Year of the Dog – Yay!

⭐️ This special post celebrates the Chinese Zodiac: THE YEAR OF THE DOG⭐️ “Hello, I’m Hera, your Hostess of Ceremonies on this exciting occasion”.

Artwork by: Marina Kanavaki – Photo © Marina Kanavaki

“I know I’m gorgeous, but my mom’s art pillows help add to my beauty. My mom is an artist, Marina Kanavaki and she has a blog!

At this celebration you will meet many dogs. You will meet real dogs & graffiti dogs.”

Above is Clay & Ruty. Their mom is Belén Soto & she has a blog, too! Hmm, that looks like a park behind them! Of course, dogs LOVE to go to the park with their humans.

Photo © Marina Kanavaki

“Year of the Dog begins on February 16, 2018 & ends on February 4, 2019.”

“So, let me introduce this stunning white graffiti dog I met in Graffiti Alley in Toronto.”

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“Ah, beauty, thy name is dog! Did I mention dogs LOVE to go to the park with their humans.”

Photo © Marina Kanavaki

“Many Graffiti dogs, like this St. Bernard, live in the alleys.”

Some like me, are rescue dogs. (Thank you mommy! ❤️🎵❤️.) The poor little thing below was rescued by Resa’s friend. Buddy was kept in 1 room, never had baths, never went to the park & lived in his own filth.”

“Buddy lives with Resa’s friend now. He goes to the park, gets baths & love.”

‘There is no Year Of The Human. When I see dogs like Buddy (and me before Marina found me) I know why.”

Photo © Marina Kanavaki

“However, I do wish there was The Year of the Mommies and Daddies Who Love Dogs, Mommies like Marina….. & Belén, where as you can see, there is no shortage of love.”

Photo © Belén Soto
Artists: Birdo, Hames, Spud

“Some dogs bay at the moon, even if they are painted & live in the alley.”

Artists: Birdo, Hames, Spud

“Many graffiti dogs have gone into modelling and advertising.”

Artist: Lazo

“Did I mention dogs like to go to the park?”

Photo © Marina Kanavaki

“Before I forget, I’d like to show you more pics of Ruty and Clay. Some are from when they were puppies.”

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“So, While I’m being a good Hera waiting for Marina to take me to the park,”

Photo © Marina Kanavaki

I want to tell you that you can buy my mom’s art on  Marina’s Art Shop Many products with her art on them are available on Society 6 Her music is at Marina’s Music & don’t forget her art calendar on MagCloud

Also, Ruty and Clay want me to tell you that you can buy Belén’s ceramics at Belén’s Tienda


 Pics of graffiti taken by Resa – 2017 & 2018

Toronto & Winnipeg, Canada

Artists of 1st shown mural

Artists: @mr_tensoe2 @crwales66 @nick_sweetman @scieter @3tr_t @braes_ack @getsofacto @poserabm
Artist: Marina Kanavaki – Photo © Marina Kanavaki



77 thoughts on “Year of the Dog – Yay!

  1. I’m so in love. This is the most wonderful post. So many of the dogs have already moved into my heart, where they will stay forever. I wish I could hug all of them. The street are is truly gorgeous. I want the white puppy. All of the dogs are regal and filled with graceful beauty. Thank you for all this joy.

    1. YAY!!! I’m so happy you liked it! Year of the Dog is off to a great start! Dogs, like cats, bring much joy to many people!
      Thank you for sharing this on your blog! 😀

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            1. Wait until you see the Art Gown I’m painting! It’s really turning into something very fab. I’ll make sure you see some shots before we finally do the post with Aq. At least I’ll be able to do an inerim post with the sketches of Aq as 2 of my Art Gowns.
              OH!!! I just happened to wander into Graffiti Alley today. Uber 5000 was painting a massive wall. He invited me into his scissor lift and everything… I mean he took me up as high as the thing would go!!! I just got back and I am totally pumped!!!!!

    1. LOL! I don’t believe any of the dogs speak Chinese! 😀 Yes, I did read somewhere that it was Earth Dog Year. Perhaps that is why the park kept coming up! 😀 How wonderful that there was a festival in BA. Chinatown, Toronto will have a weekend long celebration starting on Friday.
      I love the dragon dances! {{Hugs}} ❤

    1. Ah, I see I need to do another dog post, soon! 😀 Zeke will be included! 😀
      Most of my followers have already weighed in, so it would be a shame to waste. As it is the Year of the Dog, I will continue with dog mural posts. 😀 Thank you so much, Dale!!!

