’s been great getting to know you and your fanciful four-pawed friends 🙂




Acrylic & Oil Wash on patterned paper

©2008 Heather L. Young