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Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone
Susie Caron (C) 2021
My Little Dog was gone! Upon return home from a short visit on my Grand Father’s farm, Blacky was gone. At 3&1/2 years old I felt beyond devastated. I’d named him Blacky, and we were buds. He was my comfort, my confidant, and my companion. Tears & anger were not enough to bring him back.
My toddler legs took me outside to look for him. I called his name daily from my porch, backyard, out near the street and sobbed on my bed at night. Days went by but no little black dog came to lick tears from my face.
My parents tried to comfort me saying, “He ran after the car when you left for Pop’s farm.” This backfired as my wailing intensified. My toddler heart felt guilty for leaving him behind. Apparently, my parents found such grieving too much for them. They never offered me another dog.
Decades later, I learned losses like that follow us through our lives and play out in our behaviors. I knew I could never replace my Blacky. However, over decades of adult life, I’ve looked for, lived with and loved many pets. They filled my heart, gave me companionship and unlimited, unconditional love.
Of course, there is no replacing a pet. Each one has unique features, personality, and the way they love and live with you. You fall in love with them, but a pet’s time with you is always too short and you wish they lived much longer.
After retirement, I began painting several of our current and past pets. The process gave me unexpected pleasure as each one appeared to ‘come to life’. Framed and displayed in my home I felt like they were back, surrounding me with their love and life. It occurred to me that other people may like to see their pets this way too. I gathered photos from family members and friends and gave a few paintings away. Soon after, I found myself engaged in a new way to serve - by creating pet portraits for customers so they could keep their pets forever too.
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Keeping Your Pet's Love
Susie Caron (c) 1/8/21
What makes you want a pet, or a lot of pets? How many types of pets do you have or want? How do you recover when a pet passes away?
Certainly none of us likes to think about a pet leaving us. However, most don't outlive us. Each person reacts differently and there is no 'right or wrong' way to grieve.
Pet portraits can bring some relief when you are missing a pet. I keep many of my pets with me on painted coasters and other pet portraits appear to surround me with life and love on the walls of my home.
Over the years I've painted many pet portraits for others. My friends and family members have told me how much their pet paintings means to them.
One customer, Mary, who appreciated her own pet portrait, commissioned a painting for her friend. She expressed the feelings about her gift this way:
"Susie, Last night I gave my friends the portrait you painted of their beloved dog, Hunter. To say that they were thrilled is putting it mildly. You captured his soul. They are still in mourning and I was so happy to be able to give them this gift. I don't know how you do it but you got him just right. Thank you so much!"
To those of us who know our Pet's life and love, a pet portrait by a friend means so much.
What do you do to remember your pets? Comment below and tell me your pet's story. I will respond.
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Susie Caron, acrylic artist, creates realistic paintings of pets, animals, and selected scenes. Her love of and experience with many pets and farm animals throughout her life, enables her to capture the unique feeling and expression of each subject. In her commission pet and livestock portraits, Susie also works with each customer to discover and then reveal the personality and special bond between pet and human.
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