Monday, June 20, 2011

About My Haitus

Hello everyone! I'm sorry I haven't been blogging lately but life has taken up most of my time. I was wondering if this post would be appropriate since it's quite personal and it may seem like it doesn't have anything to do with my artwork (it does in a roundabout way) but I thought I needed to throw it out there. After a couple of months of dealing with my own health issues, my puppy of 9 years, Sobee,  has been diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer. He had to have surgery to remove his spleen and his recovery was tough but he's feeling much better now. However, his doctor thinks he has roughly 3 to 6 months to live. Now, I'm very sad about this news but I'm also incredibly grateful we have a few more months with my fantastic dog and we're going to make these last months the best months of his life. He's also been my model for a picture book I'm doing for a non-profit in LA (I'll blog about that later) since he's so unbelievably good looking. I feel so blessed that Sobee has been by my side through my many life-changing moments and he will always own a part of my heart. I know, through my sadness, I'm a very lucky girl to have shared my time with this wonderful dog.


Fresh from the pound.

















In the middle of his life.



















Sobee now. As handsome as ever.

28 comments:

Carin Bramsen said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this, but I think you're approaching it wisely. Sobee sounds just lovely, and is very lucky to have you - he must feel so loved and content. You are giving him a wonderful life. My very best to you and to him.

Jennifer Noel Bower said...

Michaele!!!!!! I am sending you and Sobee a massive round of hugs, prayers and love. My heart breaks at this post and so wish our four-legged loves could stay with us forever. What a great gift to immortalize him in your wonderful style and yes he is a super handsome fellow. Enjoy these magic months and know you have a virtual friend who is thinking of you both.

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh, Michaele, that is heartbreaking news. Sobee is a very beautiful and regal companion, indeed. The extra time is a priceless gift. I hope and pray that Sobee baffles his doctors by refusing to bow down to their expectations. Blessings to you and your dear puppy.

Hugs and good wishes.

Michaele Razi said...

@Carin- Thank you. I really appreciate your sweet words. Trying so hard to give him lots of love and good times (and yummy treats). xo

@Jennifer- So sweet! Thank you, my friend He's a gorgeous model (even though the puppy I'm painting is white) an every time I paint him I get a little teary-eyed but it makes the illustration that much closer to my heart. xo

@Bella- Thank you so much. Means so much to me. I am pretty heartbroken but trying to see the silver lining. And yes, he is so regal and lovely! xo

Erin Bradley said...

:( I am so sorry to hear about this. Sobee is so lucky to have you though and I am glad you can cherish these extra months with him!

Heather said...

oh no! This is so very sad! I will keep Sobee in my thoughts and you as well....It's amazing the love we can feel for our pets isn't it? Thinking of you! big hugs. Sobee is a handsome guy - how lucky to have found him and loved him! xo

victor fox said...

Hi Michaele,
Im so sorry to read this post and hear your news about Sobee. He looks like a very special dog and obviously a big part of your life. Do make the most of his last months, as it sounds like you will do with lots of love and spoiling. Its too hard to think that our dog friends wont be here with us forever. Thinking of you, and thank you for being so bare and honest for this post. it was very touching,
Clare x

Michaele Razi said...

@Erin- I'm really grateful for these extra months. We're going to make the most of it, he's already so spoiled :). We were lucky we found the cancer when we did. Thank you for the sweet words. Means so much. xo

@Heather- Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts. Yes, I feel very lucky to have shared my time with him. And he is so incredibly handsome and so sweet too. He's just a dignified personality. Your message (and everyones messages) really helps. Thank you. xo

@Clare- He really is so special. He's a reserved, loyal and gentle pup. And he's taught me so much about life and dignity. Yes, dogs just don't live long enough. He's my first dog and I knew this would be hard but it's so much harder than I thought. Thank you for the lovely words. It warms my heart! xo

Shirley said...

Oh Michaele! I am SO very sorry to hear about Sobee. This touches my heart so. I am very glad to hear that you will make it his best months ever ahead..what a gorgeous and sweet soul. I will keep you in my thoughts as you walk through this difficult time, and I know that he will always have a part of your heart. Take good care of yourself and your sweet pup. And, I look forward to your book coming up..it will be a gem, I'm sure!!

Michaele Razi said...

