Here comes Cookie cotton tail!

April 18, 2014

Them ain’t no candy eggs.

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Have a great weekend, everybully!

Have you seen this dog?

March 23, 2014

Ha ha. The other day I disguised Cookie as a giant baby so that I could take her into the market with me to the salad bar.cookieTo my credit, it was very spontaneous decision and all in Cookie’s best interest. We had gone on an afternoon stroll when I noticed that the salad bar was open at the new Richmond Grocery Annex.

2014-03-23 12.16.08I also noticed that it being the middle of a weekday, most all of the patrons inside were mothers or nannies with baby stuffed strollers. Soooooo … instead of leaving my precious cargo parked outside of the front of the door (WHICH I WOULD NEVER, EVER DO), I decided that a little white lie wouldn’t hurt anyone. I threw a blanket over this thing:

strollerAnd rolled right in. For a moment I definitely felt like Lucy Ricardo with her giant imported cheese on the airplane. Especially when one of the employees offered to carry my groceries for me because it looked like “I had my hands full.”

1510902_10203633757551355_1923622107_nCoincidentally, Cookie did smell mildly like a sausage. But, not one person noticed that I brought my 65 lb. bulldog into the Health Food Store. We were only in there for 10 minutes and we were just minding our own business. Later we enjoyed our salad at the park. Here is a sweet moment I captured of Cookie watching the children at play.

2014-03-18 18.12.39You know, often times when people see me walking with Cookie in her stroller, they are surprised to see that what they thought was a baby at first glance is actually a geriatric dog. This always reminds me of that Warner Bros. cartoon, Baby Buggy Bunny. The one where the baby in the pram is actually a diminutive, scrappy bank robber named Babyface Finster. 

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2014-03-23 12.17.36It’s always an adventure with Cookie! I do take her out on the town every day so she can get some enrichment. Also, our daily mother/daughter stroll is a small bright spot in my day that makes me very happy. I will leave you with this clip of Our Girl getting ready for her Slow Ride. I wonder what kind of antics we will encounter today. Take it easy everybody!

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Phone cases, greeting cards and shower curtains, OH MY!

February 28, 2014

Well, since I’ve got bulldogs on the brain at all times, it only made sense to start a line of products with my original doggie illustrations! I have phone cases, art prints, stationary cards, throw pillows, tote bags and SHOWER CURTAINS! Ha-Ha! Who knew?

You can find my Dog Day Afternoon series for sale on Society6 here.

A cuckoo clock bulldog!

A cuckoo clock bulldog!

You can also find the rest of my collection, Confused Cuckoo Critters for sale on my shop page: http://society6.com/DawnGonzales

My new line of products for sale at Society6.

My new line of products for sale at Society6.

I’m so excited to have tried something new. So excited that I’m back to the drawing board right now! And I mean that in a good way. Have a great weekend everybody.

Ready for our close-up

February 20, 2014

All of these picture are going to look the same to you guys, but I’m going to try to show you the subtle differences in Cookie’s demeanor.

1 purinaFirst and foremost, some of you may already know that Cookie and I were chosen to audition for a web mini-documentary! And we made the final cut. It’s for a company that we do not patronize, but the final product sounds like it will tell a good story: Real dogs and real people.

Can’t get any more real than me and my 55 lb roly-poly shadow.

Anyway, last Thursday we were filmed telling our story at Ohlone Park in Berkeley, CA. This was kind of a big deal, because the director is Jake Kornbluth, a big-time documentary guy most famous for his works, Inequality for All and Haiku Tunnel (co-written by and starring his brother, Josh Kornbluth, who I love). That’s Jake in the plaid shirt.

boom 2Here is Cookie looking confused at the whole scenario. We had to find a secluded section of the dog park because she does not play well with others. I imagine she is thinking, “I can haz boom thingy?”  The sound guy is laughing.

close up_montageLook at how enthused Cookie looks after the boom situation gets old (top right). Ha-ha. The bottom corner picture is of the cameraman getting a real tight shot of our faces after I bragged about Cookie’s kissing abilities.  A few of the questions we were asked to “loosen us up” were: 

“How is Cookie most like a person?” – Um, she likes to nap a lot and she’s a food hoarder like her mom?

“What makes Cookie special?” – Gah! Just look at her!

“Does Cookie enjoy wearing her bandana?” – MAGIC QUESTION. I talked for 20 minutes and I don’t remember a thing I said.

Many dogs and owners were filmed at the park that day (and it was only the first day of shooting!). Service dogs. Dogs that ran. Dogs that fetched. Dogs that even climbed trees. And then, like Maude, there’s Cookie. So, who knows, we could end up on the cutting room floor.  But, if color coordination and cute faces have anything to with making it to the end, we are a shoe-in! Four tiny pink shoes with velcro closures to be exact.