  3. Haha, Resa, it is ‘always’ Dog Year in my kingdom! 🙂
    I’m loving all the precious puppy-dogs, both in the flesh and the painted ones living on walls! 😉 😉
    And, Marina’s dog is simply gorgeous; what a handsome prince he is…

    1. Hahaha! Of course it’s always dog year in your world. As it is Year of the Dog, I will be doing at least 1 more big dog post, hopefully more. 😀 😀 I’m wondering if your guys would make an appearance? 😀 xxoxoxo ❤

      1. Just one more legalisation of my papers from the UK government and that should be that. We are waiting for the courier which should arrive any day now. Then we can set a date, unless the registrar throws another curve ball at us. Samantha will pat her on the head is she does mess us around any more. Sorry I have not been commenting lately. Not in a blogging frame of mind until now. Love Ralph xox ❤

  4. Hi, aunt Resa, it’s Hera! As you know mom has been very busy lately [she hasn’t taken me to the park for days!- so I took the liberty of writing on her behalf! I’m overjoyed being among such lovely friends [Ruty – Clay – Buddy] and very proud to be co-hosting this brilliant post! Wonderful graffiti! That white dog looks especially handsome… very handsome!!!! 😉 Resa you are an angel. Waging my tail crazy and sending you much much love – oh and Happy Valentines!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxxo ps mom asked me to send you extra love from her too! ❤️❤️❤️💕🐾xoxoxoxoxxo

    1. Dear Marina, Clay, my furry friend, asks if Hera has a boyfriend … he has already turned nine months old, very good character and several toys to offer.
      I told him that Hera sure has many boyfriends in his city and does not want boyfriends at a distance but he wants to maintain a relationship by mail .)
      Right now he’s writing a letter … Dear Hera …

      1. My dear Belén, this is Hera! [mom is currently offline on various errands] No, I do not have a boyfriend. I am very selective [as you would expect! 😉 ] I do have many friends though and I love them all. But I have to admit that Clay is very very handsome and I’d love to speak with him! I am a little bit older than him [I’m almost 4yrs old now, my mom adopted me when I was 2yrs+] but that’s okay and anyway, I know with a wonderful mom like you he couldn’t be but a great character too! Sending Clay [and you] love and many treats!!!! 🍖🍗🍖🍭🍖🐾🍖😘😘😘

        1. There’s nothing like an older woman! 😀 I think it shows very good character that Clay is willing to share his toys. He is a true gentleman! And how lovely that Hera sends many treats. You both have wonderful mommies! xoxoxo

    2. Dear Hera,
      So happy you like the post.You make a fabulous spokes model! I’d wag my tail back at you, but I don’t have one. However, I’m sure Clay and Ruty are wagging away! I hear you have caught Clay’s eye! He’s quite handsome. Buddy will be coming for a visit as soon as there is no more slush in the streets. He is very tiny, and his hair gets very wet.
      Give your mom lots of love from me, and tell her Resa says to take you to the park! ❤️💙💗🧡 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

      1. Hey, Resa, mom is back! …I guess that means no more paws on the keyboard for me… hmmm… we’ll see about that though! 😉 x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x🐾x

  5. Beautiful post Resa, I love it!
    My little furry friends are very proud to be part of this year’s dog, they say thank you and send you all their love … they have a lot of love to share.
    Hera is a beautiful dog, she is a wonderful photographic model
    And we love the graffiti that you have chosen, a true sample of beauty!!

    Clay says that Hera is very pretty … Clay asks if she has a boyfriend … he is a very good dog and has four toys to share … well, maybe I have to ask Marina 🙂

    1. Dear Belén,
      Clay is very handsome! What a charming gentleman to share his toys! So clay is 9 months, now. He is a big dog! I guess he will get a bit more bigger? Ruty is gorgeous! Thank you so much for letting me show them off in this special post. Give them both big hugs and kisses for me! Besos y abrazos para ti! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    1. Thank you, Christy! ❤ I love all animals, and dogs are very loving pets. It was super nice of Marina and Belén to lend me their babies for this post. Hmm, just wondering, do you have a pet? Well, the weekend is almost here, so cheers for a fun one! ❤

  6. Doggy goes woof woof. I saw some awesome graffiti in Manchester earlier today in Canal Street and almost took a picture. Me being me I freaked and moved on, but I’ll get back down there and get a snap pronto.

    1. You’re welcome! I like visiting blogs. I like to see the Theme & how the host has set things up… look at the pics, and read some words. Not enough time is my only issue, so I go with the blog flow! Have a fab weekend!

  7. Reblogged this on Marina Kanavaki and commented:
    🐾🐾🐾🐾 A belated reblog, exactly one month after entering the Year of the Dog [in Chinese Zodiac]. This is actually Hera speaking as I’ve taken over my mom’s computer. She’s so late …grrrrrrrrr. But it’s my [and all dogs] year, so… A big hug to my angel Resa and unstoppable tail wags! Oh, and before I forget, celebrating our year, please remember all the doggies in shelters. I was one too and here I am now speaking to all of you lovely people!! 🐾🐾🐾🐾

  8. Hooray …. Marina’s reblog brought me to this post that was doing my blog break. Love the way you incorporate outdoor art with reality. Simply wonderful. Cheers to Marina, Belén, and your friend for contributing photos!

  9. Reblogged this on Arcilla y fuego and commented:
    Mi pequeña colaboración en el año del perro, un precioso homenaje para nuestros fieles amigos … muchas gracias querida Resa
    My little collaboration in the year of the dog, a beautiful tribute to our faithful friends … thank you very much dear Resa

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