Grace the Border Collie.

Meet Grace the Border Collie, sometime artist's model.

Grace  the Border Collie at the seaside.

This doggie bundle of dynamite is about six years old now and shares a home with two adults, three teenagers, a cat called Dizzy, two kittens, and various reptiles.

Grace and two kittens.

She likes:
Sleeping on the settee.
Long walks.
Doggie treats.
Drinking out of puddles.
Other dogs. (sometimes)
She hates:
Cats.
Cars.
Inactivity.
Loud noises.
Grace and her owner.

Life was not always so good for Grace. She used to live with people who went out all day, leaving her alone and pining. She barked a lot and the neighbours complained.
Then Grace came to live with her present family who have a lot more time for her, including her in their lives and taking her for exhaustingly long walks.
Now she is happy.

When I go for walks with the family Grace charges about full of life and enthusiasm, livening up the landscape and the seascape.
(I tried to take some more photos of her at the weekend for this post but she was so very quick I only captured her tail. You're seeing pictures from the summer.)

It's no wonder this funny, affectionate, mad dog features so much in my paintings.

© Mary Kemp. "Jaunty Tale"
© Mary Kemp "Grace the Border Collie Encounters a Wave"

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