I don’t think it’s any secret that my heart was completely shattered when I lost my heart dog Girly Girl. I’m always moaning in this blog about how much I miss her and how I still think of her all the time almost 5 years after she passed. A once in a lifetime dog is just that. And some people are lucky to realize they had a heart dog years down the line after they’ve compared that relationship to all the subsequent ones. But some of us are unlucky/lucky enough to know it the second you meet that hound. When you know what you had, and what you’ve lost one can’t help being a little bitter at times.
We have reminders of Girly Girl all over the house. A portrait of her that Grammy commissioned the Christmas after she left us, a quilt square with a photo of her made by a greyhound friend and sent out of the blue like a little package of sunshine. We have photos of GG all over. And a cast of her paw print. I have a mug made with her paw print that always sits on the window ledge in my kitchen. There will be no drinking from that cup. And we have the memorial that the folks who cremated her gave us when we went to pick up her ashes.
So you’d think we wouldn’t need anything else. But one day, while reading Hazel’s blog (Class A Greyhounds-RVing with the Big Dogs) we came across an entry called Memorial. Hazel had recently lost her hound Fleur and she had discovered and ordered a beautiful ornament with an angel greyhound with Fleur’s name underneath it.
I knew that I had to have one for Girly Girl but Hazel hadn’t posted where she found it at the time I read the entry. Being a pretty good Google detective, I was able to track down where the ornament had come from. A lovely lady named Therese makes them. She has a Café Press store called Heisman’sGreyhound Art.
Therese has been creating these little works of art for some time. She shared that she had lost her heart dog back in 2007 and has lost 7 out of 9 greyhounds that have shared her life since 2000. It’s very safe to say she gets people like me.
I sent Therese the names I wanted on my ornaments (one for Girly Girl and one for Fox whom we had just lost). She soon sent me links to the Café Press pages where I could view and order the ornaments. For such a lovely keepsake, they are ridiculously inexpensive at $6.99. I placed my order and shortly they arrived in my mailbox.
I couldn’t have been happier with them. I can’t decide whether I will hang Girly Girls somewhere in the house so I can see it every day or if I will put it on my dog themed Christmas tree. If you have lost a hound (or more than one) this is a lovely way to memorialize them. Therese is a kind lady who would be glad to make you one of your own.
(I received no remuneration for this blog post. I ordered my ornaments after seeing one on Hazel’s website. I get nothing if any of you decide to order from Therese. I just found these ornaments beautiful and wanted to share in case any of you feel the same way I did when I saw it. I did get Therese’s permission to write this post.)