A childhood friend of mine lost her oldest best friend Sierra this year. She was a wonderful Rottweiler who had been there for my friend Kim through some really tough times. That special dog was also the last piece of Kim’s relationship with her late husband Jim. The last time I visited with Kim she was visibly shaken from her loss of Sierra. She barely showed a single smile during our visit. It made my heart hurt. For her birthday this month I surprised her with this painting of Sierra. Her husband helped me by hiding a key so I could sneak into her house while she was out with friends for breakfast. She was so happy with the painting. I now hope she uses this painting to bring a smile to her beautiful face.