White Dog Art

‘dreaming buddha’

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Red Cottage on September 27, 2019 at 2:49 pm

watercolor 7 x 10   9/2019

This painting is my good bye to my beautiful dog ‘Buddha.’ He was on this earth for 15 years leaving us a month ago still a happy and peaceful dog despite his aged disabilities. ‘Buddha’ brought joy to everyone he touched. I miss him terribly and will never forget his paw print in my life. Everyone who has lived with a beloved dog knows the story.

I have so many drawings of him. Especially during his last year I sketched him many times not wanting to let go but knowing that my time with him was winding down.


Everything in the painting was free form except for both Buddhas and the lotus. I just let it flow. And I cried much of the time.

I captured this one a few years ago midst a nap with his namesake. Strange name for a dog I thought. It just came out of the ethers and it was perfect. He never met a dog, cat or human that he did not like.

Grooming his cat ‘Hari Giri Baba.’ Notice that the cat is relaxed. He loved Buddha and trusted him.

Buddha was the epitome for me of dog’s love for human.


He loved the snow….the deeper the better. First snow was the best….full of excitement. He and Maus would run and run in the first snow.


  1. What an absolutely gorgeous tribute to a special spirit. Sending you much love. It’s never easy to lose one of our living blessings. ❤

  2. So sweet, so touching. So exquisite. I remember Buddha (both of them0 with great fondness.

  3. Gretchen, I am so so sorry. Yes! I know just how this feels. Pain mixed with gratitude. Be well. Thanks for your art.

  4. Reblogged this on THE POET BY DAY and commented:
    Our condolences go out to Gretchen Del Rio on the lost of precious Buddha. We all do know that mix of pain and gratitude when we lose our younger cousins in this earthy kingdom. What a lovely artistic homage!

  5. What a beautiful tribute to a special pal. Hugs to you.❤

  6. Gretchen, this is so beautiful. He was a shinning light. Much love to you and those you carry in your heart.

    • Yes and thank you for your words and thoughts and especially for the beautiful letter and cards. It does get better…..the sadness. You have experienced the worst pain with your loved ones leaving all too soon. Those left behind struggle to make sense of it all……but then there is no sense really. You love as big as you can while you can. gretchen

  7. Thanks for sharing! Your dog’s spirit washed into my own. How beautiful.

    • That is very likely. The painting was filled with my love for him. All the many days that I worked on it were filled with my connection so it does not surprise me that your heart connected. Thank you for saying. gretchen

  8. Such a beautiful tribute. So painful when our dogs leave us. I wish you peace and healing.

    • Thank you Sylvia. The painting was healing. I can’t say that I feel less pain but I’m just letting it all out. That’s usually best so as not to carry around the sadness forever.

  9. What a beautiful tribute. I’m so sorry to read this. I hope his love will always stay with you. hugs, Hanneke

  10. I know the look on his face…pure love and devotion…

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