Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Watercolor On Poetry Book Cover

Watercolor Dancing Fire by artist Irina Sztukowski on Esma Ashraf book Shamma
My watercolor painting Dancing Fire was selected by the author and publishing company for a wonderful book of poetry by Esma Ashraf.



From The Author: Esma Ashraf
Bio: I am a bilingual writer and have been writing since 22 years. In my language (Urdu) I was published in Urdu; Dunya international newspaper for 3 years. In English, I started writing 3 years ago and published a poem in Brown Girl Magazine last year. I also got published for ‘Art and literary Magazine’ in my college days. I have a graduate degree from New York university(NYU) in MSW.
Writing is my passion, it’s my way of worshiping. Playing with words is like making love. Not only poetry, I write short stories as well. With the power of imagination and magic of emotions, I create music out of my ink. I feel the heights of intensity starting to gush into my soul when my muse takes over my senses. Then a new story comes to life.

Idea of creation:
 it’s a book of poems. Shamma means, “a flame of the candle”. It is a desire that radiates us in many ways. The spark enkindles to raise a passion of love inside. Each new flame spreads light, whether we fly in ecstasy or sink into the downing tears of love. Shamma is also a romantic feminine name used in poetry, songs in Hindi/Urdu language.  She is a ray of hope, embodiment of sensuality and a sculpture of goddess. It is an identity of any woman who loves to give and sacrifices in the name of her dignity, compassion and courage. Her strength is her weakness. On one hand, a ray of fire burns her soul, on the other hand, this blaze enlightens her spirit. 
“I am the flame that brightens your dull moments, and I die in the hands of my own destiny.” 


Shamma: Desire of a flame

Many burn by her dazzling display.
Doesn’t matter; she chooses
to live this way.
Besides this notion, a mind
ponders anyway.
Dying under the moments
of shimmery days.
Love is enkindled
to let it stay.
Moth whirling around her
to convey.

Live to Create!

Monday, April 8, 2019

Peter Paul Rubens Exhibition Review

Peter Paul Rubens Self Portrait Painting Detail

Last weekend I visited an extremely interesting, informative, and beautiful exhibition of Yearly Years of Paintings by Peter Paul Rubens.

Rubens (1577–1640) was celebrated for his skillful handling of oil paint; his sensuous coloring; and his taut, action-packed depictions of dramatic narratives. Early Rubens focuses on what is arguably the artist’s most innovative period of production, from 1608 until about 1620. It was during these years that Rubens rose to the highest ranks of European painting. He did so through a series of social and artistic choices that laid the groundwork for his later international fame and established a visual style that would guide ambitious painters for generations to come. 

Rubens was not just a remarkable artist but also an international diplomat, businessman, intellectual, friend to scholars and monarchs, and master of a productive workshop. His early biographers branded Rubens as an aristocrat-artist, the favorite of Europe’s nobles, but his ultimate success was far from an assured outcome. Observe Rubens’s meteoric rise to master of the Northern Baroque.

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Rubens’s Italian Years 
After an eight-year sojourn in Italy, Rubens returned to Antwerp in 1608 to attend to his dying mother, and it was far from certain that he would remain long in his hometown. As he wrote to a friend, even the following spring he had not yet decided whether “to remain in my country or to return forever to Rome, where I am invited on the most favorable terms.” Italy was transformative for Rubens, both in terms of his artistic skills and his professional ambitions. While altarpiece commissions helped build Rubens’s reputation as a painter capable of communicating religious piety in large, public works, his skill in smaller cabinet pictures—especially scenes of ancient history or mythology—simultaneously broadened his appeal among individual connoisseurs. Our exhibition will open with a small but broadly representative group of works from Rubens’s Italian years that provide context for his later artistic triumphs.

