I hardly get the chance to go through old photos unless I have a specific thing I am looking for. I have discs and discs of cd-r’s stashed away. Come to find out, some of these discs have 2 or 3 photos on them? It is obvious that the Nick of 8-10 years ago didn’t care about making present day Nick’s search for images very easy. It also conjured thoughts of “THIS photo was 8 years ago?? Man, I am old.”
This afternoon I had a quest. Back in 2004, my good friend, Brooks, invited us to his house for Labor day. These were during our landlocked days in Alabama, so a trip to a house on a lake in Birmingham was pretty awesome in context. Anyway, Brooks and his wife Julie had a Basset Hound named Annabelle. We brought our dog Jake along so they could swim and talk current events and such. Jake and Annabelle hit it off, spending the entire day boating and swimming. That was a great day. You know those handful of days in your mind that you vividly remember; the time with friends, the hot sun juxtaposed with cold water, dogs running full speed and leaping off the end of the dock into the water. However, “full speed” wasn’t very fast for Annabelle who wasn’t blessed with the gift of long legs.
I have fond memories of Annabelle. She’s an adorable dog with about twice as much skin as she actually needs. I read once that their skin traps the scents they’re tracking which along with their incredible sense of smell makes them great hunting companions. I was contacted by Brooks last month with the news that Annabelle had passed away. With our dog having lymphoma himself, I can feel for their family. We sure do get attached to our pets. He commissioned me to put together a piece that his family could remember her by. I am stoked about the finished product.
[Below] Annabelle – Digital illustration printed on 16″x20″ canvas gallery wrap
Oh, I almost forgot. I actually found the photo I was looking for….
[Below] Posing with Jake and Annabelle