Thank you

It’s too hard to say goodbye so instead we say thank you. 

Thank you for teaching us about patience, perseverance and loyalty. 

Thank you for getting expelled from doggy daycare and showing us that the forest was your place. It became our place too. 

Thank you for going to the front window at 3:30pm to wait patiently for one (or both) of us to get  home from work. Even when it was hard for you to get up, you still did it. 

Thank you for being gentle and patient as we welcomed new furry family members into our home – first Lola, then Luna. And thank you for grieving with us when Lola left too soon. 

Thank you for comforting us whenever we received bad news, when we were afraid and when we lost people we loved. 

Thank you for the strong, confident, self-assured look you always gave us when we fussed over you before leaving on vacation.

Thank you for the pure joy you showed us on  every single one of your 14 birthdays we celebrated together. 

Thank you for being the self-appointed king of the neighbourhood and watching over your subjects from our front deck. We know you are still there looking out for us. 

Thank you for answering to what ever name we called you in the moment – Diego, Mr D, D-man, Diablo, Dirty D, Mr Floppy Lips, D-machine, Prince Hairy, Mr Handsome… 

Thank you for guarding us every time we went into the bathroom and closed the door.  We were never sure what you were protecting us from, but thank you.

Thank you for being strong enough at age 12 to bounce back from major surgery. You gave us two and a half more years to love you. 

Thank you for doing a celebratory dance every single time we fed you. 

Thank you for all your velvet lip kisses and gentle pawing for more affection. 

Thank you for being willing to sit in the “chariot” so we could go for walks with you when you were no longer able to on your own. 

Thank you for the ache that starts somewhere behind our eyes and runs deep into our cores. We wouldn’t hurt this much  if we didn’t love you so deeply … and for that we will always be grateful. 

🌈Run pain free, Diego. Find Lola and play tug. We will always love you. You were the bestest boy, just like we knew you would be. 

Diego Suave, Supreme Ruler of Everything 

April 1, 2007 – November 6, 2021 

Lessons

 

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May has become a bittersweet month for me. I love seeing nature come back to life – flowers bloom, trees get new leaves, the hillsides so lush and green. May also reminds me that life is precious and not to be taken for granted.

Three years ago in May our five year old Olde English Bulldogge, Lola, progressed through the end stage of liver disease – “idiopathic canine hepatitis” is what the vets called it – a fancy way of saying its a terminal liver disease and we don’t know what is causing it. We fought her illness hard but it was a fight we were not meant to win – she passed away at the end of May. Those who don’t understand the bond that can form between people and their dogs may think that after three years I should be “over it”- but the end of May still comes with a sting for me.

Lola is the inspiration behind Scully Dogge Art. I started painting because of her and I continue to paint as a way to honour the incredible bond many of us have with our pets. They enrich our lives and they have so much to teach us about life and love. Here are just a few lessons of the many lessons my Lola taught me:

1. Be in the moment – get out of your head and take in the sights, smells and sounds of nature – there is so much beauty all around us – don’t miss it.
2. Never give up on your dreams – one day that squirrel will fall off the fence and you need to be ready!
3. Don’t let fear stand in your way – even though bears may seem way bigger than you, the right amount of confidence can make them flee up a tree.
4. Celebrate the people you love – run up and down the hallway and spin in circles every time you see them – even if they were only gone for a few minutes.
5. Farts are scary – ok … I may have already known this one 😉
6. Tackle large tasks from the bottom up – the best way to take down a dog that is much larger than you is to bite his ankles until he falls over – then pounce!
7. Be nice – show haters your big goofy smile whenever you get a chance – you will win some of them over.
8. Everyone loves a bum wiggle – it’s true – wiggle your butt and see what happens, I dare you.
9. Take care of your people – make sure they know about every wild animal in the neighbourhood, especially the ones that are out at 3 a.m.
10. There is no such thing as too many kisses.

There is so much we can learn from our dogs – as long as we take the time to be truly present. Love you forever, Lola. 💕