Musings-The Gwyn Dog Toy Destruction Index

gwyn-pretty As you know I am an artist but also a dog lover.   And I have the cutest sweetest looking little gal named Gwyn.   But her name really should be “Fang”.  I started taking some photos of the toys she destroys, that are sold to me as “tuff” and “indestructible”.   And I was thinking about how many people have probably brought the same toy, wasted their money and their dog had it in bits in a short time.  So I thought I would share my experiences.  You know if you have a dog that has a soft mouth and treasures their toys and gently hides them.  This post is not for you.  This post is for the pillow destroying, stick munching, toy dematerializing, stuffing strewing fiend that lives with you!

For the first toy on the list I give you this adorable pig from Tuffy’s. I have to say they tried, double stitching on the sides, multiple layers.  But after about 48 hours we had:


toy-gwyn-2toy-gwyn-3                                                                    So Tuffy’s Polly Piggy rates a sad single Fang.








Fluff and tough Clyde the Horse I’ll give a three fang rating.  Not destruction proof, but it took a couple of weeks to make it into a toy horse skin.


IMG_0907After turning my living room rug, into a sea of fluff, I decided that no toy that has a soft component is indestructible. I decided to stop taking pictures of sadly disembowled fluffy toys.   Her nose is haughtily turned up at most hard toys, so yes, I’ve thought of that.

So if you have a toy you’d like to put to the test, send me a note over on my page on facebook.  We love to have you send one to put to the test!



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My Visionary Art

I like to paint in a manner that could fall into the genre of Visionary Art.  I often dance around that term because there have been so many great visionary paintings I a tremble to even attempt to put myself in their spheres.

Many visionary artists paint after being influenced by Psychedelics and some can be found on this blog post:

But historically there have been many painters that have been visionary without the use of chemicals, where artists have painted an unseen, a  world not viewed with the mundane eye.

 My own art comes from dreams, a deep respect and contact with nature and a strong yoga and meditation practice. With that caveat, here are some of my “Visionary” paintings.

Moon Meditation


Energy Rising


The Long Journey

The Long Journey

No, I’m Not Done Yet

No I am not done yet

The Far Shore

The Far Shore

The World Tree


Owl Storm Eyes

small owl storm eyes

In Your Dreams

In Your Dreams

Ride the Wild Seahorse

small ride the wild sea horse

The Mating Game

small the mating game

The Power of Nature

The Power of Nature


spiraldancefinalThe Kleshas

klesha good

Meeting the Genius

Meeting the Genius

And of course more to come