I posted this painting of Chacho on facebook two days ago, and this morning I received an email from Chacho's human companion, telling me that Chacho departed from this world yesterday. I had no idea that Chacho was preparing to move on. I just have to post Chacho again, this time as a tribute to his gallant life. When I was painting him, I kept thinking of him as heroic- bigger than life, with his giant enthusiasm for play, for work, for people, for life. Here are the words I received this morning, which could not better describe this truly wonderful dog:
"We had to let our wonderful, beloved Chacho go yesterday. I can't stop crying and he is worth every tear. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect dog. He was the happiest person I've ever met, always the jester and comedian reminding us not to take ourselves so seriously. He made us laugh every day and he made the most of everything we did together. After more than fourteen years, that was a lot. He was joyful, kind, exuberant, a prankster, and a thief. He was ornery enough to make it interesting. He was demanding and communicative with his looks and chortles and, of course, no one who knew him will forget that smile. He loved like the big-hearted Chessie that he was, literally grinding himself into us with affection. He was game for everything and he drained every ounce from the cup until there was nothing left. And he gave all of himself to us. I am grateful. May his soul be tied in the knot of life." LS
May we meet again, Chacho.