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I've been thinking about my dog today. My friend lost her 15 year old corgi last night, and it reminded me how temporary our pets are; their little lives are too brief.

Kiba is seven years old...still in his prime (perhaps just past it), and my constant companion. A nice thing about being a self-employed artist is that I get to work from home, but that would be unbearably lonely if it weren't for Kiba.

He makes me put down my work and take him for some dogfun almost every day (actually grumbles and tells me off if I don't), so he helps me to keep things in perspective and not get too wrapped up in my work. He's also is a pretty boy, and serves as my living muse whenever I do any canine masks. This is perhaps why I do so many wolf/fox masks! I'm told my canine masks are the best around and I credit Kiba.

Anyway, here he is on a happy day; winter is a Siberian Husky's favorite season. In fact, I think we'll head out on a nice wooded trail right now! There are rabbits to be terrorized and deer to be woofed at. Life is short, and we have to love our furry family members while we can.

Hug your dogs today.
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JulietRawR666 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He is beautiful!! I love huskies and have 1 myself :)
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Kiomaru-chan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
I love the picture and especially your comment. Thanks for reminding us that our dogs are always at our side and waiting for us to put down our brushes and to pick up the leash. :]
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zlodhi Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Huskies are definitely one of my favourite breeds - Kiba's a good looking dog ;) It's a shame that some relationships have to come to an end sooner than we'd like but, if nothing else, knowing that fact should encourage us to enjoy the sweet moments we share all the more. Losing a pet is never easy, but I couldn't imagine not having the memories of the dogs I grew up with - I just wish everyone could be so content living in the 'now' as Kiba seems to be :D
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WiggleyWolf Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
doggie looks very happy :D
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wallawallabigguy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
Wonderful creature and photograph!
They provide TRUE unconditional love!
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DizzyMaxwell Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
your dog is super cute!! nice job getting the in motion shot!
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whateve88 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
i love this soooo much! XD
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StrikeRedkite Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
He's so happyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy :heart:

I'm not much of a dog person myself- cats are my favourite, but I can really see how an animal that makes you step outside would be of great benefit if you work from home.
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MoonDog-Io Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
he looks like on happy puppy! I love the tongue.
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
He loves running on that trail...it's our regular place to go after a good snow. :-)
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MoonDog-Io Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I miss my pup, we had to put him down. He had a heart disease that we couldnt get fixed. :-( Put im getting a bulldog soon. I think I'm going to name him Henry.
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cjmaske Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
I can almost read his mind... Happy happy happy... run run run... SNOW!! xD
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Exactly! His favorite thing in the world is a snowy trail and no leash! :-)
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Ash-Mota-13 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
he's so pritty and i'm sorry for your friend
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you.
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artangel85 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how his tongue is flopping out like that! (if I let my huskie out he's just run run run, maybe not to come back) he's about 3 now. so he's still rambunctious as ever! I love this picture and your explanation on the pic! they are temporary, but that time that we do spend with them we love them with everything we've got! :love:
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
This picture totally captures Kiba's spirit; he's all flying feet and a big grin. :-) Usually when I try to take a picture of him running, all I get is the blurry tip of a tail.
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artangel85 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep! I can imagin that. I tried to take some pis of mine and got some but nothing too good! I think I might have one good one in my gallery? I hope to have more soon! Keep up the good work with getting great shots of ur cute puppers!
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Treyos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
He's a beautiful dog... and energetic, it seems! I'm more of a cat person, myself; I love dogs, I just don't like cleaning up after them. ;P So I just spoil the neighbours' dogs and those of my family. :D
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
He's really very ~very~ energetic. Although, only if it's cold. He really can't run like that if it gets warmer than 70 degrees. Most of the summer, he's a furry couch potato.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
But I bet he does a really good job of protecting that couch. ;)
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
He does a really good job of covering it with fur...that's for sure! I buy those tape-roller-fuzz-remover thingies by the boxload.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Well, he's got a lot of white fur, so I'm going to guess that it's a dark-coloured couch. Animals are good about finding the furniture where their hair will show up the best. .... Hm, maybe that's why they call it furniture? ;)
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FantasyWench Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen to that. I miss having dogs around. I am not allowed dogs where I live and can't afford care for one :( The best dogs I had were family dogs growing up. Hootch, a Great Dane-Labrador and Yoshi, an English Mastiff. Best, smartest dogs ever.
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Those must have been awesome dogs. I ~love~ large dogs.
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FantasyWench Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
They were :) Learned to sit on the sofas with their butts like people from watching us, played soccor, helped carry fire wood but would never give it up, spoiled on massages from me. Good dogs :) We had 'em big growing up because my Dad is 6' 4" and wanted "real dogs".
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Agorphia Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
How adorable! Great shot.
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :-) I have a ton of Kiba pics but this one has always been my favorite.
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PeachyKeye Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awww :( i have a corgi... shes only two years old though.. so im still gonna have her for a long time... but if you think about it, depending on what you do with it, 13 years is either, not very long or a lifetime of memories... thats why me an Mumu are inseperable... even though shes a vocal ball of dee de dee, i still love her to death!!!
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
"vocal ball of dee de dee"...LOL! I know just how that is. ;-) Kiba's always telling me what he thinks about everything, too.
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MGMags Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
LOL!

