First, we woke up bright and early, in order to get Jacy prepared and off to the airport. She was less than pleased to wake up at such an unholy hour, when she had been snoozing happily on Daddy's head just moments before.But we went ahead and got her bags packed, in the form of her airline kennel, complete with a supply of food, health papers, an old pillow covered in a well-worn t-shirt of Alex's for emotional comfort, and food and water in Dora The Explorer cups. That's right.And then we were off. This may look like a ferocious roar, but it's actually just a big ol' bored, sleepy yawn en route to the airport. Interestingly, Jacy is Canadian-bred and born, so in going to live with Cece, she's kind of coming full-circle.And in short minutes, we were there; the Delta Cargo Terminal.Where we were helped by this nice Delta Pets First representative, who actually talked baby-talk to Jacy and told her how pretty she was.On the scale, getting checked in, Jacy was so stressed by the ordeal, that she, um...had a snack. Yeah. Real upset.The helpful attendant got her all "official" and ready to go...note all the other pups travelling this same day! Our girl was the only one not whining.We kissed her goodbye, told her we loved her, exhorted her to please be as good for her new family as she has beeen for us, and tearfully left the terminal. As we pulled out of the parking lot, it finally hit home for Bella, although we had discussed it at length, that Jacy was not coming home with us. This went over badly. We reminded her that she still had her puppy Glory, and assured her that Jacy's new family would love her all the time and that if ever they didn't, or couldn't care for her, they would send her right back home to us.We decided, on the way home, that this might be a good time to give Bella a long-promised reward for consistent "big-girl" behavior over the last few months, and stopped by PetsMart to pick out her very own goldfish.We got them home and set them up in their new tank in Bella's room without incident. Meet "Carl" and "Gil." Carl is the one on the left, who I halfway suspect is actually female. But I didn't name them, Bella did, and she's entitled. They narrowly escaped being named "Nemo" and "Nemo."And THEN, continuing the B.C.-Arkansas connection, we received a long-awaited package from another lovely Canadian blogger, artist Andrea Pratt. And what a package! It contained the painting that has already become the cornerstone of my hearthroom, titled "Impossible Vacation 2."These pictures do NOT do it justice, as the flash washed out the vivid color--here is a shot that Andrea took with her much better camera prior to shipping:I kind of hate to show the flanking photographs before they are framed and properly hung, but THEY are the work of Canadian photographer Stacey Bates.You can get a better view of the print (I got two of the same print, for effect) on her website here. It's titled "Bring It On Home To Me," and is the first image on the left, on the next-to-last row on that page. The pair of prints will be framed and hung on either side of the painting, and I just love the whole effect. Wall sconces that aren't wall sconces! HA! Also tucked into my package from Andrea, were two books that I'm SURE I will love, not only because they are about horses and horsepeople, but because one says right on the cover, "You will LOVE this book!"--Rita Mae Brown. Hey, if it's good enough for Rita Mae, it's good enough for me! AND, also from Andrea, was this delightful small painting of my own beloved Misha.There's a better image here. It's a precious painting, about 10"x12", and coincidentally, Andrea is beginning a concerted endeavor in this arena of small original paintings, called "Small Art," a great idea which makes original artwork affordable and accessible for all of us. I'll be adding a button in my sidebar for her sometime this week so you can keep tabs on her "small" works. My advice: if you see something that catches your fancy, GRAB it quickly, because it will NOT last. Andrea is gaining in popularity by the day, and her prices are sure to go up accordingly. This is your chance to bypass the gallery fees and buy directly from the artist. I LOVE the idea, and wish that more artists would do something like this! Thanks a million, Andrea!
And that's about all for now, but I have TONS more, now that I can upload pictures. So keep checking back! And don't forget it's BLOGIVERSARY this week!
Goodbye and Godspeed, dear Jacy. We love you, and we'll miss you, but we know you'll be well-loved in your new home.