I am deeply saddened to report that on December 21, 2006, my best furry friend Gabriella crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. So many of you delighted in her stories, and it's with a heavy heart I must share her passing with you as well. Although she weighed a mere 5 pounds, her loss leaves a hole in my heart the size of the ocean.
The studio is so quiet now, and she will be sorely missed. Although I handled every aspect of my bear business myself, she was my full-time helper. Most of the time she was a gentle and well-mannered soul. That is, until I let my guard down. Then she was off and running with a pattern piece or some other vital part of bear making and the chase was on! Now, I see you asking yourself, "How was that a help?" She kept me laughing and that made for a very happy bear maker. She was my greatest inspiration and I often patterned a bear using her beautiful face as my model.
Although she was with us only for a short time, I have undying gratitude to my dear husband Jeff who presented me with this most precious of God's creatures for my birthday. We loved her with all our hearts, and we tried to give her heaven on earth. I believe we did well. Goodbye, Punkin Pie.
Post Script: The following year to honor her memory, a new Studio Helper arrived and took over duties for Gabriella. Although she is Gabriella's polar opposite, Baylee does her job making me smile and I believe Gabriella approves. You may meet her Here.