I recently got a new puppy. I was of course, so excited to get to meet him. He is my first puppy to have as an adult. His name is Van Gogh, as in Vincent Van Gogh. And no, he is not missing an ear. My husband and I named him Van Gogh because his puppy fur looked Van Gogh-esque with lots of different colors and swooshes (it has changed since then). Also, Van Gogh is our favorite artist and really inspires both of us.
In fact, we had the chance to visit the art museum Musee d'Orsay in Paris a couple of years ago. My husband had to literally pull me out of the Van Gogh exhibit room because I was in there for so long. It was the only time that I have actually cried when I looked at art. It really is quite amazing and awe inspiring to behold. So...now we have a dog named Van Gogh.
Van Gogh is the most energetic and happiest puppy I have ever seen and he makes me laugh every day. One of his favorite things to do in life is to smell flowers (and sometimes eat them). Nearly every time I walk him and he sees flowers, he has to stop and smell them, examine them, and taste them (if I don't stop him in time). He is so cute about it that it really has made me "stop and smell the flowers" too and take time to enjoy God's beauty through His creation.
I can be having a tough day or be down in the dumps, but when I go on a walk with Van Gogh and "smell the flowers", I get so inspired by my surroundings, that I feel like I have to go and create something, or I will explode! So, thanks to my dog, I have more inspiration and a bigger drive for art than I used to (and I didn't think that was even possible!).
Thanks Van Gogh for being a goofy, silly, happy, flower smelling dog. You make me laugh and smile and have a happy heart. And, most of all, thanks God for making that little guy and giving him to me!