May 9th, 2010
Storm, my muse and the inspiration for the Dog a Day Project, died this morning. Sunday, May 9, 2010. She was only nine years old. It’s a cliche, but she didn’t suffer.
She had a common thing among Golden Retrievers: a tumor that broke open near her heart. Sudden, and the only time the condition had any effect on her.
Last night, she was still a puppy. We sat on the couch for what had become a regular event. It was Buffy night, in which we all sat on the couch and watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She wasn’t an “on the furniture dog,” but was allowed up on Buffy night. She lay between us and we both rested our hands on her. I said something to Maggie about the specialness of all three of us touching.
And now, this morning, she’s gone. I always said that she would have to be on her deathbed not to want breakfast. And this morning, she didn’t want breakfast. We’re grateful she was playful and puppyish until the end, and that she went peacefully with both of us stroking her. I’m devastated. Maggie is devastated.
In honor of Storm, I’m including links to the pieces I did of her for this project. It’s a long list. It doesn’t include the ones that were inspired by her but aren’t specifically of her (or else it would be a link to everything).
It may be quite a while before I draw another dog.