Welcome!

Welcome to the new Greta Loves Mabel website!

Animals are my passion and it’s an privilege to be able to create artwork and products that celebrate all animals. I have lived with all kinds of animals over the years, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, pig, hamsters and horses. I currently have three dogs and five pet pigs so life is very busy! I began doodling dogs many years ago just for something fun to do and that has grown and I have been very lucky to have been commissioned to do pet and animal portraits all over the world.

One of my passions is rescue and supporting dogs and animal charities all over the world that need our help the most. I have learnt so much from the dogs that have had difficult beginnings, not least from Mabel who my company was partly named after. She had three legs but it always took people awhile to realise, because she has this incredible attitude and life force . She got a lot of sympathy but she never needed nor wanted any of it, she was too busy making the most of life. It’s with this positive spirit and love of live that I begin this new phase of Greta Loves Mabel and I ask you to join me in celebrating animals and creating a world in which we ‘Love All’.

A strange baby…

Introducing my unlikely grandchild ‘Baby’, what started as a distraction toy to settle Teddy when we came through the front door, has fast become as precious to him as if it were his own child! The first sign that this was a special toy was that he didn’t destroy it in five seconds flat.

Teddy is a Staffy X and he makes it his mission to take every toy and rip it into a million pieces within minutes of being introduced, we have a house full of unstuffed toy ‘skins’ and deflated footballs (much to my son’s annoyance!). I never mind this, I just don’t buy expensive toys and have no expectation of seeing any one toy for more than a day or so. But when I handed this squeaky green woodpecker to Teddy he took it in his mouth gently and went and lay in his bed with it still in his softly closed mouth.

 

In the beginning we thought we had the magic cure, because now we could walk through the door, hand him ‘Baby’ and he wouldn’t jump or bark, just carry Baby round in his mouth trying to find a place to put her.

It has gotten to a point where he likes to have her for more of the day, not just when people arrive at the door. He will cry by the cabinet where she stays until she is handed to him, whereby he will skulk off with her gently grumbling at anyone who dares to approach his precious bird. The humans of the house have taught him to trade her for treats and he is very good at this.

I spoke to a behaviourist who told me it was rare but there are male dogs who have the mothering instinct and this is absolutely what Teddy has for Baby. He will put her in one dog bed and then lie next to her in another and make sure neither man nor animal hurts her.

My only concern? I have searched the internet high and low and this after thought purchase I made seems to be no more. God help me if anything happens to Baby, we will all be devastated!

Animal Earth Exhibition

I am honoured and excited to be part of the annual Animal Earth Exhibition this year, taking place at Vicars Cross Golf Club in Chester. The exhibition will take place from the 22nd of October until Sunday the 29th and you will be able to purchase Greta Loves Mabel merchandise, and see some of my artwork in person. You will be able to see just how wonderful having your own pet portrait could be! There will also be lots of other artists there exhibiting fantastic animal art so please come along and support this great exhibition.