I've been doing these paper-mache pinata's for 8 years now. I've made characters from Dragon Tales, Garfield, Winnie the Pooh, etc. etc. as well as puppies, and kittens. But this year.... well, this year I made duck-dog.
Duck-dog started out as a puppy for my daugher's puppy party. Once the snout was applied however, I looked at him and realized... he looks like a duck not a dog. I was totally freaked and went on and on to two friends about this duck-dog pinata. And so, in the darkest hours of the night, with the help of friends and a little creative inspiration, an idea was born. What if I take pictures of duck-dog's short but magnificent life? I could create a picture story.
So I fixed the face (I THOUGHT) and left it to dry. The very next morning, my middle daughter sees it and asks if it's for my youngest daughter's puppy party. She then announces that it looks like a duck. I'm horrified. She was in bed asleep when I discovered the awful truth about the pinata so there is no way she overheard me talking about it. AND I had modified the face and thought it looked more like a dog now. I very earnestly explained to her that this is how it's dog-face is supposed to look and even go so far as to pull out the puppy that I'm using for a 'model' to convince her. She shrugs and says it looks like a duck. *banging head on table*
Now it's Sunday evening, and the festivities are done. Duck-dog has nobly sacrificed himself on the alter of my daughters' greed and it is time for the story of the brave and valiant dog that looked like a damn duck.
The Amazing Adventures of Duck-Dog
Duck-dog and my youngest daughter (the birthday girl) discussing the issue of names. They both agree that Sally is perfect.
Whew! Body-shaping complete.
Duck-dog just kickin' back and relaxing after the grueling tail-shaping process.
I'm an idiot.
Yes, orange is an unfortunate choice of 'fur' color when the dog already looks so much like a duck. However, in the mind of a 4-year-old, orange is a kick-ass dog color!
It's alive... ALIVE!
*mad scientist cackle*
The tongue was Y's idea. LOL! I think it takes a little of the 'duck' out of duck-dog.
It's the end of the line for duck-dog.
Birthday girl taking the first whack (with help).
Vicious beasts aren't they?
This next hit breaks the rope hanging duck-dog and he ends up taking a nose-dive into the dirt.
"That there be a hangin' offense."
Duck-dog's last stand.
Bringing out the big guns....
She's enjoying this just a LITTLE too much!
The broken carcass of duck-dog dangles as my girls descend like vultures on his 'innards".
Yeah, because cracking him open wasn't enough! Let's just rip the head off.
My twisted children....