Wednesday, December 19, 2007

One Special Painting

Dad surprised mom with an early Christmas gift. We had to rush right over to see what she got!

It's an oil painting and it has a lot of meaning to both mom and dad.

Mitch was born on November 24th so that means that on Christmas Eve he was one month old and most probably spent Christmas in a cage at some puppy mill. We HOPE he was with his mom and sisters and brothers but we don't know any of these facts - we can only suppose. Obviously mom and dad can't change history but in their hearts they can! We didn't get Mitch until he was 4 months old so there's an empty gap.

So the painting of the Airedale puppy that's safe and warm and happy and loved means a whole lot to them! They want the puppy in this painting to be Mitch when he was much younger.

Mom and dad explained to Mitch that even if he didn't have the greatest start to his young life, they were going to make it up to him from now on!

I think Mitch was quite touched!

So we have two more things to celebrate this Christmas, one, that mom has a beautiful new painting for our family room walls - thank you so much dad!

And two, that Mitch has a safe, warm and loving home forever and ever! We sure wish that this could be true for all pups that don't have their forever homes! They should all be as lucky as my brother, Mitch is!

So until next time.....................

Love ya lots,



Goofy said...

that is sure a nice painting..

Bella said...

That's a truely beautiful painting. I truely believe that those who have had a hard start in life really appreciate kind humans and love so much, most of my pack are from unknown backgrounds.

Jackson's J1 and J2 said...

Hey pal, what a lovely painting! I know that Mitch didn't get the best start in life, but he's certainly a very lucky pup to have ended up with you! J x

Ruby Bleu said... can always change history in your hearts and dreams. This is so bootiful and I think it looks just like Mitchy!!!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Harry said...

What a sweet post, and a beautiful painting. You have fabulous parents and we are so happy your mum and dad found Mitch and were able to help him out.

Toodle pip,
Harry x

fee said...

what a lovely painting, and lucky, lucky mitch to have you, maggie, and your parents. i too, wish for our friends who may be homeless or living in puppy mills now, to be free and loved in their furever homes soon!

happy tails!


Ferndoggle said...

That is a fantastic painting!! We're so glad that Mitch is safe & warm with his family. Mom gets all leaky-eyed when she thinks about Penny & Sherman before they came to Jackman Ave because they both were strays in the cold for a pretty long time :o(.

Tis the season to count all of our blessings.

Sherman, Penny & Lola

Mack said...

That painting rocks! Your peeps were so sweet to get it for you.

Jake of Florida said...

Changing history, that's how our folks feel too. Overwriting the first three and a half months of my life and the first eight or nine months of JH's life with love and laughter -- and security. Even when we go to camp for a week, we're with people we've known for years, who take good care of us, and we come home to find our beds, and our bowls, and our toys right where we left them.

The painting is beautiful and touching, and the thought behind it beyond words!!

Loving woofs,

Jake and JH

Snowball said...

This is a very beautiful painitng. Mitch is sure very lucky to have found you, your mum and your dad.


Amber-Mae said...

Awww, isn't that just sweet? That little Mitch sure looks like Mitch when he was just a little pup. What a loverly painting!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Peanut said...

That is a lovely painting. We all wish that everypup had a great home like all of ours

umekotyan said...

It is a wonderful oil painting. :)
Doze of present and mitch at Christmas.
It does and it toasts at time of , ..put together...

from loved ume tyan

Patience-please said...

Our Servant is so sappy this time of year anyway, and this sweet post made her eyes all leaky in a happy way. And I got to lick the leaks up and snuggle her up.
Happiness to hairy Mitchy and polite sniffs to Madame Maggie,and all sorts of paws up to your folks.

the whippet waggle

Faya said...

It is a beautiful painting.... Mitch is so lucky for being adopt by such a great family....
Kisses, Faya

Putter said...

OMG! Maggie!

This is so beautiful ... The painting and what you and your Mom and Dad wrote ... You are so incredibly specialest ever ... Each and every one of you and sweet Mitch as well of course ...


