Monday, November 16, 2009


I have taken many
Many photos
Of Paris' dogs.
I've painted many Parisbreakfast reader's darling dogs: Jack, Wally, Azela, Harvard, Bella, Bessa, Winston, Broady, Lilly, Lulu.
This weekend Jack's mom asked me what kind of a dog I had.

I had a Belgian Sheepdog named Rudi for many wonderful years.(This was not shot on the Riviera or Provence)
He was 13 years old when I lost him.
(Sardi Klein took this headshot of Rudi at 3 years old)

He had a Phd.
He spoke French fluently.
Va chercher, donne la patte, viens vite (come here, give me your paw, come quick) etc.
Rudi had sofa rights.
My neighbor said he should have been named 'Politie'. His manners were so refined.
I wish I could have a dog where I live now.
This sweet cushion is the closest I'll get.
I miss you Rudi.


Amy said...

sweet memories..
I miss my dog Chester too... Thanks for sharing..

Simone said...

I love reading all your posts, but especially this one about your dog. I just wrote about my dog at

Annie said...

Lovely Rudi!
And gorgeous YOU!

M-P said...

a thought (and a tear) for Rudi
PASHA our dog is a big sheepdog too :a "Serra da Estrela" (Estrela Mountain Dog), a portuguese dog (but not the same Obama's family dog)
He's 8 now and he's "senior life" begins...

angie Brooksby-Arcangioli said...

I love your blog. Next time you come to Paris I would love to meet you. A friend of mine has a few hotels and would like to meet you as well, I'm an artist too. They might be able to exhibit your paintings and I know of a restaurant that would plus a cafe historic.
you can emil me at tuscanartist at yahoo dot it.

TIca said...

Rudi was loved.

I know it is hard to love and let go. But maybe you would do well with another dog? Just think you could take him to Paris, your own adorable model. Pink and green bow!

Tender post Carol.

Cherie said...

Awwwwww please don't miss him too much, when the time is right another lucky pooch will come into your life - no consolation I know. Chin Up. xo

Paige said...

Rudi looks and sounds like he was the best dog/friend EVER!
Can you have a cat?

Christine said...

Thanks for this, Carol. I met his twin yesterday when I was on a beautiful, sunny trail run coming into a meadow.

I've come to love, delight in, enjoy & adore other peoples' dogs very much ....

Parisbreakfasts said...

And I met his twin in Paris...
I just couldn't for the life of me find that photo yesterday...
Carolg :)

sharron said...

What a lovely tribute to Rudi.
He looks like he was a truly great friend.

Kyle said...

I lost my schnauzer when he was 18; I know how it goes.

I think New York still has some catching up to do to Paris in being chien-friendly. I don’t understand all these buildings where you can’t have dogs.
How can you not love a dog?
Rudi looked like quite a gentleman. I’m sorry.

Misha said...

It's so sentimental to see you and your dog, I adore your photos.
I suppose people ask : why not another dog ?
but I can understand for many reasons...

Robin said...

Awww! Looks really sweet!

Paige L. said...

We just lost our 14-year-old Siberian Husky, Annie, 2 weeks ago. She was a sweet, beautiful girl.
I might have thought, previous to losing her, that it would be hard to hear about friends' dogs' antics, or to see them. But it turns out the connection I felt with Annie channels through other pups, too, so that I feel closer to her.
Your boy was a beauty.
Thanks for the introduction.

Anonymous said...

I found this quote at StillSavvy..
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.”

Anatole France

Sophia said...

A very handsome fellow!
Pets rock.

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Oh Rudi was adorable! I love my dog- and aptly put a picture of him on my latest blog post! I love your paintings of pets and am going to order one from you in the near future! xo

Unknown said...

Beautiful post! Rudi will forever be immortalized in your art!

sandra said...

Beautiful fellow. The close up is just beautiful.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

What a lovely tribute. I love that close up picture or you and Rudi together. I grew up with a cocker spaniel named Mops. She was with us for 16 years. I was grown and married by the time she died. Mom had a small silver gray toy poodle named Chiffon. Both very much family. I didnt get another dog till we moved here to Oregon. Annie, our red and white Border collie, is now Five years old. Time flys to fast, they should love much longer. Love your paintings & postings of dogs.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

oops they should LIVE much longer as well as love much longer.. LOL

Audrey said...

