It seems that when it rains, it pours sometimes and I've just received word that both of my recent commissions have had devastating news concerning pets in their lives.
I'm waiting to hear the outcome of a referral visit to our state vet school where Allee, the little female Coton de Tulears that I just painted was sent after she was found to have a tumor in her mouth.
And, when I delivered the portrait of Kelly, the Golden Retriever/Great Pyrenees mix, the owner told me that bone cancer had so debilitated one of their dogs that she was going to be euthanized that day.
I only met both of these ladies recently when they commissioned me to paint their dogs and both have become special to me. Maybe it's because there's a bond to begin with because of our love of our pets but my heart is breaking for both of them. It's especially difficult with Allee because I got to meet this little one in person and just fell in love with her and her "brother", Max. I know how much her owners love her too and that makes it doubly sad.
However, I'm really trying to stay positive here as I haven't yet heard how the appointment with the specialist at the vet school went. There's a possibility that the tumor can be treated and that's where I make my mind stay.
And, while Kelly had passed across the bridge some time ago and I didn't know her or her "sister", I still feel the pain of my customer. It's so difficult to lose one of your fur children and even more so to face the possibility that you might.