Putter ...:)

Lucky Dog Boarding said...

What a lovely painting! You both are so lucky to have such loving parents.

Licks and Wiggles,

KB said...

maggie & mitch - i'm very pleased to meet you (mommy says it's good manners to say that when you first meet someone)..

you're new painting is very nice!

i hope you stop by more often!

~puppy slobberz

Ozzie, Rocky and Lola said...

What a pawsome painting! We should all be thankful for our loving, forever homes. So many doggies don't have the privilege and that is so sad! This is Ozzie's 3rd home. We told him the day he got here he was here to stay, no matter what! I've been here since I was just a pup but he was almost a year old. We don't think things were very good for him in the beginning but he leads the life of Riley now!

Par said...

Thats a really nice looking painting, where your going to put it?

The Black and Tans. said...

That is a beautiful painting. You can all have a great Christmas together, all safe and warm and with many more to look forward to.

Molly and Taffy

Lenny said...

What a beautiful gift! Mitch is very lucky to be a part of your family.

Your friend, Lenny

Lenny said...

Pee Ess I just voted for you!

Your friend, Lenny

Murphey said...

That is a really neat gift and thanks for sharing your thoughts!


COL. Sam ASTA-fari Joe H. Pinkerton Peabody, Esq said...

Hi Pals. What a great gift! I bet your mom thought that was the most wonderful gift, ever. We apologize for our absence from bloggerland, however, we have returned.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

That is a great painting that certainly does mean a lot to your Mom. We adopted Louie so we also can understand having a nice safe and warm home..

Martha said...

That's a really cool painting. The story brought tears to my Mom's eyes. She said she's glad Mitch is safe and sound and hopes his siblings and parents have found love and warmth too. Love, Martha

Persephone and Buster said...

We can't think of ANYTHING more beautiful than a warm, content, safe, airedale puppy snuggled up under the Christmas tree with his family.

The painting is really touching--it looks a lot like Mitch and reminds us a lot of Cassidy.


Buster & Sephie

Jessica said...

Awww...That brought tears to our Momma's eyes. That pictue is beautiful. We are so glad that you found Mitch.

Love, Seadra and Zoe

Lorenza said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us! I really hope Mitch has forgotten all those sad days.
The painting is a beautiful present for you all!
Have a good night

i said...

What a lovely painting and a touching post. Mitch is so lucky to have found a loving home.

Anonymous said...

Not only is the painting beautiful but the story that goes with it is so touching too. Mitch and you are so lucky to have such great humans to share your lives with.


Noah the Airedale said...

What a lovely thought. The painting is beautiful and Mitch is one lucky pup even though things started out poorly. Thank goodness your dad brought Mitch home from that pet shop.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah, Willow, Tess & Lucy

Scrappy and Pebbles said...

Awwww that was a very beautiful thing your dad did getting that painting for your mom and for sure Mitch appreciates every day that he is part of your family....

Happy Holidays
Scrappy and Pebbles

Johann The Dog said...

Beautiful painting! Mitch, I'm so glad you have a wonderful furever home!

Woofs, Johann

jaffeboy said...

That is a very sweet painting indeed! We all love it!

Have a fantastic Christmas!

Asta said...

Maggie,Mitchis the luckiest boy evew to be pawt of youw loving family and youw Dad is wondewful to give youw Mom this bootiful weminder
smoochie kisses

Anonymous said...

Wow that painting is sooo pretty! Mitch sure has a lovely home, Maggie, and you are such a good sister to him. He is certaintly where he needs to be!

Myeo said...


Your dad is sooooo sweet. Mitch is sure lucky to have you guys as family :)

Boy n Baby

Finni said...

What a lovely painting. We sure wish all puppies had loving homes, and we're glad you've found yours Mitch.
Have a lovely Christmas!

