Remembering Mama V

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As you might remember from my post in June wednesday-affirmation-make-of-each-day-a-light-filled-vessel, we lost our sweet Mama V.  All this time I have been trying to paint her, to capture some of the innocence and sweetness that was her soul even though she endured the horror’s of the puppy mill for a long time before she escaped and eventually, in her later years, spent time roaming the fields and woods on walks with us.

I miss her every day and feel as if her spirit is close and ever present.  So today, I worked on the painting I started in July and finally feel like she is that light filled vessel I imagine her to be.  She has beautiful blues and greens, soft yellows and vibrant oranges and pinks.  Painted toenails, a gold crown with jewels and and bursting heart wrapped in gold.  It is my wabi sabi version of the complex being that she was, who graced our lives for just a little while before continuing on her journey elsewhere.

How can a dog with pink and orange wings and gold toenails be anything but beautiful.

Mama V

Mama V close-up

Mama's painted toenails


  1. What a beautiful tribute to an amazing dog. She will be forever in your heart.

  2. What a sweetheart! I love her ghostly wings. Well done. I miss all mine too. always.

  3. That’s so sweet Corrine…she’s beautiful.

  4. Awe.. She’s just beautiful.. I can picture her looking just like this in doggie heaven.. she is happy you made her this way.

  5. what a beautiful way to honor and remember her. You are a tender soul, full of love. So glad Mama V found her way to you.

  6. what a wonderful way to celebrate and honor her spirit.

  7. Dee Spillane says:

    So beautiful a tribute. Such heart and soul. Your loss is so sad but you gave her the love and home she needed and deserved

  8. I love this painting and the soulful look in her eyes. What a wonderful tribute.

  9. What a lovely way to pay homage to your beloved Mama V. When I read she had lived in a puppy mill, my heart went out to you. I’ve never seen an animal that had to endure that, and I hope I never do, but I’ve seen pictures on our local TV of dogs and horses that have been kept by “hoarders” who couldn’t take care of them. That is equally sad.

    But of course,, Mama V got the well deserved painting with lovely painted toenails and a heart wrapped in gold. I’m sure she’s smiling and running through those woods in the sky right now!

  10. Ok,its hard to type through tears. Boy, do I love my dogs.
    Dogs can look right through you & this sweet girl is saying, I love you.

  11. Beautiful Corrine! She is still with you and will always be. xxoo

  12. wonderful way to honor the memory as well as your feelings.. big hugs to you my dear friend… xox

  13. A stunning tribute sweetie, you have really captured the innocent look in her eyes, beautifully done my lovely and I’m sure she will have pride of place somewhere in your home.
    Huge hugs x x x x

  14. Aw…so sweet Corrine. Oh these animals sure can capture our hearts, can’t they?


  15. Oh Corrine she is a darling, so soft, warm and full of much love!

  16. I want to pick her up and cuddle her. She must have been a wonderful companion to inspire such a glorious painting – both in words and brushes!

  17. I would like to think that Mama V’s spirit still surrounds the paths that you walked near the water. And, yes, I cried…as much for my own lost pets as for Mama V. Perhaps they will meet. Big warm hugs!

  18. A beautiful tribute to one of your best friends…she is gorgeous inside and out, and you will always carry her with you. Hugs.

  19. That is the sweetest thing ever. So frame worthy!
    You captured your friends spirit for sure. I truly love
    knowing about her 🙂

  20. I love your little angel dog ,so vibrant flying around in her new life , dear Corrine.
    oxo- Dorthe

  21. so sweet! heartbreaking that she endured life in a puppy mill – living in your family brought a lot of healing to her spirit I’m sure ……

  22. her innocent, bedazzeled face says it all – she loved you too!

  23. Oh, she is beautiful. You have captured such sweetness here, Corrine. As you might have guessed, I, too, am pretty much in love with my canine friends. It is amazing how they steal our hearts and soothe our souls. I’m sorry you lost your friend but so happy you feel her close. xo, janice

  24. Charming painting and great way to put your feelings to paper. You express your feelings so well – we all know and miss Mamma V through your vivid sharing.

  25. What a beauty… the eyes are really telling, and her wings are fabulous. Hugs.

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