In Memory of a Special Little Friend

yorkie dog painting by Rachelle Siegrist

Most of us have loved a dog as a best friend at some point in our lives. Many times they were part of our own families, but at others, they belonged to close friends or relatives. Such was the case with Bailey, who lived with our friends Sharon and Tom down the road. I fell in love with Bailey the first time I met him! He was totally adorable and such a sweet little boy, and I couldn’t get enough of getting to hold and pet him. After a while, when Sharon would be out in the yard with Bailey and he’d see or hear me, he would start trying to come to me and many times she would let go of the leash once I was in close proximity so that he could run to me, at which point I would scoop him up into my arms and hold and love on him awhile, telling him what a precious little boy he was!

cute yorkie photo

Sometimes Sharon would bring Bailey to visit us here at the house or in the yard. When we’d go down to their house, or when Sharon and I spent evenings making cards, I would hold Bailey almost the entire time I was there. Of course, that always left him a bit more spoiled, and expecting Sharon to hold him even more afterward! One Halloween we all dressed up and even Bailey wore his piggy costume, which of course made him even more adorable and irresistible than he already was!

cute yorkie photo1

For several years we had yard sales in the spring at their house, which Bailey always absolutely loved! I would hold him much of the time and each time a new customer came, he would go nuts until I carried him over to them, so that they could pet him. Then he was most satisfied and content until the next new person showed up. We did this routine over and over again all day long, allowing Bailey to make lots of new friends! Sadly Bailey passed away a couple of weeks ago, leaving a hole in many of our hearts. No matter how much we try to prepare ourselves for that inevitable day, it becomes one of the hardest days of our lives. So I thought, what better way to pay tribute to a most precious little friend than to paint a portrait of him, which serves as a reminder for Sharon of years of wonderful memories with her little best friend.

~  See our miniatures in these shows (currently online only) this week  ~

 (Other shows have closed with upcoming exhibitions pending. Check the website for updates.)

The Art of the Miniature XVIII
May 3 – June 14, 2020: Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

Siegrist Miniatures at the Snow Goose Gallery 2020
Our miniature displayed on the right, and others in the process of being hung in hopes some may be able to view the works in person.

29th Annual International Miniature Art Show
May 2 – 30, 2020: Seaside Art Gallery, Nags Head, NC

15th Masterpieces in Miniature
May 2 – 30, 2020: Picture This Gallery, Alberta, Canada

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