That is a happy husky. :rofl: And beautiful, too!

Silly dogs they are. I have a Samoyed-Siberian Husky mix and he gets that same silly "I'm so happy I'm going to explode!" look. :D Makes me smile all the time.
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
They're so goofy! No one ever told me that when I was researching the breed (I wanted a dog that was totally different from my two Australian Shepherds...after they passed, I didn't want to try to replace them because I didn't think I'd ever find Aussies as cool as the ones I had). Huskies have the weirdest sense of humor. I couldn't laugh at my other dogs...it made them uncomfortable. But the harder I laugh at Kiba, the goofier he gets...it's like he's a performing clown.
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MGMags Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Ha! Mine does that too!! Does he ever get so excited he tries to do like four things at the same time and fails at all of them because he can't slow down? We crack up at least once a day with our dog. He is a complete ham.
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Sol1dusK1ba Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
AWE I have a solid white husky named Kiba :) any dog named kiba is awesome!
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm such a nerd...I named him after a character in a very sad serious anime. Joke's on me; he turned out to be the silliest, least-dignified dog ever. ;-)
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Sol1dusK1ba Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
awe which anime? lol My Kiba was originally named "Courage" but he was sooooo afraid of everything, I guess its a Husky thing :D
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wolfs Rain. Saddest. Anime. Ever.

Huskies are sweet by nature. Everyone who's even a little afraid of dogs think huskies are terrifying (because they look wolfish) but Sibes are sweethearted clowns and wouldn't hurt a fly.
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Sol1dusK1ba Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
awe some of my art is for Wolf's Rain :( it was a very sad series, also very awesome.
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Katana991 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
He looks so goofy and happy! I love your dog!
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
He's totally a goof! Huskies are the funniest dogs in the world. I'm always laughing at him and he seems to like it when I do. :-)
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nightsneverland Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
I've always loved Husky's and Malamute's - and if I had the time and space for one, I'd definitely get one (well a Mali and a Rotti as I adore my Rotti's and miss my two daily).

I love his big smile and the love and happiness that oozes from him.
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
He's definitely a happy guy, especially when I let him off the leash so he can run. :-)
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nightsneverland Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
I've heard that they will just keep on run, run, running until you tell them to stop!
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pariahdecss Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
beautiful dog - they are such great companions
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Definitely. I just don't feel right unless I have a dog buddy.
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PleisarPup Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
And cats too! *huggles her kitty*
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, hug your kitty if he/she will let you. :-)
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PleisarPup Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Oh she does! She's a sweetheart to my husband and I!
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Alicemonstrinho Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
He really is a pretty boy! Husky is my favorite dog breed! I understand your friend, I recently lost my 15 year old daschund, it was really tough. I have some photos of her in my gallery too
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merimask Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Everybody stops me to tell me I have a pretty dog. I always say "He knows!" 'cause he does. He's totally a ham.
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