Thanks all, it helps to share. And yes, we did find someone to help fill the chasm... Spirit has been with us for over a year now (her pic is in one of my posts in the 'newbie' section). I'm gonna dread that day too.
It's usually too personal to tell, but I wanted to share this story and painting of Phoenix here...
We have been full-time rv'ing for several years, and had stopped at a small campground for several days somewhere out west. While walking one evening, this young boy - who couldn't have been more than 14-15 years old - came up to us with his camera and said we had a beautiful dog and could he take his picture. Well sure, we're always happy to show him off. And we thought that was the end of it.
The next evening, the boy came to our rv and asked if we wanted to see what he'd done. When we saw the painting, we couldn't believe it! In such a short time, he brought out the vibrancy, the majesty, and all those other big words to describe perfection. My wife said Phoenix would 'scan' into your soul with his eyes, and that comes out superbly here.
He didn't want any money for the painting, just wanted to do it for us, but we sorta 'forced' him to take all of the cash we had on us at the time (which wasn't much).
The next day, I went looking for him to try and give him some more money, or at least reiterate our gratitude to him and his parents for what he did.
Never did see him again.
Last edited by dogdad; 09-16-2015 at 07:30 AM.