Tucker and dogs like Tucker is the reason why I created Wearable Keepsakes.

This photo was taken not too long before he passed away.

Tucker was an American Eskimo. He gave his owners sixteen years of doggie love!

He passed away at the beginning of February.

“He was mom’s little sidekick.”, their daughter told me.


I feel so lucky I was able to provide Tucker’s owners with a little comfort at such a difficult time.

Pets really do become a part of the family.



How Liz became a dog person

I have been reading Liz Petrone’s personal blog for a few years.  Her voice is genuine and she writes from the heart.

Her writing has appeared in Literary Mama, To Write Love on Her Arm and The Huffington Post to name just a few.

Liz has been selected as a Blogger 2017 Voice of the Year and 2017 Beyond Your Blog Hall of Fame.

She recently became a dog person and I want to share her thoughts with you.

Here is the link:  Liz Petrone

Walking the Dog

Happy Saturday afternoon!  Sometimes, when I am felting or stitching, instead of sitting in silence I listen to a podcast.  There is such a plethora of podcasts to choose from! 

In steps – Walking the Dog podcast.  Emily Dean from the British national newspaper, The Times talks with comedians while walking their dogs.  Kind of like Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians, in Cars, Getting Coffee’, but with a dog lover’s perspective.


The hot, humid weather has taken a break today.  Makes walking the dog a little more enjoyable…for everyone.



My friend holds her Keepsake necklace up to her cheek.  She just wants to snuggle it and keep it close.  Her dog Katie is a border collie.  She was displaced after hurricane Katrina and found wandering and scavenging for food.  She is getting older and starting to slow down.  I am so glad I am able to provide my friend and her family with a small memento to cherish when it’s time to say good bye to Katie.



Katie’s fur

I am so excited to start making a wearable keepsake for a ‘mom friend’ from my son’s school.  I had the pleasure of meeting Katie several years ago.

More recently, when my friend stopped bringing Katie after school,  I questioned how she was doing.

“She is getting older,  but she’s good.”,  she said.

I told my friend about my idea.

IMG_9868smIMG_9869smI love to see the all the different colour variations that can come from one dog.  It also makes for more interesting beads.

While she sleeps

Sometimes I watch my dog while she sleeps.

I mean really study her.

She looks so peaceful with her eyes cinched shut.

She’s in her own little dream world – whatever dogs dream about.  

Muscles twitching,  legs moving,  releasing little barking sounds.

Sometimes she curls up in a ball,  tucking all her feet under her body and then finding that perfect little nook to where she inserts her nose.

Sometimes she sprawls out,  usually right in the middle of the floor,  forcing everyone to dance around her.

Sometimes I watch my dog while she sleeps.

It’s almost meditative…or hilarious. 




Just as you would imagine,  the Saint Bernard travels long distances,  through blizzard conditions to save someone stranded and in desperate need of help.  My sister and her family see this caring, protective trait in their dog – Sadie.  Every morning she waits until everyone goes downstairs,  then she goes down for breakfast.  She is a big cuddly bear of a dog who needs a love seat all to herself!  Sadie is my cover girl.  Her droopy, furry face appears on my business cards and website.  She is the first dog I collected fur from to create a necklace for my sister as a birthday gift.  Sadie snowy face

My business cover girl – Sadie

If you own a dog, you understand.

My brother’s two-year old golden retriever named Murphy had an aggressive, cancerous tumour on his spine that had taken away his ability to walk.  My brother had a difficult decision to make.  Not “should I put him down,  but when do I put him down?”

If you own a dog,  you understand.

I was looking at some pet sympathy cards.  Most pictured golden retrievers running at the beach and sitting on a hill in front of a sunset.  I couldn’t do it.  It didn’t feel right –  like rubbing salt in a wound.  Murphy is a golden retriever.

If you own a dog,  you understand.


Here is a photo of Murphy as a puppy.

We miss him a bunch.