"For Amos"
Oh, I just spent this afternoon doing this for Amos (I tried it several years ago for a show, but messed it up).
 
I had Amos for fifteen years; I think he was at least two when I got him.....and he went everywhere with me back in those old days.  And, yes...he was a small, yorkshire terrier.....given to me by my former sister-in-law, Laura Terry (since those married-days, a friend...which is good).  Amos wasn't very "cute" though......he was one  of the rowstiest little dogs I've ever known. He wasn't at all a silly lapdog. I photographed him all the time.  He was always amusing.
 
That dog spent nights in Montreal hotels, a couple of Virginia farms, Vermont dorm-rooms (also ten years in a dorm room every summer at the Hill School in Pennsylvania), a couple of New Orleans hotels, the houses of various friends over the upper south ( I slept around a LOT in those days, for various reasons, and so did plucky Amos)......and God knows where else I went in my late twenties and early thirties. He went everywhere I went.
 
My sweetest memory of my father (who's still quite present-tense, and I talk to him every day) was when, the day after one Christmas, I had to have Amos put to sleep while visiting back home. The vet did his business, while Amos slept in my lap....and they stuck him in a plastic bag...and my father drove me back to the house where I grew up, with that bag in my lap.....and, while driving, he said "Go ahead and cry...it's alright".
 
I remember sitting there, on the passenger side of the car, suddenly bawling and saying "Fuckit...I don't ask anyone for much in this life...but I don't want my damn dog to DIE".
 
I don't recall what my father said in reply, but he was very kind,as  I recall, and he got me a shovel to bury Amos in the backyard where I grew up. I've still, ten years and three more dogs (they're all quite alive) later, got his (Amos's, not my father's) collar and tag on my desk as I type this.
 
Oil pencil and pastel pencil
10"x12"
2013