Never Too Old (To Learn Something New)

For Katchie…


A couple of months ago, my neighbor had to put down the dog she’s had for 17 years. I only knew Katchie for a couple of years, but I can certainly relate to the heartache when you have to let them go. This one is for Miss Katchie…

The dog was cut on my Cricut Explore & is from Nate’s ABCs cartridge & the glitter paper heart was also cut on the Explore from Ashlyn’s Alphabet cartridge. The flourish is a Spellbinder’s cut I had done a while back on some scrap paper, the butterfly was from the dollar store, added some baker’s twine and topped off with a strip of washi tape.

The inside was digital paper I bought & downloaded from Laureling Studios via Etsy. It’s from the “Paw Prints Basic” collection here. But I made it a bit lighter so the text would be more visible. The glittery heart on the inside, top was the inside cut of the heart on the front, the verse on the top was from “The Invisible String” by Patrice Karst, but I incorrectly attributed it to Geoff Stevenson who was the illustrator. (Sorry!) The font is “A Year Without Rain”.

The verse on the top reads:
“Those who love each other are always connected by a very special string made of love.
Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and
know that you are always connected to the ones you love.”

— Patrice Karst

The verse on the bottom:
They will not go quietly, The dogs who’ve shared our lives.

In subtle ways they let us know Their spirit still survives.
Old habits still make us think We hear a barking at the door.
Or step back when we drop A tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go around the place The food dish used to be.
And sometimes coming home at night, We miss them terribly.
Although time may bring new friends And a new food dish to fill,
That one place in our hearts belongs to them…
…and always will.

And yes, Miss Katchie, you will always be in our hearts & we miss you.

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