Monday, October 30, 2017

Artwork by Milly- "Farewll Senorita"

About three months ago, I had to say farewell to a good friend of mine. As a parting gift, I painted (or rather attempted to paint a portrait of us together), and added a touch  of Africa to the mix :)



Now I know it it's far from a Da Vinci, but I am still proud. I definitely need lessons from a professional, but until I have time to spare, I'm going to figure it out for myself :)
(winging it all the way!)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A mothers' love gone wrong...

I recently read the story of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee last week in YOU magazine, and I was absolutely shocked and sickened. 
 
Gypsy Rose and her mother Dee Dee. Image source: InTouch Weekly
In a nutshell, Dee Dee had been administering an array of drugs and treatments to her daughter Gypsy Rose from an early age. She also managed to convince doctors that her daughter was suffering from a long list of illnesses, including cancer! As a result, Gypsy Rose had undergone numerous unnecessary medical procedures, including the insertion of a feeding tube, and was forced to move around in a wheelchair. She was also encouraged to act years younger than her actual age. Her mother Dee Dee enjoyed the attention, as well as perks that came with having an extremely ill child, which included receiving a new house, trips to places such as Disney Land, and financial support. Gypsy Rose eventually managed to find some solace in an online relationship with a young man she met on a Christian dating website. This relationship allowed Gypsy Rose to express herself, with "guidance" from the troubled young lad, who was very much into sexual fantasies and role play. When the treatment from her mother had finally become too much for Gypsy Rose, and after may conversations with her partner, it was decided that her mother would be killed. While Gypsy Rose did not execute the murder herself, she was apparently a willing participant. I recently also watched the documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest which takes you through the story of this horrific crime, from the beginning of her childhood, to the sentencing of the guilty party. I felt quite uneasy watching the interviews with family members and friends. It is so difficult to even imagine how they felt when they discovered the truth. The mental and physical abuse this young lady endured at the hand of her own mother, is unfathomable, and the individual she has become (which you can also gather from her interviews) as a result is frightening, but expected (in my opinion). The murder of her mother was inexcusable, but not completely unexpected. If you haven't seen the documentary, you should give it a watch.

Gypsy Rose in hospital. Image source: Esquire
The guilty pair. Image source: People-Crime

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Heroic Tails Competition- Blake :)

Please vote (http://www.montego.co.za/ht_2016/blake/) for this hunk of a pup! He needs all the votes he can get :)

"At the age of 2, Blake (4 year old Rotti x GSD) had x-rays done. We found out that he suffered from severe hip dysplasia. On 30 July 2016, while running outside, Blake had torn his ligaments and couldn’t walk. That night he wet himself because he couldn’t get up. I took him to his vet and on 2 August 2016, x-rays were done again. I was advised that 6 of his 8 joints were so bad that it would be kinder to put him to sleep than to endure the numerous surgeries that the surgeons would most probably not even agree to do. I got a second and third opinion stating the same.
I then approached Hilton Veterinary Hospital. He was admitted for the weekend to reduce the wind up pain from the ligament tears. During his stay, I kept in contact with Dr Jeanette Oosthuizen who looked at the video of him bunny hopping and read through the opinions and x-rays. She advised me that she’d instead do the knee surgeries to stabilize his knees so he could walk again.
On the 10th August 2016, the surgeries were done. I was advised that dogs usually drag themselves around the first few days after surgery. But my Blakey was so determined that he had actually walked out of his kennel that next morning, despite both knees being operated on the day before! He’s doing really well so far and is proving his will to live, despite the odds! :)"

Artwork by Milly- "Farewll Senorita"

About three months ago, I had to say farewell to a good friend of mine. As a parting gift, I painted (or rather attempted to paint a portrai...