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Illustration ~ A boy and his dog

Saturday, 17 November 2012. Tags

A boy and his dog illustration

A boy and his dog make a glorious pair:
No better friendship is found anywhere,
For they talk and they walk and they run and they play,
And they have their deep secrets for many a day;
And that boy has a comrade who thinks and who feels,
Who walks down the road with a dog at his heels.

He may go where he will and his dog will be there,
May revel in mud and his dog will not care;
Faithful he’ll stay for the slightest command
And bark with delight at the touch of his hand;
Oh, he owns a treasure which nobody steals,
Who walks down the road with a dog at his heels.

No other can lure him away from his side;
He’s proof against riches and station and pride;
Fine dress does not charm him, and flattery’s breath
Is lost on the dog, for he’s faithful to death;
He sees the great soul which the body conceals–
Oh, it’s great to be young with a dog at your heels!

–Edgar Guest

One of the design exercise words for this week was “friendship”. This illustration was inspired by the unshakable bond we often have with our childhood pet.


  • Oh my goodness …. I adore this, NIkki. So sweet and beautifully illustrated. Do more, do more! xx

  • Aw thanks Vicki! I'm definitely looking forward to doing more x

    • Yay!! Don't you think the Twinkle banner would look cute with a bunny looking up at the stars in this same style? As long as it wouldn't be too much work for you. xx

  • Yep I'm excited to have a go on that one! Should probably start that soon…

    • No hurry … I won't be offering it until Spring, most likely. Was I going to put your ad on Simply hue? Feel free to send me a 150×80 px. ad whenever you have time. :)

  • Love both the drawing and the poem … Can't imagine how it feels to have a pet as a child, as I didn't have one, but I am looking forward to adopting my first cat next Spring and two little bunnies too. Friendship between pets and human beings is so unique. Can't wait to see your creation for Vicki!

  • Love this Nikki!!

  • great poem and beautiful illustration. Reminds me of my son and our dog and the close friendship they have.

  • Bev Campbell

    Like your expression of friendship alot Nikki… a boy and his dog! Do you know the song."Old shep"..its an old song about a dog named shep my Uncle used to sing to us and we would always cry.

  • Thanks for all of your lovely comments :)

    Bev I hadn't heard of that song but I just listened to a Johnny Cash version on youtube – so sad!

  • Armyne Phillis

    Wow Nic, I am seriously impressed, great poetry and beautiful illustration, you never cease to amaze me!

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