|'I trust you' - Dog's eye in watercolour|
I've had an idea in my mind for a while of a series of paintings of eyes or more specifically the eyes of animals, that I’ve given the working title ‘Windows to the Soul’. This is the first one which I did as a small sketch in watercolour. I’d like to try to do these much bigger in oil on canvas but thought I’d start small and see how I get on. When you look into the trusting eyes of a dog, you can really understand why eyes are described as the windows to the soul.
In other news, today is a hugely important day for one wee dog and his very worried family. Do you remember way back here when I told you the story of Lennox, the dog who’d been taken by Belfast City Council on the grounds that he ‘looked’ like a pit bull which is classed as a dangerous dog and therefore not allowed in Northern Ireland under Breed Specific Legislation. Regardless that Lennox is actually NOT a pit bull and the same Council had happily accepted the money for his licence every year for 5 years before deciding he was in fact a menace to society and locked him up in May 2010. Today is the appeal hearing to hopefully have the original ruling to have Lennox put down quashed and hopefully prove to me and many others that sometimes the law is actually not an ass.
It’s even come to light that the Dog Warden who previously stood up in Court and swore that she was afraid of Lennox and his uncontrollable, aggressive behaviour blatantly lied as photos which you can see here have come to light showing Lennox licking her face, sitting at her feet while she patted his head and with his paw on her knee – hardly the actions of a dangerous, uncontrollable dog!
Every finger and toe I possess is crossed in anticipation of a favourable outcome for poor Lennox and his family. His case has garnered worldwide attention with even the Queen of dog behaviour, Victoria Stilwell, getting involved on his behalf. Please send good luck vibes from wherever you are to Belfast High Court so that finally Lennox can come home to the family that love and miss him desperately.
Happy Paint Party Friday and big thanks to Kristin and Eva who continue to host it so wonderfully every week!