I just love drawing these creatures. this amazing animals is more endangered than rhinos, yet we know little about them. Highly social, led by a queen, their large packs once roamed the continent. One of the most plaintive cries I have ever heard comes from a painted dog, separated from its family.
Several of you reading this have experienced standing in close proximity with me and these wild souls. Their bird like cries are a surprise, as is their general skittishness. Theirs is an old story, so far away from modern canids that the two could not mate and produce offspring. These ancient lines are a wonder to us new comers, and they deserve our respect , as well as our inspiration.