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Rest in Peace Sparky

RIPRest In Peace Sparky

Early Saturday morning my Sparky crossed over to the other side of life.

Sparky came to live with me in 2001…the vet thought he was about 2-3 years old when I met him.  Sparky had a good long life.  Prior to living with me he had been picked up as a stray and taken to the Humane Society.  The Humane Society in Waukesha, WI had adopted him out several times to families and each time the families returned him because of his wild ways.  The Humane Society handed me the paperwork from the families that returned him…they described a wild and out of control dog who destroyed things, soiled the house and ran away any chance he could get…rather than get turned off by those reports…it made me want to cry…I was naive…but I wanted to give him a chance.  My only other dog at the time, Hercules, loved Sparky when they met and I let that be my guide.  While I didn’t believe this then…I know now that every animal that comes in to my life…arrives exactly when it is supposed to…love is for always

When I met Sparky he was feral…he had no interest in attention or affection from me at all…and no clue how to adjust to living indoors with a family…he was not house trained…he would freak out and destroy amazing amounts of my things if he was left alone in the house…simple things like getting him in the car were an enormous challenge…but in spite of his wild ways we stuck together anyway…we had a connection and understanding that there were reasons we were together and together we were going to make sense of the world.  Slowly over the years Sparky came to appreciate indoor living and family life. This picture of us taken together was taken about four years after Sparky came to live me…we both look so young here…I discovered on this day that despite his rambunctious nature Sparky loved to pose for the camera…I am thinking he new just just how handsome he was.

may 2012 057At a very dark time in my life…Sparky began to completely shed his wild ways and became the most affectionate and loyal companion a girl could ask for…when I needed him the most he stepped up to the plate.  He was a constant and quiet companion who would hike with me for hours on end and was friendly and gentle to everyone he met.  He turned out to be a true gentleman. Sparky also loved to party…he was always up for a good time with friends (k9 and human).

 

Eventually, Sparky was the dog that went through dog training certification school with me.   He rocked it at school…my mentor marveled out how focused he was and how easy he was to train (so did I frankly).  232323232-fp83232-uqcshlukaxroqdfv36282-nu=3-96-664-649-2;8766473-23-ot1lsi

In his old age, when his body began to fail him…it was my privilege to step up to the plate and take care of him.  There is something bittersweet about an older pet…their honest dependence on their human at that stage of life gives us a chance to truly give back to them…Sparky never seemed to carry any sense of self doubt or frustration when his legs wouldn’t hold him up…or when he was confused about which direction we take on our walks…he just looked at me and expected me to give him a lift or point out the right direction…I felt so honored to be trusted and I loved every minute of caring for Sparky.  I loved holding him in my arms when he took his last breaths.

232323232-fp83232-uqcshlukaxroqdfv3;88--nu=3-96-664-69;-2;8766478-23-ot1lsiSparky wasn’t just a great companion for me.  My cats loved him…he never minded them crawling on him, kneading him, or sleeping curled up at his belly.  He can be credited for helping other dogs.  His patience and tolerance with our naughty Lhasa was remarkable.   He had a gift for helping dogs that are struggling with behavior (most recently Buster & Turnip) figure out how to live happily with humans and other dogs.  Sparky’s calming presence was like magic for other dogs…or perhaps a better word for it is grace.232323232-fp83232-uqcshlukaxroqdfv36875-nu=3-96-664-665-2;8766475623-ot1lsi

There is unique solidarity among pet parents once we have experienced making this final but most important decision for a pet.  There are few other times in life when I have to suck it up and be selfless in such a painful way…for the sake of another’s suffering…it is an odd sense of strength that I rarely feel at any other time.  There is a saying…that goes something like this…”if you love…it will 232323232-fp83232-uqcshlukaxroqdfv37545-nu=3-96-664-689-2;8766477-23-ot1lsihurt…and it is worth it.”  I knew this time was coming with Sparky…not just because his health was failing but because he was entering my dreams more and more.  I could feel him saying good bye to me.

Sparky passed with dignity…as they say “he went out with his boots on”.  I am grateful for every minute that I could call him mine…and I look forward to seeing him again someday on the other side.  For now though…my heart is broken as it is hard to imagine the days without his sweet presence beside me.

Rest in Peace Sparky…I will always love you.

Hope after loss, Rescue Mama Art

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.

If you love all things pet and pet rescue consider following my blog…I post 1-3 articles per week on my blog and daily on Facebook and Pinterest pages.

Rescue On!

Nancy

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Handmade Cards & Gift Wrap, Pet Sympathy

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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Handmade Cards & Gift Wrap, Pet Sympathy

Pet Sympathy Card

big frontHandmade card for loss of pet.

I am pleased with how this one turned out, what do you think?.  Death does not break the bond of love with our pets and I hope this card brings comfort to those grieving the loss of a beloved pet.

The front of the card reads…”Love…it is the shortest distance between two hearts.”

The inside reads…”May time heal your heart and memories comfort your soul.  With Sympathy”

Feel free to write to me if you have questions on any techniques I use to make my cards.  If you are interested in purchasing them, most of my cards are available at my ETSY Shop.  I do offer discounts for veterinarians and other pet professionals buying multiple cards at one time.

Rescue On!

Nancy

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Handmade Cards & Gift Wrap, Hope after loss, Pet Sympathy

Pet Sympathy Card

imprintHandmade card for the loss of a beloved dog.

 

I just added this new card to my Anima line of products for those mourning the loss of a beloved pet.  Feel free to contact me if you have questions about techniques I use to make my cards.  If you are interested in purchasing my cards, most are available at my ETSY Shop.  If you use the coupon code “NEWCUSTOMER” you will receive 10% off your first purchase.  I do offer discounts to veterinarians and other pet professionals who purchase multiple cards at a time.

Rescue On!

Nancy

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Handmade Cards & Gift Wrap, Pet Crafts, Pet Sympathy

Handmade Pet Sympathy Card

february 6th 088Pet Sympathy Card

I finished this sympathy card last night.  I spend quite a bit of my studio time on pet sympathy cards.  I know all to well the grief experienced when a beloved pet dies and hope to provide sentiments that can bring comfort to others.

This card is made from a base recycled card stock.  I stained it blue with Distress Stain and dry brushed it with cream acrylic paint (you can see the effect in the second picture).   I hand painted a silhouette on the front of the card using a layer of heavy gesso first and then black acrylic paint.  The heart, lace and flowers are all stained to match the rest of the card and finished off with perfect pearls.

The front of the card reads; “How blessed we are to have loved them so much that it makes saying goodbye so very, very hard.”    I print my greetings on to card stock with my laser printer and then spray the card stock with fixative so they won’t smudge.  This is a far more cost effective method than buying stamps.

The inside of the card reads; “with sympathy for your faithful and loyal friend.”  If you are ever in need of any cards or gifts for pet sympathy; I have a nice selection in my ETSY shop (www.etsy.com/shop/TheRescueMama).  Use the coupon code “NEWCUSTOMER” for 10% off.

february 6th 091Rescue On!

Nancy