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 amusement park, a commercially operated park offering various forms of entertainment, such as arcade games, carousels, roller coasters, and performers, as well as food, drink, and souvenirs. - activities humans usually pursue after they drop off their pets at kennels ken·nel 1
1. A shelter for a dog.
2. A pack of dogs, especially hounds. See Synonyms at flock1.
3. An establishment where dogs are bred, trained, or boarded.
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 shooting gallery Substance abuse A place–eg, an abandoned building in an economically-depressed urban area–ie, a ghetto, where IV drug users congregate, purchase, inject–'shoot' heroin, cocaine, oxycodone or other drug. , where dogs aim at a veterinarian veterinarian /vet·er·i·nar·i·an/ (vet?er-i-nar´e-an) a person trained and authorized to practice veterinary medicine and surgery; a doctor of veterinary medicine.
n. and dogcatcher dog·catch·er
A dog officer. .
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 kibble
baked dough that is crushed or cracked. Prepared usually by extruding and then heating-drying the dough. Used as dry food for dogs and cats. 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 The Burbank Police Department is the police department serving Burbank, California.
Tim Stehr became the Police Chief of the department on August 1, 2007. The previous chiefs were Thomas Hoefel, David Newsham and Glen Bell. captain who for four years has relied on the kennels to take care of his Australian cattle dog Australian cattle dog, breed of medium-sized herding dog developed in Australia. It stands from 18 to 20 in. (45.7–50.8 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs about 33 lb (15 kg). , Lacey, when he's out of town. ``It's something like I have never seen before.''
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.