IF: Play

Not everyone wants to play.


There’s a forested park fairly close by where I like to take 16 year-old Samantha when she stays with us.   She’s free to roam around without a leash through uncut grass, fields of wildflowers and trails.  She seems to enjoy it overall, except when other dogs notice her and jaunt over to see if she’ll play with them.  Sam isn’t a very sociable dog when it comes to being with other dogs–or people for that matter (unless you’ve got food; food is her Achilles’ heel), so she doesn’t react with glee at their bum-sniffing, drooling, and poking.  When we were there a few days ago, a 6 month old shepherd pup named Sheba wanted Sam to play with her.  Sheba got so aggressive in pursuing Sam to participate that Sam finally snapped.  She snipped and barked, and when I reached down to calm her, she snapped at me.  I sometimes wonder if she holds it against me when I take her someplace where she ends up going through something uncomfortable (to see fireworks, for example.  She hated that), but no.  Sam doesn’t hold grudges.  I love that little dog.

20 Responses to IF: Play
  1. Jeff G
    August 12, 2006 | 11:52 pm

    I sincerely love your Illo. Really enjoyed your story too. Thank you! (dogs rule)

  2. Jeremy
    August 13, 2006 | 12:18 am

    Great illustration, first of all. Painter? Photoshop? Doesn’t really matter, as long as you are enjoying it. The park sounds like a lot of fun, for you and the dog. We took our chihuahua to the dog park near our house a couple of weeks ago and she did okay, but only with dogs smaller than her. There were a couple of Jack Russels there (brother and sister, I think) that chased her around and around the park. It was hard to tell if she was enjoying herself, or running for her life…

    Anyways, enough of the ramblings of an old man…

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Chippamunkey
    August 13, 2006 | 7:27 am

    Haha, that is hillarious! Some dogs are just like that! I love the look on her face! So cute – great job!

  4. Willie
    August 13, 2006 | 11:21 am

    Dogs are like people. 🙂

  5. Holly
    August 13, 2006 | 11:29 am

    She sounds like a great dog. Actually my dog hates that stuff too. She is just too mellow to be jumped at and such. I really love this illustration. There is so much expression especailly Samantha. You can just tell what she is thinking-“Oh god get me away from these maniacs.” Well done. Cheers!

  6. suzanne
    August 13, 2006 | 12:54 pm

    I love the expression in Sam’s eyes. Does she give the same look when you cruise by her food when she’s eating?

  7. Malin Hardestam
    August 13, 2006 | 1:47 pm

    Oh! I like this! I’ll be back!

  8. Cowboydog
    August 13, 2006 | 3:54 pm

    Dogs are best.

  9. michael dailey
    August 13, 2006 | 6:15 pm

    looks like u captured the moment perfectly nice pic life isnt always as one wishes guess same holds true for pets

  10. Colleen
    August 13, 2006 | 10:59 pm

    I love the expressions on the dogs faces. Cute story, cute picture.

  11. Jana Bouc
    August 13, 2006 | 11:28 pm

    Great illustration…love the faces on the dogs–so full of personality and spark and enjoyed the story about your pup too.

  12. Carla
    August 14, 2006 | 4:49 am

    This is so cute! I love watching doggie socializing, I think Sam probably is just older and not as exuberant as the the younger dogs. I am sure if my GSD Heidi ran into Sam, she’s be as annoying as Sheba… dogs just want to play!

  13. Lil
    August 14, 2006 | 6:32 am

    I love the “get away from me already” look on Sam’s face. I get that look a lot myself.

  14. Paula
    August 14, 2006 | 12:51 pm

    Thank you all very much for all your comments! I was laughing quite a bit at some of the things that you guys had to say! Very funny, guys!

    Jeremy: Painter 9. And, uhm…What dog is smaller than a Chihuahua?! I laughed at your the visual of your little guy being chases around by the Jack Russells. Oh my! And you can ramble here anytime. 🙂

    Holly: I couldn’t stop chuckling at your comment about what Sam looks like she’s thinking. Yeah… Still makes me laugh! Thanks!

    suzanne: Thanks! No, Fortunately she doesn’t growl or get upset and possessive about her food bowl. I do, however.

    Carla: Yes, probably part of it is her age, but she never was really socialized with other dogs earlier in her life, so I guess she’s just not used to them. and doesn’t play that much anymore. She’s okay until there’s extensive bum sniffing, you know?

    Lil: Heh! Me too.

  15. Cin
    August 14, 2006 | 8:45 pm

    what a great exchange of looks, perfectly describe the story! poor Samantha!

  16. Jenn Morris
    August 14, 2006 | 10:00 pm

    Very cute Paula, it sounds like Samantha and my 18-year-old cat have similar personalities. My cat only keeps us around because she doesn’t have thumbs to work the can opener.

  17. Sweet Pea
    August 15, 2006 | 7:51 am

    So funny Paula! Their expressions are great 🙂

  18. wynlen
    August 15, 2006 | 4:18 pm

    Cute! I like that their different personalities show, and I like the colors.

  19. Becky Young
    August 17, 2006 | 4:57 pm

    Hey, hey Paula – it’s good to be back nosing around your site, so to speak – your Play illustration is so very cute – as is the story behind it – I love you work – you know that – and this is a great example of what I love about it – whimsical, full of expression, very alive – it really draws you in! Thanks for sharing with all of us – we’re the richer for it…

  20. Beth eh
    July 31, 2007 | 6:51 pm

    Paula – I’ve just discovered your drawings, and have been browsing for nearly an hour !

    This particular one just shouted out to me – seems like you’ve met my Miss Cleopatra – friendlyish – as long as you’ve got snacks and you’re not letting other dogs sniff her nether regions. You’ve caught the expression marvellously.

    Thank you so much for sharing your work – there’s so much wonderful to explore here.

    Thank you, Beth! I’m most happy to hear you liked this drawing. Poor Sam (and your Miss Cleopatra)! No every dog likes to be sniffed down yonder, eh? And thanks for letting me know your thoughts by leaving a post. Bless you!–Paula