I painted these papers quickly to get my mind off losing two of our beloved dogs. Nike, our 12 year old greyhound, died of cancer. And Grace, our 8year old whippet, died of a bronchial infection. It's very sad around our house right now - two very big holes. Our one remaining greyhound Lotus is so lonely. Animals have the ability to capture our hearts and become family members. As Mike says, he would rather have the animals than take fancy trips all over the globe. Well, I'd like to do both, but it is difficult with three dogs, two cages of parakeets and various and sundry other little ones like his leopard geckos and his red-foot tortoises. We love them all.