The Dingo Series…
So, many people who know me, know about my dog, Gambit. In case you don’t know, here’s his story:
In 2001, a stray dog followed my neighbor home after a stroll through a neighborhood park. My neighbor knowing how much I loved dogs, thought I might be the perfect victim to pawn this dog off to. Well, he was right. One look into this dog’s huge brown eyes, made me fall in love. It was hard to tell what breed he was. Possibly a mix of German Shepard, maybe some pit bull somewhere in there, definitely some dingo with maybe a hint of fruit bat, among other possible variations. Regardless, he was perfect. I soon learned what a great dog he was. Not only was he loyal and a huge mama’s boy, but he had a huge amount of human facial expressions that I couldn’t resist having real human conversations with as he shot glances of understanding and concern my way. Having owned a dog before (the blue dog in my Childhood Series) I was not unfamiliar to these looks, but it seemed that they were particularly strong and overpowering in this particular puppy.
After much deliberation (maybe 5 seconds) I decided to keep this dog and went ahead and named him Gambit, after my favorite Cajun Xmen. What I failed to mention, was that same day my mom’s neighbor had found a helpless deathly ill kitten and pawned her off on me as well. So in one day, I became a new dog & kitten owner and they are now the best of friends. I went on to name the new kitten, Yoshi, after my favorite Super Mario character though she’s referred to more often than not as just Kitty.
It’s been almost a decade now since they both have come into my life, a total blessing. Though, I’m not as much of a cat person as I am a dog person, I still enjoy the both of them, especially their interactions with each other and the humor, smiles, company, and protection they bring to my life on a daily basis.
Through the years, I have found much joy illustrating Gambit and sometimes Kitty, in various scenarios and as different characters. A lot of people have gotten a kick out of these illustrations, especially my family and past co-workers, so I have finally decided to add this part of my creative spark to my website for others to share and smile in “The Dingo Starring As…” series. And then. a couple years ago, I also began a series that I now call “The Dingo Loves JAX” which depicts Gambit frolicking in the many beautiful areas and landmarks of this fine city. I hope you enjoy.