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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! (Now battling kidney failure)
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 was a dwarfed Tortie. RIP
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 back around 2000.  Her kidneys began to fail in 2017 and we lost her in July of 2018, less than a week before Suki was diagnosed with the same awful disease.

Eevee lived like cat half her age up until her last 6 months or so. She couldn't resist breaking the "old cat" facade when the weather turned warm and birds, mice, bunnies and squirrels are chattering in the sunshine; ever the huntress when she thought I wasn't watching. We may have 'rescued' her, but she was a blessing for us for nearly 2 decades. We miss her terribly.

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