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Saluki by lily-fox Saluki by lily-fox
I feel like if Snape had had a dog (or cat, or any friendly animal), he would've been a happier person, which can be said for almost anyone. And if he had had a dog, I feel like a Saluki would have suited him. I'm no dog expert, so the anatomy is way off, but this is just a fun little thing.

I took my time coloring this, which I don't usually do, and I feel like it paid off. The whole time I was doing this, I was listening to podcasts of The Splendid Table (a radio show about food, hosted by Lynne Rosetto Kasper, whose voice is like all your sweetest, most comforting memories). If you've never heard it... my heart breaks for you. The podcasts are free to download on iTunes, so go treat yourself. Listening to her talk about food gives me the major pleasure-chills, like slipping into a hot bath, and of course it makes me hungry.

My point is that the mood of the drawing totally changed as I listened to The Splendid Table. I imagine Snape sitting back, listening to Lynne talk about homemade blackberry sorbet or something, petting his dog, forgetting all his troubles. As you do.

I think I may give Snape art a rest for a little while. Not a long while. But I miss dressing people in colors.

props: Snape J.K. Rowling
materials: ink, paper + PS8 (pattern brush from
Please do not reproduce without my explicit permission.
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GoldenGryphon Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Considering the Saluki breed's "personality", this actually a great choice for Snape. They are the most cat-like of dogs, choosing to emotionally tie themselves to only one person and capable of great devotion. They are sight hounds and once fixed on their goal, they will reach it or die trying. Great dogs.
Snape is a fascinating person, as written. He's even more interesting when you take the scraps of personality we are gifted with and flesh them out into a whole.

This is a lovely work. Thank you for sharing.
lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
I didn't know that about Salukis! I'm definitely a cat person, and I have trouble relating to my husband's scrappy little mutt. Our last dog was a Shar Pei who was unusually catlike, too. Makes me think I'd like a Saluki, but you don't see many of those in shelters.
GoldenGryphon Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You might try Saluki Rescue.
They would have more information, not to mention local to you contacts. I have worked in dog and animal rescue for way too many years to count. It's a shame what happens to some of those poor critters and good people are always needed. Good luck - and you might try some basic training with the scrappy pooch. It gets the two of you "talking" and could lead to better things. I recommend clicker training, since that involves lots of small treats, a "clicker", and small intervals (no more than 5 minutes) of time.
Free advice is just that - take it or not...
Best of all thoughts. 
lily-fox Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
I have serious doubts that Saluki Rescue would have a chapter here on Oahu, but you never know. Even then, we're always going to choose a dog from our local (and severely underfunded) SPCA. But that's good to know that there are lots of specialized rescue organizations!

As for me and my dog, he's even better at listening to my commands than my husband's, it's just that I've never been a dog person. But we get along. We respect each other's boundaries, ha ha.
Calucifer13 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
DAVCM64 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
ten points to slytherinCURSE YOU! 
SlytherinAcres Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww I like this :3 he's enrolled in my stable XD [he and lucius run it XD its great :D] such a lovely pic :D
mfmp Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That dog really suits him, indeed. Even though I think he's a cat person ^^
lily-fox Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Definitely a cat person!
mfmp Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
But he looks so content with that Saluki... ^^ I think all kinds of love is good to him ♥
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