A New Venture!
I have been Althea Peregrine for many, many years. I was/am one of those shy people who wasn’t/isn’t terribly comfortable talking about myself, and especially something as private as my art. I invented Althea to do my marketing — she’s kind of a pushy broad who is more outgoing than I am and can do the things that need to be done to market me. Althea is what my mother wanted to name me, and Peregrine is the pilgrim, as in “The romany are perpetually peregrine people.”
Last year I decided to show some of my smaller work on a new online shop. It didn’t feel comfortable to list a $20 purse next to a $500 assemblage, so I opened TalkingDog.* I had a velcro dog at my side for ten years named Roshi Hope-Springs-Eternal. He was my best friend and got me through some very difficult times. He was a talker, hence the name. Last February, I did a Google search and found a small hit or two for a TalkingDog who was an entertainment blogger. This year I decided to buy the domain name and get a license for the business and, lo and behold, there were now TalkingDogs all over the web and someone else has parked the domain name.
Thus is born OneDogTalking. It hits my funny bone because it’s so silly yet sounds like the deadly serious Dead Man Walking. Irreverence took over: I couldn’t help myself. I’m gradually migrating all TalkingDog items to OneDogTalking on Etsy. Come and give me a heart and a few view hits please! Thank you!
* A few weeks after I opened the shop, my beloved Roshi suddenly developed asthma. After his asthma attacks, he could barely walk and we had to put him to sleep. It broke my heart to see his picture up constantly as my avatar. TalkingDog became a friendly frog.