We are a dog family. I didn’t have dogs growing up but when I got married and moved to Utah, we went through 7 years of infertility and I was so desperate for something to love, so into our lives came our first dog, Misty. She was a toy poodle and she became my best friend. When she was 18 months old, we adopted our first daughter. Misty was not happy. She didn’t like kids until they got to be around 8 or 9 years old, then she would tolerate them. She had to go through it all again when we adopted our 2nd daughter when Misty was almost 6. The girls learned to just stay away from her and then when they were old enough, Misty would let them throw a ball for her. Misty lived until she was almost 15 years old.
After Misty passed we were devastated and couldn’t stand being in a home without a dog, so along came Poppy a few months later. Poppy was another toy poodle. She loved the kids, who were older then of course. She was not healthy and we almost lost her at a few months old until we learned that she was allergic to dog food. So I had to cook her special meals every day. She also had a collapsing trachea and couldn’t run and play without choking. She was the reason we bought our RV as we didn’t ever want to leave her home when we wanted to go on vacation. She didn’t like traveling but liked to be with us. Since I was home all day, she quickly became my shadow and was my constant companion no matter what I was doing. Unfortunately, we only had her for 5 years as she caught double pnuemonia and despite lots of vet care, she passed. This was so devasting as she was so young and should have had so much more life to live.
It took us over 2 years before we felt we were ready for another dog, then along came Maggie. Our sassy little Schmaltese or Malshi – a Shih Tzu/Maltese mix. She is 16lbs of fun and fiestyness (is that even a word?!). She will be 2 this year and I hope we have her for many years. She has also become my best buddy and follows me everywhere. She loves everyone though…she loves to snuggle on the couch.
I got thinking about our dogs today as I was making a sympathy card for the loss of a dog. Here is the card:
The card was made using items from Taylored Expressions. I created the heart using their heart masking stencils and used gold ink to color it. I then stamped the paw prints with black ink. I used the paw prints stamp set which also includes the sentiment. I also used one of their small dog breed die set and added the silhoutte of the dog. I framed it in a gold/orange cardstock and adhered it to a white card base.
Losing a dog or any beloved pet is such a hard thing but the love we have from then while they are with us makes it all worthwhile.
Here’s a list of what I used today:
Paw Print stamp set: https://www.tayloredexpressions.com/paw-prints/
Heart masking stencils: https://www.tayloredexpressions.com/masking-stencils-hearts/
Memento tuxedo black ink: https://www.scrapbook.com/store/pp-tsme607.html