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Painting: Victory’s Portrait

We finally had Victory’s portrait painted, which is painted in the same vein as her brother, Biscuit’s painting, shown below.  They soon will be hung side by side in our dinning room!

For Victory, since she is a little refined beauty, we decided to have an Audrey Hepburn inspired painting.  Below are some images, from around the web, that I put together to create a small inspiration board for the painting featuring the clothing, tiara, necklace, colors, etc.

 

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Next, we found two images of Victory to base the painting off of, shown below.

 

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Next, the images were cropped similar to Biscuit’s painting and then situated next to Biscuit’s painting to see which image of Victory would work better.  We chose the image of Victory with the brick wall in the background, while incorporating her furs from the image in front of the Christmas tree, as we felt this image aesthetically worked better with Biscuit’s painting.

 

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After creating an inspiration board and the selecting the two images of Victory, shown above, we commissioned Mary Medrano to paint Victory’s portrait.  She also painted Biscuit’s portrait, shown below, in 2011, soon after we rescued our sweet dear Biscuit.

 

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With this visual information, Mary created a preliminary sketch of Victory, which the painting was based on, while keeping in mind our vision for the portrait.  The sketch is shown below.

 

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Below is the final portrait of Victory, which we are very pleased with!  Mary was great to work with, and we corresponded during the entire process over email, and she let us see her progress every step of the way, which allowed us to provide feedback along the way, which we enjoyed.  As you can see, we also made sure to incorporate Victory’s name in her tiara, as Biscuit’s name appeared just below his handkerchief.

 

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Finally, shown below, is how the paintings will soon be hung in our home — Victory and Biscuit will soon be hung, side by side, in our dinning room!  Since moving into our new home nearly three years ago, we saved a spot on the wall for Victory’s portrait.  Our loves, Biscuit and Victory, will forever proudly be displayed in our home!

 

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Have a wonderful weekend!  It has been a really busy week for us and we are going to soak up some time at our pool this weekend!

Planning a Birthday Theme for your Furry Family Member

It is our birthday week!  Doug’s birthday and my birthday are right next to each other!  We always celebrated Biscuit’s birthday during our birthday week as well!  So, this got me thinking about Victory’s birthday in October.  She will be five-years-old, we think, as she is a rescue.  You can view Victory’s first birthday celebration with us here where she turned three-years-old; and you can view Victory’s second birthday celebration with us here where she turned four-years-old.  I like to plan, when I can, and I think we are going to have a light pink and gold themed birthday for Victory this year.  It is fitting with her golden colored fur coat!  We have fun documenting Victory’s birthday each year, and it will be fun to look back through the years and see her physical changes.  Growing up, my Mom had our portraits taken around our birthday each year through college — so I am continuing this tradition with our fur girl, Victory!

Here are some birthday ideas to celebrate Victory’s fifth birthday!  We cannot believe that she will be with us three years on October 12, her adoption date, which we made her birthday!  The time really has gone by too quickly!  All items, shown below, can be purchased through Oh Happy Day!

 

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Below Victory is pictured on her third birthday — a rainbow themed birthday; and she is also pictured on her fourth birthday — a pink themed birthday.  These are the two birthdays, so far, that we have celebrated since rescuing Victory!

 

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Summer Update: Victory

This spring and summer has been unexpectedly chaotic, and I have not shared as much about our fur girl, Victory.  Victory is indeed doing very well!

Her fur coat continues to grow and she continues to fill out!  She has physically and emotionally come a long way from where she started with us.

Her health is doing well, as far as we know.  She has her annual check up with the vet soon to ensure she is healthy.

She is getting a little more confident.  She would still prefer not to share the sidewalk with anyone else during her daily walks, but she is getting better.

She still loves going for rides in her Hound About!

She loves outings.  It has been quite hot and humid here this summer, so we have not been able to take as many outings together, but we have managed a few get aways together this summer, which she loved.  With the summer heat, we have been taking Victory to TCBY in the evenings this summer and she absolutely loves it — she loves the peanut butter flavored yogurt, and she loves sharing a waffle cone with her Daddy!  We also take her out to dinner when it is not too hot!

She still absolutely loves coming home after an outing to our garage — she thinks it is the best thing ever as evidenced by her wide smile, front paws on the top of the interior car door, with her sheltie furs blowing in the wind.

