This handsome boy's favorite pastime was draping himself over the furniture like a wet noodle. Charlie was both the color and consistency of pancakes. Yet he was the lead dog in a house of many, and the other full-sensory dogs followed HIM out of the house each day. Charlie was a good leader, right until the end. I am honored to have been commissioned to paint this sweet boy as a keepsake for his family.
Mark Nepo (oh yes, still stumbling my way through The One Life We're Given) said this: "No one knows how to live or how to die. We only know how to love and how to lose, and how to pick up branches of meaning along the way." These were not my own furry sweetlings, yet there are branches of meaning for me in these encounters - a reminder of the fragility of life and love - the need to grab and hold and love and cherish right now.
Jen Walls and her imaJENation