Sue brought a very special puppy named Seamus into her home a month before tragedy struck. When her mother died suddenly, Seamus became the reason she had to get out of bed in the morning. Being a rather rambunctious puppy, Sue had to care for Seamus and take him on walks. Sue jokes that her siblings think she’s crazy for loving Seamus so much, but I think it’s plain to see why she does. They have been through a lot together, and in Sue’s words, “share a special bond.” I like what she called him in her most recent email to me. Her Heart Dog.
I had a lot of fun painting Seamus. It was even cooler to hear Sue’s story and to hear how much he means to her. Here is the finished piece.
Sue described her 50th birthday as one that she will never forget. She said, “When I was presented with your blog, it brought tears to my eyes that my family would think enough of me to give me something that mattered to only me!”