These early experiences informed the social and intellectual circles that Rubens sought to join once he determined to settle in Antwerp. Through a selection of portraits—some commissioned, others intimate portrayals of close friends and family members—the exhibition addresses how Rubens sought to establish himself as a “gentleman painter” and how he acquired increased social and professional footing through his relationships with Antwerp’s heady mix of humanists, merchants, and religious thinkers. For instance, the Fine Arts Museums’ paintings of silk merchant Rogier Clarisse and his wife, Sara Breyel, represent a single commission around 1611, yet these portraits also testify to a widening network of relationships that touched the humanist Jan Woverius and the Dominican church of St. Paul’s and provided Rubens professional and intellectual activity for years to come.


The details of each portrait and still life are amazing:

Detail of the Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Detail of the Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Detail of the Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Detail of the Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Detail of the Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Detail of the Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Detail of the Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Detail of the Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Detail of the Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Detail of the Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century

Detail of the Painting by Peter Paul Rubens beginning of 17th Century




Prints and Drawings 
During the 1610s, Rubens began to consider how best to publish his pictorial inventions through the mediation of reproductive engravers. Although earlier attempts had been made to reproduce his paintings, it was around 1619 that he began to cultivate relationships with specific engravers he felt could best translate his compositions to print. With major examples from the British Museum and Rijksmuseum, the exhibition will present the varied array of printmaking projects in which Rubens collaborated.

The exhibition culminates with a selection of Rubens’s large gallery pictures, works frequently scaled to compete with tapestry or fresco painting. Mural-sized works such as the National Gallery of Art’s Daniel in the Lions’ Den will be joined by other large, life-size scenes to create an immersive viewing experience. These were the paintings that fired Rubens’s international reputation as they began to enter the collections of aristocrats and royal advisors during the 1610s. This important final gallery will permit visitors to appreciate the size of Rubens’s ambition while also understanding the role his vibrant workshop played in his international success.









Live To Create!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Cherries - Aquabord Study

Watercolor Cherries Painting on Aquabord artist Irina Sztukowski

An art study of Aquabord. 

I love the texture, but it is not easy to paint on this surface; yet the decorative effect wins the prize and I think this small thick square boards will make a very good affordable gift for the art collectors that do not want to spend a fortune but still want to make a unique gifts to their friends and family. 

I love how it looks on the easel:

Watercolor Cherries Painting on Aquabord artist Irina Sztukowski

It is also very presentable when serves as decoration on the shelf:

Watercolor Cherries Painting on Aquabord artist Irina Sztukowski



Thursday, March 21, 2019

Summer Dresses And Watercolors

Botanical Flowers Black Dress Watercolor pattern

The garden of Watercolor Flowers on Dresses , Tops , and Contrast Tanks is growing in my RedBubble Gallery

I am so glad that my customers selected quite a few pieces for the Summer already :)

Botanical Flowers Butterflies Dragonflies on White Top Watercolor

Impressionistic Flowers Summer Dress

Impressionistic Flowers Summer Top Pink on Blue

Red Poppies Watercolor Summer Dress by Irina Sztukowski

Red Poppies Watercolor Black Summer Dress by Irina Sztukowski

Red Poppies Yellow Daffodils Botanical Watercolor Summer Dress

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Secret To A Happy Life - Yellow Lab Puppy Standpoint

Two Yellow Labrador Puppies Playing Watercolor by Irina Sztukowski


About Fred
Fred is a dog, a friend, a reincarnated being. 

Yellow Lab Puppy Artwork Drawing On Black Scratch Paper

Dogs don’t have past and future tenses in their thinking vocabulary. They have reflex, and they can anticipate an excitement. But most of the time they live in The Present Tense.

Cute Yellow Lab Puppy with White Ball On a Grass Photograph

Fred is a Dog, a Friend, a Curious Being. 

He makes his adopted parents (two humans) happy most of the times, worried sometimes, but angry never. 

He is dog-like intelligent and dog-like smart. But most likely he has very little clue that he is a dog. He thinks a lot, takes on tons of responsibilities, he also worries. The only time he suspects that he is a dog, is when parents pour him food from the Dogs’ Food Bag, and when they for some reason attach the leash to his pretty collar when going for a walk as if he ever thought about running away from his house. 

