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MC LincIn my Facebook Memory feed this morning this popped up from five years ago on a trip I took to the National Gallery.  I always stop in to see this Mary Cassatt painting, “Little Girl in Blue Armchair” from 1878 because the pup in it looks exactly like Lincoln!  Don’t you think?  In reality it is a Brussels Griffon but I still think Lincoln looks like it.  Read more about the painting and it’s history here.

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20190510_063923.jpgEver since we lost Jed about 6 weeks ago, Lincoln has been going to work with me at The Studio.  Lincoln is 10 years old and had never been alone so the transition to being an only  dog has been difficult for him.  The depression has been horrible.  But he does perk up on Wednesdays when he goes to class.  He likes the ladies at the morning adult class and he especially enjoys all the attention he gets at the afternoon kid’s class but he just waits for the evening adult class.

When my student, Lauren, arrives she often has with her Charlotte, her little girl, who comes in to wait for her dad to pick her up.  And Charlotte LOVES Lincoln and the feeling is mutual.  She gets right down on his level and pets and hugs him and he adores it….and her.  It’s the happiest he is all week.  This week she drew a sketch of Lincoln.  It’s my new favorite thing!!!!

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20190420_192101.jpgWe love painting pet portraits.  And we can help anyone do a nice rendition of their pet.  Look at these terrific ones from yesterday.  The next Paint Your Pet Portrait session is Saturday, May 18th at 1 pm.  Click here for more info and to register.

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Giving Thanks for Jed

 

It’s been several days now since we lost Jed.  I was cleaning up a few things in my home studio when I found photos from when Jed first came to us. It was estimated that he was about 1 1/2 years old then but as he was picked up as a stray it’s still a guess as to what was his real age. He was such a gentle sweet boy…always happy…always wanting to please everyone.  It never gets easier saying goodbye to our dear pets but today we are trying to look back at all the joy and remember those good times.  I am sharing one of the first photos I took of Jed when he came to our home.  He loved laying up in the window seat watching everything outside.  And the other photo is the last I took of him right outside that same window, sitting in the sunshine.  He was a lovely boy.

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Saying Goodbye to Jed

 

We said goodbye to Jed yesterday.  He was such a good and sweet boy.  He didn’t often get the attention he deserved because Lincoln would get it all but he was happy to let his brother have the limelight.  Jed was steady and good.  We got him when he was pulled off the street as a stray in St Clairesville, OH where we found him in a shelter.  We drove in a terrible snow storm to pick him up because they were going to put him down.  He had been in a inmate training program at the local prison and his “trainer” was teaching him to jump up and bite.  We were able to convince the shelter manager that we could change the behavior…which we did.  He was too sweet to bite.  All he ever wanted to do was please us.  His favorite things were to run and play out at the cabin in West Virginia especially if he could find some cow or deer poop to roll in.  When we built the dog park he was delighted to chase the trains that came by each day.  When we adopted Lincoln he welcomed him as his long lost brother from the first minute they met.  They were quite the pair of short legged boys.  But this last year he really slowed down and over the past few months he has been declining.  His old body was just giving out where he couldn’t walk well anymore and finally he was having difficulty breathing.  It’s so sad to see our babies in decline knowing what happy, strong, healthy dogs they once were.  We are heartbroken here today.  Lincoln continues to look for him in all of Jed’s favorite spots.  It will take a little while but for now we are just trying to remember the handsome, sweet, smiling boy that was Jed.

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Nap Pads for Pups

 

Yesterday I dusted off an old pattern and whipped up a new nap pad for the boys.  I used to make tons of these to sell when I had the gift shop.  It’s so much more fun having these colorful, beautiful fabrics instead of the same old plain dog beds.  Anyone interested in a class or purchasing a pretty new, washable nap pad?

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As promised a few days ago when we introduced the new Calico Cat Rag Quilt , here is the new “Dogs and Heart: Rag Quilt.  We love this one.  It’s a little harder to make than others we have been making but it’s worth the time and effort. And Jed wanted everyone to know that he was the inspiration for this design.   Scheduling a class now and will post the date soon.

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