8.01.2011

IF: Obsession

A few years ago, my illustration blog took a turn and I became obsessed with drawing Zucco and I think it was all to prepare me for this. Yesterday my stubborn 'lil psychopooch Zucco finally lost his battle with heart disease. I miss him very much right now.

I want to thank Illustration Friday and the IF community for what you've done for me in the last few years. I may not post as often as I would like but I certainly have kept up with sketches as weekly topics have been posted. Thank you for giving me a way to let Zucco live on outside of my memories of him. The illo here is actually something I've done not too long ago while Zucco was still alive based on a previous IF topic (midsummer night). I think a part of me knew he was getting closer to leaving us. Rob and I were with him to the very end so this illustration seems appropriate to share right now.

I also want to end this post on a happier note. A month ago Rob and I got engaged. Zucco was with us at the time as we took him out for a walk. Right before the proposal, Zucco managed to fart a wet one with Rob holding him. Yes, he sharted all over Rob's proposal and we wouldn't want it any other way as he will forever be part of our story when friends ask how it happened. That's why he's our psychopooch.

8 comments:

Jennifer Noel Bower said...

This made me laugh and cry. Amazing how creatures great and small steal our hearts. Its sounds like Zucco knew you were in good hands and it was safe for him to go. Congratulations and I am so sorry for your loss.

Chibi Janine said...

Sorry for your loss. I have enjoyed your illustrations about your wonderful pooch.

Amberbop said...

This is just beautiful. I'm sure that he'll live on in your drawings. There are few things this hard. I'm sure he had a simply lovely life. Take comfort in that and know that he love, love, loved you.

Amariah said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Your illustrations are wonderful.

psychopooch said...

Thanks for the kind words Jennifer, Janine, Amber and Amariah. It's definitely appreciated.

Jack Foster said...

I’m so sorry to hear about Zucco. He will forever live in our hearts because of your illustrations. Sorry for your loss. Beautiful tribute.

Andrew Finnie said...

oh this is very sad, but the image commemorates Zucco so well, as does the story. It's always important to mix sadness with joy, it's stops us from going nuts... your dog looked like a good friend. He's p[robably somewhere up there having a chuckle at your story :)

C Bernard said...

I don't know you so I hope this doesn't come off creepily, but I am sorry for your loss. Dogs really do have a way of becoming a huge part of our lives and it's so hard when we have to let go. That's a really sweet choice of illustration - the moon is a nice touch. Thank you for the kind comment on my blog as well. :)

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