Friday, 1 August 2014

The Mutt That Cried Chicken ....


Regular visitors will be more than familiar that we are the owners of a mutt called Mushu
who is possibly smarter than a bag of peas
but there are times when I wonder if the peas may have one up on him
Mushu is the sort of thick that makes you wonder if he is in fact a genius
but no... he then does something to remind you just how stupid he truly is
he is a gorgeous, cuddly, funny, toy throwing, licking, snoring machine
who recently got a rather unique haircut which I talked about in the last post
so unique it may in fact require a visit from the groomer
adorable but thick is the best description I can think of
if you think I am being a bit harsh, just click on some of those links... this is one dumb mutt


despite his apparent dimness, Mushu does love chicken
which works well as I have been drawing chickens this week
as homework exercises for Sketchbook Skool
and he will pretty much do backflips at the sight of it
which is twice a day... breakfast and dinner
he gets a bit of warmed chicken with dry food mixed in... yes warmed!!!!
and on placing his plate down he hoovers it like he has never been fed
I swear to you if your hand got between him and that chicken you would lose a finger
He loves it soooo much that he has been trying to trick an extra breakfast from me
which does reinforce the possibility that he may in fact be brilliant


But this week it all went horribly wrong for him
I came down the other morning after being unceremoniously woken up
by said mutt standing on my chest and licking my eyes... truly gross way to start the day
but it was effective as I was out of bed and downstairs before you could spell dog saliva
and then he started the morning dance
he sits at the fridge door looking hungry and pathetic
he gently taps the door, then comes and looks adoringly at you
then taps your leg and back to the fridge
this dance of patheticness goes on for some time
but after being scammed once I was having none of it
I was immune to his mind games
even when he was particularly persistent


In fact he kept it up all day
every time I headed into the kitchen he would do his chicken dance
he even bought in his rubber chicken toy at one point
though I think that may in fact be chance rather than evidence of brilliance
because he also brought me his moose and his french toast toy...
but I held strong until Sinus came home
and was feeling pretty good about not caving like I normally do
until Sinus tells me that he didn't feed him before work as he usually does
it seems Mushu refused to get out of bed due to the cold so Sinus decided not to feed him
for the first time in 10 years!!!!
Of course Mushu was then lavished with appropriately huge meal
and lots of cuddles from Phantom and I
to make up for the uncaring sod that we call Sinus
but I do have to say Mushu has to take some responsibility 
after the scamming that has been going on...


I can happily report that he has fully recovered from the trauma
and is happily curled at my feet at the desk as I paint my new-ish tea cup
and he is serenading me with his contented full belly snores...
happy painting and Paint Party Friday all...xx

Here is the link to Tuesday's post....



39 comments:

Laurie M said...

well I think he sounds wonderful, and clever! I miss my little mutt more than words can express, your painting is brilliant AND I LOVE that mug, its a beauty, you painted it beautifully as well, as did you paint the street scene, wow, thats amazing!

Boo said...

He is quite cute, Tracey. I do feel bad for him that he missed breakfast but I also know he was not starving since he eats twice a day. I'm impressed you held your ground with him.

Is that Washi tape I see on your desk? I've never seen you use washi tape in your work... Are you holding out on us??

Carol said...

Absolutely love the chicken art!!! I have a thing for chickens. Would love to have some...but they are restricted in my subdivision. Didn't know that before we bought or I probably wouldn't have bought here. Why live in the country if you can't have chickens. Your mutt sounds adorable .

Jennifer McLean said...

Poooor puppy! Is there something wrong with pen and paper these days? C-Granny wants to know why Sinus didn't write FEED THE DOG and pin it to the fridge. It's not like Mushu the wonder mutt's ever gonna learn to write to trick you, right?? Hehehe.

GlorV1 said...

Love your chicken art Tracey. Just awesome. Your new cup looks great. Enjoy using it. Hope all is well. I never tire of your artistic talents.:)

Polly Birchall said...

It's great to hear that you too are over the mutts trauma. And that things can be back to a semblance of normality

Nic McLean said...

Aw poor Mushu! I think he sounds like a little genius chiefly trying to tell you he hasn't been fed! Love all those different styles of chickens. Ours head a rubber chicken for years until Skye the new puppy tore it to shreds in 5 minutes-those needle like little puppy teeth!

Giggles said...

Awe poor Mushu....I'd love to hear his side of the story...lol I'd have cracked for sure...because I am weak that way!! Glad he got a great feast!! Wonderful chickens...even the angry one....are you sure Mushu didn't draw that one?

Hugs Giggles

sheila 77 said...

What an amazing post, I will have to go and read your previous blog entries for more hilarious and arty entertainment. You can read Mushu the story of the boy who cried wolf.
Totally love your wonderful, skilful drawings and paintings, especially the teacup, one of my favourite things.

Neesie said...

I am convinced that Mushu and Muffy are in cahoots together because Muffy is the same for her chicken. But I think Mushu may have a higher IQ than her because she doesn't quite tap the fridge door, but she certainly gets the message across by keeping right in front of you where you virtually trip over her and she uses her death stare! Or just sits before her bowl and gives little gruffs (that can be very annoying even though they're quiet)
She has however worked into her routine extra titbits of chicken (yep warm because we steam her fresh chicken breasts in the microwave) because in order to get her in from the garden when needed, she knows she'll get a treat! It works brilliantly for that last toilet break at night especially during winter. Although thinking about it she's working us like a tool, because I doubt she'd stay out very long in the weather and temps anyway! Hmm...call me sucker!
The Sketch School sounds brilliant and I've seen lots of fun art from participants. Your chickens are fantastic...I love the look on the face and that mug is just gorgeous.
Have a fun packed Friday and enjoy your weekend. xoxo

HollyM said...