I read you all the time your water colors are quite sweet.

Peggy said...

Hi Carol!
Rudi was gorgeous!
I love the sofa rights,
Jack had his too


Geoffrey said...

Rudi will always have a place in our hearts.
Chien champion du monde, philosophe,
voisin superlatif,
camarade, gentilchien......
By the way, I see that it's my former sofa on which he was exercising droit de chien --
what an honour.

Incidentally, you made a very handsome pair, as the pictures show.
But then you knew that.

xx G

Nikon said...

What a great looking friend, Carol.
I'm sorry that he is not there now.
NYC seems downright hostile to me in terms of dogs - too bad - or maybe it has improved since I spent time there?

Nancy said...

don't forget the cats
My Tyger, who lived in Paris and learned some French (with a Cameroon accent), is now 17 years old and loves the painting of Le Cafe St. Andre (though he did not visit it in person; he was pretty much a chat de l'appartement).

Emilie said...

You have my sincere sympathy and understanding, Carol.


Kathleen said...

I love Rudi’s breed.
I have a friend who trains them for search and rescue. They are amazing. I’m a big fan of German Shepards, too. Our last beloved dog, Cholla, died two and a half years ago (at 16 yrs) and it seems like yesterday. He was a mix of what we thought was a Chow/Golden Retriever.
Thanks for your fun web site!


Merisi said...

Maxie sends you a special hug!
He promises to give you many more when you come visit him. Hugs from M.

Marina Mott said...

Dear Carol, first time I'm here and a I can say that I really love your blog. Great!! I have this Paris macarons dreams too. (I'm from Brazil.) I'm a lawyer who loves to cook, and I'm obssessed about macarons. I make macarons almost every week!! (Think I'm crazy!!)
Wonderfull paints, by the way!
I'll make sure to keep up with your posting!!!!

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

Rudi makes my heart melt! What an incredible companion and loving friend....

Mlle Paradis said...

Aw Rudi! It's always terribly hard to lose a friend quoique'il soit poilu, quoiqu'il soit pieds nus. Condoleances!

Meanwhile a little suggestion to cheer you up: Right now I am eating crepes with mascarpone and maple syrup. If you haven't tried it, you should! My first time. It was what was in the house.

Bisous to you and to Rudi wherever he is.

Felice said...

Gorgeous pictures
Thanks for sharing
From faithful reader

Anonymous said...

Dear Carol,

Your post about Rudi is my favorite of all the posts I have ever read in the whole internet world. It made me cry. I found it moving, endearing in the way that only tributes to animals can achieve.

You gave us a big glimpse into your heart with this post. Thank you.

Animal lovers are the best people, IMHO.

God bless Rudi! And, my dog! Take good care.

Warm Regards,

Becky said...

Your Rudi looks like such a sweetheart! Thank you for sharing him with us and I'm sorry he's now gone, bless him and you.

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

OOOOOO! What a sweetie!

sue said...

Awwww--sweet photos of you and Rudi, Carol! Love 'em. That's a cute post. I kind of feel that way about our 2 yellow labs, long gone now--Calvin and Burt.

Cynthia said...

I wish you could too. Dogs are such great companions. My Lola is my little buddy.

Anonymous said...

A very poignant post, Carol.
I grew up on a farm, in S. Jersey.
Our childhood dog was named
"Numpy," 'cause for some reason
she'd ;ost most of her tail.
Numpy usually slept in our barn,
but often, under my Dad's country store.
My brothers and I loved our Numpy,
as you did with your Rudi.
I do believe I met Rudi once.
Bill (?)

Susi said...

Aw, I had a fluffy persian cat called Rudi, he's now in cat heaven, bless him. My British Blue Kaiser is back in New Zealand, gosh I miss him!

Linda said...

What an elegant dog! And those [kissable] ears!
I bet all the ladies in the neighborhood did some slathering when he came around!
woof! woof!

Di Overton said...

Oh I didn't realise you had lost a dog. Bless you!


What a sweetheart! I wish I had a dog now - one day soon an adorable little terrier that I can dress up to be terribly chic and Parisian! :-)


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