For a Cat Person I am Very Fond of Dogs

For a Cat Person I Seem To Be Very Fond of Dogs.

Yes I am a cat person I admit. We've owned a lot of cats over the years. Not all at once. I can even tell you some of their names. (Don't worry I don't use them for online passwords)
The first one was Mr. Spock, then I think there was a Simon and Smokey. After that came Rusty and Tabby. There was Suzy too, a very independent lady.  Finally came Ginger and Zebra although during their time Bertie (a girl) adopted us too.
This is the stately Bertie

Bertie, Not a boy, but a girl as soon became obvious!  Quite a feisty cat who bit my hand so hard on one occasion I ended up in A & E.

Bertie, Not a boy, but a girl as soon became obvious!

Quite a feisty cat who bit my hand so hard on one occasion I ended up in A & E.

So yes we've had our fair share of cats, but we've never owned a dog.

You can imagine the shock then when my son's family welcomed a lively border collie into their home.
Think of all that food, all that walking!

Grace the Border Collie

Grace the Border Collie

Grace, their lovely border collie, quickly filled the house with her presence, and it became apparent that this was where she was meant to be. She's just another member of the family.
I'd never realised what great companions dogs could be. I'm beginning to think I should have gone down the dog route and filled my days with long walks and throwing balls, instead of being treated disdainfully by a cat.
Grace is about about eight years old now, although memories are a bit fuzzy as to her actual age.
She's featured a lot in my paintings, but what I can't convey as she scampers across a beach is the warmth and comfort of her physical presence, almost like another human being but much more tolerant.

© Mary Kemp. Grace the Border Collie Encounters a Wave.

© Mary Kemp. Grace the Border Collie Encounters a Wave.

Once I’d got the feeling for dogs other breeds have crept into my paintings too.

At the moment I’ve just finished working on a painting of a whippet at sunset.

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