Saturday, June 21, 2008

Poodle Doodles

Sometime in 1972, I started doodling images of my wife's dog, Missy. She was a pedigree poodle which grew to about the size of Labrador, forgetting she was supposed to be a miniature. Per her papers, her full name was Michelle Francois Duboise - thus "Missy."

It wasn't long before my doodles turned into a "strip" and on and off for several years I was drawing them in a sketch book. The image above left was drawn on the inside cover of the sketch book. You can see the smudges and yellowing from the passage of time as it sat untouched in the bottom of a dresser drawer for twenty some odd years.

Thanks to a Father's Day gift from my daughter and son-in-law, I recently replaced our original printer with an HP "all-in-one" (printer-copier-scanner) desk jet. I will now be able to begin to fulfill my desire to scan and post some of my own original artwork.

From the sketch book I selected five of the strips to post here today. (To read the text and to better view the cartoons, you will need to click on the images to enlarge them.)





I realized after I began scanning that the sketch book is wider than the glass surface of the scanner which resulted in portions chopped off of the cartoons. I will have to allow an inch margin in future drawings, or to use a narrower sketch pad.

What do you think? Should POODLE DOODLES become a regular feature here at "It Occurred To Me?" Of course, if I were to resurrect the strip, I would have to find the time and incentive to start drawing again. However, if I posted two cartoons a week, I have enough to cover 52 weeks - a whole year.
Missy was poisoned by some weed-killer sprayed along his side of our fence by a neighbor. She suffered a slow death and gave up the spirit a month later. For obvious reasons it was then that I stopped drawing the strip.

I have thought about drawing the strip again as there have been plenty of pets, dogs and cats, to come along since. Perhaps by sharing them here, I'll use more and more of my own original art instead of "pilfered" Internet images to enhance this site.

The cartoon strip "Poodle Doodles" and the images of the same are my personal work and are sentimental to our family. Please do not copy or display it anywhere else without my expressed written permission. Thank you.



kenju said...

I am IMPRESSED!! You are a good artist and the trips show wit (which I already knew). I'd love to see it as a regular feature.

Hale McKay said...

Thank you, Judy.

Now that I have the capability of posting my cartoons here, it will be easier for me to start drawing again on other subjects.

Duke_of_Earle said...

Do it, Mike! I love it!


the many Bs said...

Wow, that's really good. I had no idea that you could draw also. I especially like that last one.

I think it should become a regular feature.


Unknown said...

I definitely think you should make Doodle Poodles a regular feature. We have three standards at our house and they would certainly enjoy the strip!

Hale McKay said...


Thank you.

I'm not sure what the reaction would be to my "Poodle Doodles" comic strip, but it appears to be positive.

Hale McKay said...


Yes, drawing is a talent I don't put to use much anymore. Reviving "Poodle Doodles" will give me incentive and renewed interest.

Hale McKay said...


Hello and welcome. We had a standard poodle for a short while. He was a male named Claude. Unfortunately, he was a runner. He does make a short visit to the strip later.

I'm glad you and your dogs will enjoy the adventures and misadventures of "Missy."

Anonymous said...

very nice work, much better than some newspaper comics......Great name for artwork too !!!