fine art cat pet portraits by commission
We are owned by a mischievous dog and a brood of chickens to keep us busy. Our dog is a Tibetan Terrier and she is called Lily. We have had her since she was 8 weeks old and she has ruled our lives ever since...! We wouldn’t be without her, she is such a special little girl. You can see the photo below was a quick snap taken when she was sitting on my chair. When I get up, she most often takes the opportunity to take a nap there as its the perfect size for her to curl up on.
Lily loves our Garden and enjoys sitting on the picnic table in the summer months. The photo below shows her doing just that.
When Lily was young I would take her every Sunday to our local dog club each week where we would learn obedience. We have been awarded a number of certificates and rosettes including the one below. This was taken when we had passed our Good Citizens Kennel Club Silver test. We have now passed our Bronze and Gold too!
Lily has always got on well with our chickens, she is quite fascinated with them. It was good timing as we hatched some chicks when she was a puppy so she has grown up with them. We have a gaggle of hens and have recently hatched some new chicks. You can see a photo of them when only a few days old below. How cute!
They enjoy roaming around our woodland garden in the daytime, which is a safe place for them to live as we have electric fence around the perimeter to stop any foxes. The chickens enjoy roaming the garden and have a dedicated little chicken house for them to live, on two tiers. Top as a sleeping with a ladder access and underneath we have modified so that it is enclosed on three sides with a base and filled with sawdust. They can shelter here in daytime form the winds and rain in the winter.
We have rescued a number of cats - or should I say they seem to have found us! Each time a cat finds its way to our home, we always try to find out where the cat has come from. The ones have stayed with us, really have been abandoned so we welcome them with open arms. One cat we did manage to re-home a few years ago was a very scared little chap who found his way to our cottage and lived outside in the hedge for a few weeks but wouldn’t come indoors.
I gained his confidence each day with lots of tasty treats and managed to catch him for the local cat rescue to re-home. They did re-home him and they called him Steve! We were unable to keep Steve ourselves as we had a new puppy at the time (our dog Lily) and she was quite a handful. I felt I was unable to give my time to rehabilitating a very scared cat plus looking after a puppy too. This was a few years ago, so at the moment we don’t have a cat - but I do miss them! We have a cat living next door who comes for fuss often though, so that does help make up for it a little!
Our first rescue cat was called Merly. The saying comes to mind - 'Only a mother would love him..' and this could have been said for our Merly. Not many people would have taken him on. He must have been knocked by a car many years previous as his hip had been broken and set awkwardly as it was all out of place as you can see in the photo below right. He could walk, but quite oddly. His ear, as you can see was scraped, possibly at the time of the accident. He had very few teeth, he was thin due to various issues.
With regular check ups at the vet, we neutered him and gave him tablets for a poorly functioning kidney. His life was much improved in the three years he was with us. He was the most lovely and happy cat I have ever met and I think he couldn't believe his luck that he had finally a loving and comfortable home. He loved to be cuddled, he would lay upside down in my arms and sleep for a long time, I think it was comfortable for him after all of his injuries. We will always miss Merly, he was a very special cat.
Our next rescue cat was a beautiful and very pretty cat called Ammy. Full name Amram after Nick s Cornish smuggling ancestor. We always knew there was something wrong with Ammy, he had underlying issues from the time he came to us, however to look at him above you would never have known.
He had internal ear growths which never fully cleared even with antibiotics and special cream. He also had a condition which effected his heart, and created fluid in his body cavity and around his heart. He was put on tablets, fluid drained a few times, ears cleaned and in general we just looked after him and did everything we could for him.
He spent the last 4 years of his life with us and was only around 8 when he passed away. Ammy was a very happy cat, and we kept him as comfortable as we could in the final few months of his life. We miss him very much.
Finally I had to include the photo of my favourite cat when I was growing up. She was called Little Cat as we rescued her as a tiny kitten, much smaller than she should ever have left her mum. She never grew really big and was smaller than our other cats, hence her nickname Little Cat. However even though she was small, she was robust and out lived all of our other cats! She passed away at the age of 23. She was a good mouser too. The last 8 years or so of her life she preferred the comfort of her warm bed by the fire and was very spoilt. As a memorial, I painted her for my parents and the portrait is hanging in their hallway to this day.