My newest artwork! "Ruby Girl - A Girl's Best Friend," a digital painting based on a photo taken by Jackie Decker of her beautiful, Ruby.
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"Ruby Girl - A Girl's Best Friend"
Ruby was an Australian Shepherd owned by our next door neighbor. The couple got divorced with the mother and 2 girls leaving her husband and he essentially abandoned their ranch, leaving Ruby behind. She loyally guarded the property, but with no one there to feed her and being lonely, she came over to see our dog, Mocha. He shared his food dish with her, not once, but many times and I realized when petting her, that under all that fur, she was skin and bones. Appalled, I bought an additional food dish and put out food for her each morning and night. She split her time between our ranch and her old home for several weeks, before she decided that her duty to her old people was done.
One day, the husband came back to pick up something at the ranch and as he was driving past our place, Ruby stopped right in front of his pickup truck and glared at him. Embarrassed, I went to the driver side window and said that we had not tried to steal his dog, but she was so hungry after they all left the ranch. He said he had no place for a dog now and that Ruby was ours. He looked back out his windshield and Ruby was still standing there looking at him. They sat there for another minute and then Ruby stalked off to me and never looked back. First time I ever saw a dog divorce a human.
Ruby was a dog with courage and wisdom. She saved Mocha’s life on two occasions. A coyote bitch in heat teased Mocha into playing with her, first on the road behind our house and then enticed him up the wooded hill on the other side of the road, where he was attacked by the pack of coyotes. He was down and would have been killed, but Ruby leapt in and rescued him .... not once, but twice, since the same thing happened the following year.
Mocha was a darling boy, the most loving dog in the world, but not that bright. He proved that by getting skunked more than 20 times over the 11 years we had him. By inviting Ruby to join him and take over the role of boss dog he did demonstrate good sense though. Mocha was our constant companion, but any time he heard Ruby bark, he instantly left us and tore off to support her, barking “I’m on my way. Don’t know what you need me to do, but I am on it!”
Ruby had such a strong sense of responsibility and good sense. We had a two dog dog house with heated pads and cosy dog beds next on our patio. She only used her bed during the day. At night, she slept on the rocks under the eaves behind the house, where she could guard the house. I didn’t realize that for a long time until I went out to get wood for the stove late one night and saw her lying there in the cold. I called her over and walked her to her dog house next to sleepy Mocha, but she refused to go in, wagged her tail and went back around the house. She was the guardian of the ranch and was not about to sleep on duty. We bought another dog house and dog bed for the back of the house and put it where she normally stood guard. She lay down right in front of it, but would not go inside it. Come morning, she came around to the dog house and went inside to catch some sleep.
Our next neighbor had a Tibetan Mastiff - 180 pounds - named Bear. He came onto our property the first time and Ruby approached him, belly to the ground, snarling her warning to him. As she leapt toward him, he caught her with a paw, flipped her on her back and left his paw on her throat. Whole thing took 10 seconds. He looked at me and asked “you have a problem with this?” I responded, “No, you two settle this between you.” Ruby started whining to placate him, he glanced down at her, she stopped whining and he stepped off of her. They touched noses, sniffed each other’s bottoms, wagged tails and became best friends.
Ruby was Boss Dog and Ranch Guardian. She was very loving, but her defining characteristic was her sense of responsibility as guardian of the ranch and those who lived there. She was never aggressive, but everyone (even the chickens) felt safe around her. This photo captured her happy go lucky side, but I will always remember her as our guardian. Only Bear got her to back off, but even there, they were friends within seconds. Loving guardian, our darling Ruby girl!"
-wrote owner of Ruby, Jackie Decker Mystic Ranch, White City, Oregon.
Thank you so much Jackie Decker for taking this photograph of Ruby on which ""Ruby Girl - A Girl's Best Friend" is based.
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