Monday, September 29, 2008

the art of being a stray dog.

It's sunny out this morning and, judging by the way the leaves on the big old tree outside my window are moving, there must be a breeze. My old cat, Moonshadow, is laying on a blanket in front of the window. He looks content, like he probably won't be moving from that spot for the rest of the day. I have another cat curled up behind me. This causes me to sit on the edge of my chair, which I always do, just for her. The dogs have fallen back to sleep on the couch and my husband is getting ready to leave for work. He hates leaving for work and I can't say that I blame him.

Every morning I find myself in a place of extreme gratitude for the fact that I don't have to "go to work." That is, I don't have to go somewhere that I don't like and tough out the work day, the work week. I prefer my animal kingdom and staying in my pj's and having options. I remember listening to one of Marisa's podcasts this past winter and day dreaming about what it must be like to be a full time artist who gets to work from home or a studio. I've come to the conclusion that it is just as enjoyable as I imagined it would be. Maybe even more so since I had no idea my life would become so interesting and multi-faceted.

One thing I know about myself is that I get bored when things get too monotonous. Well, the work I'm doing is anything but monotonous! Sometimes I paint, sometimes I do photo shoots, sometimes I do computer work, sometimes I meet with people, sometimes I get to help with rescue missions, sometimes I go for coffee or lunch or dinner, sometimes I design things, sometimes I run errands to the art store or post office or bank, sometimes...lots of stuff. So much stuff, in fact, that I find myself needing to take special care to keep track of my life and find a balance. Making time to actually paint is often my biggest hurdle of all.

Somehow, in my mind, I find myself thinking that getting moved into the studio space will make time management so much easier. At least, it will make painting easier. Oh, big beautiful space! The hardest part is waiting until November 1st--when they will be finished with the renovation. In the meantime, I enjoy daydreaming about that space--profusely. Between now and then I have a mountain of painting to do...and I can't even tell you how much I am looking forward to getting started with my next project: an exhibition of ALL rescue dogs.

Speaking of rescue expected, Gunnar and Sam stole my heart. I want to tell you their stories, but today I find myself capable only of carrying their sweetness in my heart. Instead or stories, I will share a few photos. I think you'll be able to see for yourself just how wonderful they are.

Gunnar--the sweetest lab in the world. A family dog, to be sure.

Sam--sweet boy, he loved having his back touched.
He also loves cheese. And running. And being talked to.

Gunnar--in the car on his last leg of the trip to Minnesota.
Gunnar loves kisses. And taking naps. And having his paw held.

How is it possible that both of these dogs were going to be euthanized? How is it possible that anyone would have wanted to give them up in the first place? All I can say is that it was a pleasure making their acquaintance...and I truly hope they find incredible new homes. I do not doubt that they will.

Well, one thing is for sure. There is always....

I love my job.



megg said...

It fills my heart with joy to read your words - you are living the life you have been dreaming of - you are an inspiration and a wonderful friend!! I thank my lucky stars that you are in the world!!!


P.S. My mail won't let me mail out - wanna try to talk on the PHONE this week??! (I'm 5 hours closer :)


Beautiful Witch said...

Gunnar is adorable. I rescued my Mollie in December (you can see her as the last photo in this post: ) and I can't think what my life would be if we weren't together. She is the sweetest dog who loves to snuggle and she wags her tail if I just look at her. I can't believe someone let her leave their family and become a stray. I know that she was born to be with me and my other dog Hopie. It just took us a little while to find one another. :) I wish the same forever homes for the two little passengers you helped out.

bella said...

Wow! I love your job too. LOL. Seriously though, I am super happy for you.
I clicked over to your web site... your paintings are beautiful. I especially loved "Cesar". xo

Melba said...

The beginning of this post brought me such Joy because I remember when you listened to that podcast and we talked about it.
Thinking about you brings me Joy!
Hey are you going to join Jamie's Book Blog? It starts in November. I signed up. I would love to be doing something like this together again.
Here is the link

Elli said...

Your happiness is palpable and infectious. I don't know you at all, but thank you for sharing your life and your joy with the internets. I am the unsuspecting benefactor. :)

Annie said...

As usual I am right there with you, just a few steps behiind :-), not yet full time, but made 4 days to paint instead ot 2,
So happy for you Jessie, and the dogs are wonderful, why anyone could give them up is beyond me.

Cindy said...

What sweet dogs! We can only have cats in our apartment, but dream of the day when a big dog will join our family. My brother rescued a Roman Mastiff and he is the sweetest dog. He looks a little scary, but he's really a sweetheart.

Thanks so much for sharing your journey. I just found your blog a few days and am enjoying it immensely. I don't work, but have not yet made the transition to "full time artist" -- you inspire me.

laundrygirl said...

Such a great post!
Thinking of you...

Amber said...

I am so happy we saved Indie from being put in the pound! I can't imagine what people think, when they care so little for these beautiful animals.


Sacred Suzie said...

This post totally rocks. Your new life totally and is so inspiring Jessie. You sound so happy, so peaceful, so on the right path.

Those dogs are such a joy to meet, thank you for the introductions.

Big happy hug to you Jessie.



Connie said...

My dear friend,

First, I need to say thank you for your ever so sweet post a couple days. It meant the world to take that back...more like the galaxy!!!

Second, I am so happy for you. Genuinely, authentically, sincerely, 100%ly happy FOR YOU!!! Plus, it makes me happy to know that there is one less person radiating unhappiness into the universe by pushing themselve through their day.

You are doing a wonderful thing, and for that I am grateful for you.

Peace & Love.