Finni and his Folks xx

the many Bs said...

awwww, that makes us so happy. that's a really nice painting and it looks just like little Mitch. we are so glad that Mitchy got to come to live with you and now he has a wonderful life.

we fell sad for all of the pups who are in homeless shelters and puppy mills and cages everywhere. they all need loving homes.

we have a special christmas wish for them and we have a special christmas thankfulness for Mitch.


Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

Maggie, sorry to be so late in commenting. My Editor has been very tardy in her bloggin just lately!

That picture is amazing.

We liked this post very much indeed.

I too, had some missing months, in my life history. Six in fact. Jeannie does not know and I cannot tell her.

All I know is that now I, like Mitch have found the bestest home ever, safe and warm and happy.

And that is the best thing any Pup can wish for and own.

Take care, lots of love and many licks, to you all,

Marvin xxxxxx

and love and light from Jeanniexxxxxxx

pee ess from Jeannie, I was so disappointed not to be able to buy the card I wanted to send to you all, but the shop was closed!!!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and all good wishes for the best New Year ever.

Take care, Sue, George, Maggie and Mitch, we love you Guys!

love and light Jeannie and Keith, and Marvin in Bonnie Dunblane xxxxxx Scotland, UK!

and here is to more pictures of wonderful Barn Raising!

Lizzy said...

That's such a beautiful painting. I'm so glad Mitch has a great, loving home with you all!


Jan Price said...

What a lovely painting. We wish all dogs and cats had a safe and loving forever home. Those of us who do are very fortunate.

Jan's Funny Farm

Puggle Preston said...

That's very touching, maggie. You are a great sister. Mitch is a lovely boy. You both deserve great parents like the ones you have now. happy holiday.

Bogart H. Devil said...

Bee-ooo-tiful painting!!!!


Joe Stains said...

What a great painting, its so great you guys have such a lovely home for Mitch now. We really do wish all doggies could have homes and families like ours

Lacy said...

woofies Maggie and Mitch...meee sooo glad u found ur furever home with maggie and her mama and shure dat dey make up fur all the sad times in ur life...and dat painting is bute ti ful.....

b safe,

Girl Girl Hamster said...

That's such a sweet painting. I'm so glad that Mitch is safe and happy with you and your pawsome family Maggie. He's loved by so many..

~ Girl girl

Amici said...

That is a gorgeous painting, we love it! We're so glad that Mitch lives with you and is happy and healthy. :)

Unknown said...


What a wonderful post! You brought tears to my Mom's eyes (she is very sensitive right now). I am very happy you all found Mitch and took him home with you! He is SO lucky to have a family like you!


ps Thank you Thank you Thank you for the birthday wish! Mom woke me up this morning singing happy birthday. She is taking a 1/2 day off to spend time with me...I can't wait till my birhday party tonight!!!!!

Clover said...

Aw, beautiful painting and very nice post. I am happy Mitch and your family found each other. Happy Howlidays!
Love Clover xo

Stanley said...


I love that idea and agree with your wishes for homeless pups! Your dad sure knows how to please his woman. I could probably take some lessons from him.

Smooches to your sweet mama, your dad, Mitch, and of course, to you!

Goober love,

Liza said...

Great picture and story guys - we are so happy Mitch has such a special home.


Linda said...

Hey Maggie & Mitch,
That is such a cute painting of the puppy. We too hope Mitch was with his Mama & siblings last Christmas. But this will be his very first bestest Christmas with his loving family. We hope you have a great Christmas!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers, still trying to crawl out from under the snow.

Mojo, Digger and family said...

Mitch, you are at the heart of a fine family this year. I too hope that other pups don't have to live with the uncertainty you had in the beginning.

Lovely painting, by the way!


Hana said...

What an AWESOME painting! And the frame matches so well!

Molly and Gertrude said...

That is the most lovely and touching thought - what a thoughtful daddy. We hope that when Mitch was really small he was looked after and cosy too, but at least we KNOW he is now!

That is truly special, and you are special Dales who deserve it.

Well done on your Blog award too - fantasticio!

Love Molly and Gertrude