For our prompt of “Puppy” today, I made a sketch of my own pup Elliott when he was just a wee little dog. I’ve painted him once before as a puppy, yet even though we took tons of pictures, it seemed like this stage only lasted a couple of weeks. From there, he got larger and larger each day, growing into the dog I sketched for my previous post. It really does move quite quickly! However, actually taking care of a puppy was so much work that it seemed to go much more slowly at the time. We would have to take him out during the night and constantly dodge mouthy attacks of love featuring painful piranha teeth. Though, he was also able to curl up in my lap in a little ball of fur and fall asleep. Suddenly, in that moment, nothing else mattered at all. I remember telling him then that he’ll always be my baby. I’m not sure if he understood. But, even when I look at him curled up on his own little bed today, I certainly do. I still see him like this. A tiny bundle of uncertainty mixed with hopefulness that fills me with pure love.
While I did love cuddling a tiny puppy, I’m equally grateful that he’s all grown up now. Clocking it at around 57 pounds, he’s much larger than our previous pup, Phineas, who was only 29 pounds. And, Elliott will be two years old this Friday! He’s become quite the little gentleman even though he still wants to play quite a lot. What I’ve loved most is watching him become more independent. He’s chosen to sleep on a couch in a separate room so he has his own space. Also, he used to ride with Philippe when he took me to work, but has mostly decided he’d rather not bother doing that anymore. Sometimes, he changes his mind, but it’s that strong will that I adore. Rather than simply do everything we ask immediately, he’ll look at me expecting an explanation. I then explain to him why we’d like him to do something and he always does it. Though I’m not sure that he understands all of the words, he appreciates the communication.
As it gets colder, Elliott sometimes joins Philippe on the couch, but he mostly sits on his own little couch next to us as we watch television in the evenings. He prefers shows with music, which means that he’s always riveted by opening credits, but will get a bit bored after that if it’s not actually a musical. I’ve carefully planned out his treats for the day so he gets something each time we do. From dinner sticks to dessert sticks, to the occasional little bonus, he always gets to snack right along with us. That way, it always feels very fair and equitable, something that has always seemed quite important to him. It also means that he absolutely never begs for treats since he knows they’ll always be coming. At the end of the evening, when Elliott is starting to get sleepy, both Philippe and I will cuddle with him as we say goodnight. He’ll end the love fest after a few minutes by popping up to let us know we’ve had enough and it’s time for bed. And, each evening when I kiss him on the forehead, I remember the promise I made. He will always be by baby, even though we’re now well past that brief moment of puppyhood.
About the Doodlewash
Sketching Stuff Coloring Set – Da Vinci Watercolors: Charlie O’Blue, Opus (VIvid Pink), Yellow Ochre, Vermilion, Terra Cotta, And Ultramarine (Green Shade). ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Pen with Black ink, Princeton Aqua Elite Travel Brushes, in an A5 Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book.