Monday, January 17, 2011

What Words Can Not Express

Sweet Adeline  6 - 20 - 2000  ~ 1 - 12 - 2011

Last week was a week of storms, tears and loss. We lost our Sweet Adeline, a 10 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. She was my heart dog…that special friend who was always beside me ….watching me…..looking for a signal from me about a task at hand to be done…be it a horse that needed herding , a cat that needed putting in its place, a Jack Russell who needed a warning not to touch something. Addie came to us a wee snip of a pup, but all ears…..and then her nose grew…..her body lengthened …but her legs did not.


"Pembroke on Persian"    casein         10 x 10"

She was a fine specimen of Corgwyn…..and with a vocabulary that was longer then her body and just as pointed as her nose. She sat by my side in the studio and talked to me while I painted. She always had something to tell the vacuum cleaner….a story to tell anyone who came through our house door. When I came home from hospital in 2006 after suffering a stroke, she would not leave my side. She had to be with me, watching and making sure I was ok and not leaving again.

"I Am Watching You"       casein           6 x 8"

 And now she has left me alone…Even having our Nellie here with me, it is not the same. Nell is sweet…and loving….but she fills different voids…different needs with her company. She is not Addie.



"Cob And Corgi"     casein       12 x 12"

We knew our time with Addie might be short from the get go... Addie was born with a heart murmur, and suffered congestive heart failure…..But we were blessed with her presence for 10 lovely years. She was my muse and often painted. Words come hard right now….maybe a painting IS worth a thousand words. Tears come easily.


"Pokey Pembroke"      oil on copper        5 x 7"

There is sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”  ~Washington Irving














17 comments:

sue said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Addie's passing.

Words are inadequate but I hope your lovely memories will carry you through

Carol Nelson said...

One can tell that Addie was a huge part of your life. I'm so sorry.

The Rainbow Bridge poem will make you cry, as it does me, every time you read it.
http://www.petloss.com/rainbowbridge.htm

Kaylyn said...

What a great little big dog. Those pets are more constant companions than our children, sometimes. And much more forgiving of our faults. We lost Jinx the cat over a year ago and still miss him. We too have another cat, but he's not Jinx.

I'm so sorry for your loss but its so great that Addie has found his way into so many pieces of your wonderful paintings. They look like he snuck into the frame so you'd never forget him.

neora chana said...

May Addie's memory be a blessing and comfort to you; your animal soul mate (as a friend used to call them) will be with you forever in your heart whenever you are able to reach out to her.

Martha said...

I pray all of your beautiful paintings of Addie help heal your broken heart. I just lost my beautiful boy Sweet William in November. I understand your grief and lonliness. Peace be with you.

Linda Shantz said...

I lost my heart dog just over five years ago now, Kathi, so I know exactly what you're saying. I still miss her, she had such a huge impact on my life. I love all your paintings of Addie. You've immortalized her for us all!

Kpeters said...

Thanks all. We too have had many dogs,cats,horses over the years. This girl was special....
Thank you so..........
kp

Katie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Addie. I know how much my dog means to me and I can only imagine how much she meant to you. Allow your beloved Addie to live on through your memories. God Bless You.

Nancy Medina said...

Kathi I am so sorry to hear you lost your sweet baby girl, my heart breaks for you. I hope the good memories and all the years of love carry you through. With many hugs,
Nancy and the pugs in Flower Mound

Kathi said...

I am so sorry to hear of your Addie's passing.

Words cannot express but your paintings do her great justice. She was a beautful girl.

She'll be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.

Cathy Hegman said...

Addie sounds like a wonderful companion and Somewhere in heaven they are waiting for us, I am so sorry for your loss, I know the pain is immeasurable. I have a 13 year old minpin baby(Rocko) and 15 year old black cat ( Tidbit). I know my time is limited with them as well...there is never enough time with them...Sending prayers your way!

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss!! Thanks for sharing with us about Addie. Many hugs and prayers.

BonnieBanters said...

I'm so sorry you lost your sweet Addie. I hope you find comfort in her memory.

Sheona Hamilton Grant said...

This post is a wonderful tribute to her.
I feel your pain and see your void. Hugs if they helpxxx

Kpeters said...

Thank you so much for all your comforting comments. Addie is much missed and was much loved.Nellie is trying her best to fill her place.
Hugs all..........
kp

Sherry said...

So sad to hear about your beloved dog, what a moving story about celebrating her life. Your paintings are lovely of her!

Kpeters said...

Thank you, Sherry.Painting is always healing.

kp