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So Long Old Friend by KatVanGent So Long Old Friend by KatVanGent
Everyone in the world should have met Indie. In a way, the world did finally meet him through this tribute. I am greatly humbled and proud of my boy.

Indie died because he had Addison's disease. He was only five years old. He was like a son and he was my best friend.

Indie was very, very special.

Edit: I was astounded to find that I was given a Daily Deviation for this piece. I'm very much an underdog of the art world, I don't receive much attention, which is something I've always accepted. I don't feel like I deserve this, but Indie does. He, is of course, mainly responsible for this achievement. He was and continues to be a great source of inspiration to me and all those who ever really knew him. He would have been six years old tomorrow. Happy birthday, sweetheart.

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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-05-17
~Lookin4therightart says, "While the piece is GORGEOUS in all forms, the heart that was put into this is unmistakable. This is a lovely portrait of something that almost everyone goes through and is a great tribute to a loving friend."
So Long Old Friend by ~KatVanGent
Also suggested by: =natalia-luz ( Suggested by Lookin4therightart and Featured by kangel )
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littlecreator333 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm sorry for you loss. You deserved that Daily Deviation.
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EthelStar Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
because this i don't want dog anymore
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Chely-Sparkle Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
What a beautiful picece :)
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tails-is-epic13 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
this is such a beautiful piece of art
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RainbowPegasis Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Goodbye may seem forever, farewell is like the end. But in my heart's the memory, and there, you'll always be" [link]

Was listening to this when I stumbled across this piece of beautiful artwork. This clip just fits so well with this piece, I LOVE it. Well done for the daily deviation, Indie looks like such a wonderful friend-I wish I could have met him :heart:
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
I wish you could have too.
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humer123 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
this is a great drawing
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Thanks!
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humer123 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
this reminds me of my this so sad but really beautiful
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Thanks :thanks:
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humer123 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
your well come
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DrSharpster Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
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I been listening to this song for the past few weeks and when I saw your post on 9gag I was on the verge of crying. I had my labrador for fifteen years and in the summer of 08 the time came where we had to put him down. Thank you for reminding me how much I truly loved him. <3
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BettyFontaine Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's really beautiful and touching... To years ago I lost my friend too, so I know what you feel... But remember! "Goodbyes aren't forever". :)
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Ah, a quote from Charlie B Barkin? ;)
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BettyFontaine Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes :)
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Aww, I loved that movie too :)
It was one of the first things I wanted to watch to remember Indie when he died. That and Brother Bear. That movie is where Indie got the nickname "Smallish Bear".
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BettyFontaine Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's my favourite movie ever (part one and sequel). It gave me some hope. :) And I believe our little friends are waiting for us somewhere and we all will meet someday. :)
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
I like to think so too :)
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Zhath Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
This makes me want to go get a dog!
Awesome job :D
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Thanks :)
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telehiver Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
I couldn't hold my tears after I saw your work (esp. at the 3rd frame) and read the comments, as it recalled the good times I had with my cute chow.
I lost him when he was 6 years and got run over by a lorry, and it hurts my mind even till now.
I've used the 4 frames you've beautifully drawn for the wallpaper on my phone, so I can remember him every time I use it.

Although where we lived there never was a wide green lawn like one in your drawing, there WAS one in our minds where we enjoyed visiting from time to time.
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
I'm really sorry to hear about your chow and I'm sorry I made you cry :( But at least I reminded you of the good times too! :tighthug:
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A-Jormungandr Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Just made an account here to say that you touched my soul.
I'm at work right now, and I can't stop crying.
You perfectly drew what true love is.
True love lasts a lifetime. Thank you so much for sharing this...
Wish you all the best.
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Ah, I hate making people cry while they're at work!
You know, I've had all sorts of relationships with all sorts of people... and this is the only one that I know for sure that will last forever, beyond the illusion of death. It really was the truest, most pure and deep love. The kind that Disney and Pixar make movies about.

Hey, maybe you'll stick around on DeviantArt. Thanks for coming over to share your kind words.
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DrSharpster Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
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I been listening to this song for the past few weeks and when I saw your post on 9gag I was on the verge of crying. I had my labrador for fifteen years and in the summer of 08 the time came where we had to put him down. Thank you for reminding me how much I truly loved him. <3
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
I'm glad I could help bring some happy memories and love back into your life. :tighthug:
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R-a-z-z Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
I'm a grown man...this is very close in bringing tears to my eyes :(

He's probably in a better place now, and who knows, you might meet with him again :)
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
I'm sure I will. I have no fear of death anymore, knowing he'll be there on the otherside.
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psangoesdown Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
beautiful
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
:thanks:
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CeroBlade Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
This is amazing, i really loved it :)
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Glad you liked it :)
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Tianithen Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, this has brought tears to my eyes. Our last dog didn't live as long as would be expected, she had a very malignant cancer, we fought it for years but eventually she died (peacefully). This picture reminds me of my bond with her and how much I loved her.
We have a new dog now who is also loved very much, but I'll always remember Willow.
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
I'm really sorry to hear about Willow :( I'm glad she was so loved and well looked after though. What's your new doggie's name and what sort is s/he? :)
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Tianithen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
New dog is called Mabel, she is a golden doodle and she is a family dog so she lives with my parents. She is a lovely dog with lots of character. I am looking forward to the day I can get a dog that can live with me, unfortunately not possible at the moment.
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Oh, I bet she's really affectionate and clever, being that mix of breeds x)
I feel your pain, I know how it sucks to not be in a situation where you can't have your own dog. I had to wait a year between my first dog, Scamp, passing away with my mom and getting Indie. Doesn't sound like a long time, I'm sure, but it was sort of my mission to be able to have a dog again :)
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Tianithen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, I think people think I'm a bit mad if I say one of my dreams in life is to own a dog, haha. She is pretty clever and affectionate, and she always likes to be where the action is. Strangely the names of your dogs, Scamp and Indie, are the names of my ex's dogs, so that is a weird coincidence (they were border terriers btw).
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Hah, that is a coincidence! I have a Bru and an Arnie at the moment.
It's good to have realistic dreams sometimes :)
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Tianithen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
EXACTLY :)
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nomad005 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Made me think of my cat :'( I like it :)
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
I'm glad you liked it :)
Poor kitty.
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Moulin-chick Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
I remembered this picture today while thinking of my dog Rudy. He died yesterday, suddenly, his body shut down and we lost him. He was my best friend of nine years, and not having him around is killing me. He was a big, loving standard poodle, and was such a gentleman.
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Oh my, I'm so sorry to hear about Rudy :( :tighthug:
Are you ok? Is it too soon to start thinking about getting another dog?

I'm honoured that you would think of this tribute when you lost your best buddy. Thankyou.
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Moulin-chick Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
It's going to be a while before I get another dog. There's a big empty spot that wont ever be filled... it's only now starting to settle in that he's gone.
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RogerStork Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012   General Artist
This really deserved the dd, third one is sweet, I like dogs also very much!
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
The third one is my favourite too :)
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jjhentai Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Awwww.... I miss my pet, too.
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
I'm sorry for your loss :(
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nyamy Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Such a beautiful and emotional art. I almost cried. The colors are so soft and the drawings are so cute. I loved it!
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KatVanGent Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
I'm really glad you enjoyed it :)
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