And now for a behind the scenes ceramic animal related story. While we were working on this…
… this happened:
Since I’m still not ready to talk (or write) about it in depth, here’s John’s depiction of how the tragedy occurred:
Alas, my favorite giant ceramic dog (snagged from HomeGoods three years ago for just 29 bucks) sadly lost his face. In the words of the world’s most famous blogger, it sucked and then I cried.
Yes, there’s a candle lit vigil in progress. Goodbye Mr. Ceramic Dog. You were a wonderful pet. Never had to clean up after you once. Until this happened.
I might try to glue him back together (although some of the pieces are pretty tiny). Until then I’ll be found shaking, crying, and whispering “why?”
Just kidding, I’ll live.
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Thats a doggone shame.
Hahahahaha (sorry Sherry)
Oh, that’s so ruff/rough! Couldn’t resist. But seriously – SAD to see ceramic dog go!
oh no. how sad.
that drawing is awesome though…
I know it’s no laughing matter, but that drawing is hilarious.
Cait @ Hernando House says
The drawing is hilarious, as is Libby’s comment. I might join Sherry in crying for Mr Ceramic Dog, though, he was just too cute!
I have to second that. My first thought was….how did they find a picture on the web to represent exactly how that happened!?!?! Then it hit me (yes, I can be a bit remedial from time to time) John had to have drawn it!
Ditto: “Hahaha! X-D” & “Buuuuu! :-(” at the same time.
I thought the same thing.
Christa M says
I love how the dog is looking up at the frame on it’s head with a frown on his face.
that drawing may warrant a framed spot of its very own…
Haha, already done! You can see it in the top row of the reveal pics on Friday!
[email protected] says
Oh no! If anyone can glue him back together and make him look good again you guys can…good luck!
I am so sorry. I bet you are so upset, and then a bit guilty for being as upset as you are. (that’s how I usually react) It’s ok to mourn. Just try not to blame John too much ;).
Megan S. says
Oh no Sherry!!! We all know how much you loved that ceramic dog, I remember reading about how you were worried about it during the move.
Forgive me on a side note, I totally LOL’d at John’s little drawing of what happened.
Hopefully, you can find another pet to grace your hall?
Um…I didn’t really like that dog. ;oP
That is not a nice birthday present. :(
OMG….I feel your pain! He was lovely and actually, I have been searching for one every since I saw yours.
I did see a crackle finished one at Pier One this last weekend, but alas, he was a light aqua turquoise color. He was quite charming, but his price was not….$60 big ones.
(my first comment on the blog.)
Cait @ Hernando House says
Superglue can work wonders! Give it a try, as soon as you feel emotionally stable enough.
I know I shouldn’t laugh. I cried a vast amount of pregnancy-hormone-induced, but very real tears over a favorite bowl a few months ago. I know I shouldn’t laugh, but you kind of made that funny. Not like my bowl, which was so not funny.
How sad! I’ve always loved that piece! (The drawing does ease my pain, however.)
driftwood haven says
So sorry to hear about your loss! I had something similar happen to a ceramic sculpture a friend had given us as a wedding present. Lots of hot glue later, it still lives with us, but for a few hours there, I felt your pain!
Oh this makes me so sad…this ceramic dog looks just like our real dog…he sure had a nice life though!
Ana Silva says
Ah man! I know I would have been pretty upset and kept asking, “Why, Why!” Such a big piece like that is hard to come by, especially for 29 bucks…but cheer up, things always work out!
Snickrsnack Katie says
John will be in the doghouse now!!
Stay Strong Sherry, I’m sure he will think of the wonderful home you made him as he goes on up to ceramic animal heaven :D
I GASPED ALOUD when I saw that picture! I’m so sorry – I say glue him he deserves a rescue!
Lauren Perley says
Sorry about your ceramidog! That is not OK. Maybe this awesome bean bag chair thing will make it all better.
Boo! – their site is down. I’ll have to check back later!
Oh my! YES, that should cheer Sherry up!
maybe the above will work better?
Yes it worked! And holy cow!!! I NEED THAT RIGHT NOW. Seriously, I’m obsessed.
I’m so sorry for your loss…but I find that drawing hilarious.
For some reason, I imagine your reaction to be something like this (skip to 1:51, and then again at 3:35ish): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUr5KxtKZQk
That was totally me. It was just like that, except no Ellen in my ear.
I have suffered through not one, but TWO similar dog decor tragedies.
The first was a ceramic dog dressed as some sort of English hunting dandy who unfortunately became entangled in the phone cord (darn you AOL dial up!) and fell to his demise on my stained concrete floor.
