Long before we ever had chickens, we brought home a German Shorthair Pointer puppy we named Jigsaw. She is 13 years old now, but still very busy and extremely silly (as she has always been). She has been quite a good friend to the chickens over the years–amazingly so, in fact, consider that she is a bird dog by breeding. Once I unwittingly shut Gigi into Jigsaw’s dog run with her, only to come back later and find them both waiting patiently at the gate to be let out.
Last year, we commissioned Tina Marohn, a friend and neighbor, to paint a portrait of Jigsaw for Rick’s birthday. (Wouldn’t you know a couple of the chickens snuck their way into the picture, as well???) Tina has a lovely, gentle spirit and does beautiful work. She specializes in animal portraits, but also creates stunning stained glass pieces. In addition, for each painting she does, Tina donates a portion of the proceeds to the animal rescue organization of your choice.