Me and my English bulldog Diesel. Photo by Jason Plotkin
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a wee bit obsessed with my English Bulldog, Diesel.
So much so that he inspired me to draw bulldog portraits. Which led me to start posting them to Instagram.
And Instagram led me to meeting more humans who loved their bullies as much as I loved mine. (Yes, Im not alone in my crazy bulldog obsession)
Instagram then led me to use Twitter as a way to reach even more bulldogs and I have met many.
This is where Piper comes into the story.
Piper, a one-eyed bulldog works on one of her paintings.
I met Piper at the suggestion on my bulldog friend Rocco (He’s my bulldog boyfriend on Twitter). He said we are both artists and we should collaborate.
So, I started following Piper on Twitter. And I learned she was a rescue bully, though in most cases its the human that winds up getting rescued.
I friended Piper and asked if she would be up for an interview.
Piper is a very busy bully, but she was kind enough to grant me an interview.
And here it is straight from the bulldog’s mouth.
Q: How long have you been painting?
Two Years. I created my first painting and started my Facebook page and website in November of 2011. I guess this is my two year anniversary of being Piper The One-eyed Painting Bulldog! I sold a painting within the first week and realized it could be a way to raise money and awareness for rescue and special needs dogs. I donate a monetary portion of all of my sales to San Antonio Bulldog Rescue and another portion through products to various rescues (National Mill Dog Rescue, Lone Star Bulldog Club Rescue, Chicago English Bulldog Rescue, Detroit Bulldog Rescue, Bulldogs With Special Needs, and more).
Q: Tell me a little about your family life.
Well, I’m the boss around my house. I have everyone, especially my Artist Mom and Sidekick Jessica, wrapped around my paw. I like to bark orders at Mom and Dad and make sure they never forget that I’m a diva. It’s very effective. I almost always get what I want. I’ve been told that my big personality and different facial expressions are irresistible. They certainly worked with Mother Teresa from San Antonio Bulldog Rescue! She took me on car rides to get Sonic hot dogs!
My sister Roxie, a rescued Pit Bull, is really hyper and doesn’t trust strangers. We deal with her issues though because she is the sweetest and most affectionate girl. Sidekick says that she herself isn’t perfect, so she can’t expect her canine children to be. Clearly, this is only an issue with Roxie because I just happened to be perfect. Roxie makes for a great pillow and is delicious, especially her ears and armpits, so I take the good with the bad!
Thanks to my amazing Facebook friends, there’s a magic room in our house where I get donuts!
My friends know that I love donuts, so they were extremely generous and bought me gift cards. They realize how important it is for me to keep my girlish figure and enjoy the finer things in life!