Gadora’s Animal Prints on Young House Love…

Late last year Gadora sent a lil Burger love to John and Sherry at Young House Love, in the form of an Animal Print. Today Gadora has teamed up with the dwelling darlings for their very fabulous (and über popular) fab freebie…

The Hamburgler...
The Hamburgler...

I’ll handle the art work and Young House Love will handle the details of the giveaway. And for every Animal Print you order through Young House Love, $5 will be donated to the ASPCA.

Wednesday’s are indeed GOOD days…

Happy Hump Day on the cusp of the last official day of 2009 (always been my fave, especially having discovered my five favorite starlets—myself included—all share the same birth day. Woe are we.) Don’t know about you folks, but Gadora is eager to bid 2009 a big fat good riddance. While I’m completely fortunate in many immeasurable ways, 2009 has not been without want. And some unwanted free time. Tick. Tock.

A talented friend, who is currently in the throes of creating her own nest, turned me onto Young House Love… a darling design duo who happily share their penchant for snappy decor with the rest of us. Their December favorite child post was poignant as I’d recently posted Quentin’s “part 1st child” story, and got to thinking… they want a Burger portrait… the just don’t know it yet. So with my newfangled affinity towards yippy Chihuahuas… Gadora set out to spread some holiday cheer.

The best Burger.

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Santana – Long Haired Chihuahua

Since Rolo’s Animal Print, Gadora has been fanatical about painting the lil’ guys. I had been quite snide about “pocket/purse dogs,” having myself adopted a Bull Mastiff who tipped the scale at 75 pounds in his sixth month, but the love of Rolo’s family turned my ‘tude into something else: utter admiration. Meet Santana.
SANTANA ~ Done
Santana is a 6-pound, long-haired Chihuahua. His favorite thing? “…Eating and resting on the pillow!!!!”

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Sprouts.

How much fun am I having with the Chihuahua’s? Loads, I tell you! Sprouts, the eternal cuddle-dog, proudly perches on the sofa for her portrait. Her Animal Print would be a present for her Grams in El Paso, Texas. And so feeling the surprisingly new (to me) Texas-pride, Gadora felt this had to be good.

Sprouts in a field of flowers.
Sprouts in a field of flowers.

StripeDetermining Sprouts’ pic needed a lil attention, Gadora wrote to say, “I took her off the couch and stuck her in a field of WILDFLOWERS…” Bluebonnets specifically. Laura, Sprouts’ Mom, returned, “Wildflowers are my favorite, especially bluebonnets! They don’t grow that much in El Paso (poor West Texas), but my mom manages to grow in her garden. You seem to know my mom, Sprouts and I so well already.” Happy face. See it?

Sprouts' original photo.
Sprouts' original photo.

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A Sprouts’ aside: “Even though she is a “grown up” she still loves to cuddle… comes to sleep with me around 2 or 3 in the morning… starts under the sheets by my feet, and as it gets later she’ll move up until she’s snuggled between my arm and body… her little nose poking out from under the covers. Sometimes she’ll be on her back with her head on her pillow and two paws over the covers. Those are usually the days I hit snooze a few more times.”

Adorable Sprouts as a wee pup. No doubt angling for some smooches.

Puppy Sprouts
Puppy Sprouts

Gadora sent Sprouts off to El Paso and eagerly awaited the response. Today it came. “My mom received the portrait of Sprouts yesterday and absolutely adores it! She got a little choked up when she was telling me about it on the phone. Thank you so much. It was the perfect gift for her. Thanks a million.” Do YOU love it?!

Rolo the Wonder Dog.

True I’ve always been a BIG dog girl, but when Gadora first opened an email with the many (many!) photos of ROLO the Chihuahua living in Colorado Springs… I completely, totally and utterly fell head over heels for him.

Rolo
Rolo

Stripe

Rolo’s story? As expressed by Dean, his adoptive (and notably proud) Daddy, “My oldest son got himself this baby dog two years ago as a graduation present. I told him it was crazy and I didn’t want anything to do with it. First time I held little Rolo he tinkled on my silk shirt and it was immediate love.”

Rolo's nose.
Rolo's nose.

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I imagine his parents carry around a cell-phone full of Rolo’s photos. Or him, in a bag. Dean and I worked together on picking the perfect photo to craft as a birthday gift portrait for his wife. Gadora secretly couldn’t wait for the next round of photos to roll in.

Seated Rolo
Seated Rolo

Seated Rolo came in a really close second. I imagine lil Rolo has quite the personality. Dean concurred, “I swear he is a little human! Understands every last word you say. Most Chihuahua’s are barkers and none to pleasant. He is a definite find—of course they say it’s the parents and his upbringing too (quick pat on the back).”

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Below: Rolo when he was little. Little-err.

Baby Rolo
Baby Rolo

Yes, I’ve offered to pet sit. Anytime. Where I, too, would… “hug him and pet him and squeeze him and love him and call him,” Rolo, “and pat him and pet him… and rub him and caress him…”