Sophie is spending the night in the ICU at The Ohio State Univeristy Veterinary Hospital following a needle biopsy of a mass in her lung. During the process she developed a pneumothorax, meaning that air escaped her lung and entered her chest cavity. They have aspirated the air from her chest twice, and I am told that she is resting comfortably, but they would like to keep her overnight for observation. As much as I hate the idea of her staying overnight, I think it's a good idea. Otherwise, I would probably hover over her all night long to monitor her breathing. The pneumothorax is just the beginning of the story, as we are also waiting to hear more about the mass that was biopsied. It can't be good news, but there is some news that would be worse than other news, so we are still hopeful. Please be hopeful with us, and if you're reading this, consider whispering a little prayer that she gets to come home soon. Thanks.
Thanks to all of you who came out to the Grandview Lazy Daze Festival last Saturday. It was a nice day, with the weather really agreeable for a change. I hope you enjoyed the festival. What I like best about the Grandview event are the people who run it. The Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Art League members who run the show are the nicest group of folks you can imagine. They really know how to treat the artists who participate in their event, and I really appreciate it--bottles of ice cold water brought to us all day long, snacks made available to us in an air-conditioned oasis, and---the best thing of all (I'm not kidding)--artist-only, air-conditioned, indoor bathrooms with running water. Hallelujah! Trust me, it matters. Today they sent me (and all the artists from last Saturday's event) an invitation to participate in The Grandview Hop on Aug. 25 with no booth fee. I haven't responded yet, but I'm leaning toward doing it, so pencil it in on your calendars from 5 pm to 9 pm on that date. It's the last Hop of the season, and it sounds like fun.
My neighbor Stefanie just sent me this photo of her dog, Baxter, stopping by our house this evening to see if anyone was interested in coming out to play. Unfortunately, we weren't home when he came by, because Teddy is always up for a game of chase, and Sophie enjoys knowing that there are smaller dogs than her in the neighborhood. Sorry Baxter! I hope we're home next time.
Sophie and Teddy share some frozen custard (with sprinkles, of course.)
"Free dog to good home." Uh-huh....There's no such thing as a "free dog," but that's what the newspaper ad said. I think "Free home to good dog" would have been more honest. I didn't even read the ad. My mom did, and she called me immediately, "You have a big yard and a big house. You need a big dog." She was so sure of my need that she made the phone call for me. The next day, a chilly November afternoon, my dad, Sophie, and I searched the parking lot of a minor league baseball stadium to meet the current caretaker of a twelve-week old ball of golden fur. It wasn't hard to find him since the parking lot was pretty much empty and the guy was an on-duty firefighter, thereby forced to drive a vehicle from his station.
Have you ever seen a twelve-week old golden? Just fluff and face. And he was really shy, peeking out from behind the firefighter's legs, then hiding again. We learned his story: His original owner died unexpectedly. The family member that took him couldn't keep him because of allergies. The firefighter's wife took him because they raised another breed of dog and could accomodate him, but didn't want to keep him, so the ad was placed. Who says "no" to an orphaned twelve-week-old ball of fur? Not me. Sophie gave a sniff of approval (maybe it was more like acceptance, with a touch of superiority) and we headed home.
That was six or seven years ago. Today, Teddy, like most goldens, retains his puppy playfulness and happy countenance, although his face is starting to show that mask of white that forces most retriever-types to be honest about their age and the unfair fact that "middle age" starts at around five years old. Teddy loves to go for walks and car rides. Some of his hobbies are barking from his fenced yard at passersby, "gardening," unstuffing stuffed toys, and following me around everytime I get up from a seated position. His goals include eating as much as possible as frequently as possible, getting wet and muddy every time he goes outside, and carpeting the world with excess golden fur, which he sheds with life-altering abundance. He is one of the most gentle animals I can imagine. Most of the time, if someone tells you a story that starts with, "My dog found a nest of baby bunnies," it ends in tragedy. Not with Teddy. He found the bunnies, but he just carried them around. He brought one through the doggy door onto the screened porch. I guess he thought he would leave it there until he went out the next time. To Teddy, everyone's a friend.
