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Furry Friends and Their Contribution to Our Creativity

This post is about a dog and while you may be wondering what dogs have to do with sewing and costume design, well, read on…

Sewing is for me very soothing and peaceful to the soul.  When in my design studio with the hum of my sewing machine keeping a steady tune while the morning sun streams through the light sheers of the Victorian style draperies, and the birds preen blithely in the white birdbath right outside the glass door, I am in my happy place. All of those elements together breathe life not only into my work but into my soul as well.  But for me to fully feel complete there is another element that must be present in the room and that is my precious Golden-haired companion; my dog Coosa.  

Coosa enjoying the poppies of spring.

Many of you have already been introduced to our Golden Retriever, who is now in her golden years of life, but for those of you new to this blog she is now thirteen and a half years old and is Craig’s and my dearest little friend.  

“Little Ben” and I from my goat dairy days.

Now, I have had many, many dear pets throughout my lifetime from other dogs to horses to cats to bunnies to a vast assortment of farm animals and I have loved them all and greatly miss each one who has crossed the rainbow bridge but Coosa has always been particularly special.  She’s a dog who has not only connected to my heart but she has also managed to connect to the very depths of my soul. She’s one of those dogs that looks you straight in the eye and you can see into her soul through the clearness of those deep brown doe eyes looking back at you, full of profound love and affection, ever joyful to be beside you. Her heart is as golden as her hair. I have never loved an animal more and I have loved her as much as any human I’ve ever loved in my life as well.

With my beautiful girl during a day at the lake.
Coosa loves being in the boat with dad.

A good friend of ours once said that “Dogs have no guile.”.  I have always believed that to be beautifully put. Dogs are some of the only creatures on earth who have no other agenda than to love and be loved.  

Coosa has a bed of her own in almost every room of our house and she follows me like an ever present shadow into each and every place I go.  In my sewing/design studio she has a white floofy bed and in the mornings the sun streams onto it from the glass door.  She loves to bask there belly up in the sun while I work.  I truly believe that my sewing soothes her as well as me because she loves to be in the studio and when she’s not snoozing to the soft hum of the machines, she’s ever curious to see what I am working on. Perhaps she has a vast knowledge of textiles in that uber smart brain.  I actually wouldn’t be surprised. 

My sewing companion and her white “floofy” bed.

As an artist, I can oftentimes get very scatter-brained and frenzied in my creativity, and her gentle company in my studio helps keep my crazy at bay. I go from one moment of frenzied scootching of fabrics into the foot of my machine to the next moment holding her soft paw and patting her gold head in between stitches and before you know it, the days work is done. 

Animals bring comfort, joy and a sense of purpose into our lives and that is why my dog is always not only a welcome presence in my studio while I am sewing, but she is a necessary asset to my projects.  I cannot imagine sewing without her faithful companionship by my side. In a way my designs are brought into existence partially by her influence.

I know many of my readers can relate.  I’d love for you to share about your own furry sewing companions in the comment section below!

One of my favorite photos of Craig and Coosa.

As of a few weeks ago Coosa was diagnosed with Doggie Dementia. Craig and I have been having a really hard time coping with this news and facing the fact that she is now on the decline. I truly can’t imagine life without our special girl and am hoping and praying that we will all get through this and we will still have a lot of time left with her here on earth.   But when the inevitable eventually happens, I hope her sweet soft guileless spirit still visits me in my studio where she will be forever welcome there as much as she will forever remain in my heart and in my soul.  Every stitch I ever sew will be in her remembrance. That is for certain.  

Our water dog enjoying what she loves most – a day at the lake.

The world would be a better place if we all, like a dog, had no guile. 

May this be a tribute to all artists’ furry friends (cats ,dogs, horses, etc.) out there who contribute their pure gentle love and ever faithful companionship to the madness of our creativity.   

“The one absolute, unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world — the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous — is his dog...

 …he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens…

…And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace, and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death.”    – excerpts from the “Eulogy of the Dog” by George Graham Vest 

Coosa and I years ago when she was only a 1 year old. For 13 1/2 years she has been by my side through thick and thin. Always faithful. Always a friend.