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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Studio Friday: Studio Sidekick

This week's topic for Friday July 21st suggested by Debbie: STUDIO SIDEKICK(S)!

"I got inspired by those lovely ladies who left comments for me on "A View from Above." My post included my puppy and I received all kinds of cool comments of artists describing their four legged companions. I'd LOVE to see pictures of all of their companions! So how about "Art Studio Sidekicks?" Originally I had "four-legged" in the title. However, I know there are not only 3-legged-once-4-legged sidekicks out there, but also all sorts of companions. I'm certain that there are artists with birds as their companions and I certainly want to see and "hear" all about them!" -Debbie

This is the story of Bandit-the-Wonderdog:

A black and white dog, mixed breed, was rescued from death row by a young woman and her significant other four years ago. They named him Bandit, and helped him settle into life with them. It was soon very apparent to them that their adorable canine companion must have suffered early trauma: he would cower and run if someone moved quickly or unexpectedly. Men in particular seemed to create a nervous and tense reaction. But Bandit became comfortable in his home, and especially enjoyed having a yard for running and playing.

There came a day that Bandit-the-Wonderdog decided he wanted to learn to fly. While having a vacation at the home of family friends, a severe storm began to brew. One of Bandit's super-powers is that he is able to sense a coming storm long before it becomes apparent to any of his human friends.

Already nervous and worried, and scared because he had been left in the apartment alone, Bandit-the-Wonderdog paced around seeking safety. Thunder rolled and lightening cracked, raising what had been sheer terror to utter insanity. An explosion rocked the world as a bolt of lightening hit an electrical transformer near the building. That was it......he could stand no more, he was going to flee from all the terrifying sounds. Taking a deep breath and using his powerful legs to propel him across the room, he took aim and flew out the window!

The friends returned home, found their home in chaos, and panicked when Bandit-the-Wonderdog was nowhere to be found. Some strange sense led them to the lightening flashed they saw what appeared to be something on the ground three floors below!

A shattered pelvis and femur. Specialists were called in from far and wide and debate ensued: "Amputate," said some. "No, we can put him back together," claimed others. His family said, "Please, do everything you can." The surgery began, and plates and rods and screws were put into place to hold the broken parts together.

A lengthy recovery followed, and Bandit-the-Wonderdog made a full recovery. Once again he enjoyed running and playing and jumping. He was happy. Then changes began to occur........nothing was the same in the house anymore: the man moved away, boxes were being packed up, and a "For Sale" sign appeared in the yard. The young woman was concerned about that the man was gone, Bandit was alone for longer and longer periods of time. He became lonely and felt lost. The young woman worried about what would happen to him when she moved........she didn't think she'd be able to take him where she was going, and even if she could he would be alone far too many hours a day. The young woman talked to her mother, and it was agreed that Bandit-the-Wonderdog would move to the mother's home.

Bandit-the-Wonderdog came into my life and home in January 2005. I was recovering from major surgery and was grateful for the companionship. My recovery process was helped along by Bandit's presence; having to take him outside several times a day pushed me to be more active. He has become far more of a companion than I had ever imagined. Although my family had dogs when I was growing up, and there were even a couple as my children were growing up, I had never experienced the real companionship of a dog.

If Bandit is not in the same room with me, he is snuggled on my bed. He has been lounging on the floor in my studio as I've been writing this. He will occasionally come and nuzzle at me, or lay his head on my leg.

I feel sad that I don't have a yard for Bandit to enjoy, but there is a school up the block with a large fenced-in field. Bandit runs the perimeter of the field, herding imaginary sheep and cows. It is so obvious at those times that he is part Border Collie. He makes me laugh when he charges full-speed at me, as if I am a stray sheep that needs to be sent back with the rest of the flock!

When Bandit runs through the field, he sometimes appears to be in flight. It's easy to imagine him sprouting wings and taking off! At those moments, he is joy in motion.

Thanks, Debbie, for prompting me to tell the story of Bandit-the-Wonderdog, my flying studio sidekick!



Blogger Lisa said...

Thank you for sharing the story of Bandit the Wonder Dog. I am so happy that it has a good ending filled with love!

1:38 PM  
Blogger Ouissi Gresty said...

Such a cute dog & a really lovely story...beautifully told..I have to go to wipe the tears!!

Ouissi x

3:23 PM  
Blogger Lisa Marie said...

What a touching story! So cool how pets and people can be so significant in each others' lives. :)

4:11 PM  
Blogger Anke said...

What a touching story! I can say as well.

4:46 AM  
Blogger Going For Greatness said...

Such an adventurous life for this pup! It's nice to see that he is loved enough to have gone through with the surgeries from his self-inflicted injury (Dogs and flight....hmm!!)
I am so glad he's living a happy life and has such a loving home!!

6:19 AM  
Blogger Abbie said...

Oh! What a marvelous story! he sounds like a marvelous dog and a beautiful companion!:) Our Bonnie 'flew' out my 2nd story studio window before the house was finished. Luckily she must have sprouted wings cause she walked away with just a few scratches.. aren't dogs amazing?
:) Abbie

7:17 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

What a lovely story, and I'm so glad Bandit found his place in your home!

9:47 AM  
Blogger DEW said...

What a fantasic story and when you mentioned "Bandit-the-wonder-dog" in a comment I knew there had to be a really good story to go with the name! You did an absolutely wonder job telling the story as well. Loved it! Don't feel guilty about not having a yard because bottom line, he has you and that's way more important! I live in the country and know of lots of dogs with huge yards and humans who ignore them. They really rather have humans! And you take him out all the time. Thanks Ellen!

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Hanne said...

Wonderful story; I love to know you´re in good company - that you both are in good company.

1:27 AM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

He does look like a wonder dog... is that a cape I see tucked away.

3:56 PM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

Oh my gosh what a touching story! And what an amazing sweet dog!!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Aww... cute doggy! I've so enjoyed seeing everyone's studio sidekicks! :)

Thank you for visiting my blog!

3:17 PM  
Blogger kerrip said...

I was away the weekend this was posted, so I am only reading this now, but you win the prize for such an amazing story... and our dog's lives really parallel one another... max IS alone for long hours during the day, but he has been since puppyhood, so he seems adjusted to it, and he is absolutely adored the rest of the time... but Max also gets to run on the school grounds of our local (fenced in) high school every morning, with his other dog companions - Tank, Zoe, Kip, Buddy & Lu Lu, Spencer & Brady. Otherwise, he too, is leash-walked with no fenced-in yard... they are wonderfully adaptable. Bless your sweet wonderdog!!!

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Hanne said...

I´ve been back here at your blog some times now to look for new posts. I love to reread this happy "ending" and to know their are solutions for problems and hard condions can be transformed to posibilities of love and care and companionship!

I long to hear more: what are you guys doing these summerdays? Hard work? Holiday?

I often think of you! Somehow you´ve touched my heart!

Best wishes
from me

4:03 AM  

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