Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the Year of the Snake.
But wait! There’s more! On February 14, 2013, my guide dog Hedy will be six years old. In celebration I am posting my outburst of new shirts and totes triggered by love for my Valentine’s Day partner and the new lunar year.
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The shirt below was designed to honor puppy raisers—those dauntless souls who volunteer to prepare puppies for training to be service dogs. I’ve met and interviewed quite a few raisers over the years, and they all have great big hearts, which is why I painted this with a huge heart.
Here are the Year of the Snake shirts.
And to celebrate fast-approaching spring and my continuing liberation into better health, here’s a little flurry of flora in the style of my paper cuts hero, Henri Matisse.
In this new year, may you be smooth in your going, wise as serpents and harmless as doves. May you travel safely in partnership with friends whose hearts are big and warm. And as the last of winter’s chill leaves the earth around you, may the vibrant beauty of spring remind you that the harsh and dark of life does not last forever. First out of bare branches are not leaves, but blossoms. God told me He made them for Hope. No matter what, there is always Hope, and His Hope does not disappoint.