2011, December. The baby dog is born in Porterville, California. Surrounded by cats in the household, he learns how to target a pray like cats target a mouse. This habit stays with him for many years. At six weeks of age he is adopted by a woman who realizes in two weeks she really doesn’t need a dog and brings him back. Rejected, he patiently waits until his new owner comes from far far town of Martinez and takes him home, a real home, where he learns new rules: no couch, lots of hugs, sleep inside the house, walk with the huge stick in his mouth, and no concerns about anything whatsoever. As he thought…

One may think, but May of 2012 comes when his parents bring him a little surprise, an orange furry ball that they call George (referring to him as a Red Fox Lab), a little snapper, cyber tooth gnome, who takes Fred’s bones and toys, who was raised for his first 6 weeks with 13 other dogs and mostly in the wild outside of small California village Leggett. No manners whatsoever, no cat-like education, none, zilch, nada! Yet that “Thing” was so cute and fun. 

Two Puppies Yellow Labrador And Red Fox Lab Photograph


Later on, Fred grasps that George is also awesomely helpful to realize all Fred-Dog’s plans. He can tease George with a toy, excite him running from one door to another, while barking his tongue out, play fight or Catch-Me-If-You-Can, and even make little Georgie into Ambassador Of The Fred Kingdom when there is a need to beg for dinner or to wake up parents at 4am in the morning. With those important activities, Fred also assumes responsibility not only for George, but for all the humans, and whole entire household. Difficult yet honorable task for less than half year-old puppy. 
Years pass by. 
George grows up and becomes 10 lb heavier than Fred, so Fred has to use his intelligence to get the things his way. 

Each day is exiting and quite fun. Breakfast at 4:30am and dinner at 5pm. Snacks in between. Walks in the neighborhood. Sleep on the cool floor in the Summers, and next to the fireplace in the Winters. Morning pets on the head and evening rubs of the chin. Sometimes, parents disappear and Fred has fun with his aunt (mother’s side). She finds out that Fred is not alien to music, specifically to harmonica. He started singing, but later on he gets shy and lets the birds do their job. Also, Fred likes to catch soap bubbles, flying like a 70-pound-Butterfly in the backyard. When Fred is bored, he digs into his basket of toys, selects one or two, plus a ball; plugs all of them into his mouth and brings to parents to tease George. Then he retrieves the toys, a fun activity that George never does; and the game starts over.  When Fred is thirsty, he sits next to the door that leads to the water supply, and he drills the back of your head to let him out, so even if you are not aware for the fist two minutes, the Fred’s telepathy works and you turn your head towards him to see what he wants. Real talent for a dog from the South with no Ancestry paperwork or Family Tree, unlike George who is all fancy, all documented, but no retrieving skills, not even feline manners. 

In 2014 parents switched the house, and Fred needed to adjust his Kingdom to a new place’s rules. No second floor to run up and butt-slide down (as he did when he was a child), lots of fences and restrictions, but so many new smells. It never hurts to assume more responsibilities; and, Fred does it with pleasure. 

There are few things that he really likes. Besides bubbles, chases, walks, and talks, he really loves when mama brushes his hair outside. For some reason, she always starts with George; but, Thank God that punk has less wavy hair as Red Fox Yellow Lab kind, vs real beauty of English Lab Fred His Majesty. So Fred waits for about three seconds while mama brushes the “Fire Boy” and then Fred looses his cool and starts sitting closer to mama. He moves closer. Closer. Closer. It is hard job to be noticed; but finally she comes to senses and she starts brushing Fred. As he has tons of hair to spare, the Fred’s brushing activity goes for at least 10 minutes, so does Fred’s Heaven. 

Unlike many humans, Freddy likes to vacuum. He attacks this growling monster showing his teeth, then he backs up, attacks, backs up. Nobody yet got hurt though. Neither animals, nor vacuums. 
He knows three languages: English, Russian, and Italian. Each language to him is like a song when it comes to going outside, cookies, or gentle pets on his shoulders and belly.

