Wow! This has been a crazy, horrible, no good, very bad week. It started out ok; we got home safely from Florida Monday evening. It was cold and quite a shock to this old body that had gotten used to above 60 degree temps, but I’ve adjusted. Finally.
When we got home, our 11(+-) year old Rottweiler wasn’t doing well. He hadn’t been eating, and didn’t want to get up. The not getting up part we understood. Hip issues made that difficult, and he’s always loved to sleep. But not eating? That’s not like our Hoss. He LOVES food!
Jon had been staying with him (thanks for giving him up for a week, Rachel!!), and he and Mike slept in the family room with Hoss Monday night. None of us expected him to make it through the night, but Tuesday morning, he was up and moving around. He still wouldn’t eat, though.
Wednesday, he went outside, then came in and lay down on the floor in the family room. Mike & I were sitting there, drinking coffee and playing with Amelia. Mike got up to get a second cup, and – boom – Hoss was gone. He slipped out of this life and over the rainbow bridge just like he lived – quietly and peacefully.
If you ever met Hoss, you know how he got that name. (He came with it, by the way, and it fit so well, we kept it.) He was huge. He could rest his head on the dining room table (not that he did). His top weight was about 180, but we tried to keep him around 130-140.
He was the best dog we’ve ever had. He was gentle and friendly, but if anyone seemed threatening, he would stand in front of his family to protect them. I miss him so much, and, even though he was very quiet (usually! Jon and especially Wes could get him going sometimes!), the house is so very silent now that he’s gone. It’s going to take some time, but eventually, the happy memories will overtake the sadness.
Of course, when I’m sad and need therapy, I head to the stamp room. I had a little time tonight, so I grabbed my new chalkboard paper and chalk ink and made this.
I need to work on getting the ink more evenly on the stamp, but I like this. It’s very simple. I wasn’t feeling that creative, but I needed to make something, so I CASEd the card on page 13 of the Sale-a-bration brochure. I used several Sale-a-bration products – the Simply Wonderful stamp set (139125 – wood; 139128 – clear) and the Best Year Ever designer series paper (138633). The designer clip is retired, but you could use any of the Essentials Hardware Clips (129964; $5.95) or Basics Hodgepodge Clips (133765; $6.95) and enjoy the same (or even better!) results. I tied a bow from Coastal Cabana Thick Baker’s Twine (135638; $3.50) to the clip, and the ink is the new chalk ink from the Occasions catalog. I used Yellow Citrus (138093; $5.95) and Rose Coral (138091; $5.95) with the Chalkboard Paper (137786; $7.95). I colored over the leaves and stems with a Lost Lagoon Stampin’ Write Marker, but I don’t think it shows up very well.
I’ll keep playing. I love the chalkboard look. And, just an FYI, that white mark on the card isn’t on the card. Maybe it’s a speck of dust or something, but I don’t see it on the card. Odd, right?
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. And thanks to all of you who have expressed your sympathies for our loss. It helped! Have a wonderful day!