Poor Mushu! he does look such a sweetie. It's the quirky behaviour that must endear him even more.
I admire all your paintings and really love the liveliness of the first chicken. Or is it a rooster?

Jo Murray said...

I vote for 'genius'. Mushu has LOTS of brain cells. So do you....your drawings are SO good.

denthe said...

Oh, I love that yellow chicken! Poor Mushu, being hungry all day ... Bet he enjoyed that huge meal ;-)

Karla B said...

Mushu is a nice guy, a lovely creature!And what's more, he is a great inspiration...see how many beautiful pieces of art you created just because of him!Mushu rocks, my friend!

Lorraine said...

excellent sketches

Snap said...

I love Mushu stories. My kitties run the same scam on tuna (also warmed). Love the chickens and the teacup!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Bless Mushu's little doggy heart! However, I'm sure you more than made up for the mistake, and he loves you just as much. Anyway, I love your roosters, especially those first 2. I've done a couple of them in the past too, because they make such a fascinating subject. Blessings!

Faye said...

What an adorable little pup! I'd love him no matter what (except for the saliva in the eyes, yuk!). Your renditions of roosters/chickens are just fabulous. And the other paintings are beautiful too. Have a wonderful weekend.

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Tracey this is a great story. I am still cracking up. As for your "chicken" art OMGoshhhh. That roaster head is amazing. You got the detail perfectly. It is actually kinda beautiful.
Have a wonderful weekend
Nicole/Beadwright

alarmcat said...

poor Mushu!! he could have starved! haha. i love how he was telling you he was hungry...the chicken, the toast, the moose...guess at that point he would have eaten anything you wanted to give him :)

great story. great drawings. happy PPF

Twist of Pink said...

Can I interest you in a puppy? You sound like a wonderful pet owner! Love your chicken drawings & delightful post!

Beth Niquette said...

What wonderful artwork! What fabulous writing! I enjoyed every single minute. Thank you!

Tammie Dickerson said...

Hahaha! What a wonderful post - and I LOVE your chicken artwork! Full of color and humor - just like you! It is SO good to see your energetic drawings filling your blog again! Happy PPF!

Christine said...

sounds like a cute pet! Wonderful chicken art and teacup art!

Jo said...

wonderful art. wonderful stories as always. I have never had the urge to draw chickens but yours are darned cute and look like so much fun, I might have to not chicken out and give it a try.☺

Dia said...

I have a chihuahua, Gracie Mae, and my daughter has two toddlers .... needless to say, Gracie LOVES going over to "help" babysit!!! Well, the cleaning up part, & if they aren't chasing her ... she does like them, but doesn't like being chased!!
I love the chickens, & the cup, and the stories ...

Aga Gasiniak said...

Beautiful illustrations! Beautiful creativity!

bellefrogworks said...

I don't know which is more wonderful - the chicken art or your very funny post! I have a cat food stealing, farting, and snoring dog - a Boston Terrier who my daughter calls the cranky diva - it fits. Sweetie Pie (she came with that name) makes me laugh and that is why she gets a comfy life even though sometimes I want to swat her!

Abigail Davidson said...

Beautiful art as always!

Rita said...

All the art is truly lovely--most especially the graphite head and the newish teacup. I was giggling up a storm over here. That's what happens to the boy who cried wolf, too. Oh, and the pup who is to warm and lazy to get up for the morning treat in the first place--LOL! Kind of messes up your day eventually--ROFL! So funny! :) :)

peggy gatto said...

Pure delight of words and art!

Serena Lewis said...

Poor Mushu having to go without food until late afternoon. I couldn't help but giggle at his antics. Just goes to prove that life can still be tough for spoiled doggies. lol Cody will do the tapping on the leg thing or he will sit in the kitchen and let out a single bark now and again. Other times, he will sit on the couch beside me and just stare at me with sad, hungry eyes, occasionally letting out a little whimper. Their antics are so cute to watch, aren't they? lol

LOVE your chicken sketches! :)

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Poor pup, but I am sure he will survive, and return to his sneaky ways of getting fed twice. Love the chickens and the red cup. xox

Sandra Busby said...

The dog who cried chicken? Love it! Haha! Poor Mushu! He must have felt so neglected! Glad he got a big slice of humble pie with his brekie... Love your Chicken inspired sketches. Am loving the sketch skool posts :0)

Pallavi Iyer said...

You are so talented ,creative and hilarious.A very potent combination.Thanks for making me laugh.Fantastic artwork of course.

JKW said...

I love roosters. . . spectacular art here. Oh Dear, your pups sounds adorable if not a little anxious in the morning. I miss my pups. Blessings, Janet PPF

Debbie Nolan said...

Your Mushu is adorable and it sounds to me like he is not all that dumb! I have one who acts that way too but really she is brilliant! Love your chickens...they are divine my dear. Have a great week-end.

Michellem said...

HEE hee - Love the rubber chicken! My younger son had a rubber chicken he would use like a stress ball hence the often hear refrain, "Hey mom, have you seen my stress chicken?"

Michellem said...

Oh no - I think my comment got eaten??~~ Anyhoo, love the rubber chicken - my younger son used one like a stress ball and would often be heard shouting, "Mom, have you seen my stress chicken?" LOL