May 9, 2008

Ruby ?-2008

Our lovely Ruby passed away early Thursday morning in Asheville. Ruby apparently had a growth on her neck that suddenly made it difficult and impossible to breathe. Stacey took her to the animal hospital in Asheville and they did what they could to help her. We are all in shock.

Anyone who has met Ruby won't soon forget her, if ever. She was a fixture at Penland while I was a resident there, (until she was found on top of a table in the Pines lapping away at someone's dinner). Ruby's hysteria will be missed around here and we will always remember her for her companionship, loyalty, enthusiasm, singing, and loving nature. Ruby was immortalized in the painting "Circus of the Night" by John Snyder. The above image of Ruby is a detail of John's 24' painting from 2005.

John always had a milk bone in his pocket for Ruby and whenever John came around Ruby gave here most enthusiastic greeting.

Ruby was laid to rest underneath this dogwood tree Thursday afternoon.