Artie had quite a few challenges in his life. He started out in a puppy mill but luckily was rescued and adopted. Later he made news by being dognapped. He was rescued again. Then his adoptive parents had to give him up because they had a very sick baby that required all their care and attention. This is when Nancy's daughter, Megan found him and adopted him. They lived in New York and had a very full life. He got a lot of loving with Megan.
Artie drove across country with Nancy and Megan last year.
Artie and Megan were planning on moving here from New York. That plan didn't work out so Artie stayed here with Nancy while Megan flew back to make further plans. He wasn't expected to live very much longer. He had several health problems, among them being blind and deaf. He got along pretty well, though, but had a diminished quality of life.
Nancy's dog, Tootie wasn't very welcoming but she tolerated him. They made their peace with each other.
Artie settled in and came to the office with Nancy and Tootie every day, where he had his own special pillow and plenty of treats.
Sometimes he slept in Tootie's bed with Tootie's favorite toy. Usually she didn't get mad.
They sometimes went on walks together while Artie was still able.
He loved the water.
Sometimes he could be naughty. He may have been blind and deaf but he still had an excellent sense of smell. He noticed that there were some dog bones in this bag of groceries.
He appreciated art. But sometimes it just put him to sleep.
He often took time to smell the daisies.
Nancy took very good care of Artie and his favorite sleeping place was in her lap.
Or under a colorful fleece blanket.
Artie died a couple of weeks ago.
This is how I picture him in "Doggie Heaven".