I lost my little dog, Piper, from congestive heart failure 6 years ago. His death hurt me deeply but strangely I had been unable to grieve for my little Piper at the time of his death because of my heavy travel schedule with the launch of a new product I had developed--going from show to show, city to city promoting the new line. Poor excuse I know, but now as I write this story, I'm shedding long over due tears of grief from my loss----- yet I'm drawn more now to the happiness that little dog brought to my life--which paints a smile on my face.
So I smile now thinking about how Piper was always a camera hog! He loved having his picture taken! And he loved being on TV with me when I was asked to be a guest on other shows.
He even became my co-star on my TV series--Town & Country Crafts with Kathy Peterson and co-hosted his own crafty how-to video called Pet Crafts. Piper had his own fan base too...people would send him letters and pictures of their own pet's all decked out in the outfits I made for him on the show.
Piper never minded posing in his little crafty outfits including a handmade tuxedo, star spangle star collar, dogie hats, angel wings and more! And every Halloween, he would sit in my bicycle basket to go dogie trick or treating all decked out in his little halloween outfit I had made for him. At every house we stopped at, people would smile and hand him a dogie treat. Crafting his little outfits was the best treat of all and great therapy for me.
So now as I close this story, a few more tears fall down my face wishing Piper were still here with me and wishing I could hear him say "ma-ma-ma-ma". To my sweet little Piper, mommy misses you but I always smile when I think of you. You will always be my little man in a dog suit and you will always be in my thoughts. And yes, you still paint a smile on my face when I see your own little happy face. In his memory, I hope to write a childrens book based on his happy life.