SFM #162. Cinco dog with a bag of fish

Star Ferry Musing #162.  Cinco dog with a bag of fish

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My friend Rona had a puli, or Hungarian sheepdog, that was born 48 years ago.  She loved that dog and named him Cinco because he was born on May 5, Cinco de Mayo, a holiday in Mexico.
Pulis are beautiful dogs.  Some owners would let the long hair grow to cover the eyes and to reach the ground; and groom them meticulously.  They are stunningly beautiful dogs.
But Rona decided to trim her dog’s long hair to manageable length.  Cinco went wherever Rona went, even to a trout farm.  A trout was given to Rona and Cinco decided he was going to carry the bag of trout.  
This is the only photo available of Cinco.  I had to create a sculpture of Cinco from this one photo.
I started with a clump of clay.
I formed it into the rough shape of Cinco dipping his head and glancing at me.
I added the plastic bag containing the trout to the sculpture.
I painted Cinco’s fur in black, then added streaks of white.
The fur on Cinco was not shiny.  But his wet nose was glistening, so I painted a glossy glaze on the nose.
When the sculpture emerged from the kiln, it looked like a happy dog carrying his treasure home.
I sent this sculpture to Rona by mail.  She just received it and she was so happy with it she screamed and cried.  
This made my day.
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Author: Robert Wu

Two engineering and one business degrees, all from NYU. National president of Organization of Chinese Americans, two terms. General manager of a multinational corporation in China. Retired but still active. Married to a wonderful wife, one son & one daughter.

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