There is no doubt that our companion animals inspire us in many ways. They bring out our protective and nurturing natures. They provide perspective when we need it most. They can frustrate us when learning a new skill, but then quickly fill us with pride as we see them master it. And many have tales of survival and forgiveness that can be inspiring. For one fellow DW reader and animal lover, this inspiration came in the form of creativity!
After reading about my very special bond with the late, great Ms. Pickles, Delia, whom many of us know from her comments on our blog, reached out and offered to paint a portrait of my little gremlin! I was thrilled to accept, and her wonderful rendering will soon have a place of great honor in my home.
When I asked Delia what moved her to paint Pickles she told me, "The story you wrote about Pickles was so endearing. I hope in a small way I can say, 'Thank You Dr. Pia for having her in your life.' How lucky she was to live the rest of her life with you."
Delia's gracious gift reminds me of the myriad things these creatures offer us: They can access emotions, talents, and qualities that other humans seem unable to elicit. They also offer us ways to connect and to create community. I am so appreciative that Delia felt moved by the story of my little Pickles. Her portrait is lovely, and I will treasure it!
You Daily Waggers are a special bunch. I hope you all know how very much I appreciate your comments and feedback each week. I read them all and enjoy hearing about the antics of all of your critters! I also appreciate all of your support-- for my own work and for the plight of all the animals in need of help! It is funny to me that one can feel such a sense of community via the Internet, but I do feel it, and I am heartened to learn of the things you are doing individually to care for your own furry kids and to weigh in on behalf of others.
Thank you Delia, and keep up the great work everyone! Let's continue to be inspired by our companion animals and by each other. Delia's gesture is just one example of how these special furry family members live on through us, and how their own unique tales can in fact inspire great qualities in others.
Dr. Pia Salk