More dog-eared thoughts

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The past few months have seemed like years: time has been elongated without Lila. At first I didn’t know what to do with all those hours I had spent with her every day, walking, playing, cooking, caring. She was never a healthy dog, yet very high spirited and challenging, both of which I enjoyed.

I soon realized I could paint all day. I had trained Lila to be alone in the morning while I was in my studio. But now I had all my hours to do anything but be with her. So I worked twice as much for a few months. Then, of course, I got sick. Just the flu or a bad cold, but I lay on the couch for two weeks, read, slept, coughed, watched (very) old movies and slept some more. It took another week to recover completely.

At the end of my three week horizontal stint, I had an exhibit at the Secord Gallery here in Halifax (opened October 3). By then I was fine, stood for three hours and talked to the many people at the show. But mostly, now, I feel more at peace, have become more comfortable with Lila being gone. I will always miss her, I know. But I also know I can never have her warm body here again, and, sadly, that’s the irony of falling in love with a dog.

About leyaevelyn

About thirty years ago, I moved from New York City to rural Nova Scotia. For an artist, it is a good place to live. Spacious and quiet. Despite the beautiful scenery and frequently grey skies, my abstract paintings focus on color, its expressive qualities and how it creates form and space.
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2 Responses to More dog-eared thoughts

  1. Mike Schindel says:

    I wish I knew a good solution for heart-ache from no longer having a dog. Our Lakeland Terrier Roxy

    nearly died from an anti-inflammitory drug reaction. She came through it fine but never took to being in a townhouse and traveling the snowbird lifestyle with us. With a heavy heart we found an excellent family for her in Phoenix. A little later she became the “snuggle nurse” for her new mom as she recovered from breast cancer.Roxy didnt have a mean bone in her body. She was great, she has a great home…we miss her.

    leyaevelyn posted: ” The past few months have seemed like years: time has been elongated without Lila. At first I didn’t know what to do with all those hours I had spent with her every day, walking, playing, cooking, caring. She was never a healthy dog, yet very”

  2. So very sorry to hear about Lila: falling in love with a dog is full of joy and then sadly heartache. Take care x

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