He is intelligent and smart. He is tough. He is afraid of nothing, but plastic bags. For some unknown reason, probably a childhood trauma from his fist weeks with the cats, somehow somewhere someone scared him by waving a plastic bag. Since then, Fred cannot stand a sound of plastic. So much for the Tough Boy, eh. He would be totally going Plastic Ban Fan if only he knew he is California dweller. Thank God he has no clue that parents move to far far state where are a lot of bunny rabbits, deer, Bald Eagles, and oh Heaven more cats, all equals more responsibilities. Washougal, which in Russian literally spells like “Your Cozy Corner”, will be his Final Destination, his really cozy corner. 

Dogs don’t have past tense. They live in present time. I am learning from Fred to be present, to enjoy each moment of my life. It is a true gift. True Present. 

Thank you, Freddy, Fred, Frederico!

Proud Yellow Labrador Puppy Lab On The Grass Photograph

And here is all on The Secret To A Happy Life - A Yellow Lab Puppy's Standpoint :)


In Russian:

О Фреде
Фред - собака, друг, реинкарнированное создание.
У собак нет прошедшего и будущего времени. У них есть рефлекс, и они могут предвкушать, волноваться. Но большую часть времени они живут в настоящем, в Сейчас.
Фред - Собака, Друг, крайне Любопытное Существо. В большинстве случаев он делает своих приемных родителей (двух человек) счастливыми. Иногда они переживают изза него, но он никогда никогда не злит их.
Он умный (как собака) и интеллигентный (как собака). Но, скорее всего, он понятия не имеет, что он Собака. Он много думает, берет на себя множество обязанностей, он также за всё переживает. Единственный раз, когда он подозревает, что он - собака, это когда родители наливают ему еду из пакета с собачьей едой, и может быть когда по какой-то причине они привязывают поводок к его красивому ошейнику на прогулке, как будто он когда-либо думал о побеге из его дома. 
2011 год, декабрь. В Портервилле, штат Калифорния родился щенок. Окруженный кошками в доме, он учится нацеливаться на жертву-игрушку, как кошка на мышь. Эта привычка остается с ним на протяжении многих лет. В шесть недель он усыновлен женщиной, которая вдруг понимает, что ей не нужна собака, и возвращает его обратно. Отвергнутый, он терпеливо ждет, пока его новый владелец приедет из далекого города Мартинеса и доставит его домой. В настоящий дом, там где он изучает новые правила: не вскакивать на диван (вот новость!), но куча объятий. Спать в доме, а не на улице. Гулять с огромной палкой во рту, ох столько палок - глаза разбегаются. И вроде бы никаких проблем, ну ни о чем. Как он думал ...
Кто бы мог подумать, но когда наступает май 2012, его родители преподносят ему небольшой сюрприз, оранжевый пушистый шарик, который они называют Джорджем (именуемый им «Красная Лисица Желтый Лабрадор»), маленький балбес, зубастый гномик, который забирает косточку и игрушки Фреда, щенок, который взращен с 13 собаками вокруг и главным образом в дикой природе за пределами цивилизации, в маленькой калифорнийской деревне Леггетт. Никаких манер, никакого кошачьего образования, ничего! И все же эта «вещица» была такой милой и веселой. Позже Фред понимает, что Джордж также чрезвычайно полезен для реализации всех планов Мистера Фреда. Он может дразнить Джорджа игрушкой, побуждать его бегать от одной двери к другой, лаять, играть, боротся или убегать от него «Поймай меня, если сможешь», и даже превратить маленького Джорджи в посла Королевства Фред, когда есть необходимость выпрашивать обед или будить родителей в 4 часа утра. Но с этим, Фред также берет на себя ответственность не только для Джорджа, но и для всех людей, за весь дом. Сложная, но почетная задача для щенка не достигшего совершеннолетия. 
