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Joy Kroeger Beckner
"Sweet Roll"
Life-sized Standard Dachshund
Edition of 20 & 2 Artist's Proofs
22" L x 10" W x 6 1/2" H

sweet roll
Photograph by Mel Schockner.
sweet roll
Photograph by Mel Schockner.

"By popular request, Lizzie returns to roll on her back as my model for "Sweet Roll." After thinking for several years about how to create another rolling sculpture of Lizzie, I noticed that every day she has an endearing way of cleaning her face first thing in the morning; she lifts her front feet and sort of quickly brushes over her eyes to eliminate any "sleep." Finally, I knew exactly what this new sculpture would be! Then, a friend happened to email a photo of her dachshund doing exactly what I started to do with my sculpture and I knew I was on the right track."
"The sculpture "Sweet Roll" did not come easily. In early 2005, we were in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where I noticed Lizzie "cleaning her face" and decided I finally had come up with a pose that I liked. I started the sculpture but, meanwhile, poor Lizzie contracted hookworms and was very sick and VERY skinny -- probably just 16 pounds. After two weeks of shots given by Dr. Ricardo Lopez, a caring vet who makes house calls, Lizzie and Edgar, who also had to take the shots, were pronounced parasite free! From late January to about mid-April, Lizzie luxuriously consumed three meals a day until she regained weight. Now she is a happy 20 pounds and doing pretty well for a sweet old girl of fifteen-and-a-half!"
"I am forever grateful to Judge Weldon B. Long without whose early coaching in Dachshund Anatomy 101, I could not have created this piece with accuracy so close to the standard. Enjoy!" - Joy Kroeger Beckner

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