A quick catch up if you’re just joining in: for the next several posts, I’m going to be giving you an inside look into my new series “Uniform Pets”. I’ll be sharing the insights and inspiration behind each piece. You can see my previous post for my inspiration on the Police German Shepherd, the Girl Scout - Chihuahua, and Firefighter Aussie Shepherd.
The series as a whole came about as I was thinking about how we identify and categorize, specifically, dress code pertaining to jobs/organizations, as well as breeds of pets. We know a police officer in a crowd of people because we’ve identified their uniform.
Most of the time, we don’t think about these connections. They are part of the operating system that runs below the surface. In this series, I hope to make viewers stop and think more about these connections and assumptions.
For this post I’m sharing about the inspiration behind the Doctor Labrador Retriever.
I've thankfully had a pretty uneventful medical history so far. I've never stayed in a hospital overnight, never had to have major surgery, but i've been around loved ones who have. Because of my lack if interaction with doctors and medical staff aside from the routine check ups and hospital visits, I tend to get an uneasy feeling around them. And I get the heebie-jeebies as soon as I small rubbing alcohol.
Somewhere in my mind I always associated Doctors with problems. As in, if you have an health related issue, you need to go see a doctor. It was never preventative really, only reactionary. So I guess it made sense that my uneasiness surfaced. Couple that with the typical doctor jargon and often poor bedside manner, rising health care costs, and that's been a recipe for avoidance.
I suppose that's why I chose to pair this profession with the Labrador Retriever breed. A Lab (besides the punny connection of "lab" and a doctor's office) is my way of tearing down the insecurities and fear surrounding this profession a bit. Because a Lab is a family friendly, loyal, faithful and lovable companion. (When was the last time you used those words to describe your doctor?) The doctors that I have had who I did seem drawn to have been those who would tell it to you straight but were approachable and human. A Lab seems to fit the bill of a Patch Adams type. And I'm more than fine with that! Now take two of these and call me in the morning.
This piece was digitally painted using my iPad Pro, and app called Procreate and Photoshop on my Macbook Pro.
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