Годы идут. Джордж вырастает и становится на 10 фунтов тяжелее, чем Фред, поэтому теперь Фред должен использовать свой интеллект, чтобы разобраться со всем. Каждый день увлекателен и весел. Завтрак в 4:30 утра и ужин в 17 вечера. Закуски между. Прогулки по соседству. Летом спи себе на прохладном полу, а зимой - рядом с камином. Утренние милые поглаживания по голове и вечерние почесывания подбородка. Иногда родители исчезают, и Фред развлекается со своей тетей (по материнской линии). Она узнает от него, что Фред не чужд музыке, особенно губной гармошке. Он начал петь, но позже он вдруг застесняется и позволит птицам делать свою работу. Кроме того, Фред любит ловить мыльные пузыри, летая как бабочка весом в 70 фунтов на заднем дворе. Когда Фреду скучно, он копается в корзине с игрушками, выбирает одну или две плюс мячик; запихивает их все себе в рот и приносит родителям чтоб подразнить Джорджа. Затем он забирает от Джоржа все эти игрушки, забавное занятие, которого Джордж по необьяснимой причине никогда не делает. А затем игра начинается снова. Когда Фред испытывает жажду, он сидит рядом с дверью, ведущей к наружу, и высверливает тебе затылок своими мыслями, чтобы его выпустили. Так что даже если вы не знаете в течение первых двух минут что происходит за вашей спиной, телепатия Фреда работает, и вы поворачиваете голову к нему, чтобы увидеть, что же он хочет. Настоящий талант существа без особых документов о родословной, в отличие от Джорджа, который весь из себя задокументированный, но не имеет навыков извлечения выгоды, даже кошачьих манер.
В 2014 году родители переехали в другой дом, и Фред должен приспосабливать свое королевство к правилам нового места. Нет второго этажа, чтобы подниматься и стремительно сползать (как он делал в детсве), много заборов и ограничений, но так же много новых интереснейших запахов. Никогда не помешает взять на себя больше ответственности; и Фред делает это с удовольствием.
Есть несколько вещей, которые ему действительно нравятся. Помимо пузырей, погонь, прогулок и разговоров, ему очень нравится, когда мама расчесывает ему волосы на улице. По какой-то причине она всегда начинает с Джорджа; но, слава Богу, у этого панка меньше волос. С чем может сравниться невзрачная красота Красной Лисицы против настоящей красоты английского Лаборатора Фреда, Его Величества. Итак, Фред ждет около трех секунд, пока мама вычесывает его Друга «Огненного мальчика», а затем Фред теряет хладнокровие и начинает подсиживаться ближе к маме. Ближе. Ближе. Ближе. Это тяжелая работа, чтобы быть замеченным; но наконец мама обращает на него внимание и принимается за Фреда. Поскольку у него тонны волос, чистка Фреда длится не менее 10 минут, ровно столько же как и Райское его наслаждение.
В отличие от многих людей, Фредди очень любит пылесосить. Он атакует этого рычащего монстра, показывая свои зубы, затем он отступает, атакует опять, и опять отступает. Правда в этой патасовке еще никто не пострадал. Ни животные, ни бытовые инструменты.
Фред знает три языка: английский, русский и итальянский. Каждый язык для него похож на песню, когда речь идет о выходе на улицу, о печенье или о нежных поглаживаниях по плечу и животу. Фред теряет слух лишь тогда, когда от него что-то хотят (например не есть траву). 
Он интеллигентный и умный. Он крутой и строгий. Он ничего не боится, кроме полиэтиленовых пакетов. По какой-то неизвестной причине, вероятно, из-за детской травмы, случившейся в первые недели с кошками, кто-то где-то как-то напугал его, размахивая пластиковым пакетом. С тех пор Фред не выносит звука пластика. Вот такой крутой пацян. Он был бы абсолютным фанатом Закона О Запрещении Использования Пластиков Пакетов В Магазинах, если бы знал, что он живет в Калифорнии. Слава Богу, он понятия не имеет, что родители переезжают в другой штат, где много кроликов, оленей, белоголовых орланов, й, о Боже Правый, больше кошек, а соответственно больше обязанностей. Городок Вашугол, Вашингтон который на русском языке буквально звучит как «Ваш Угол», станет его конечным пунктом назначения, его действительно уютным милым уголком.
У собак нет прошедшего времени. Они живут в настоящем. Я учусь у Фреда быть сейчас и здесь и наслаждаться каждым моментом моей жизни. Это настоящий подарок. Настоящее настоящее.
Спасибо, Фредди, Фред, Фредерико!

