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I was told by my client, who has become a dear friend, that she was going to have to put her beloved wiemeriner, Xiola down on Monday, 16, July. I had the pleasure of walking with my friend and Xiola the week prior. Xiola was very thin, incontinant, among other ailments of old age. But believe it or not, Xiola walked with us for over an hour, keeping right up with us the whole time. Amazing. I told my friend that I would get the portrait done before Monday so that she would have it afterwards. I finished Xiola's portrait on Saturday, 14 June. Unfortunately, due to severe weather, I was not able to get the portrait to her until the day after Xiola went over the Rainbow Bridge. When my friend saw Xiola's portrait, she broke down in tears. I shed my own tears with her, remembering Xiola. Soon, she was smiling as she looked at the portrait.I had captured Xiola's spirit and she was very happy.

How do you feel when you have to do a remembrance portrait?

WOW! This is stunning!

That's a lovely portrait no matter what the circumstance. I often find myself shedding a few tears when painting a pet the clients tell has passed away.

What medium did you use, Danette Malerich?  That is a beautiful piece!

This is Alli who was diagnosed with cancer. I was asked to do a remembrance portrait before she passed. I am honored and humbled to be able to create an image that will be treasured. I often think of the relationship these owners have with their beloved pet. 

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