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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Richard Jurus

SPE Member since 1991
Member Chapter: Midwest

The Adventures of Miss Maya Moletrotter

As one can see this work is about the dog: Miss Maya Moletrotter, or my life with this dog.
My wife and I often joke about not remembering what life was like before Maya. Maya's personality and antics constantly amuse us. I use to photograph many different subjects, but since getting Maya I honestly can"t find anything as interesting. Although most days are routine, you have to be alert and always ready for a flying Weimaraner that just spotted a tasty looking bug flying through the air.
Some history from Wikipedia on the breed:
The Weimaraner (VYE-ma-rah-ner) is a dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. Early Weimaraners were used by royalty for hunting large game such as boar, bears, and deer. As the popularity of large game hunting began to decline, Weimaraners were used for hunting smaller animals like fowl, rabbits, and foxes.
The Weimaraner is an all-purpose gun dog. The name comes from the Grand Duke of Weimar, Karl August, whose court enjoyed hunting.
The Weimaraner breed was originally bred for hunting Lions. Today's breed standards developed in the 19th century, although dogs having very similar features to the Weimaraner have been attested as far back as 13th century in the court of Louis IX of France. One theory is that the ancestor is the St. Habertus Branchen. Though these dogs are black, these dogs can produce a grey dog when bred. Like the Vizsla at the time, the breed was created exclusively for the nobility and alike. The aim was to create a noble-looking, reliable gundog. As ownership was restricted, the breed was highly prized and lived with the family. This was unusual, as during this period, hunting dogs were kept in kennels in packs. This has resulted in a dog that needs to be near humans and that quickly deteriorates when kenneled. The Weimaraner was an all-purpose family dog, capable of guarding the home, hunting with the family, and of course, being loving and loyal towards children.
"¨Originally, Germany was possessive of its skilled all-purpose gundog. But starting in the late 19th century the breed became increasingly common throughout Europe and the United States.

The Secret Passage

Self Portrait with Maya

Night on High Street

Miss Maya Moletrotter


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