Teddy is a big, sweet, hug of a dog, and even though I spend an unimaginable amount of time vacuuming my carpets, polishing my floors, and rolling my clothes with one of those sticky-roller things (don't even mention the sticky-roller thing to my husband, who has to try to escape the house every morning in a dark suit...), he is worth it all. He's a great dog, and I love him very much.
In case you're wondering, Sophie and Teddy get along very well. Teddy would love for Sophie to run and play, but she never has. It seems that she doesn't know how to play, although we have tried to engage her for years. Teddy tries regularly, thinking "today may be the day," but it hasn't happened yet. Sophie is a dog of leisure, and I see no change in her future. Fortunately, Sophie and Teddy have bonded over their mutual interest in treats, car rides, and sleeping on the "big bed."
In my next entry, I'll show you some projects that I'm working on. Please come back and check it out!
Meet Sophie. She is 15 and 1/2 years old, probably a poodle/terrier mix, and, if you ask my vet, some dachshund, too (ok....she is pretty long...) I found her on Petfinder.com at the Richland County Dog Warden's in Mansfield, OH when she was 8 years old. I tell her that it took me eight years to find her. It was worth the wait, as she is a TERRIFIC dog. Apparently, she was dropped off at the dog warden's, and her name was originally FeeFee. My husband couldn't deal with that, and I didn't really like it, but I felt bad changing it after eight years. We decided that "Sophie" was kind of close to "FeeFee" (yes, that's the way it was spelled, too...probably some foreshadowing of the vet bills to come...) and it suited her, so we called her "Sophie."
She is super smart, gets along with other dogs, does pretty much whatever you want her to whenever you want her to do it, and is ridiculously cute. She does snore, even when not actually sleeping, and in her later years she has taken to raiding the pantry whenever the door is left ajar. She doesn't eat much when that happens, but she does hide throughout the house anything she can carry. She will do anything for food, and she will go to great lengths to find it. She loves car rides and walks, and she could find the best pillow in a warehouse full of pillows, and then claim it for hers. She is the only dog that I've ever really "dressed" because I honestly thinks she likes it. No one can rock a bee costume or an Ohio State hoodie like Sophie.
Most recently, Sophie battled cancer. Thanks to the good people at Annhurst Veterinary Hospital (especially Dr. Mark Harris) in Westerville, OH and at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Sophie is winning her battle. She had two surgeries to remove the tumor (a squamous cell carcinoma on her mouth), fifteen months apart. After the second surgery, she had a three-week course of radiation. We started her on chemo, too, but had to stop due to some negative effects. She finished her radiation last November and so far, so good. She is a very special dog, and I hope to have her with me for quite a while yet.
I will introduce you to my other dog, Teddy, in the next entry. I hope you'll come back to meet him!
The "Two Dogs" of Two Dog Studio were here long before there was an art studio. They were two miniature dachshunds, named Ollie and Emily. Ollie is my "poster puppy" and is the little black and tan doxy that appears above, in the heading of my website. She is also on my business cards. Before I took up art full-time, I was an attorney, and at the end of a long day, I looked forward to seeing my two dogs when I arrived home. I would open the door to the house and both Ollie and Emily would run to greet me with the frenzied excitement only a dog can offer. I didn't want to show favoritism by saying one name before the other, so I would say, "Hi two dogs!" while they wiggled and squirmed around my ankles and I bent down to pet them. That was always the best part of the day.
I lost each one of them in their fourteenth year, two years apart, after the inevitable decline brought about by age-related ailments that come way too early in the life of a beloved pet. I feel connected to them through my artwork and the name I chose for my business. On some level, I still feel their presence. They were great dogs, and I will always miss them.
In my next post, I'll introduce you to the current dogs of Two Dog Studio, Sophie and Teddy. They had some really big paw prints to fill, and they have exceeded all of my expectations!
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