My Sheltie & Me (Digital Charcoal Sketch)

Rhonda Strickland

Sun City, United States

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This is dedicated to a memory from my past. This my mother’s first grandchild, Nikki. She was my best friend for many, many years.

Image was shot by my sister with my camera which at the time was a Pentax SLR. I think it was sometime in the late 1970’s at a dog show. I was taking an adult B&W photography class at Rubidoux High. She took the photo of Nikki & me for me so I could I develop the film & photo in class.
I came across it, scanned & processed in Photoshop. I used DAP to create a sketch-style look with blending layers.

S is for Shetland Sheepdog

Nikki (Nicholette Von Shenandoah) was the first dog that was mine exclusively. We shared a bond like I had never had before. She was a beauty and pure-bred but because her ears never tipped as is required for showing I never entered into conformation classes. Instead I decided to use her brains instead of her beauty.
We took obedience classes and when she showed that she loved working we entered dog show obedience competition.
She placed high score in her first 3 shows which qualified her for a CD degree which is
AKC Companion Dog degree: basic dog obedience (heeling, coming, staying)
After this we moved to the next level training for the next degree. We accomplished that the following year.
CDX: *AKC Companion Dog degree: more advanced dog obedience (jumps, retrieving, out of sight stays)
We did train for a UD – *AKC Utility Companion Dog Excellent *degree: highest dog obedience level (scent discrimination, directed jumping, silent commands) and she became quite proficient. I sensed that she wasn’t enjoying it as much as she had when we started so we stopped going to shows. We just used the new found tricks for fun & to impress friends with the silent commands.
She was with me for 10 years and passed away in her sleep in 1988. She was my best friend and I will remember her forever.
The song I have included here was a favorite of mine from the 80’s. I picked it way back then as a memorial to her. Any time that I hear it, it reminds me of my Nik-Nikkers. . .


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