~~~moment of silence please~~~
The second was a resin bulldog smoking a cigar bronzed bust who took a header when the REAL bulldog in the house became so obsessed with the new CB2 knitted pouf sitting near the table that upon which the bust rested that he tried to ahem “mate” with said pouf and, while trying to rescue the pouf, the bulldog bust…got busted on the aformentioned stained concrete floors.
This time, though, I was determined not to lose my decorative friend, so I sat on that pouf and painstakingly glued that guy back together as best I could and I’m happy to report that he’s still smokin!
So glad you saved him! There’s hope!
I am still happy I made the effort. I looked everywhere for a replacement and there were none to be had. He was originally a Marshalls find.
Okay…last response, but I just remembered I had a pic of the bulldog bust in his pre-cracked state…so you could see why I wanted to save him. What’s not to love about that guy? LOL!
Haha, so worth saving!
It’s the dog house for John now. :)
Love the stick figure man.lol
I agree, Liz, the drawing is the best!
Nooooo! That makes me so sad! I love that little guy and my hubs and I were thinking of getting something similar to keep our pup company while we’re at work. So sorry for your loss :(
My mouth was in a wide open position for a while after seeing this…so sorry :’0
My sincere condolences on the loss of your dog’s face. You may be interested to know that I have a similar dog, handed down to me from my grandmother, and his leg broke off. Perhaps there is some white ceramic animal reconstructive surgeon out there…..
Seriously! Someone should specialize in matters of such importance!
josh g says
This makes even me sad!
sarah m says
The drawing is pretty funny…but the situation is so sad :( However, I think that you could glue what you can back to gether. Then, when the glue sets up, take spackle or tiling grout, and fill in the gaps. Let that dry, and then do a light sand and try painting mr.dog – any color your heart desires! He’s totally cool and worth a shot at fixing! Good luck :)
It’s so sad how the dog in the drawing seems to be looking up at the impending doom.
Great artist’s rendering of the scene though.
Oh no! So sad! I did get an almost identical wooden dog statue at Tuesday Morning. You could possibly paint him white if they still have them. Although I like mine the dark brown. He holds open a french door to our office. Maybe it is just too soon. You still need to mourn the loss of your beloved ceramic doggy!
Better ceramic dog than Burger!
i just let out a big GASP in the office. woops!
:( So sad!! But hey, now you have an excuse to go shopping:).
Kay Vick says
This makes my heart sad. I am a dog lover of all breeds – even ceramic.
That’s sad :(
Nooooo! I just gasped when I saw the picture! I feel like you two could come up with some way to repair his face since you’re so resourceful :-)
So sorry : ( He was my favorite in the whole menagerie.
You could take a photograph of your beloved dog and add it to the wall collection.
I love the drawing though… you should frame that too lol.
Done! You can actually see the drawing framed on the top row of frames in our gallery wall reveal from Friday.
That’s really sad. And you know it’s kinda strange that you never officially named big ceramic dog. Or did you and I missed that post?!? Anyway, sorry for your loss.
Love you guys and think that I think that Clara is absolutely adorable.
Totally strange! I think for a few months I called him Jacques, but it never really stuck. Poor guy.
emily @ the happy home says
are you going to tell clara he ran off to join a white ceramic animal circus? i hope so. she needs closure. poor dog!
Perfect story. I’m on it. But what to tell Burger…
Rebecca @ the lil house that could says
Burger is going to have a complex regarding picture frames from here on out…
I know right? He might never walk down that hallway again…
Stephanie Phillips says
Oh no! I get so upset over this sort of thing- I’m sorry, Sherry.
The drawing is hysterical, though.
Katie C says
The first words out of my mouth were .. “OOohhhhhh NOOOOooo!!!!” I think this one was my favorite of yours as well …
Just saw this ceramic horse (not dog) today on Hautelook.com and then read this post. Thought of you
Keep smiling, Sherry! Go watch Clara crawl … perhaps that will put a smile on your face!
Holly West says
You know what, I’d be devastated too.
I’ve been jealous of that dog for a long time (well, not of the dog, but of you having it and not me).
Awww I just went back to the reveal post and sure enough the lil doggie is there in the first few pics but gone in the last pics. If I ever see that doggie in a homegoods I’m going to let you know!!!
as morbid as this might sound, I’d turn it into an umbrella stand. Just remove the rest of the head (yikes) and sand around the edges.
I like the way you think…
I came to say exactly that, hahah!
I remember when you all posted the “finished product” photos of the wall, I wondered [to myself..] where the dog was. I figured he just found a new spot in the house. Tragic. :/
that is an awesome and very unigue idea — no one else in the world would have one of those!
Keri G. says
This is exactly what I was going to suggest! Just slap a funky collar around his neck and put him next to the front door!