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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Some of My Duties

Woo, everypuppy and everycat. Dave here, Guide Dog for the Color Blind. As some of you know, since our mom is color blind, she counts on me and my color-sense to guide her in her work. I thought I'd show you a little bit of what I do.

Here I am, checking out some new fabric we got in.

DSCN2294 Dave with new fabric

Purple batik with butterflies and posies. Mighty nice! I gave Mom my approval, then she popped it in the washing machine. That's one of my duties - to make sure Mom buys nice quality fabs in cool colors!

When Mom gets a new order in for a bag, sometimes then client has seen some of the fabs we have on hand (or "on paw") and asks Mom to build a bag using that as the focal fabric. A current customer saw a cool "aviator blue" fab with what looks like a black lace over-lay on Mom's blog and really liked it! Mom took it outside to photograph it for a clear look at the color before getting the final "OK!" then showed me what we were going to be working with.

DSCN2299 Dave
"Blue? I love blue!"

It's important for me to see the colors in the right light - so I can do my coordinating.

As soon as Mom opens to door to the downstairs, I know it's time to race down to the Studio and get to work! Here I am, at the ready!

DSCN2393 Dave at the ready
"Let's get to work, Mom!"

You can tell we're in the middle of a bunch of projects because there's stuff all over the cutting table!

After some hard matching and coordinating decisions, it's good to take a break.

DSCN2397 Dave on Break

Mom's good about letting me pace myself.

Mom was recently asked to make a special bag for an up-coming fund-raiser. She decided to make a Deeve Bag -- the bag named after me. Woo! Her friend Bonz designed some really cool fabrics and sent us a couple of them (you should be able to see her fabs by clicking here) and we'll feature them in the bag! We'll tell you more about the fund-raiser as the time gets closer. In the meantime, Mom asked me to check them out, so we could choose coordinating fabrics.

DSCN2454 New Fabric
"These are the coolest fabrics I've ever seen!"

Needless to say, I really like these! I chose some cool stuff to go with them; just wait 'til you see the bag we're making!

Not only do I help coordinate the fabrics, but if Mom tries to put things together that don't go, I "woo" at her until she gets the message. I also make sure she takes breaks to rub my tummy or get a hug. And then there are times where Mom thinks we should be working in the Studio, but the rest of us have other ideas. This picture is from one of those times -- just this weekend:

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Stopping for a photo opp: Ammy, Storm, Zim and me (Dave); Dad in the back

I mean, really. It was the weekend! Besides, she needed some exercise.

So... those are just some of my duties as Guide Dog for the Color Blind. Thanks for coming to work with me!



  1. WOW you are so very talented!! Can't wait to see and hear more about the bag for the fundraiser!!


  2. Hey Dave, it's nice that you wear camo when you work so that your colors don't clash with the project fabrics. You're so professional! Keep up the good work and take care of your Mom!

  3. Dave, that is just wonderful that you have the ability to help your mom like that! I think it's just great!! Keep up the wonderful work (with lots of naps and hugs in between the work of course) and let us know what other talents any of you have. You all are so beautiful!

  4. Hey Deeve (oops, Dave!)
    Wow, you sure have a hard job there! That studio too is sooo tidy...which of you doggies does the cleaning up? Im sure all that colour selection makes you dizzy too, but you truly are a wonder dog with that guiding business.
    Send Mom (and all the other Sibes) our love!

  5. That's great work Dave!
    Thanks for letting us into your workroom. You really assist your mom so well as we've seen the bags that you make with her. You're really talented.
    Keep it up!
    - Princess, Mocha & the Piappies

  6. You are so helpful for your mom Dave! She's very lucky to have you help her make her pawesome bags! We noticed you had 3 Kongs so it must have been a really long work day that day! We're glad you get her out of the studio for exercise every once in awhile!

  7. Hi Dave, you are one clever dog! We did wonder whether the kongs help you concentrate - three seemed like quite a lot.
    You have quite an eye for fabric, colour and design there.
    We loved the pic with the Army at the end - thank you for pointing out your Dad!!!
    Have a great weekend.
    Martha & Bailey xxx

  8. You do phenominal work Dave! I have never seen a bag with colors that were not absolutely beautiful!! You mom is extremely lucky to have you!

    I can't WAIT to see the new bag! It WILL be mine! I am very stubborn, and when I want something....well, you know what happens then!


  9. Wooos! We can't wait to see what your Mom makes for the fundraiser, I am sure she will want one, just because of the terrific fabric woo picked out! Mom says she is impressed with how neat and tidy her studio is, My Mom's is a mess....
    -Kira The BeaWootiful

  10. Dave - You are so talented. Not only did you do a great job with the fabrics, but you got the team to demonstrate a perfect fan hitch for dog sledding.

  11. Good Work, Dave, I think my Mom might need some of that dog print.
    She loves black and white and has a big collection.


  12. Dave you should sell your services.. You could make lots of green backs for treats...
    I must sympathize with you. I, the Blueman has to be the hearing eye dog...

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  13. Yes, you must make sure everybody gets their exercise. I like the fabrics. So pretty.


  14. You work too hard Davy. Take a break!


  15. Those are some great fabrics, your mom is very lucky to have you to help her out in the shop =)

  16. Whoa! You really do a great job there Dave!! It is a good thing your Mom has you around.

    prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs and tail wags,
    Zeke, Sushi and Tiger Lily

  17. My mom loves that purple and blue fabrics. And I love the husky ones. I think you made some excellent choices!


  18. Hi, Dave!
    I can't wait to see it finished!
    You are the best helping your mom!
    Kisses and hugs

  19. I love the Sibe fabric and the blue one. You have very nice taste Dave!


  20. You must be a great help to your mom with her fabrics. Do certainly have an artistic eye. Good job!

  21. You're such a hard worker! At least you're rewarded with lots of Kongs! :)

    Love the fabrics and can't wait to see the new bag!

    Great pic of all of you! :)


  22. You are just so clever.. I wish mum had a helper like you here.. I do try thogh especialy to help tangle wool.. I loved the fabrics and cant wait to see the bag.. Is there any fabric with cats on.. Hugs GJ x

  23. Anonymous9:04 PM

    Dave, you are working hard, or hardly working! I'm so exhausted just looking at these photos!

  24. Anonymous6:07 AM

    Hey Dave,
    Your mom is very talented, even by our tough Navy standards. And she's color blind? Did y'all know that Roger Staubach is color blind. That's why he had to go into the Supply Corps when he was in the Navy before he started his second career.
    - TBH&K