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TAKE 5; IT'S A DOGGONE REFRESHING CHANGE OF KENNEL SCENERY.

Byline: Heesun Wee Daily News Staff Writer

Imagine, for a moment, dogs and cats camping in a desert, swimming in an ocean and roaming around an amusement park - activities humans usually pursue after they drop off their pets at kennels.

At Calgrove Kennels in Newhall, such scenes of pets enjoying themselves the way humans do is a reality - well, sort of.

For the past several months, artist Debbi Sholes has been painting images of dogs and cats on a mural - both sides of a 70-foot-long wall inside the kennels.

Calgrove owner Mike Lovingood is a close friend of Sholes, and he persuaded her to create some of her trademark animals and landscapes at the kennels. In November, Sholes plans to return and complete the mural that will feature 100 breeds of dogs, and some cats.

``It was an attempt not to make the animals cartoons, but to make it look like they're having fun doing stuff,'' said Sholes, who lives with six dogs in Petrolia, a coastal community south of the Oregon-California border.

Sholes knows animals. She owned, bred and trained dogs for 15 years. Nowadays, she spends her time coordinating school art projects and painting wildlife scenes.

One of Sholes' favorite scenes from the kennels' mural features a shooting gallery, where dogs aim at a veterinarian and dogcatcher.

Other scenes include one in which dogs eat ice cream, hold balloons and ride Rollerbone, a roller coaster where each car is shaped like a bone.

In another scene, dogs roam a desert-like landscape, cook food over a campfire and ride a horse-drawn wagon called the Kibble Express.

``What she has done here is unique,'' said Lovingood, who has owned and operated Calgrove, located on The Old Road, for 22 years. The kennels house about 40 dogs and 10 cats at a time.

``You could spend a couple of hours just looking and studying each of the scenes and situations that are depicted there,'' said Don Tutich, a former Burbank Police Department captain who for four years has relied on the kennels to take care of his Australian cattle dog, Lacey, when he's out of town. ``It's something like I have never seen before.''

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PHOTO (1) In Debbi Sholes' mural at Calgrove Kennels, dogs carrying on like humans.

(2) Canines enjoy themselves at an amusement park with a roller coaster called Rollerbone in one scene.
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Date:Nov 18, 1997
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