Mellow Yellow & Puppy Love

yellow flower watercolor card

Here’s a little yellow flower watercolor I recently did with no particular flower in mind – just goofing around really.  Feeling kind of “mellow” when I did it (which I’ve come to think is a good way to feel when water color painting). I think I like how it turned out.

I am using it as a thank you card for a very sweet lady (Hubby’s boss’s wife), who sent home the loveliest gift basket yesterday to welcome our new little guy, Charlie, who you may recall briefly “meeting” in yesterday’s post.

As those of you that know me or have been following for a while know, we lost our dear sweet Mikey almost three months ago…  Not a day has gone by that I haven’t missed him or thought about him.  Mikey was such a special little guy, and our hearts and our house has had a big empty hole in it since he left us.

Hubby has been following posts from petfinder, and animal friends, and all the local shelters for the past month or so in pursuit of a new furry friend to rescue and fill the void in our home.

This past weekend, he showed me a picture of a little guy, who we have come to name Charlie (or Chuck for short), who we drove close to two hours to meet, and who we feel in love with almost instantly.

Charlie got his name from the fact that his nervous tummy had him “up-chucking” three times on the ride home from the animal shelter to Mars.   He is a bit of a nervous Norman – quite likely he was not treated well by his previous owner.

Word is he was dropped off at the shelter with his buddy – another dog – about three weeks ago.  His best bud was adopted a couple days before him, and Charlie (Kota as he was named by the shelter) was deeply depressed.   When we signed the papers and got ready to head home, one of the volunteers told us we rescued him just in time as he was getting so sad.

We have no idea what his history is or what “breed” he is.  The best guess from the “experts” at the shelter is that he is approximately a year old (they determine this by looking at his teeth), and that he is part beagle and part Australian Sheep Dog…  We are guessing he has some retriever or lab in him – probably that and about 52 other varieties!

Charlie is growing more and more content and settled, and he is stealing our hearts quickly.

His first night, he slept in between hubby and me in bed.  Second night, he found his place on the couch in our room and slept peacefully all night.

He loves to chew on some old bones we had in a bucket from Mikey and is an avid fetch and retriever of a knotted rope Mikey didn’t want anything to do with.

I have been spending my hours scratching ears, rubbing tummy, walking the perimeter of our yard (and quickly accumulating steps on my FitBit!), and enjoying lots of doggie kisses in between everything else.

Our first BIG success came when Charlie “rang the bell” that we have hanging on the front door to let us know he “needed” to go outside on his third day at home.  What a fast learner!  I’m such a proud Momma!  🙂

How fortunate I am to be able to work from home and allow our little guy to acclimate to his new surroundings with the comfort of knowing I am here for him and he is safe and at home.

Here is Charlie “posing” in his Camo Bandana that came in his awesome gift basket.  He is 45 pounds of exuberance, nervousness, intelligence, and love.

Charlie in Camo

I guess that’s why they call it “puppy love!”

Cheers & Hugs & Puppy Kisses from Mars,

37 thoughts on “Mellow Yellow & Puppy Love

    • Thank you Sylvia! I so understand your grieving! And after a day with Charlie, I had another little breakdown missing Mikey and feeling like I “betrayed” him by getting another dog. All part of the grieving process. But take a chance Sylvia. You will find joy again and you will give another dog a good home. I have told people before and have experienced myself – it is better to have loved and lost than to never love at all. Loving someone or an animal so much means you will grieve very much when you lose them, but try to dwell more on the happiness they brought you while with you, and seek it again. Love is worth it! 🙂 ❤ We got Charlie from a pound and adoption center in Columbia, Ohio actually. He is doing so good and really needed a home. And we really needed him. xxoo

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      • I agree. We did get a new little girl last fall and it’s been a bit of an uphill battle with her. She’s very cute but very difficult to train. I have admittedly had a hard time with the new pup as I miss my old girl very, very much. But you’re right, love is worth it; moving on and loving again is the right thing to do.

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  1. I’m so glad Charlie found you, Jodi! Prancer, who passed last May, was a rescue a friend found outdoors. She had a big dog and couldn’t take him, so we took him in. He’d clearly been mistreated, as he flinched every time someone went to pet his head. He was the best friend ever. Animals never forget when someone lifts them out of a bad situation. I’m so glad you and Marty have found room in your hearts for him. It’s a real blessing for all concerned, I think. And I love your flower! :))) Rock on, lady and give Charlie a hug from us. 💛

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  2. First, the flower is beautiful! I’m amazed at how quickly you are learning and improving! Your little buddy is a handsome dog! I feel so sorry for him having to be separated from his friend. 😥 That is just sad! That is wonderful that he rang the bell on the door! Congratulations on your new dog!!

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  3. I wish I had the talent to “good” around and come up with something like that…:)
    It’s always fun to take photos of dogs, that always seem to know when the camera is in and pose naturally.😊

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  4. What a lucky dog! And You and Hubby are lucky to have a new furry family member. charlie is a beauty and with your love and a stable home life I’m sure he will be a great companion.
    It always makes me so sad to see dogs that were dropped off at shelters. We got our dog from a shelter and I think that’s the way to go.

    So happy to meet you Charlie.

    Love the yellow flowers. I just painted a card for a friend with a yellow flower.

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    • Thanks Jill! Always an adventure – eh?! 🙂 Might have to call him UP CHUCK when he is in trouble – hehe! And HOW SWEET was that to send a welcome basket – eh? We are so blessed. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Ann. I sure miss Mikey. Our mailman met Charlie yesterday. He welcomed him, and then told him….. “You have big shoes to fill!” 🙂 How sweet is that??!!


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