This is Winji, our faithful furry friend. If you follow any of my other social media platforms, you know that we said goodbye to her a few days ago after 16 years of unconditional love, snuggles, adventures, and silliness. It’s difficult to get used to how quiet our house is now, and I miss how she kissed my ear when I returned home, how she kissed the back of our hands when we fed her, and mostly how she loved cuddling in the recliner. How could a 12-pound pompaoo contain so much love?
My daughter and I plan to make a scrapbook with many photos and written memories of Winji’s antics. In the meantime, I painted this picture for my daughter in an effort to capture Winji’s joy that spilled over into our hearts, which are now broken, but which I know will heal with time. Some folks do not understand how pet owners grieve after the loss of a beloved companion, but I’m grateful for those who do and have expressed their condolences.
Today I am playing along with the World Watercolor Group prompt of “furry” and introduce to you Cricket, a 4-lb. teacup poodle that is no longer with us but definitely left paw prints in our hearts. Cricket would visit us when her family was on vacation, and although she was the tiniest little dog, she had a personality of a Great Dane! She took herself very seriously and definitely ruled the roost when it came to doggy pecking order. I like to think that Cricket and my dog, Winji, enjoyed their vacations together, but mostly they just tolerated each other. Sometimes I could get both on my lap at the same time but not often. I miss Cricket’s yappy bark and the way she would spin in circles when she wanted to be picked up.
Cricket, the 4-lb. Teacup Poodle
My husband said I should have painted a tiara on Cricket’s head, but instead I gave her a regal purple background to denote her royal demeanor. I think she would be pleased.