Ah, autumn, at last! I hope you all had wonderful times this summer. We did, too, although the summer began with great sadness: we lost our dearest beast, Bubba. He was 14 1/2 years old – downright ancient for a Golden Retriever – yet every second of his long life held nothing but sweetness. Here’s the dear old fellow in his heyday:
After he passed, everyone had the same question: “Are you going to replace him with another dog?” It took a long time to answer. Bubba was not just another dog and he could never be replaced. But the family had a hole in its heart that just had to be filled again. And so, after due consideration of myriad possibilities, we decided that it really didn’t matter that the vacuum trembled in fear whenever a Golden passed by; their dear nature could excuse anything.
And so, let me introduce you to my new baby, “Gracie”:
Adorable, no?! That was taken just last Saturday, when we brought her home. It’s been quite a sleep-deprived week, but we’re all madly in love with her. And, she’s quite inspiring, too:
Please feel free to use this chart wherever it might make a dog lover smile. Personally, I’d do it in duplicate stitch, to turn plain hats and sweaters from dull to delightful. You could also do it in needlepoint, cross stitch, whatever works! Have fun!