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Our girl is gone

Dalmatian with Will Rogers quote
Our dog Smokey, in younger, healthier times and the wonderful Will Rogers quote “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.”

Smokey, our beloved Dalmatian, has been a member of our family since 2002 and it was with great sadness that we had to put her to sleep last weekend.

Her heart was in stage 6 congestive heart failure and her front paw had a cancerous tumor on the pad. For the past four months we’d been treating that at home with Epsom salt soaks and supportive dressings covered by a little colorful baby sock to give her style.

We knew we were facing this someday, and when that day finally came, it destroyed us.  The place is too quiet now, and I’ve been unable to spend time in the office since her passing, as she was my constant companion in this room.  I’m here today only to record this blog and take on a few other business needs before closing the door again.

I know I’ll be painting her in the future.  Processing the loss and her sweet loving life will come in time. But for now, this is all I can manage.  RIP Smokey beloved hound.

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