Pearl is a 14-1/2 year old Maltese and my faithful studio assistant. She alternates between sleeping in her comfy bed at my feet, guarding the doorway to my studio and helping make design decisions. Last week she had surgery for her second mast cell tumor, which turned out to be a grade 3—the most aggressive kind. We got the pathology results on Tuesday while Boyd was out of town. Pearl and I needed to drown our sorrows, so we went to DQ for ice cream. Most people like to drown in alcohol, but Pearl and I prefer the cold, creamy stuff. She LOVES going through the drive through there and getting a "Pup Cup." So Tuesday night we headed over there, just the two of us. We waited patiently in the line of cars until we pulled up to the window. I was still patient but Pearl couldn't restrain herself and went nuts! After pulling around into the parking lot, getting out of the car, we sat down on the grass, and she proceeded to devour that pup cup. She loved every. single. drop. In fact, she would've been even more happy with a double (she takes after me that way with ice cream—there's never enough!) I tried to shoot pictures with my phone in one hand while keeping the cup from scooting away as she licked with frenzy. Then, she just as happily got back in the car, and rode with the window down, enjoying a more temperate Fall evening.
Before heading home we ran through another drive through at Walgreens. Again, she went crazy and wagged with enthusiasm! And, again she was rewarded with a yummy dog treat (well, SHE thought it was yummy—I didn't partake).
When we got home she was so grateful for the good time and obliged me with posing for this terrific photo.
I love running errands with my furry assistant, enjoying the breeze and the scenery. I intend to run as many errands as I can with Pearl over the next months, reveling in all of the treasures we find along the way. Enjoy the pics and think good Pearl thoughts as she begins chemo treatment tomorrow morning. Pearl and I both thank you.