December 12, 2012
Today is the last day we have Nora the service dog in training. Tonight she goes back to school where she will do intensive study to learn how to retrieve meds and take off socks (I'm not kidding). The woman who is training her had to leave town so we volunteered to take her for five days. The institute actually encourages this because service dogs need to get acclimated to a variety of social situations. I took her to work at True West Monday and Tuesday, much to the delight of my entire staff. She is a very smart dog. I was watching "The Plainsman" on Encore Westerns the other night. During an Indian charge I looked down to see Nora intently watching the action on the TV. I've heard about dogs doing this, but this is the first dog I've encountered who actually appeared to be studying the action. And she scored points with me for digging a Western.
Nora and Kathy playing on the floor one last time, 8:45 a.m. this morning.
Meanwhile, got up this morning at 5:30, started a fire in the studio stove and grabbed a pile of unfinished paintings in my morgue and took one last stab at saving them. First up, "Midnight In Old Fort Sumner":
Daily Whipout #70, "Midnight In Old Fort Sumner"
Never quite got the Kid's face right, but I really like the demonic, Pat Garrett as Skeletor. Ha.
Also grabbed this one which I did for the cover of last years' Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame Awards program:
Daily Whipout, #69, "Rockabilly Billy"
I want it!
"You cannot run away from a weakness. You must sometimes fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?"
—Robert Louis Stevenson