Doggy surgery (of the felted kind)

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 stillย one of my favourites.

Levi combo



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.ย Notice the elongated neck and the twisted paws. I’ll admit this sight gave me a little cardiac fluttering.

Levi before

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.

Levi, chilling out with me in my studio

Levi, chilling out with me in my studio


14 responses to “Doggy surgery (of the felted kind)

    • Haha, thanks! You’re right, this could have had disastrous consequences… Glad it all turned out alright ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. Oh dear, I’d be mortified! I remember once I was at a craft fair and I heard a young lad say to his mum that they could buy one of my creations for the dog to rip up. Actually wanted to scream at him, but instead (of course) I had to smile and be very polite… It’s difficult sometimes. But accidents do happen. At least you managed to fix him x

    • Oh no, I’m not sure I could be polite after hearing that! And how irresponsible of them :/
      I was very happy to have been able to fix mini Levi, and from now on he’ll have a place on a very high shelf!

  2. It was good you could make Levi whole again. I know I’d be devastated if something happened to our girls. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I was so happy the damage was reversible, Marilyn! I hope these things don’t become a habit, I’d have a heart attack each time I saw a mini hurt… I know your girls are in safe hands ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. Aaw, poor Levi! I’d be so sad if it happened to me too, so good you could fix him ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s not the first time I’ve heard of dogs getting their teeth into their mini-me, not all had such happy endings.

    • Her human was also sad, poor lady ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m just glad I got to make things right again. I wonder if dogs feel a sort of jealousy towards their minis? Food for thought, Zed!

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