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Pet Rescue Art: Some Angels Have Fur

Pet Rescue Art:  Do we see our pets again after death?

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Some Angels Have Fur

What I am working on in my studio usually speaks to what is going on in my head and heart…lately is it grief and sadness.  Grief is such a strange journey…its unique…no two losses are the same but no single experience of the loss of a loved one is about the loss of just that one loved one.  When we open up for grieving it usually re-opens many old wounds that never completely healed.  I find that my sensitivity to everything around me is heightened when I am experiencing grief.  My ability to truly feel the experiences of another person or animal is so acute that it is physical.  It is both an awful and awesome place to be emotionally and spiritually.

I am of the opinion that we never “get over” the loss of someone we care about.  Rather, we just learn to live with the pain.  The piece of our heart that breaks when they are gone remains broken and becomes part of who we are forever.  It is part of becoming truly human.

I also believe we see our pets on the other side of life.  Not because I “need” to believe that nor believe it is something polite and appropriate to say when anyone is in pain over the loss of a beloved pet.  I believe it because it is logical to believe it.  It is congruent with a Christian world view to believe it.  And there is tangible evidence that we see our pets again.  To say that a living creature is lost forever when it dies would constitute a belief in a world view called ” annhilationism”.  Annihilationists believe that anything that is alive is gone forever once physically dead.  The problem with that belief is that collective human intelligence (and by that I mean almost every  single society that has ever walked this planet) has rejected annihilationism. Almost every society has believed in the spiritual birth of something new after death.  While those belief systems vary, of course, what they hold in common is that there is something beyond life in the flesh for creatures.  To hold the view that any creature, human or animal, is annihilated after death would put you in conflict with most of humanity…so which view does it make logical sense to hold?   A Christian world view holds that all of creation is redeemworld's greatest doged and part of God’s plan…while I will write more on this at another time…to exclude our beloved pets from God’s redeemed creation would be in direct conflict with a Christian world view.  While it’s not as common to talk about it in a contemporary culture that does not want to deal hands on with death and dying…stories of what happens during the dying process and accounts of Near Death Experiences tell us a lot about what awaits us on the other side.  And these experiences include interactions with animals; particularly pets already gone.

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All Life is Precious

I like to think of the pets gone before me as waiting for me…which is selfish…really I hope they are running and playing with others and doing what they were meant to do naturally.  But I know I will see them again.  I hold this belief so strongly that while I love life on this side…I look forward to it on the other side just as much.

I have been painting Sparky, my beloved black lab who recently died.  The painting is taking awhile because sometimes I am too emotional to work on it.  It is a painting of how I picture him looking down on me now.  (ok…tearing up as I write this…).  I will share it when its done.  I believe its completion will bring me as close to closure as one can get when a loved one dies.

Thanks for reading my posts and viewing my art.  Much of my art is for sale at my ETSY shop.  Sparky’s passing has opened a new chapter in my pet journey…one that is very focused on a new member of our family, Buster.  Buster is a reactive dog that came here in a pretty wild state…I have decided to start chronicling the ways I have worked with Buster’s reactivity in hopes it can help other dog parents dealing with reactive dogs.

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Rescue On!

Nancy

 

 

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Pet Sympathy: new cat sympathy designs

Pet Sympathy: new designs for hand painted cat sympathy cards!

I have fallen in love with this cat silhouette on these cards…so much so that I went a little crazy a few weeks ago painting a series of different backgrounds.  All it takes to paint on all this lovely card stocks is start with a layer of Gesso.  The card stock is acid free so the painting will be lasting.  I had a lot of fun with these and have started on some other silhouettes to use in the future.  I think the next one will have angel wings:) What do you think?

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Most of my cards are available at my ETSY shop.  I do give discounts to pet professionals buying multiple cards.  Looking for ideas to inspire your own card making…check out my Card Gallery!  If you love all things pets follow my blog for pet news, art and crafts!  I post 1-3 time per week on my blog and daily on Facebook and Pinterest page.

Rescue On!

Nancy

 

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Pet Sympathy: Cat Memorial Painting…

Pet sympathy: Cat memorial painting…textured acrylic on canvas.

front bitThis painting is part of my “Anima” line of products for pet sympathy.  “Anima” is the Latin word for soul.  Everything in my “Anima” line is about remembering our beloved pets that we have lost.   This is a textured painting done in acrylics on mounted canvas.  I had a lot of fun making the moon glow in this painting.

Usually I only make cards for this line…this is my first painting…what do you think?  Check out my Art Gallery to see some of my other paintings or look through my Hope After Loss page for articles and links for coping with the loss of a beloved pet.

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Rescue On!

Nancy

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Cat Sympathy Card – new handmade design…what do you think?

Cat Sympathy Card…new handmade design!

What do you think of this design?

front big  I hand painted the cat and heart on lovely card stock that I stained with some distress ink.  What do you think of this design?  I wrote this greeting…

” Sometimes a special animal enters our lives…their presence changes our hearts forever…and we can call ourselves blessed for having known them.”

It’s the first time I have used it in a card…what do you think?

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All of my sympathy cards are available at my ETSY shop and I do give discounts for pet professionals buying in quantity.

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Pet sympathy cards

Handmade Pet Sympathy Cards

big  Just finished these cards for Anima line of products…what do you think?  I am always happy to answer questions on how I make my cards.  I sell them at my ETSY store and offer discounts for pet professionals who purchase multiple cards at a time.

Rescue On!

Nancy

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