At the end of the story, Sparky finds out that little girls have baths every night. At last he wants to swap back.
Originally I had Lucy enjoying the bubble bath Sparky didn't want to have, with him sitting on the loo beside her, reading 'Ballet for Dogs'. But the text has changed slightly since then. Now the same conversation flows across both pages, so it makes no sense for them to be in a different part of the house.
So in an earlier drawing, I introduced a window...
I like the plan of ended on a cosy, cuddly, positive image: always a good idea for a picture book. But I had to think of a new way to add humour. So I drew Lucy picking food out of Sparky's fur while they talk. This also has overtones of the kind of grooming that animals do, which is also very intimate and about bonding.
I originally wanted her picking a chip from his ear, but her arms just aren't long enough, so I settled for a pea squashed in his fur.
I have been having trouble though, working out how to place this image on the page, because of the gutter. It shouldn't go through anybody's face, but there's no room between them, without losing what Lucy's doing. I've sent it to Gullane to see what they think and if they have any brilliant suggestions!