Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Sweet Gracey was our chocolab. She died of bone cancer at Christmas 3 years ago. She was a rescue and had, as they say, issues. During the five years that she lived with us, she gifted me with patience and a more profound understanding of dogdom than I thought possible. She also led us to our next rescue, Garrett the Great, a dog of such excellent disposition, smarts and humor, he was clearly meant as a reward.

During the last year of her life,
she snoozed behind me in the studio while I painted this.


Linda Popple said...

What a nice triute!

Celeste Bergin said...

I have often thought of how one animal leads to the next one--and how it seems orchestrated somehow.
I love this painting..Gracey was very obviously a charmer.

hw (hallie) farber said...

I love this painting, too.

cohen labelle said...

Sweet Gracey, seems almost like a person! Remarkable painting! She is v adorable.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

After a really bad MS flare, my sister had to give up her dear Boxer, Suzie. There was no way she could work Suzie like she needed and Suzie started to act badly because she was bored. Boxer Rescue helped out big time and now Suzie has a sweet life with a very active couple. Hooray for the rescue programs. And for the people who adopt rescue dogs. Hooray for you, Sam!

loriann said...

Sweet Gracie found her match in you. The portrait you painted of Gracie definitely shows her in full glory. I am sure you still miss her.
PS As you noted we always learn from our animals..if we listen.

SamArtDog said...

I guess it 'twas indeed a tribute.

Orchestrated is the right word! All we have to do is not miss our cues.

Thanks for the love.

You're right; Gracey was a girlie girl.

Nice story about Suzie. Garrett has some boxer in him, too. It's the part that makes him so cute.

Gracey and I were indeed in a match. Some days she won; some days I did. Together we were champs!

Jala Pfaff said...

Hi Gracey! I see you flying there!

Carol King said...

Sweet Gracey is SWEET! I like the painting and she looks happy looking down at us.

I'm sure you still miss her.

SamArtDog said...

Sure, I still miss her, but this post was more of a howdy-do to her. Now on to new times, new dogs.

Sheila Vaughan said...

Wheeeeh !! its wonderful Sam. Dear old Gracie eh.

Don Gray said...

Wonderful, Sam--such passion and original vision in this.

Karen said...

What a beautiful and poignant painting! It makes me smile.