Saturday, May 30, 2009



Got to show off the newest addition to our family--a one year old beagle/dachshund cross that Brenda found online at a pet rescue center in Hermiston, about 75 miles from us. We drove over today and made it official, signing the adoption papers. He reminds us a little of our beloved old Pablo, who died almost two years ago.

We haven't decided on his name yet. All our dogs have been named after artists, writers or poets. Right now we're leaning toward Jasper (after Jasper Johns) or Leonardo (Leo for short.)
Any suggestions?



Flashing that winning smile.


Even though it's blurred, I like this photo because it expresses all the energy of our exuberant new pal, as he happily thanks Brenda for rescuing him from the pound!

39 comments:

Art By Erika said...

Congratulations on your new addition! He really does seem to have a winning personality - Brenda still knows how to pick a winner! Does he stay home or go to the studio with you?

I like those two names you have, maybe I'd lean toward Leo. One name that cracks me up is (Robert) Henri as it is pronounced "hen-rye". I mainly like the name because I know it would make a good topic for conversation :)

Sheila Vaughan said...

Don and Brenda - so glad you took a rescue dog and what a live cutie he looks too! My daughter works at the RSCPA in UK and there are so many worthy animals looking for good homes. We have to have nerves of steel or we'd be taking them all!

rahina qh said...

Klimt? I like some of his work but think he's got a fun surname. And that new edition certainly looks fun. Another painter is Bongart who once said to a friend: if you ever have a dog, name it Bongart. I like that maybe better than Klimt:)

RUDHI - DAILY said...

CASANOVA WUFF!

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

He is just gorgeous and such a lucky wee chap to have been 'found'. One of my favourite artists is the British artist Sir Alfred Munnings who painted such wonderful horses and dogs.....I think he looks like a Munnings :))

Katherine said...

Good to see you back Don, I see you two have been up to no good. What a handsome bloke! Definitely Jasper (in my humble opinion). I can see him holding court at the studio, while mom's at work. Running like crazy up the land making you both laugh and driving you crazy. That's a dog for you.

Leslie said...

Wow. He sure looks like a wonderful guy. So glad he found a nice new home. Congrats!

Sheryl Parsons said...

I would have to agree that he looks like a Jasper, but he could be a Leo as well. I'm partial to Leo as I have this image of Leonardo Da Vinci from The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone, as an energetic and vibrant artist. Your dog appears to be a bundle of energy not only in the photo of him with your wife, but by his muscular legs in the other photo. He is bright eyed adorable!

Jane Hunt said...

I love the name Jasper - one of my favorite dogs has that name! He looks very sweet - congratulations:)

Dogs by Bri said...

I was thinking of something more obscure. Like Basquiat, as in Jean Michel Basquiat.

We just screened Ben Morgans film "Quality of Life", at Thursday Art Night, about two SF Mission District graffiti writers so, maybe that's influencing my suggestion.

Can't wait to meet him in person.

Bri-

museofsouthprairie said...

I think he looks like a Ralph Waldo (for Emerson).

Don Gray said...

Hi Erika--Henri--that's great! Hadn't thought of that--thanks for the suggestion.

We haven't had him long enough to have a daily routine yet, though I will likely take him to the studio quite a bit.

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Sheila. Isn't that the truth? It breaks your heart to see them all in the kennel. Nearly all our dogs over the years have come from humane societies.

Don Gray said...

Oh, Klimt! That's another very unique name--thanks for that, Rahina. And Bongart is cool too--two great names!

Don Gray said...

Hope he's not Casanova, Rudhi. We haven't got him neutered yet!

Thanks for the visit.

Don Gray said...

Oh yes, I know Munning's work--terrific. Thanks for the suggestion--that would make a very unique name.

I enjoy your art--thanks for stopping by.

Don Gray said...

Hi Katherine--good to hear from you. We took him for a walk this morning out on a county road in the valley where we could let him loose to run. Run he did--he loved it! I was pleased to see him keep an eye on us, though, and he responded well when we called him back. I just worry that he may be smarter than me.

Don Gray said...

Thanks a lot, Leslie--he is a sweetheart.

Beautiful photos you take.

Don Gray said...

We thought about Vincent too, Sheryl--thanks. I think you're right about the energy level.

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Jane. He's a good-hearted guy...still has some of the naive pup in him. Yesterday he was nosing up to a large bumblebee in the grass!

Don Gray said...

We did consider Basquiat, Bri, but somehow we didn't think it fit.

Sorry I missed the film--just too many irons in the fire.

Don Gray said...

Ralph Waldo the great philosopher--a great suggestion Karen!

Every Photo Tells A Story said...

Aw, congratulations on your new baby:)

How about Hermi? Short for Hermiston.

Alas, I don't think it's a name of an artist, writer or poet.

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Every Photo. Hermi's (or Hermes) a great dog name, but I think we've settled on Winslow.

Art By Erika said...

I thought about Basquiat too but I wasn't sure you'd like it, it's also kind of long when you're yelling at him to stop chewing on the tube of paint that fell off the table :)

Jasper is not a common dog name. It also has cowboy quality to it. I cracked up when I heard a 3-yr old scold someone by calling the offender a shady jasper lol

Micah Neff said...

Enjoy your beautiful new family member....now I have puppyitis again LOL

Gwen Bell said...

What a cutie! He's very pretty...Beagle/Dachshund, huh? Looks well-bred. Who knows, maybe they will become a breed like the Labradoodle but what would you call it??? A Beadach? Congratulations!

Micah Neff said...

Just think..if you name him Jasper , when he's bad you can get exjasperated LOL

Deborah Paris said...

what a sweetie- congrats on the new addition! He's a lucky pup, whatever you name him!

Don Gray said...

Erika, I love your sense of humor!

Don Gray said...

Only one cure I know of for puppyitis, Micah. :>)

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Deborah. We feel pretty lucky too.

Martha Miller said...

CUTE!!! Nice combo! My new tiger cat is named Jasper after Jasper Johns! And my B&W cat is Sal, after Salvador Dali! Jasper is a good name! Leo is awfully cool, too...hard to know! Have you asked the dog which name he prefers?

Suzanne McDermott said...

Love the new addition. I, personally, prefer Jasper. You might think about posting that winning smile to http://postyourdog.blogspot.com

Don Gray said...

Hi Martha. We did ask the dog and he said "Winslow," so Winslow it is!

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Suzanne--good to hear from you. He's now officially named Winslow, which seems to suit him. Thanks for the link to the dog blog.

Dean Grey said...

Adorable addition to the family, Don!

How about "Vincent" after Van Gogh?

-Dean

Don Gray said...

We thought of Vincent, but settled on Winslow, Dean.

spiritvessel said...

Your "Vincent" was EXACTLY what I thought when you had posted the picture of Winslow and Brenda. I thought to myself, "Okay. Don's going to go into a more impressionist direction with his art--much like Vincent VanGogh--who captured not only life--but movement and life energy, as well, in his work!