We added this wall to our dining room several months ago. I don’t know what’s taken so long for me to share it with you (aside from the fact that the natural light in our dining room is terrible, and I was never really thrilled with the pictures of the pictures).
The wall was started sometime in December, long before we knew Knox was sick. It started because we had a blank wall, and no art. I had been going camera crazy and thought, wouldn’t it be nice to display some of the faces that have come into our lives, and left marks of various kinds on our hearts?
So up they went, one by one. It’s not every dog that has come through our door, by any means. We chose them each for different reasons.
Here’s the run down: clockwise starting at the top left.
Jenny, our first official foster. Wow…puppies…potty training…and adorable snugglies.
Trey the Husky. The first dog brought into our home after we adopted Knox. It was a transport gone awry— an afternoon turned into 4 days over thanksgiving weekend…. oops? He was malnourished, had worms, a resource guarder (wouldn’t you be if you were practically starved?), had gun residue on him (quite a store with this guy) and a HOWLER. Well talk about biting off more than you can chew. He’ll always have a special place in our heart (and is doing great in Long Island, NY by the way!)
UPS/Rayven– Rayven was a temporary foster, when BARCS had to clear out the shelter due to Hurricane Irene. We thought we couldn’t bear to bring this sweet girl back to the shelter, but we wound up having a difficult time with her. It wasn’t anything big…but just not the right ‘fit’. She greatly taught us to be aware of our limitations. If we’re in this for the long haul, we need to recognize what works for us, and what doesn’t.
Eve— our Evey girl! This girl was our longest foster, and she graced us with her presence over the summer so we had tons of fun! She was a breeze, a love, and left us with a bit of a broken heart.
Then there is Woody… He was a loveable boy from BARCS who I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with at the Fells Point Festival this past fall. He didn’t make it. He’s up there as a reminder that we can’t save them all. Our shelters are over crowded and dogs are put down due to space regularly. We can try, and hopefully over the years, there will be less and less to save. He’s up there to remind us of all the loves that just don’t make it out of the shelters across the country.
Next is Ivy. She was with us very briefly, but we fell hard for her. She developed a few issues just after getting adopted, but she got through them with flying colors (thanks to her awesome parents!) She reminds us that what you see in one home, isn’t what you get in all homes. She also showed us that committed owners make all the difference.
And last but certainly not least, Chloe and Tyson. We get to see these two all the time! Our friends adopted them (two separate couples), but we’re all in the neighborhood. They are VIP’s so of course the made the wall. But they also serve to show us that this is a domino effect…and you do influence the people around you. Which is a wonderful thing. We can keep changing minds, one friend at a time.
And the star of the show, our boy. He influenced this entire journey of ours. We would certainly not be doing what we do today if it wasn’t for him. He was the best damn foster brother that ever did exist. So now more than ever, we’re happy we added him to the center of the wall.
Do you have any ‘art’ in your home that’s pictures of your pups or foster pups? Any other ideas on how to remember each of these special souls?