This week, I’d like to introduce you to my dog Ellie. We spend an inordinate amount of time together and I have come to think of her as the Art Dog. She is a sensitive, sweet soul with a wonderful sense of humour. She is affectionate, silly and playful. If I’m feeling troubled or stuck, all I need do is glance her way to see her grinning back at me or approaching with a stick to be thrown and chased. Ellie reminds me that life is meant to be fun and joyful and less complicated than I often think. She accompanies me on my daily early-morning walk in the woods and keeps me company here in the studio.
I grew up with a lovely family dog named Buff. A Shetland Sheep Dog, he came into the family as a puppy when I was a toddler and we became fast friends. I have fond memories of him running under my legs as I pumped myself to go ever higher on the tire swing hanging from a sturdy tree in our backyard, and I remember hugging him to me and crying into his long, soft fur on days when school had been tough. We spent my childhood together and he slipped away to dog heaven when I was 15.
Ellie came into my life in much the same way as some of the people I treasure most – after lots of waiting and looking on my part, she appeared as if by magic and is the very best!! I’d wanted a dog for some time and wanted to save someone in need so I spent several years visiting every Humane Society in my area, but couldn’t find the right match. The answer came when a friend contacted me looking for baby gates to section off her house for puppy training – lucky for me, she put me in touch with the owners of the mother dog and voila! In one simple phone call, I was awarded the last female puppy, sight unseen. I was, and am still, ecstatic.
Like the rest of the family, Ellie is of mixed heritage, her mother being a Border Collie cross and her father a Wheaten Terrier. Her disposition is a delightful blend of the two breeds – she is intelligent and thoughtful, curious and playful, and very calm and loving.
Ellie is the heartbeat of our family and lifts everyone’s spirits, radiating love wherever she goes. She is an enthusiastic greeter, an encourager of naps, and an excellent outfielder, catching all manner of grounders and popups.
Ellie the Art Dog is a particularly good listener, especially when I don’t know what it is I’m trying to say. She ‘gets’ me. She’s always up for an adventure. She reminds me to be kind, to play, and to rest. She is the very best companion and colleague. I am truly blessed to have her in my life.
I hope that you have people and animals in your life with whom you create and share together in a circle of love.