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  • Coons!

    June
    15
    2007

    Back in December one of my paintings, Coon, was published on the cover of the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association, or JAVMA. I wrote about it here, if you want to have a look.

    The other day, I received a photo from one of my clients who purchased a large print of that painting after she saw it on the cover. It is just too cute not to share!

    Meet Rhonda, Flicka and Kismet. Aren’t they adorable? Rhonda gave me permission to show you her lovely self with her babies (thank you, Rhonda!) – and I have to admit, I love seeing photos of my artwork hanging up in their homes around their owners. That says to me “I look at this all the time, and still love it!” I love that. It’s way better than those photos of my artwork in the dumpster with ketchup splattered on the cracked glass. Those hurt, man. (j/k, that hasn’t happened. I swear.)

    Rhonda also shared this other photo of her babies, checking for bugs. They’ve grown a bit but aren’t they the cutest little guys? They look pretty darn thorough. She could charge for their services, really. I would hire them in a heartbeat.

    I get so mushy gushy when I get the privilege of sharing the love that my clients feel over their animals and pets. It’s a whole different level of love and compassion, I think. One that makes most people say “Huh? What do you care? It’s just a squirrel.” (I’m just sayin’, for example, you know.) It’s a special bond between human and animals that only other animal lovers can really understand. It’s such a cool thing.

    < -- This is where you pretend I've gone into a long emotional discourse about the relationship between people and critters, nod and think "yeah, I know exactly what you mean." -->

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    {7 Comments}

    1
    pamibe said,

    How neat!!!! :good:

    “…checking for bugs.”

    I could use a couple of those little suckers. Actually, we have a raccoon family that eats the cat food at night. Mom, Dad and at least one baby. I wish they’d eat more bugs and less kitty kibble, though. ;)

    6.15.2007 @ 8:47 am
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    Leanne said,

    We had a coon once that was as big as a shetland pony. I kid. He had to have been 60 pounds, though. He scared the cripes out of me one night, my motion detector lights came on about midnight – I had half a heart attack when I saw how big he was. I don’t mind them, as long as they don’t drag the garbage my neighbor leaves out uncontained into my yard.

    :giggle:

    6.15.2007 @ 9:03 am
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    Nancy said,

    Do they live indoors? They are too funny looking for “bugs.”

    A very late congratulations that you had a cover. So cool!

    It must give you warm fuzzies to see your work loved so much!

    6.15.2007 @ 9:18 am
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    Mary said,

    Oh my, I’m all ooey gooey just reading your post! I love seeing animals like that… they remind me of kittens getting into everything. :D

    I bet your heart swells when you see you art haning on other’s walls!

    I might have to contact you about doing a painting of my fur angel Ursa Boo. I miss her. :)

    6.15.2007 @ 11:20 am
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    Sword Girl said,

    When I was a kid, we had a pet raccoon. It’s teeth were so sharp that we eventually had to give him away. I love the pictures so much!!! I love how they look like little bandits. lol :rockon:

    6.15.2007 @ 12:24 pm
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    YellowRose said,

    How cute are they!!! :love:

    6.15.2007 @ 6:25 pm
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    Mary said,

    Ursa is one of 2 kittens we got when we were told we couldn’t have kids… I needed something to cuddle and nurture. We got them when the were 3 weeks old and bottle fed them every 2-3 hours. :D They had human like personalities, I think because we got them at such a young age.

    Ursa was a very empathetic soul. She would sit with me when i was sad, and when I lost a baby 4 years ago, she licked away my tears and “talked to me” in kitty talk. LOL! She’s been gone for 3 years now, from stomach cancer.

    She was like a kid for us, she even talked back when we scolded her, and had a good dose of sibling jealousy when our first daughter was born in 2001. :D

    You can see pics of her here

    and here

    6.20.2007 @ 12:37 pm

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