One of the wonderful things about my job is that, although I can’t have a dog of my own right now, I get to vicariously hang out with the dogs of my customers. I love reading their stories and getting to know them a little better, and hopefully transmit the love I feel for these furry ones in my sculptures.
One such love affair was Levi, the dog living in the U.S. This guy just spoke to me because I have a soft spot for wire hair breeds and his paws were just the epitome of canine perfection. Making his mini was pure joy, and to this day he is still one of my favourites.
So now imagine what I felt when I get an email from his owner, a few months after he arrived in the States, that mini Levi had suffered… an accident. I could almost hear the sick worry of his human, explaining to me that the sculpture had found its way to her dog’s mouth, who proceeded to mangle the sculpture, and was it something I could fix? My heart was pretty much in my throat at this point because hey, I get attached to my work!
After looking at a photo of the damage, I was relieved to see that it was indeed possible to get him back to shape, no drastic measures needed. After exchanging a couple of emails, he was on his way back to me.
This is what the poor thing looked like before my repairs. Notice the elongated neck and the twisted paws. I’ll admit this sight gave me a little cardiac fluttering.
After some minor surgery (or, a few pokes of the needle, and some frame adjustments) he was as good as new. I might have mumbled a few times, “Nurse, scalpel! And more anaesthesia for the patient, please,” for realistic purposes. Hey, I wanted to have a go at this Method Artist thing.
The positive thing about this is, I got to see my creation again, and now I get to spend some time with mini Levi a while longer, as he is soon to have a twin! Fun times.