I first discovered Blue Dog when flipping through a magazine in art class way back in high school. There, staring up at me, was a blue corgi.
This is actually my Absolut ad, I've had it for over 20 years.
It hangs above my desk at home.
Why did it speak to me so much? Because it was Kirby.
As the years went by, I continued to fall more & more in love with the Blue Dog... I finally started saving up the money to buy some posters on eBay. The posters were expensive enough, I had no hope in ever buying a print or painting! :)
I named my adopted Corgi after him, because he also resembled Blue Dog:
It wasn't until years later that I realized that was not how you pronounced Rodrigue... Oops :)
Now I have a room filled with posters, even some prints :) I have his calendars, his books, even a few of the Blue Dog cows. (I bought every single one at all the Hallmarks in Lexington when they were released! He almost never licensed his Blue Dog image, so I knew they would be a collectible...)
One of the first vacations John & I took was to New Orleans so I could finally visit his gallery:
A few years later, George Rodrigue offered a vacation package to New Orleans. It included meeting him as well as all kinds of other Blue Dog perks :) I jumped at the chance!