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You Will Always Be My Best Friend

(watch my Best Friend video here)





Dedicated to Bella the Bullmastiff who let a frog sit on her paw.

(Back in July, an Instagram friend reached out to me in anguish.  She told me that she had put her beloved Bullmastiff to sleep.  I felt her pain and my heart ached.  I wanted to create something in honor of Bella and as I started to put this piece together, I thought about all the dogs and animals that we love so deeply and lose way to soon, so it became a tribute to all the fur babies that we’ve all had to say goodbye to in life.)

22 comments on “You Will Always Be My Best Friend

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  2. Mary Connell

    Absolutely perfect tribute! ! Thank you x

  3. Lisa Tonks

    Absolutely wonderful! I lost my 14 1/2 year old, he died in my arms. Only dog that I had from a puppy and wasn’t used. This tribute to Bella touched me deeply

  4. Pat Sherrard

    I am in this process with my beloved rescue Maltese, Daisy. She is 17 and is failing. We are very near the end and each day is a gift. Also a gift is this sweet artwork of yours. Thank you!

  5. Faithful friends never leave us, they just run on ahead. . . .
    I think for most of us, when we read about another’s loss there is inescapable pain.
    Among the cruelest truths of biology is this: A dog’s life is considerably shorter than a human’s life. The math is unforgiving; if you love a dog, you will lose a dog, and you will suffer the pain and biting lessons that death brings — probably several times over. (Bob Sullivan) – What is the answer, not to love?

    • Jamie K Laine

      It’s to continue the love to another animal who has never known love. Rescue a new friend one that needs the love you’ve known. pass this love on!!!

  6. Love this XOXO

  7. Amy
    This is so beautiful and so true. The smell the need to see or feel them. On two of my fur babies i clipped some hair and lanamated it and it is still perfect many years later. You know i love what you do and the joy you bring. Think of you often. Ann Essy. Xoxo 🙏🏻❤️

  8. Christina Mccoy

    I know her pain. What a beautiful tribute!!

  9. What a beautiful tribute to Bella and to all our pups who have gone beyond Rainbow Bridge, but whose spirit is with us for all time

  10. Marsha Stutsman

    I so know that pain of loss. Beautiful words. Thank you.

  11. One never knows the pain of losing a beloved pet, We just put our 2nd one down within a year, sisters-litter-mates, inseparable.
    Your words cut deeply and I am sitting here shedding more tears and feel the lonesomeness in my heart. and life.
    I wish my husband could understand my feelings, but his feelings are hurting, too and cannot bring himself to share again with another fur baby., his babies can not be replaced. No, I know, but give another one the chance to love too.
    LOVED I.!!! Thank you

  12. Beautiful, Amy. May be having a little sob here.

  13. Charla Barton

    Your tribute to Bella and beloved animals everywhere was amazing. Having a bull mastiff myself, it made me want to be sure to savor every kiss and hug I have. Thank you for the joy and laughter you bring all of us with your humorous insight into the reality of our lives with the ones we love.

  14. Got me big time. Especially “one day you let me know it was time to go.” Ohhhhh the heartache and tears. Can’t read this without breaking down.

  15. I cry every time I see this. It’s such a perfect example of my life with Pache. The thought of losing my beautiful fur baby one day is just too awful to contemplate.

  16. It has been 3 months since my pug, Samson passed and it still hurts. When will I be okay again?

  17. Eugenia Kraemer

    Sophie, Zoey, Rose and Lucy. I had four Shelties, all close in age. All are in four legged heaven now. Lost them all in 18 months. The first one I got was in a cellar of a dingy pet store. They had stacks of crates on top of each other-awful. She was jammed in the back and already 8 months old. The store said she was too timid to get sold and would I not want a more social animal. As I looked at her with those eyes gazing at me back, I said no, she is the one, I will take her. She shivered and was shy from everyone and everything for over a year. Then slowly she began to realize its ok to enjoy life and the humans close to her My Sophie lived 14 years and was my soul mate. She was the alpha to our other Shelties and the last to leave me. Her kisses were warm and loving. I learned that pet stores for the most part sell puppy mill dogs. I never went in one again. You could say I saved Sophie from that place, but in fact she saved me. Always in my heart. Thank you for your wonderful, wonderful art.

    • “Dogs … are constant reminders that life reveals the best of itself when we live fully in the moment and extend our unconditional love. And it is very true, that the most tender, uncomplicated, most generous part of our being blossoms, without any effort, when it comes to the love of a dog.” —Maira Kalman

    • Laurel H Lazar

      I thank you Eugenia for being in that cellar, in that very store, at the time you were. She was waiting for you for 8 months. I am happy that you knew she was “the one”. RIP Sophie.

  18. So beautiful and very touching! Sitting here in tears.

  19. I’ve been there, so sweet and touching, I love all your creations!

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