Animals as Inspiration

Posted by Pia

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!

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Look a the lovely portrait of Pickles that artist and DW reader Delia Pacheco made for me!

1 Look a the lovely portrait of Pickles that artist and DW reader Delia Pacheco made for me!

Here is the snapshot Delia worked with.

2 Here is the snapshot Delia worked with.

This is Senta, Delia's beloved German shepherd from years ago.

3 This is Senta, Delia's beloved German shepherd from years ago.

Here is Pepper, a stray calico cat Delia had spayed. Meow!

4 Here is Pepper, a stray calico cat Delia had spayed. Meow!

Here is a photo of  Delia's cat, Kitty.

5 Here is a photo of Delia's cat, Kitty. "She is the love of our hearts right now," Delia says.

And here is Delia's rendering of the lovely Miss Kitty!

6 And here is Delia's rendering of the lovely Miss Kitty!

Delia also painted Ibn and ChutYa, the Arabian horses she had for 29 years.

7 Delia also painted Ibn and ChutYa, the Arabian horses she had for 29 years.

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.

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Comments (7)

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Up early this morning and thought I would check out what’s happening today. As usual, Dr. Pia has an interesting story. As one of the “critters” who tries to post every day, I find that Dr. Pia has had some unusual looking critters herself. It’s always good to see what others are doing. It’s not that I’m nosey you understand; I enjoy seeing how others are getting along in this big wide world. There’s not much going on in my little corner, but I try to make a difference.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Oh my Dr. Pia how nice of you to display some of my pet family art!
    I truly enjoyed painting Pickles, and it came from the heart...I can't begin to tell you how much I respect and admire you...your big heart and love for animals is so inspiring.
    The small way I try to help is through donating my art and proceeds to help organizations that rescue animals in need, this is how I'm able to give.

    So I Thank YOU Dr.Pia, it was my pleasure immortalizing Pickles in this small painting.

    Kindest Regards,
    Delia

  • Hello Ladies & Dr. Pia,
    Delia, is a very special lady. I always knew it by the things she writes to us on The Daily Wag, but I never knew her talents were so great. You are very gifted Delia. You capture the spirit of our friends in your paintings. Thank you for showing us your gift today.

    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Beautiful painting Delia,and it is so good of you to donate to the rescues.I breed Shih Tzus and in my contract I tell people the pup can come back at any time ,for any reason.I can"t even stand the thought of one of my babies in a pound.When that wasn't enough I started having people come to my house and watch their pup grow, that way they can be more sure this is the breed for them.We need all breeders to be reponsible for every pup they make!We also need more people like all of you to own them ,that understand they are not toys but living breathing animals that only wish to make you happy.

  • Hi Dr. Pia, Thank you again for another heartfelt, delightful blog! You and Delia are both terrific animal lovers who inspire all of us to honor ALL animals!! My thoughts and prayers are with both of you for everything that you do for animals and us. I've been an animal lover forever. Have had 6 dogs, 2 cats and two part-time cats and bonded strongly with each and every one of them. I have photos of each one here on my computer desk. Love to all animal lovers, Jan

  • Your talents are very impressive Delia. How gracious and kind of you to gift Dr. Pia with such a lovely portrait of her beloved Miss Pickles. Dr. Pia, how wonderful of you to share this gift with the rest of us.

    The DW community is quite a lovely place to be isn't it? :smile:

  • Hey Delia,
    How about a portrait of me and Sharkey? We'd post it on our blog.

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