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Stomach has been playing up all morning today.
Hopefully it settles down soon.
In the meantime, it was amazing doing both of these.

Tricolour Rough Collie as Totem
prints available here

Sensitivity and Empathy

Highly sensitive individual / person, sensitivity and empathy, understanding what others need, becoming irrational when treated harshly, loyalty, adaptability, finding it easy to be obedient around the right people, being driven to shepherd, shelter and protect, the appearance of sweetness, speaking up, sometimes finding it difficult to let go of a subject, the archetype of the helper or rescuer, a connection to helper and rescuer spirits and deities, working in service to others.


The rough collie (long-haired collie) is a long-coated medium-large dog that was originally used for herding in Scotland and Wales. It originated in the 1800s and was popularised through the Lassie novels and film. They generally come in three colours; sable, blue merle and tri-coloured. It is thought that their ‘noble,’ long, pointed head is a result of crossing with the borzoi. The collie ear is supposed to ‘tip’ at the top, but as many collies are born without naturally tipping ears, they are often taped as puppies to make them lay properly. As with almost all purebred dogs, they can potentially be affected by a vast array of health defects, including Collie eye anomaly, progressive retinal atrophy, canine cyclic neutropenia and hip dysplasia. Rough collies are also often genetically sensitive to certain medications. Their coat needs frequent brushing, and it easily picks up grass seeds and can matt easily, especially once a rough collie has been spayed or neutered. Shaving is not recommended, and can result in the coat not growing back significantly.

As far as herding dogs go, rough collies are more popular in shows and as family dogs than they are in serious herding, though they are experiencing something of a resurgence. If well-bred, they should be genial, friendly dogs without nervousness or aggression, notably good with children and other animals. All rough collies should be well-socialised to prevent shyness. The drive to herd and be very active differs between rough collies and breeders, with some being very drive-y and suited to herding, others being more suited to apartment life provided they get enough exercise. They are trainable (biddable), eager to please, adaptable, loyal, agile, protective and graceful. They are popular therapy dogs and are thought to have a highly empathetic nature, search and rescue dogs as well as guide / service dogs. They respond to gentle and firm training, and can become stubborn and recalcitrant when subjected to harsh methods. They are good at protecting the home via barking (though not aggression), though they can become problem barkers.

Arabian Leopard as Totem
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MEANINGS – Secrets in the Sands

Dawn and dusk, a connection to the Arabian Peninsula, desert and mountain magic, hold on, finding it difficult sometimes to hang on to life or survival, needing the support of others, not allowing others to see your new internal growth, a connection to crevices, being comfortable on your own, caves and rocky overhangs, rock climbing, finding nourishment or energy hard to come by, intuition, rely on your instincts, powerful spiritual energies are in your life, there are secrets in the sands.


The Arabian leopard is a Critically Endangered subspecies of leopard found in the Arabian Peninsula; there are less than 200 surviving. It is the smallest, and palest of the leopards, but the largest of all Arabian felines. They prefer to occupy remote, rugged semi-arid mountain regions that provide good vantage points for hunting and high security, along with permanent water sources. They require large territories in order to find enough food and water. The male’s territory overlaps that of several females, and is defended aggressively against other males. They are solitary, only encountering each other when looking for territories or mating. They are crepuscular, primarily hunting at dawn and dusk. They predate on gazelle and other ungulates, hyrax, porcupine, hares, birds, rodents, lizards and insects. Large prey is usually stored in crevices or caves. Once born, cubs are moved from shelter to shelter, to avoid having her cubs discovered. They remain with the mother for up to two years. They are threatened by habitat destruction and degradation, hunting of its prey, and hunting due to their predation of livestock and for use in traditional medicine and hides.

Date: 2012-05-20 12:48 am (UTC)
elialshadowpine: (Default)
From: [personal profile] elialshadowpine
Oooooooo!!! I LOVE how these came out. The leopard in particular is amazing.

Date: 2012-05-20 03:24 am (UTC)
white_rabbit: (Katara - Happy)
From: [personal profile] white_rabbit
Tricolour Rough Collie is *perfect*. I think you captured the energies extremely well.

And as for Arabian Leopard, as much as I am wary of big cat totems, I feel very fond of this one. :) It is absolutely beautiful.

Date: 2012-05-20 05:19 am (UTC)
ariestess: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ariestess
That leopard is phenomenal. I love the colors you used for hir.

And the collie I just want to cuddle.

Date: 2012-05-20 02:06 pm (UTC)
silverjackal: (Default)
From: [personal profile] silverjackal
The leopard is amazing! The collie of course makes me covetous, even though I have m own. :D

Date: 2012-05-20 10:55 pm (UTC)
sidheblessed: (Collie love)
From: [personal profile] sidheblessed
The collie is amazing! You've really captured the collie spirit.

Date: 2012-05-21 09:44 pm (UTC)
laughinglotus: black scorpion (Default)
From: [personal profile] laughinglotus
I really like the collie

Date: 2012-05-31 12:03 pm (UTC)
cherrydaiquiri: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cherrydaiquiri
Really, really love the leopard. :) Seems to have wise, smiling eyes.


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