Happy Birthday, Dog!

Sampson is ten years old today!

Here are some of my favorite photos of him.

Just woken up Sammy

sampson-westie-dog-artSassy Sammy.

sammy-westie-dog-artSuspicious Sammy

IMG_5315You hurt my feelings Sammy.

Sambath©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012Look at my paw Sammy.

Sampsonpawup©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012Defiantly muddy Sammy

mudzilla3©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013Leaping Sammy

sammy5©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014Groucho Marx Sammy

westie_dog_eyebrowsAw Shucks Sammy

sammygrin©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012In the wind Sammy

westie-wind-photographyAnd of course…

Purple Sammy!

Purpledog©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012.


©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2017


Happy Bardday!

It is Shakespeare’s 449th birthday today! It is also my sister Yvonne’s birthday today. And while she’s not quite 449, she is getting close.

In their honor, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite Shakespearean stories with you.

Ahem.. voice check…me me me me…you you you you….

Okay, listen up now.

There once was a man from Nantucket

Who fell asleep in a bucket

The tide carried him out

And tossed him all about

And when he awoke he said “Oh F…..

Oh dear, that’s not Shakespeare, that sounds more like Yvonne..

My apologies, this one is definitely Shakespeare.

There once was a lord named Macbeth

For the King, he envisioned a death

His lady wandered about

The damned spot did not get out

And Macduff made him take his last breath.

That Shakespeare was a talented guy, Yvonne’s not too bad either (and she makes awesome cookies).

So if you have any spare time today, honor Shakespeare, carry on a conversation with a skull, wander about wringing your hands, be super dramatic on a balcony, cast the the die or dice if you have two, you could even throw on some tights and ruffles if you’d prefer.

Or instead you could honor Yvonne and eat some cookies. I mean really, English lit is wonderful and all but cookies doth be much better! If music be the love of food and all that…

Since Dummy doesn’t have any cookies, he went the Shakespearean route. I can’t figure out if he’s King Lear, Richard, Henry V or what. He seems to have Caesar’s die which doesn’t bode well for a peaceful day. I  had better go make him cookies before he pouts himself right off the stage. He is such a diva. He even stole my little harlequin doll’s pants so he couldn’t make an appearance. I think I’ll heckle him first..

Away, you cut-purse rascal! you filthy bung, away! By this wine, I’ll thrust my knife in your mouldy chaps, an’ you play the saucy cuttle with me. Away, you bottle-ale rascal! you basket-hilt stale juggler, you! More of your conversation would infect my brain.

Okay, now I feel better, I’m off to make cookies. have a good day all!

Shakesdummy©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013




©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013

Happy Birthday America!


O beautiful for spacious skies,


For amber waves of grain,


For purple mountain majesties


Above the fruited plain!


America! America!


God shed his grace on thee


And crown thy good with brotherhood


From sea to shining sea!


Happy Independence Day to all my American friends and family!





Photos©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012

“America the Beautiful” by Katherine Lee Bates, 1895