She loves to play in bed at night before bed — this might be her favorite activity!  She knows when it is ‘last call’ and she heads up the stairs confidently and jumps into our bed waiting for me to pull down the duvet and pillows.  She is loves to run around and jump around the bed trying to put our hands in her mouth, while letting out a few prized barks!

She likes to sleep in.  When we wake up in the mornings, she is always laying above one of our heads!  She also loves to get a belly rub in the morning and she climbs back into bed, after her early morning potty, during the week, and curls up and rests while we get ready for the day.

She also loves her wet Fromm food, which is not currently being made anymore, and this spring we stockpiled what we were able to find online.  In the meantime, Victory has tried similar quality wet foods: Tiki; Weruva; and Evangers.  She, fortunately, seems to like them all!

She loves ‘people food.’  She also loves carbs — who would have guessed!  When we have dinner, she always comes over to the table for some ‘people food!’

She did really well on vacation this year!  She loved the beach, pictured below.

Victory is always by my side while I am working away at the computer, and I would not have it any other way!  She loves to lay by my feet under my desk and rest.  She is a wonderful and loving furry family member!  We love her so much and value each day with our precious fur girl!

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend!  We are planning to rest and go to the pool!

 

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Victory: Photography Project — 90

Beginning in January 2014, I started a weekly photography project with my muse, Victory!  I will continue to share this project on the blog this year!  My goal is to document all of Victory’s changes, while preserving fleeting moments and memories, while capturing moments of our everyday.

Happy Tuesday!  I saw a post on Instagram that said, “this feels like the Monday-est Tuesday ever!”  We hope that you had a lovely long weekend!  Doug and I, along with Victory, went to Delaware and Pennsylvania, the Brandywine Valley, for the long weekend!  The weather and temperatures were great!  We enjoyed a low-key, relaxed weekend together.

We went to the Iron Hill Brewery a few times for dinner, and Victory enjoyed going to dinner with us!  (We wish there was an Iron Hill closer to us, as it is one of our favorite restaurants!)  While away, Doug and I got hooked on Marcella, a really good murder mystery series!

We took Victory to a vineyard with us, shown below, where she was a hit!  We also took Victory to the Plymouth Meeting Orvis store, shown below, where we previously took her brother Biscuit!  Needless to say, Victory is recovering from her long weekend away, as she did not get her daily, standard 16 hours of sleep!  We had a great time together, and it was really nice to get away for a few days!  We hope that you had a great 4th of July weekend!

Happy Tuesday!

 

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Victory: Photography Project — 89

Beginning in January 2014, I started a weekly photography project with my muse, Victory!  I will continue to share this project on the blog this year!  My goal is to document all of Victory’s changes, while preserving fleeting moments and memories, while capturing moments of our everyday.

Happy Summer!  We hope that you had a lovely weekend!  It was beautiful, gorgeous weather here!  Doug enjoyed a really nice Father’s Day — his third Father’s Day with our fur girl, Victory!  For Father’s Day, we went to Andy Nelson’s for dinner, a favorite of Doug’s, followed by Rita’s for ice cream, which Victory also loved!  We had a great weekend together!

Little Victory has good taste and she gave her Daddy some nice Father’s Day gifts, pictured below: a custom Lionel train car featuring Doug and Victory; Duke Cannon shave cream and soap; a new bourbon; a custom photo mug featuring Doug and Victory (a yearly tradition); and a custom key chain featuring Doug and Victory.  Doug was very surprised and pleased!  A few photographs from our weekend are shown below!

Happy Monday!

 

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Moments: Victory

We love our little fur girl, Victory, so very much!  It is difficult to believe that we have already celebrated two birthdays with our Victory.  The time is going by really quickly!  I thought that I would capture some moments here, on the blog, about our fur girl!

I love waking up with Victory in the morning with her furry head abutting  mine.

I love having a little furry friend waiting for me to finish showering so she can potty and have her breakfast!

I love how Victory loves to play each night before ‘night-night’ as she jumps around making growling noises, along with an occasional bark!

I love how Victory love her Daddy — giving him kisses in the same place on his face each night before bed!

I love taking long walks with Victory in her Hound About, which she loves!

I love how Victory is always laying at my feet as I work through the final portion of this long-term photography project!

I love ‘Waffle Cone Wednesday’ at TCBY with Victory!

I love how Victory is always up for an adventure!

I love how Victory travels with us, as our trips and vacations would never be the same!

I love how we are able to take Victory with us out to dinner during warmer months!