This is exciting. I hope we make it into the commercial documentary, but if not, it was still a great experience. Also, we got paid! We’ll keep you posted of our potential silver screen breakthrough! (I just got a mental image of Cookie bursting through a canvas like the Kool-Aid Man. OH YEAH!)

Good Day, Sunshine

January 25, 2014

It’s as beautiful as a summer day outside.IMG_8837And here’s some cuteness for you guys to look at.

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Gotcha!

January 24, 2014

gotcha collageOh my gosh. We have been so busy this year that we almost forgot the anniversary of Cookie’s Gotcha Day! Five years ago on January 20, 2008, our sweet, special girl came into our lives. She makes everything in our world better. Thank you, BCARN, for letting us adopt the most precious little nugget there ever was.

 

Driving Miss Crazy

January 19, 2014

IMG_2735_smYesterday I blogged that Cookie was entering her Golden Years. Well, today’s Sunday stroll is proof of that. Since she cannot walk very far these days due to her arthritis, we like to take her out and about in her red stroller so she can get some air. Oh, we get lots of smiles, and toots from car horns. We always send a little jingle back.

IMG_2731_smToday we went for coffee, and then tried to take her to the Richmond Annex Senior Center so she could play mahjong with her friends.

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IMG_2717_smCookie had a dream, and it did not come true :( Alas, if we have learned anything in our old age, it’s that we are resilient. We had fun. We enjoyed being outside. We soaked in the sun and enjoyed each other’s company. Life is good. Happy Sunday.

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An Illustrated Life

January 18, 2014

POST 1Happy New Year, everybody! 2014 is off to a very colorful start. Gold, in fact. Yes, Cookie is now an official “golden girl.” She will turn 10 or 11 (we don’t know for sure) next month. She is happy and healthy, although a bit slower. She’s retired from Beast Editorial and spending most of her days napping at home or strolling around the neighborhood in her new wheels.

IMG_2801I too, have made a big career change! After 14 years at Gap, Inc. as part of the Creative Services team for Old Navy, I have moved on to the wonderful world of freelance.  I’m happier already. Feeling good about slowing down, too, and spending more time on the details. While I have been working to get my online environment/visual design portfolio up and running (url to come!), I’ve also taken to sketching, analog style!

Screen Shot 2014-01-18 at 12.20.20 PMI have four little sketchbooks that I have been filling up with drawings of my favorite subject, Cookie Blanca! Sometimes I do a little sketch in 30 seconds. Sometimes I work on one that takes all day. The point is, I’m tapping back into my natural-born talent and first art love, drawing with good ol’ fashioned pens and paper.

Screen Shot 2014-01-18 at 12.19.41 PMIt’s been such a joyful way to spend any spare moments I have.  For me, it is a great way to practice mindfulness and being peaceful. Here are a few more:

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Screen Shot 2014-01-18 at 12.25.26 PMAh, what the heck, and a few MORE!

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Screen Shot 2014-01-18 at 12.56.54 PMWe’ve come this far, let’s see it through to the end!

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Screen Shot 2014-01-18 at 1.15.24 PMWas that too many? Ha Ha. These little sketches and our quiet time together is what’s making us happy these days.

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Look how pink and healthy we look! Anyway, I’m excited that I will have an illustrated record of my sweet girl to cherish forever.

We’re only half way through January and another exciting thing is happening. At the end of last year, we set a goal to be more active in Bulldog Rescue. I’m happy to say that today Tim and I completed our first assignment as volunteers: a home check for a prospective adoptive family in Berkeley. It was a great experience, and I hope it works out for everyone. Happy Happy Happy new year, dear readers. We missed you. But we’re back, better than ever and in living color.

We’re SO CUTE! Everybody loves us.

August 9, 2013

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You’ve seen this website, no? It’s cute-fight.com, and its the most darling internet rabbit hole you will fall down today. Cookie is undefeated! And I am a crazy dog lady.

Punxsutawney Cookie . . . or . . . Super Jowl Sunday predictions are in!

February 2, 2013

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Don’t believe the stereotypes of our non-sporting group breeds: Cookie loves football, especially on Super Jowl Sunday! (Or as we have been saying of late, Super Bull Sunday.) And to prove it, she has put Nate Silver to the test and devised her own prediction technique!  Here she is in all her bulldog glory! We know there have been many animals predicting the winner of Super Bowl XLVII, and, in full disclosure, Cookie has predicted zero winners out of zero Super Bowls, so this could go either way. Will she side with Franki the Saki Monkey who favors our Home Team, The 49ers? Or Teddy the Porcupine, who has an affinity for purple and black? Watch and discuss:

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My interpretation:  Because Cookie does not finish gobbling the first chosen bowl of doggie ice cream and moves on to the second means that this will be a very close game. (I mean, it’s unprecedented. She has NEVER left food at the bottom of her dog bowl.) So, Just when we think the Ravens are winning, the game turns around and Niners are victorious. Wanna bet?


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