February 11 — On The Wall

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThis posting is a day late since I was sick yesterday.  I am feeling better today so I thought I’d catch back up.

For February 11, the Photo-A-Day Challenge was On The Wall.  This painting is on the wall of my den and means a lot to me.

Not many people probably have an oil painting of a beloved dog, but my grandfather did.  Before he passed away, he gave the painting to me, signed “To Patti” and included his initials. He then wanted me to take it home.

“Are you sure Grandpa,” I asked him.  “Yes, Patti.  We know you like it (or something like that).”

Unfortunately I don’t remember exactly what he said.  I was beyond moved as this painting held a special place in Grandpa and Grandma’s living room.  This dog was his and Grandma’s beloved miniature schnauzer Schatzi.  She was a great dog and so loving.  She was my favorite and Grandpa knew it.  Talk about a special gift.

The artist really captured how cute and sweet she was.  She had floppy ears and was full of life.  To this day, I still like Miniature Schnauzers.  When I was growing up, we had our own named Eva.  She was a sweetie too but scared of her own shadow.

Now, Ian is wanting a dog but he likes the larger breeds.  We will have to see what we can do in terms of a pet.  Not quite ready for that and all of the responsibility but they sure bring a lot of love.

I wonder what other special treasure I will come across today?  I look forward to finding out what is in store.

September 9 – On The Wall

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAAnother Monday. And another week.   I hope it will be good.

Today’s photo is On The Wall. Here is an oil painting on the wall of our den.

Schatchzi was my grandparent’s dog.  I don’t remember how to spell her name but it’s close.  I remember her when I was much, much younger.

She had floppy ears as shown in this painting and she was such a little love and often got into trouble.  Miniature Schnauzers are one of my favorite dogs.

This sweet dog was also precious to my grandparents.  This picture hung on the wall of their house for quite a while.

Prior to Grandpa’s death, he took this painting off the wall, wrote my name on the back of it, signed his name, and said “this is for you.”

I nearly burst into tears.  “Why don’t you take it home with you Patti?” he asked.  “Grandpa, I couldn’t.”  “Yes, I want you to have it.”

So, I took it home.  I was blown away by his generosity and so touched that he gave me something that had been so special to him.  At times, he could be very difficult, but I also saw a lot of love and compassion.

Now, this painting hangs in my home.  Ian has asked me about it and enjoys hearing the story of this sweet little dog.  I still look at this painting with happy tears –remembering my precious grandparents who I still miss and their precious dog.

I wonder if my parent’s dog Riley will mean as much to Ian as Schatchzi has to me?  I bet she will!!