Two Yellow Labrador Puppies Sleeping Dogs

In Italian:

Riguardo Fred

Fred è un cane, un amico, una anima reincarnata.

I cani non hanno tempi passati e futuri nel loro vocabolario. Hanno dei riflessi e possono anticipare un'eccitazione. Ma la maggior parte del tempo che vivono è il Tempo Presente, ora, adesso, subito.
Fred è un cane, un amico, un animale curioso. Fa felici i suoi genitori adottivi (due umani), forse nervosano delle volte, ma mai arrabbiati.

È intelligente come un cane e furba come un cane. Ma molto probabilmente ha ben poca idea che sia un cane. Pensa molto, assume molte responsabilità, si preoccupa anche lui. L'unica volta che sospetta di essere un cane, è quando i genitori gli versano del cibo dalla borsa dei cani, e quando per qualche ragione attaccano il guinzaglio al grazioso colletto quando vanno a fare una passeggiata come se avesse mai pensato di scappare da casa sua.

2011, dicembre. Il cucciolo di cane è nato a Porterville, in California. Circondato da gatti in casa, impara come bersagliare un giocattolo come un gatto. Questa abitudine rimane con lui per molti anni. A sei settimane viene adottato da una donna che realizza in due settimane che non ha davvero bisogno di un cane e lo riporta indietro. Rifiutato, aspetta pazientemente che il suo nuovo uomo arriva dalla città molto lontana di Martinez e lo porti a casa, una vera casa, dove Fred impara nuove regole: niente divano, tanti abbracci, dormire in casa, camminare con bastone nella sua bocca, e nessuna preoccupazione su qualsiasi cosa. Come pensava ...

Si potrebbe pensare, ma maggio del 2012 arriva quando i suoi genitori gli portano una piccola sorpresa, una palla arancione che chiamano George, un piccolino dentice rosso, un piccolo gnome, che prende le ossa di Fred e giocattoli, che è stato allevato per le sue prime 6 settimane con 13 altri cani e per lo più in natura al di fuori del piccolo villaggio della California, Leggett. Senza buone maniere, nessuna educazione felina, nessuna, nulla, niente! Eppure quella "Cosa" era così carina e divertente. Più tardi, Fred capisce che George è anche incredibilmente utile per realizzare i piani di Fred-Cane. Può stuzzicare George con un giocattolo, eccitarlo correndo da una porta all'altra, mentre abbaia con la sua lingua di cane, gioca a combattere o Prendi-a-me-se- puoi , e persino fa diventare il piccolo Georgie nell'Ambassadore di Regno Di Fred quando c'è un bisogno di chiedere a cena o di svegliare i genitori alle 4 del mattina. Con queste attività importanti, Fred assume anche la responsabilità non solo per George, ma per tutti gli umani e per l'intera famiglia. Compito difficile ma onorevole per un cucciolo di meno di mezzo anno.

