I found this phrase "Taking a line for a walk" in a book I'm reading called The Biology of Art by Desmond Morris, a zoologist with an interest in the ability of some animals to make art.
The phrase seems like the perfect description for what Bella is doing in this video, which is giving me a spontaneous demonstration of how she makes a straight line with a braid that's 6 feet long.
January of this year was one of seemingly endless creativity on Bella's part. We got into a mutual encouragement cycle such that each time I photographed a new arrangement Bella would make me another. The cycle didn't stop until I became exhausted and called it quits -- Bella herself was still going strong. What a girl!
"I met Bella for the first time recently. I always heard cattle dogs have a trait of being aloof. From my first introduction Bella warmed up to me right away and seemed very attentive and responsive to me each time thereafter. In addition to being very intelligent and an artist with her unique creations she is truly a sweetheart and a pleasure to be around." ~D.B.
"Wow! Dogs know so much more than people realize, as Bella's beautiful constructions show."
"Nice to meet you and Bella in person today. This website is fantastic. Not only does it show Bella's talents, but it also shows your great love for Bella and Enzo. We are lucky to live with such amazing and beautiful friends!"
"Love your Bella website! This is great! I will pass the website to my husband who works at the Humane and they love these types of things. Bella is amazing!"
"Great to see and read!
Enjoyable to be with Bella and Enzo, thanks for that good time I had the chance to experience once when I visited.
Wow!!! What a site :) I REALLY loved watching all the videos and looking at the pictures. Bella is truly talented and I am looking forward to following her artistic journey. "
"Wow, this site is fantastic. I watched the videos. How great that she built this.
Your site really shows off the dogs and one gets a real feel for how amazing it is!"
- Joy L.
"I looked at Bella’s new site. How lovely, and how creative she is! It is amazing that she is teaching Enzo how to make constructions with cloth toys and Enzo is learning from her. It is very interesting to know that dogs can be creative and care about aesthetics. I want to see the development of these two lovely ones." - K.S.
"You are two talented, fun, entertaining ACDs! We love watching your videos on this very well laid out web site. Keep arranging!"
Love, Anne, Anzac and Diggy
"Until Deirdre told me about your art, I never knew dogs were capable of spontaneous artistic creations. Silly human I am, it's true. Thank you so much for brightening our days with your creativity, spontaneity and surprises :)"
Sadie the new Corgi in the hood says hello. You have a great website. Maybe someday when Sadie grows up more she will have one too... or at least be able to walk on her leash far enough co come by and say hi!
Great job with the website, it's so clean and has a good calm vibe to it!