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Leni and Tony by rieke-b Leni and Tony by rieke-b
Watercolours, 18x13cm.
The photo, which showed one of the first moments of our two terrier mixes of them being close to each other, was taken in 2010. I didn’t like the background, so I decided to make a watercolour painting out of it.

This moment, which also shows their different personalities nicely, happened a few months after we got Tony (right). He was already 9 or 10 years old, Leni (left) was born in 2004. We got her when she was four months old.

When she was younger, Leni behaved aggressively towards other dogs and dominantly towards us, so we had to learn a lot about dogs. When we got Tony, we were able to keep have two dogs living together peacefully. Leni is a very clever, sporty dog who gets nervous easily. Tony, on the other hand, is often very slow and a kind old guy. When we’re outside, they walk next to us and often sniff at the same place (sometimes under the chin of the other dog). Many people we meet think that they’re related (which they aren’t) and keep wondering about how peaceful it can be to have two dogs… They’re both very stubborn, though, so we have to be even more stubborn than them. :D

Even though they’re very different and don’t play with each other, they give us a lot of sweet little moments that make us smile. I believe they’re good for each other because they don’t expect too much of the other dog.

It’s really funny how you can love two dogs in a different way without favouring one of them...
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Aquarell, 18x13cm.
Das Foto, das einen der ersten Momente zeigte, in dem unsere beiden Hunde einander nah waren, wurde 2010 gemacht. Ich mochte den Hintergrund jedoch nicht und beschloss, ein kleines Aquarell daraus zu machen.

Dieser Moment, der auch ihre unterschiedlichen Persönlichkeiten sehr gut zeigt, ereignete sich ein paar Monate, nachdem wir Tony (rechts) bekamen. Er war damals schon 9 oder 10 Jahre alt, Leni (links) wurde 2004 geboren. Wir bekamen sie, als sie vier Monate alt war.

Als sie jünger war, verhielt sich Leni anderen Hunden gegenüber aggressiv und uns gegenüber dominant, also mussten wir viel über Hunde lernen. Als wir Tony trafen, waren wir in der Lage, zwei Hunde friedlich zu halten. Leni ist ein sehr kluger, sportlicher Hund, der schnell nervös wird. Tony dagegen ist ein oft sehr langsamer und lieber alter Kerl. Draußen gehen die beiden neben uns und schnüffeln oft an der gleichen Stelle (manchmal unter dem Kinn des anderen Hundes). Viele der Leute, die wir treffen, denken, die beiden wären verwandt (was sie nicht sind) und wundern sich darüber, wie friedlich es mit zwei Hunden sein kann… Allerdings sind beide sehr dickköpfig, also müssen wir noch sturer sein. :D

Obwohl sie sehr unterschiedlich sind und nicht miteinander spielen, gibt es viele süße kleine Momente zwischen den beiden, die uns lächeln lassen. I glaube, dass sie gut füreinander sind, denn sie verlangen nicht so viel voneinander.

Es ist schon lustig, wie man zwei Hunde auf unterschiedliche Weise lieben kann, ohne einen zu bevorzugen…
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TifaLockhartFangirl Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
d'aww :heart: you do such fantastic work with animals. so much detail!
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I just love to paint animals. :heart:
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VinceJay Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What a beautiful piece. =)
Love the way you created the fur to create that softness and defintiely enjoy the scene.
You've captured both dogs wonderfully and even though they don't play with each other, the piece shows at least a respect and care for one another. Fantastic and so cute.
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your nice words. :)
It really was the right decision to keep Tony. :heart:
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Jerseydays Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oooooh, meine liebsten Schnuffies! :love:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D They do make a great team despite not liking each other! Tolerating each other atleast. ;) You showed me a picture with them being walked and they were close to the camera, you should paint that one too! And put capes on them because t hey looked like courageous super dogs. XD LOL. Great idea to keep the background white. With Tony being older you'd think he's lose some of his spunk. I'm assuming he's still as stubborn as ever even though he's an old guy! ;)
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
They do feel connected, that's for sure. ;) When they haven't seen each other for a while, Leni always runs to him to say hello, it's very cute.
Yaaay, super dogs! :D Tony is actually more self-assured than Leni, but she becomes defensive quickly because she's actually afraid... Tony surely is stubborn! He never walks around things, but always over or under them, or he steps right into his water bowl. :-O What does spunk mean, by the way? :)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww! They won't admit they like each other at first but they can't stay away. Too cute! :meow:
"Spunk" means feisty, confrontational or self-assured enough to flaunt it. ;)
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha! :lol: It really depends on the situation and the mood they're in. The most important thing is that we keep control... and never leave them alone when food is involved. :-O
Hehe, spunk sounds great! I need some more of that, too. :D
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Marzipanswirl Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
just beautiful! they look so fluffy! ^_^
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