This handsome boy's favorite pastime was draping himself over the furniture like a wet noodle. Charlie was both the color and consistency of pancakes. Yet he was the lead dog in a house of many, and the other full-sensory dogs followed HIM out of the house each day. Charlie was a good leader, right until the end. I am honored to have been commissioned to paint this sweet boy as a keepsake for his family.
Mark Nepo (oh yes, still stumbling my way through The One Life We're Given) said this: "No one knows how to live or how to die. We only know how to love and how to lose, and how to pick up branches of meaning along the way." These were not my own furry sweetlings, yet there are branches of meaning for me in these encounters - a reminder of the fragility of life and love - the need to grab and hold and love and cherish right now.
7/16/2018 08:11:38 am
Our furry family members are just that and their loss is indeed heartbreaking . Thank you for the lovely post honoring these pups and their human families.
7/16/2018 08:13:20 am
Indeed, Carl...so hard when they leave us. But so grateful for all the love and giggles they provide while they are here. xoxoxoxox
7/16/2018 08:48:17 am
I still remember, with lots of love, my fur babies.
7/16/2018 09:20:58 am
Ronnie...they touch our hearts forever!
7/16/2018 10:02:11 am
Thank you for every word and brushstroke of your post.
7/16/2018 10:21:27 am
Dotty! You are most welcome.
7/16/2018 12:38:24 pm
"the need to grab and hold and love and cherish right now." Oh how true! What a lovely dog and what a great keepsake. This past week my Lilly was lost, I am sure someone took her and then left her far away. She would never have crossed the main highway, never. At least 10-12 Km away in a nearby city, A good soul took her in and had someone read her chip and she is safe at home. " cherish what is NOW"! With Mishmish and Lilly it's been quite the summer!
7/16/2018 01:13:55 pm
Oh Carol! I am so glad Lilly made it safely home! Thank goodness for kind souls in the world. And for chips! We just never know when our furry loves will leave us, be taken, or whatever! Today is the day for pooch snuggles...
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