As I’d planned, I’ve designed and dedicated a new animal sympathy card to the memory of Lakota. For all that he meant to so many people, I am glad to be able to share him with the world and give others the chance to share him and his message as well.
I take the use of an animal’s image seriously, especially with my sympathy cards, never presuming they want to represent what I have to say; for that reason I always feel most comfortable using the images of animals I know well, mostly those who’ve lived with me.
Lakota and I both knew he was on borrowed time from the day he came here and I knew our journey would be brief. It was, in fact, longer than I thought it would be. I knew when I took this series of photos that they were special, and as it turns out, they were the last good photos I managed to get of the big guy. Trying to capture his friendly and engaging nature and that big fuzzy teddy bear physique I knew these images would become other works, a painting someday, and also a sympathy card.
Use this card to celebrate the adoption of senior cats
I use my sympathy cards, as do others, for intents other than the passing of an animal companion. They are used for human sympathy cards as well as friendship and thinking-of-you cards for people who love cats and other animals. Those of you who knew Lakota will recognize the reference to time, that he was 20 and only lived with me for six weeks, but more than enough time to become a part of my life. Lakota’s card is also dedicated to the importance of adopting senior cats, knowing they deserve a loving home as well as any kitten and perhaps more considering their needs, and when adopting or fostering we should all consider these senior cats, experienced at love and life, for the treasures they hold in their golden years, months, or days.
I hope that Lakota’s card can also be used to let others know you’ve made the commitment to adopt or foster a senior cat, or to congratulate someone who has done so, because even though we may never feel it’s enough time, there is always time enough to love. You can find Lakota’s card in my Etsy shop.
About my sympathy cards
As an artist I turn my emotions into creative output. Thus it is with the grief I’ve felt at the losses of my cats through the years. After receiving many sympathy cards I realized that not too many are focused on the loss of an animal companion, and I vowed to create a line of sympathy cards drawn on my own experiences that would feature photos and paintings of my cats and others’ animal companions as well as artwork and photos not focused on any species.
It wasn’t until after I’d lost Namir in July 2009 that I was suddenly moved to start designing, and when the task was done I had a dozen different sympathy cards. Each of the cats depicted was or is one of mine and the dog, Tika, I came to know through a friend and her animal memorial project.
Lakota’s card is the first new one since that year. I’ve also found that other cards outside this series are also used for sympathy cards, and as I mentioned above these sympathy cards are used for other greeting purposes. I’m so pleased to serve six veterinary hospitals around the country, four of them cat-specific, with wholesale orders of my sympathy cards. It also brings me joy to know the cats I loved are still out there doing their magic on others.
You can read more about my sympathy cards and see all the designs on my regular website, and you can also find the original set of a dozen sympathy cards in my Etsy shop. With the addition of Lakota’s card I’m going to organize different sets and take the time to list them each individually.
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