"Gretta, Come Inside. We've Played In The Snow Long Enough Today! by Melinda Stewart Page

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Gretta, loves the snow. She runs around in it and tries to get the cats to play with her. Kaly will run to her, jump up and put both paws on either side of Gretta’s muzzle like she is playing tag. Nothing like watching a big old Rottie and a little calico cat bounce around in the snow like a couple of kids. Thank goodness neither of them can make snowballs, because I would have been in trouble. Any time I take Gretta for a walk, both Kaly and her brother Simon will tag along. The poor dog can barley walk because one or the other is either running between her legs or hurrying just a few feet ahead so as to throw themselves down right in front of her wanting to play. She really does love them. Gretta is a big strong, tough as nails girl that has the most tender side to her that you could ever hope to meet. I can tell you I sleep just fine at night knowing that no one is going to come into or near our house without Gretta having a say in it. We have only had Gretta with us since last Summer. She is at least 5 years old and had to be placed with a new family because of a landlord dispute. I felt so sorry for her because she loved and missed her first family so much. She had no idea what had happened to her or where she was. I kept telling her that she did nothing wrong and what a good girl she was but it still took her a while to adjust to loosing her family that had raised and loved her for all those years. She has settled in fine and seems to be happy. Mack & I love her very much and feel lucky to have her.
I took this photo of her in our front yard on 1/20/2010 when it was snowing like a blizzard. We, as many others in the US this Winter have had much more snow and colder temps than normal. Here in Kentucky we usually don’t see much if any snow before late February or early March. To be honest I love the snow, but wish they would clean the roads where we live, I have not been able to get the car out for 5 days now. I really should not complain because at least we are not having the horrible floods like our friends in Australia. I can’t imagine how hard it must be there. Well. I just wanted to show off our Gretta girl to you all. Hope you think she is as beautiful as we do.
Photo taken with Minolta 5D DSLR with 18mm-70mm lens. I used CS4 with a grunge layer layer that I texturized to finish it. The original background was pretty ugly!


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  • Melinda Stewart Page
    Melinda Stewar...over 3 years ago

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    She’s gorgeous Mel and it’s a beautiful story. Rotties really are lovable dogs aren’t they.

  • Thanks Al, your fast today. Rotties like most dogs are just exactly what they are raised to be. I can’t take credit for her wonderful personality, since we didn’t raise her but you are right they are great dogs. I have always had Dobermans and to be honest they are my first love, but a good Rottie like Gretta is hard to beat. I was a professional dog trainer for over 20 years, before I hurt my back while training and had to have surgery. So glad you liked her and thanks for always giving encouraging words on my work.

    – Melinda Stewart Page

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 3 years ago

    I agree with shortshooter-Al, Melinda!! Gretta is gorgeous! And your story is heartwarming and just a bit sad at the same time… but at least Greta is happy now! And, obviously, being well looked after, by both yourself and Mack!! Big hearts that keep the world a warm and wonderful place to live in!! Give Gretta and Kaly and Simon a big pat for me, from both Sully and myself!! :)))))

  • Thank you Vicki! I really wasn’t sure about using this photo of her with the snow on her, but decided to go with it anyway. You are right it is kind of a sad story about how we got her. The day I brought her home was rough! The people that I got her from had children and they were crying as you might imagine. To try and make it a little easier on Gretta I went over to their house a couple of times. Also I took Isaac with me to the local park so that they could meet on neutral ground. Isaac doesn’t see well and only hears out of one ear. We love him but he just can’t protect us. I do think it helped her. I fell for her the moment I saw her and it was obvious she liked me also. Even though Mack doesn’t get a chance to be with her as much as he would like she adores him! When he is home she only has eyes for him. He gives her a lot of attention and I believe animals know when they are truly loved, so I do feel she is happy here but don’t think she will ever forgot her first home, it was a good one. Hope you are staying dry down there.

    – Melinda Stewart Page

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    Beautifully worked shot- just gorgeous! They are Angels….just the world isn’t always ready for them…Her eyes are so beautiful here.

  • Thanks so much Rosie, considering the wonderful work you do with layers and texture I really appreciate it. I am not very good with these tools yet but love it when done well and trying to learn. Just not to comfortable with knowing which layer to start with. Stay safe and dry,

    – Melinda Stewart Page

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunterover 3 years ago

    Wonderful dog, excellent shot Melinda!

  • Istvan, how kind of you. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

    – Melinda Stewart Page

  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesover 3 years ago

    Oh Melinda! Gretta is just beautiful and you can see the big heart she has in her eyes! Such a touching story too…I had one, Jake, that looked much like Gretta and he too had the sweetness of a teddy bear…people so misunderstand these big guys…Great work with the textures too!

  • Thank you Dottie. For kind words about both Gretta and my work. You are right she has a big heart and a big heavy body to go with it. She stepped on my foot the other day and I felt like a car had run over it! LOL!

    – Melinda Stewart Page

  • Babcia
    Babciaover 3 years ago

    Very nicely done!

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartover 3 years ago

    Beautiful photo of gorgeous Gretta…Such a bittersweet story Melinda, but she is so lucky she came to you!!…Your furry family sounds delightful!!:)

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123over 3 years ago
  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 3 years ago

    Absolutely Stunning

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