about pet portraits artists melanie and nicholas
As some of our client are aware we sadly lost our rescue dog Tom at only 5 years old in June 2013. You can his story here - Toms Story >> When Tom passed I didn't want to think about getting another dog, but as the weeks went by I thought about it more and more. On a walk one day I said to Nick I'd like a puppy and I'd like to call it Lily. I don’t know where it came from, it just seemed to pop into my head and that was that. We started to look on rescue sites for a girl pup that we knew wouldn't grow too big, but to no avail.
We are familiar with the breed of Tibetan Terriers, we have looked after our friends dog Coco while his family were on holiday and looked after Sophie and Daisy, two lovely girls while their owners were on holiday too. We looked online and found a lovely family who recently had just had a litter of puppies in South Wales. Their dogs are family pets but they also show them and luckily they had three pups left, two boys and one girl. I saw a photo of the girl, her registered name was Blue Velvet, she looked gorgeous so we visited.
Upon arrival the lady got all the puppies out of their pen one by one, they were all clean and fluffy as they had just had their first bath! She told us they all had registered names, but her grandchildren had given them pet names, one was called Chico, one was called Messy, one was called Van Percy…..and my one was called Lily….
I did actually think I had miss heard Linda, the owner, at first and I kind of looked at Nick as if to say…did she just say Lily?? After a while cuddling all of the pups who were running everywhere, playing, rolling around, wanting to be cuddled, I double checked with the lady. The one I had come to see, she is called Lily? Yes said Linda, my granddaughter named her. I cant get over the coincidence and I felt it was meant to be.
May 29th 2015
Lily enjoyed her little weekend break in North Wales with us, here she is watching whats going on intently, as down the garden Murphy was sitting by Nick cooking on the bbq waiting for any sausages that might come his way. Lily, at this point, has just realized there could be food going!
January 24th 2015
Here is Lily having a whale of a time on the beach at Llansteffan, in Carmarthenshire.
May 30th 2014
This is what Lily looks like today! She is now due for her clip, she's booked in a week on Tuesday and so currently you can't see her eyes very well. We take her to a lovely lady in Carmarthen which is our nearest large town and she stays with Michelle (Michelle's Dog Grooming) for 5 hours so that she can work her magic.
March 29th 2014
Lily likes to get comfy and you can see that here she has pulled the cover form the settee and cushions on the floor to make her own bed.....!
March 25th 2014
Lily had her first proper clips and looked so smart and tidy when the groomer took this photo. Tibetan terriers fur grows quite fast and if you leave it to grow it would be over their eyes and nearly to the to the floor! We don't intend on showing Lily and so this is a normal style clip for her. we don't want it too long that its a lot to brush but not too short either, so a mid clip is perfect for us.
December 20th 2013
Lily was the focus of our yearly christmas card, I must have taken around 50 photos to get one that worked as she is so lively, she didn't sit still for very long.... and the tinsel did get a little played with and chewed!
November 29th 2013
Lily has been taking classes locally to socialize her with other puppies. She got on with most of them, apart from a Welsh Terrier who was quite feisty! We had a lovely time each week and Lily learnt a lot and amazingly passed her Puppy Foundation and received a certificate and rosette. Next year we will try for the next stage which is the bronze level in obedience.
Lily at 16 weeks old (October 22nd 2013)
Lily had visited the groomer for the first time, to get her use to being there early. Here and she was utterly exhausted after her busy afternoon of a bath, trim, toenail cut and playing with the groomers dogs too.
Lily at 15 weeks old (Sept 16th 2013)
These Lily was playing in the early morning autumn sunshine in the garden, you can see that her fur is starting to grow much longer now. Tibetan terriers don't shed so we will have her groomed periodically.
Lily at 10 weeks old (October 15th 2013)
These photos were taken when Lily was 10 weeks old. She has doubled in size since she arrived and has visited our local post office twice when we have posted portraits. Our friend the postmistress Polly weighed her on the scales each time to see how she has grown!
Lily at 8 weeks old (Sept 2nd 2013)
These photos were taken on her first two days with us at eight weeks old. She was tiny when she arrived :) A little bundle of joy.
Lily at 6 weeks old (Aug 19th 2013)
These photos were taken with her siblings and mum when we went to visit her. Her breed name is Blue Velvet - aka Lily!