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Updated: Jun 13, 2023

We had a pup with a 'gotcha day'. I remember it clearly because it was the day of the Boston Bombing. Not funny at all. We had chosen Rufus a few days before and could only pick him up that Monday – to the world's surprise of events.

I have a horrible memory. So as twisted as it was, I could look up the event and know that April 15, 2013 was the day – our gotcha day for Rufus.

I know some of you are getting used to seeing the architectural and plant life paintings and art. Well, these crazy animal characters have been around for years, but they were taking a break. Unless you have known me for years, you probably didn't know I make these, too...

Now that you are comfortable with the buildings and such...

"Gotcha!" Let's flip the creative for a moment.

Here's why.

I had a request from a pet company that wanted a Gotcha Day card for their customers. THEN. Then over this past weekend, my husband and I went to the local neighborhood beer garden, unknowingly, on the day the local Humane Society was there. (HERE's the link to their site - you know, just in case today is your day to adopt!)


Goodness, did the emotions swell up seeing these beautiful creatures! I was trying to keep it together but I failed. Thank goodness for sunglasses.

With the recent requests and sitings of pets needing adoption, I thought it was finally time to get out the ole iPad and see what I could come up with. Normally I use paper and pencil/whatever. Since I haven't drawn too many characters in awhile, the iPad come in handy because I could play around before choosing a direction. And this is what I came up with!

As for Rufus (rest his happy soul), I haven't wanted to replace that spot in our lives yet (It's been over a year). We have decided that we'll get another dog – later.

As for these cards? I'm going to send some to the animal shelter. If these can help make the Gotcha Day a little extra special for a new pet parent, then my public, emotional display wasn't in vain.


As usual, this blog is 100% human generated content from yours truly. All grammatical errors are my own. I would like to add this time around, the drawing for the card above is actually a digitally drawing using the app Procreate. It is an amazing app and I could draw on it for hours. Below is the process video for the drawing that took about 4 hours – brought down to just over 4 minutes.

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Jun 13, 2023

OMG, Deanne, are so talented! I had no idea you are into producing cute cards as well as history books!

BTW, we have a Gotcha Day coming up on Saturday when we adopt (rescue, really) two cats. The last of our three kitties died a few months ago; our hearts were broken but we think now is the time to love on another bunch.😊

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Hello! I am sorry being late about the comments. I just found the section on the website. I hope all went smooth with the kitten rescue. Pet companionship is so important! ...I do see how I need to get a kitten Gotcha Day card, too. Stay tuned (And thanks for following along)!

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