Guest post by Patti Stern, Mesa, Arizona My husband did a search on the internet for Payson Therapy Dog, and your blog post came up. We just had to send you an email about Julie Moran’s “Payson,” as we also had a certified therapy dog named Payson. We are totally devastated right now, as he passed away two weeks ago, here at home, with a Hospice Vet. The loss is completely overwhelming, as Payson was not just a dog: he was amazing, and he was the center of our universe. We, like Julie, got him as a puppy in Payson, but in 2000. He was five weeks old when we adopted him at the Payson Humane Society (we live in Mesa). We also named him Payson, for the town he was born in. Payson would have been 11 in 2 weeks. We retired him as a therapy dog about two years ago, due to his arthritic condition. Unfortunately, our sweet PayPay (as we called him) passed away from complications of a brain tumor and severe grand mal seizures (23 of them in six months). We could not allow him to have seizure #24. We did everything we could for him to try and save him, even though we knew we were chasing something we could never catch. Our lives are so empty w/out PayPay, and his adopted brother, Moe, is also grieving terribly. Only once in a lifetime does a pet like Payson come along. Of all the pets we’ve ever had, Payson made the greatest impact on our lives, and others. (We also started out with Pam at Gabriel’s Angels and then Delta, and then Therapy Dogs, Inc.) We’d love to hear from Julie and find out how her Payson is doing now. I’m guessing she is about 11? Same age almost as our Pay was. Our Payson was a Rottie/Blk Lab/Heeler mix. We hope your Payson is doing well as a senior. Take care. Patti and Marc Stern Also, here is the thank-you note we sent to the Hospice Vet who came to our home (Payson’s Home!) two weeks ago to allow Payson to transition into a peaceful, eternal rest. Dr. Brown (& Katie): There are no words, feelings, or expressions to ever thank you ENOUGH for what you did to help our sweet Payson at his end of life. You helped us to help Payson transition into his final resting phase of life, after 11 beautiful years. Thanks to you, Payson was able to peacefully pass on here at home, on his favorite ortho bed, with complete dignity and with the absolute integrity he SO deserved. He passed away quietly and with tranquility, and with all of us hugging him, holding him, and showering him with kisses. He was in his glory! Not to mention he was eating his favorite treat when he went into eternal sleep: he was eating his VANILLA ICE CREAM!!! He went to sleep knowing and remembering all of this. He could not have lived, or ended his life in a more peaceful and perfect way. Our certified Banner Hospital Therapy Dog had now become the terminal patient, and you, in the end, became his angel. Our love and gratitude forever, Patti and Marc Stern/Mesa, AZ & Moe (& Payson). In addition, we wrote one final thank you to the town of Payson (Payson, Arizona) in memory of Payson. You can read that “farewell” in the Payson Roundup Newspaper, at this link: http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/2011/may/27/thanks-payson/ Note from Judy: the Sterns have connected with Julie Moran, and plan to meet soon.
I thought it would be fun to do some closeups of my granddog, Nellie's tail. She's a gorgeous St. Bernard with the most incredible fluffy white tail. I've just spent some time working with some digital editing software to get several versions of that tail: Fauvist, Impasto, and Silk Screen styles. Fun.
I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Seattle to spend Thanksgiving with my son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Kerrie Simpson, and their four pets: Nellie, Gracie, Nuggett, and Sneakers. We had ideal weather...light rain and moderate temperatures. My first full day I was raring to go, and had a nice little nature walk while Kerrie was cleaning up the yard. I got a few good shots of Nellie and Nuggett and Gracie. Then we wandered down to the woodsy section of the property, and I became enchanted with the beautiful patterns of fallen leaves and the raindrops/moisture that covered everything. I had some work assignments awaiting me on my return to the Phoenix area, and just yesterday was able to look at the pictures I took. Here's one of my favorites, which is edited in Virtual Painter (Gothic Oil Painting mode): And here's a picture of their woods on a bleakly beautiful Pacific Northwest day: