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I thought you might enjoy meeting a couple of the real animals who share my heart and home... My own pets...

 
 

Suki-bear!
After spending too many years with NO dog of my own and living vicariously through the generous photo and video sharing of my art fans, I was knee-deep in dog breed research (though obviously, leaning heavily toward westies) to see which of the breeds would best fit into our family and my creative work-a-holic schedule, when I agreed to babysit my Mom-in-law's little dog (Suki) for 3 weeks while she went on vacation. She was a little angel - never barked, whined SO quietly (it sounded more like a nose whistling), and best of all - she loved to be cuddled and cradled like an infant. It didn't take long before I was head-over-heals for this little cuddlebug, but I never thought in a million years Suki could be mine. I remember looking at Suki and saying, "How in heck am I ever going to stand to give you back?! You're perfect - the only thing even remotely wrong with you is that you're not a westie".

Amazingly, my mother-in-law surprised me later that day by asking if I'd be interested in keeping her for my own. We've been so blessed to have Suki as the staring role in our house for several years now, and though she's found her voice and barks loud and often now (sneaky little smartypants!), we love her to pieces every single day.

Eevee is a dwarfed Tabby.
We found her abandoned, at a state park with her mouth glued shut - I don't know if she was a victim of abuse or got into something on her own - but she couldn't eat or drink because of it. We got her all fixed up and adopted her roughly 12-13 years ago.  She's getting older now - spending a lot of time napping in her favorite spots but I think she's just taking advantage of her age and playing it up...

She can't resist breaking the "old cat" facade when the weather turns warm and birds, mice, bunnies and squirrels are chattering in the sunshine; ever the huntress when she thinks I'm not watching. We may have 'rescued' her, but she's been a blessing for us, keep our home mouse-free for more than a decade now, and keeping my lap warm in the coldest winter months.


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