Thursday 28 October 2010

A Very Special Get-Together!

It's #1 hi-jacking the blog again, but I am not going to talk about horses today (just wait until tomorrow!). I just lived a moment of intense emotion that I wanted to share with my blogging friends. But let me first go back a month... Yuu-Chan had just gone to the Bridge and the sadness was overwhelming. As I thought about my blogging friends who had lost their beloved companions, I of course thought of our friend Max. One thought led to another and I found myself sending an email to Kathleen Coy who had created the "Maxterpiece." After a few messages going back and forth, I had commissioned portraits of both Yuu-Chan and also Sen-Chan (who left us in January 2009). The amazing thing, I realised, was that Kathleen lived in Iowa, and I was heading there in a few weeks....

And this afternoon, I came back to my hotel from the World Percheron Congress to meet Kathleen who hand-delivered the two portraits to me! It was such a joy to meet her and the portraits are absolutely stunning!

She has captured the essence of them both so beautifully!

The artist with her work!



And with a truly delighted me!

And that was not all! I actually got to meet CLOUD, The Wonder Dog!!!!!

That really was a treat!

Thank you, Kathleen, for these fabulous portraits that so well capture the souls of two very special boys. They will hang in my bedroom back home in France.


  1. Wow...those are just beautiful!

    You got to meet CLOUD???? How cool!

  2. OMD!

    Woo got to meet CLOUD THE WONDERDOG!!

    I'm sooooo furry jealous....

    Now, Mom wants to paw something:

    OMD - I started leaking as soon as I saw the post and the pics and the text and EVERYTHING!

    From the moment you wrote me Kat was going to do them, I KNEW they would be special - and as I watched her sharing them in progress, she confirmed AGAIN what we all knew: there's some talent in them there fingers ;-)

    Thanks for sharing them!

    Khyra, The Golden Khousins, and the Smiling Mom
    PeeEssWoo: Hi Tommy! #1 met CLOUD!

  3. Wow what a wonderful thing - those portraits are amazing! And to meet the artist makes it even more special.

    We don't know Cloud (who appears to be quite famous) but he is a cutie!

  4. We were so happy for you reading this, #1. Kathleen's portraits are superb. She captured both cats so well and how wonderful to actually get to meet her in person and Cloud too.

    That was such a marvellous idea you had and so fantastic that you were able to receive them in person from Kat.

    best wishes
    Murray's Mom

  5. Oh how wonderful! Those are fantastic portraits of Yuu-chan and Sen-chan! So lucky to meet the artist and to have such lovely mementos.

  6. Those portraits of Sen-Chan and Yuu-Chan are amazing! And how great that you got to pick them up in person and meet Kathleen (and Cloud). It's the extra-added bonus to your trip!

  7. Such talent - those are beautiful!

  8. Oh those are wonderful! What a great treat!!!!

  9. Oh my cat they are stunning and to actualy pick them up in person is fabulous.. The smiles say it all..Hugs GJ xx

  10. What a wonderful tribute to your two wonderful boy kitties. And being able to meet Kathleen and pick them up in person ! Wow.

  11. It was so wonderful to meet and visit with you in person today, #1. Your boys were a joy to paint, and I hope the portraits bring you many, many years of happiness.

    Kathleen and Cloud

  12. Wow - those portraits are awesome. But we are not surprised. Kathleen does such beautiful work. We are so jealous that you not only got those beautiful paintings, but you also got to meet both Kathleen and Cloud!!! We should have figured out a way to get to Iowa.

    We can't wait to see the paintings hanging in your home.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  13. This is so wonderful and special. Not only are the portraits gorgeous, you get to meet in person to receive them...and get woofie kisses too!!!!



  14. The portraits are marvellous.What a great prize!

    san and the amigos

  15. those are beautiful portraits! how wonderful that you got to meet the artist and pick them up personally. Cloud looks like a nice pup too.


  16. Breathtakingly beautiful portraits. How wonderful it will be to awaken in the morning and see such joyful paintings and recall all of the happy memories. Heaven.

  17. So beautiful and how special to meet the artist
    Benny & Lily

  18. What amazing work she's done, it really captures them!

  19. How great that a shared love of animals on the Internet can lead to wonderful meetings, loving gifts and new friendships! The portraits are beautiful and Cloud is a sweetie!

  20. The portraits are gorgeous! And how wonderful that you got to meet the artist, too!

  21. That is just awesome. What great pictures.

  22. Oh my goodness. They are absolutely stunning.

  23. The delight on your face in the last photo with Kathleen and Cloud was such a joyful thing to see and no wonder the paintings are beautiful.
    You'll be able to say good morning and good night to your precious boys and sleep under their watchful eyes every day when you are at home.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx and mum Sue

  24. The portraits are gorgeous. We know how much #1 loved Max's portrait and we are happy to hear she treated herself to such fine works of art.

  25. #1, those are BEAUTIFUL and really captured the boys well. I could see them! What a wonderful gift Kathleen has and delivery in person just adds that extra bit of joy. Yay!

  26. We don't even have words to describe how beautiful those portraits are. Amazing.

    Your friends,
    Niamh & Ambrose

  27. The portraits are really beautiful. I know how very special they will be to you too ~ they are far more than canvas and paint. When my beloved siamese cat Henry died (1985 ~ 2004) I had a portrait of him made to hang. It sits on the wall behind my desk as I type and I feel Henry's presence and love when I look at it ~ it brings me great comfort.
    I hope your beautiful portraits bring you comfort too.

    (Milo and Alfie's mom)

  28. Those are amazing and special portraits!

  29. Those are absolutely wonderful!
    MomKat Trish

  30. What lovely pictures! A great remembrance!

  31. Wow ! You are so luck ♪
    Those portraits are excellent !!

  32. What beautiful portraits!! So very special.


  33. The portraits of Sen-Chan and Yuu-Chan are wonderful, and such a great way to remember and honour your cats.

  34. Cloud,

    You have such a talented mom. I'm glad you were able to share the moment and see how happy your mom's paintings made #1 .



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