What better day to celebrate these furry pet companions that comfort us and make our lives so much better? Mother’s Day! And what better way to remember a very loved soulmate? With a handcrafted vintage-looking pet portrait!
I’ve been wanting to share with you the winning story from our Annual Valentine Pet Portrait Etching Giveaway. Meet winner Beaux and his mom, Kim! Here is their story and photos submitted, along with the fine art etching that transformed Beaux’s snapshot into fine art using metal, ink, paper and press so his mom can have something special to remember him by.
“My life would change forever in October 2008 and again in March 2009. That October, I drove to a small farm in northern Alabama and met my best friend, an Airedale Terrier who I named Beaux. He was a tiny bundle of black and tan fur with the biggest feet I’ve ever seen on a pup. I took him home to my husband and our other dog and began to shower him with a lifetime of love.
In March 2009, my husband died unexpectedly. Beaux was by my side every second. I cried into his fuzzy body as he snuggled with me, he wouldn’t let me out of his sight, knowing that I needed him. Later that year, my father died 3 days before Christmas. Again, Beaux seemed to sense that I was hurting and never let me be alone. We walked, took endless Jeep rides, and went to the beach every chance we got. Oh, how my boy loved the beach.
In 2017 Beaux had a tumor that I didn’t know he had rupture and had to have emergency surgery at Auburn University’s school of vet medicine. They didn’t know if he would make it through the night. My strong, brave boy fought though, and he walked out of there two days later and beat that horrible cancer. We continued our adventures and a friend even coined a hashtag for me to post about them, #WarDamnBeaux, which is a play on Auburn’s battle cry. Sadly, several months ago my boy started having kidney failure, and last week I had to put him to sleep. It was the most horrible thing I’ve ever had to do in my life. I am heartbroken. My Valentine’s are gone forever, my father, my husband, and now my Beaux. But his memory and all of the photos I took (thankfully) help me get through the lonely days.”
A SPECIAL PET PORTRAIT TO REMEMBER
Kim received her artwork in the mail and emailed, “I absolutely LOVE IT, thank you so much! It’s so beautiful, and a lovely reminder of my sweet boy…Again, thank you bunches, it is such a gorgeous piece of art.”
May it bring you years of smiles and comfort, Kim! And thank you to everyone else who entered – I have to share them too since they are all too cute!
MORE HEARTWARMING PET COMPANION STORIES
The following were the other lovely stories and pictures submitted for the annual pet portrait etching giveaway:
Aslan, a rescue kitty, found with a can on his head, brings so much joy to his family. “His sweet purr and snuggles put us at ease in some of our most challenging times.”
Sancho, helped his mom be able to get out of bed on rough days after a divorce. “He brought me back and let me know how amazing I was even when I was blue.” Sancho’s mom commissioned an etching, our Complete Keepsake Etching, with Sancho’s picture etched into the Italian cotton paper, hand-colored and including his pawprint, dog tag, and ashes infused into the ink of his artwork.
Ruby, the rescue pup with only 3 legs likes to cuddle with her family on the sofa and has her own fluffy blanket. She has two boys in her family and mom shared – “One of my boys once said, ‘I love her so much, I feel my heart with explode with so much love.'”
Big Ben, “Sir Bentley Winston,” was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia at only 5 months and wasn’t a candidate for surgery. Mom says, “My purpose is to give him whatever time on this earth and make sure it’s the best! He has definitely shown me that having a handicap doesn’t put limits on love.”
Trix, the empty nest fur child, competes in obedience, agility and is very clever! “She has pushed me to try new things.”
Sadie Elizabeth, a rescue and the runt of the litter, is a gentle, amazingly loving pupper. Mom says, “I told my husband I wanted the small scared puppy. He asked me why and I told him that the ones who cower and are afraid are the ones who will be overlooked and deserve the most love; that those are the ones who will be the most loyal after being shown love.”
Shai, who was a gift from friends. Mom had just said goodbye to her sweet hound and received this surprise a bit after. Shai’s name means gift, which she truly is in every sense of the word!
These all are such great stories of the love and healing power of a cherished pet and soulmate!
Happy Mother’s Day to all as you celebrate the bonds you share with your kids and furkids!