Gli anni passano. George cresce e diventa 10 libbre più pesante di Fred, quindi Fred deve usare la sua intelligenza per ottenere le cose a modo suo. Ogni giorno è emozionante e abbastanza divertente. Colazione alle 4:30 e cena alle 17:00. Spuntini in mezzo. Passeggiate nel quartiere. Dormi sul fresco pavimento delle estate e vicino al camino di inverno. Coccolare sulla testa al mattina e sfregamenti serali del mento. A volte quando i genitori spariscono Fred si diverte con sua zia (la sorellina della madre). Scopre che Fred non è estraneo alla musica, in particolare all'armonica. Ha iniziato a cantare, ma in seguito si fa timido e lascia che gli uccelli facciano il loro lavoro. Inoltre, a Fred piace prendere le bolle di sapone, volando come una farfalla da 70 libbre nel cortile sul retro. Quando Fred è annoiato, scava nella sua cesta di giocattoli, ne seleziona uno o due, più una palla; li inserisce tutti nella sua bocca e li porta ai genitori per stuzzicare George. Quindi recupera i giocattoli, un'attività divertente che George non fa mai; e il gioco ricomincia. Quando Fred ha sete, si siede vicino alla porta che porta alla riserva d'acqua, e ti trapassa la testa per farlo uscire, quindi anche se non sei consapevole del pugno di due minuti, la telepatia di Fred funziona e tu gira la testa verso di lui per vedere cosa vuole. Un vero talento per un cane del Sud senza documenti di Ascendenza o Albero genealogico, a differenza di George che è tutto stravagante, tutto documentato, ma senza capacità di recupero, nemmeno di buone maniere.

Nel 2014 i genitori hanno cambiato casa e Fred aveva bisogno di adattare il suo Regno alle regole di un nuovo posto. Nessun secondo piano per correre e scivolare giù (come faceva quando era un bambino), un sacco di recinzioni e restrizioni, ma tanti nuovi odori. Non fa mai male assumere più responsività; e, Fred lo fa con piacere.

Ci sono poche cose che gli piacciono davvero. Oltre a bolle di sapone, inseguimenti, passeggiate e discorsi, ama davvero quando mamma si spazzola i capelli fuori in giardino. Per qualche ragione, inizia sempre con George; ma, grazie a Dio, il bambino viziato ha i capelli meno ondulati come quelli del Red Fox Yellow Lab, contro la vera bellezza del laboratorio inglese Fred La Sua Maestà. Quindi Fred aspetta circa tre secondi mentre la mamma sfiora il "Bambino" e Fred perde la calma e inizia a sedersi vicino a mamma. Si avvicina. Più vicino. Più più vicino. È difficile essere notato; ma alla fine lei arriva ai sensi e lei inizia a sfiorare Fred. Dato che ha un sacco di capelli da perdere, l'attività di spazzolamento di Fred dura per almeno 10 minuti, così fa Paradiso di Fred.

In contrario di molti umani, a Freddy piace aspirare. Attacca questo mostro ringhiante mostrando i suoi denti, poi indietreggia, attacca, arretra. Nessuno però si è fatto male. Né gli animali, né i vuoti.
Conosce tre lingue: inglese, russo e italiano. Ogni lingua per lui è come una canzone quando si tratta di uscire fuori, biscotti o dolci animali sulle sue spalle e pancia.

Lui è intelligente e furba. Lui è duro. Non ha paura di nulla, ma di borse di plastica. Per qualche ragione sconosciuta, probabilmente un trauma infantile dalle sue prime settimane con i gatti, in qualche modo qualcuno lo ha spaventato sventolando un sacchetto di plastica. Da allora, Fred non sopporta un suono di plastica. Così tanto per il Ragazzo Forte. Sarebbe andato totalmente al No Plastica Legge se solo avesse saputo di essere un abitante della California. Grazie a Dio non ha un’idea che i genitori si trasferiscano in un’altro stato molto lontano dove ci sono un sacco di conigli, cervi, aquile calve e oh cielo, più gatti, tutti uguali più responsabilità. Washougal, che in russo significa letteralmente "Il tuo angolo accogliente", sarà la sua destinazione finale, il suo angolo davvero accogliente.

I cani non hanno passato. Vivono nel tempo presente. Sto imparando da Fred ad essere presente, per godermi ogni momento della mia vita. È un vero regalo Vero presente.

Grazie, Freddy, Fred, Frederico!




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