I had to say goodbye to my most awesome canine muse in 2013 - Finn was the hero of a number of paintings, though that job was only one in a list of many he performed around here. It can be very hard to admit how much our old friends are deteriorating as they age - no one likes to make that decision. On October 15th, 2013, our very kind small animal vet came to the house to help the Finn-man on his way. No matter how much it was the right thing to do, it was still heartbreaking. He was 16, which is in itself an accomplishment. That's two dogs in a row that I've had who have been so long-lived - I still miss my Maggie every single day.
Finn came to me as a young dog - I'm not sure of his age, as he was a rescue, and I was hired to train him so that his benefactor could find him a new home. I think all along she intended that I should keep him myself, but I'd just lost my Brittany, Zen (OTCh Casey's Don't Blame Em Trainem) and I was determined that it should be just me and Mags. It was too hard to think of having another dog. After two years of not finding "just the right home," I admitted Finn had decided where that right home was.
My web designer friend put together a little website of photos of Finny that he'd taken - I have yet to gather some of my own to add to the mix. Finn will definitely live on in memories and paintings, with the other awesome fur-family members that have gone on before.