English bulldog and Pug masks for dog lovers

Last night I participated in pug chat on Twitter. It was hosted by Hamilton a pug who lives in New York City.

He hosts #pugchat at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, eastern time. All breeds of dogs are welcome, even the human kind, like myself.

But, being my usual goofy self I decided to make my human appearance more pug friendly.

I made a pug mask for Pug chat on Twitter.

I made a pug mask for Pug chat on Twitter.

And since I’m a mother to an English bulldog and obsessed with all things bulldog I made a bulldog mask too. (Yes, I’m a crazy lady)

I love English bulldogs so I made a bulldog mask.

I love English bulldogs so I made a bulldog mask.

Below are the downloadable PDFs for you to print out.

Bulldog-mug

Pug-mug

MAKE SURE TO SHARE!!!

Snap a pic of your doggy self and share with the dog lover community on Instagram using #Artisticbulldog.
Or if you’re on Twitter, include @ArtisticBulldog in your Tweet!

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March Madness page design

This year I designed the March Madness sports cover for the York Daily Record/Sunday News.

Here is the final cover.

March Madness cover designed by Samantha Dellinger

March Madness cover designed by Samantha Dellinger

I sketched out all the mascots, before I drew the final illustration, using Adobe Illustrator.
March-madness

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Cats in paper hats

This Saturday I have a really fun page in the Flipside section of the York Daily Record/Sunday News.

Niche editor, April Trotter, wrote a story about Read Across America Day and how author and illustrator Dr. Seuss helped make reading more fun with his memorable characters and rhymes.

Dr. Seuss’s most recognizable character is the “Cat in the Hat.”

So this idea got our creative juices flowing and we decided to make fun paper hats for our kitty cats.

Page layout created in Adobe Illustrator by Samantha Dellinger

Page layout created in Adobe Illustrator by Samantha Dellinger

If you are a cat lover then join in the fun and download our paper hats.

Visit FlipsidePA.com to download.

Make sure to share your fun pictures of your cats in our paper hats!

On instagram use #ydrcom or #catsinhats
You can submit cat hat photos to www.ydr.com/gallery.

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French bulldogs are gaining in popularity in the U.S.

I’m an English bulldog mom to an 8 year-old bully named Diesel.

But I will admit the French bulldog also has me smitten.

And according to the American Kennel Club the French bulldog is the nation’s 11th most popular purebred after its numbers more than quadrupled in the last 10 years.

The English bulldog ranks 5th for most popular purebred, with Labrador Retrievers ranking No.1.

Hail to the mighty bulldog! (even if he’s half the size of his English cousin)

English bulldog Cassidy, left, 3, of Smithtown, N.Y., and French bulldog puppy Snowman, 12 weeks, of Boston, Ma., face each other during a news conference on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in New York.  Photo by the ASSOCIATED PRESS

English bulldog Cassidy, left, 3, of Smithtown, N.Y., and French bulldog puppy Snowman, 12 weeks, of Boston, Ma., face each other during a news conference on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in New York.
Photo by the ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Drive in wintry conditions

When the roads get slushy, slippery and snow-covered, drivers panic.

Tires spin, spewing snow, but the vehicle doesn’t move.

Or, the whole car slides out of control when a driver goes too fast or hits the brakes.

Driving an SUV or other four-wheel-drive vehicle doesn’t guarantee a smooth, safe ride. Snow tires and the proper attitude are better protection from winter-weather accidents.

Driving-in-winter-weather

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Kid’s activities and snack ideas for a snow day

Which one of these cute bulldogs are a matching pair?

Find the one matching pair of bulldogs.

Find the one matching pair of bulldogs.

ANSWER to come.


How well do you know your historical figures of the Civil War?

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Click on image to view it at larger size.


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Holiday coloring page winner: Meghan Williams

Congratulations goes to Meghan Williams of York Township on winning the Holiday coloring page contest.

A random drawing for a $25 gift card to Target was the prize.

Here’s her winning entry.

Meghan Williams of York Township

Meghan Williams of York Township

To see all the entries click here.

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Holiday Coloring page contest

UPDATED January 6,2014

Last Sunday the York Daily Record/Sunday News had a coloring page contest for readers.

A random drawing for a $25 gift card to Target will be made at the beginning of January.

Here are some of the entries.

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Meet artist Piper Stone, a one-eyed English Bulldog

Me and my English bulldog Diesel. Photo by Jason Plotkin

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.

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!

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Winner for Halloween coloring page

I am pleased to announce the winner of the York Daily Record/Sunday News Halloween coloring contest is Weston Smith, Manchester Township.

Weston Smith

Weston Smith

I received almost 200 entries for the contest. Read more here.

Thank you to everyone who entered.

Be on the lookout for our next Holiday coloring contest in December.

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