I love how Victory looks adorable in her Ergo, which she loves!

I love how Victory is so loyal and is always by my side, especially, when I am feeling sick.

I love how Victory loves routines, as do I!

I love how Victory is always promptly at the dinning room table waiting for some ‘human food,’ while kindly nudging me for more food with her snout!

I love how Victory loves to eat popcorn, and she has gotten so particular that she refuses to eat plain air-popped popcorn — she wants it to have cheese sprinkled on it — such discerning taste!

Most of all, I love how Victory is an integral family member.  We cannot imagine our lives without her.  What we give her, she returns one-hundred fold!  We are also the lucky ones!

Happy Friday!

 

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Victory: Photography Project — 88

Beginning in January 2014, I started a weekly photography project with my muse, Victory!  I will continue to share this project on the blog this year!  My goal is to document all of Victory’s changes, while preserving fleeting moments and memories, while capturing moments of our everyday.

This past weekend, we took Victory to Pups in the Park!  Fortunately, the rain stopped, and the sun came out prior to the game starting!  Despite it being a little chilly outside, we had a great time together again this year, like we did  last year!  Victory had a fun time, although we did not see any sheltie friends this year, like we did last year.

Happy Monday!

 

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Victory: Photography Project — 87

Beginning in January 2014, I started a weekly photography project with my muse, Victory!  I will continue to share this project on the blog this year!  My goal is to document all of Victory’s changes, while preserving fleeting moments and memories, while capturing moments of our everyday.

We hope that you had a nice weekend/Mother’s Day!  We had a nice weekend, and enjoyed nicer weather, a nice change from the rain!  We finished up all of our gardening and planting as well as finishing setting up our decks, which we enjoy using.  In honor of Mother’s Day, Doug made us homemade buttermilk pancakes with fresh strawberries and homemade whip cream, which we ate with Victory on our deck!  It was very tasty, and Victory loved them, too!  Victory and Doug also gave me a new jacket, which I love!  Below are some images of our finished deck along with our fur girl, Victory, who really enjoys lounging and napping on her deck in her outdoor bed, similar to this!

Happy Monday!

 

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Victory: Photography Project — 86

Beginning in January 2014, I started a weekly photography project with my muse, Victory!  I will continue to share this project on the blog this year!  My goal is to document all of Victory’s changes, while preserving fleeting moments and memories, while capturing moments of our everyday.

Over the past weekend, we all went to Keeneland, a place that Doug has been wanting to visit for a while.  On the way to Keeneland, we stopped at Woodford Reserve, a local distillery.  Doug’s Mom also joined us on our visit to Keeneland.  We had gorgeous weather and Victory was a hit!  You can even see Victory making her picks, below!  Doug even made a little money on a race!  A few images from our time in Keeneland are shown below, and we hope to return next year!

Happy Wednesday!

 

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Victory: 2.5 Years In

“Our prime purpose in life is to help others.  And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” –Dali Lama

Today marks two and a half years with our fur girl, Victory!  We can hardly believe how fast our time together is passing.  We had our Biscuit for exactly two and a half years, so this mark in time is significant for us.

Reflecting on our time together, Victory has made so much progress since we first met her and adopted our sweet girl.  You can see how much she has changed even since one year after her adoption, shown  below.  In addition to positive physical changes, Victory is more out going with us; however, she often still does not show this side to others because she gets nervous.  She has vocal cords!  One morning, recently, she showed us her high-pitched bark, which reverberated throughout the house, while I was brushing out her fur coat!  She loves to play with us right before bed, and she is quite agile.  She runs and jumps all over the bed and tries to put our hands and fingers in her mouth, a favorite pastime!  She loves her night-time tummy massages before bed, while laying on my pillows, and she loves to get them on the weekend mornings, too!

Most of all, Victory gives us so much love.  I have not been feeling well recently, and, in addition to Doug, Victory has stayed right by my side, never wavering.  We look forward to our trips together with our fur girl this year!  We try never to take our time together for granted.  Most of all, we are very happy Victory is healthy and happy!  We feel so grateful.

Pictured below is Victory two and a half years since her adoption!

 

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Pictured below on the left is Victory shortly after she was rescued taken by her foster mom in the fall of 2013; pictured in the middle is Victory one year since her adoption — October 12, 2014; and pictured on the right is Victory two and half years since her adoption — April 12, 2016!

 

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Happy Tuesday!