@Shirley- Thank you so much! He's in good spirits and getting spoiled rotten. I'm so grateful I have this time with him and trying not to think too hard about "when" or "if". Your wonderful words absolutely help. Thank you! xo

Jennifer Noel Bower said...

Hey there lady! Just checking in on you and Sobee and to thank you for your awesome comments on my blog post. If you need anything please email me. I went through the same exact thing with my Malcolm 7 years ago - he gave me two weeks after the diagnosis. It breaks my heart every time I think of you. *BIG HUGS* from me and Rufus!

Crystal Cook said...

I'm so sorry about your sweet Sobee. He is indeed a very handsome fellow. I wish you the best of times with him in these last few months. And your illustrations are beautiful. Just gorgeous whimsical creations. :)

Amy said...

I am sorry to hear about Sobee, but you have a great outlook on your time with him. My own pound dog is approaching 9 years this fall, and sometimes when I notice the grey in his muzzle, I worry just a little. You remind me to really enjoy being part of a dog-human team now. Hope to see your illustrations of your handsome canine on your blog in the future.

Amy said...

And I almost forgot, Lloyd-the-dog and I hope you and Sobee have some great moments together during your hiatus. Sending good thoughts your way.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

I see a man has stolen your heart! How sweet! He is adorable and looks so very happy with you. I wish you guys many years of comfort and joy. Thanks so much for stopping by. Best to you!

Michaele Razi said...

@Amy- A huge thank you to you and Lloyd for the sweets thoughts coming our way. It's amazing how attached we get to our pups but there really is no relationship like it. As for my pups, he is getting spoiled rotten and is very happy, and I couldn't be more grateful. Thanks again for the well wishes.xo

@Vanessa- His is adorable! Thanks for stopping by and the well wishes. I really appreciate it! xo

Nina Seven said...

hi michaele - thanks so much for your comment, i really appreciate it! i'm so sorry to hear about your sweet dog...wishing you all the best. hang in there!

indira lakhsmita said...

oh :((
i'm so sorry to hear about this, and sorry i come so very late, i was taking a long break from blogging...

i'm sending you a BIG hug and best wishes ♥

xoxo

Darrell Toland said...

I haven't been visiting your blog lately so I didn't know about your dear friend. I'm so sorry. I know what it's like to lose a dog and if you've never been there, you just won't get it. I wish I could do something short of being your friend. Enjoy your time with Sobee. I read a book recently, "A Dog's Purpose" great book when you're ready.

Michaele Razi said...

@ Nina- Thank you! We're doing good. He's a VERY spoiled dog right now!

@Indira- So sweet. Thank you. I hope all is well with you, lovely lady!

@Darrell- Thanks, my friend. It's been brutal. He's my first dog and I didn't think it would be this hard. But he's getting so spoiled right now so he's happy--which makes me happy! Let's do lunch soon! xo

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

You go ahead and spoil him all you want. What would we do without our little animal companions? I wish you wonderful and gentle adventures for the time you have.

Michaele Razi said...

@Kim- Thank you so much. He's getting so spoiled right now. He just has to stand in front of me and I give him a treat. He has me trained now! lol.

Dennis Salvatier said...

Michaele, I'm sorry to hear this and to have heard it so late. I'm sorry about that. But you're doing the right thing in enjoying the time you have left. There's no point in thinking about tomorrow. We have to live for today. I really need to catch up with you. I hope I can have some time to call you this week to say hi! Hang in there.

Diana Evans said...

Hi Michaele and Sobee!!! I am so sorry to hear this and so sorry I missed this post....I will sned you prayers and you will be in my thoughts!!! I know how important our wonderful friends can be!!!

Hugs
Diana

Michaele Razi said...

@Diana- Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. He's been a perfect friend during my life and I just love him so much!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Sobee. What a gorgeous companion to have. It's amazing how they become such a important part of our lives and family. Our dog is 7 and I can't imagine life without him. Cherish every moment with Sobee. Hugs to you and I can't wait to see the book, your art work is amazing!
PS I hope your have recovered from your health issues! -Victoria

Michaele Razi said...

@Victoria- Thank you so much for the sweet words. Means so much. And yes, I will be blogging about the book I'm working on very soon! xo

Corina said...

I came across your blog completely by chance and couldn't help reading the post about your dog.
I completely understand you. I'm a dog lover and unfortunately underwent something similar not long ago.
Enjoy this time with lovely Sobee. He must be proud to have a friend like you.
Warmest regards from Argentina and be strong!