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Missing Boo

boo2.jpgLast month we lost a major source of inspiration when our dog Boo died. She was such a presence in our lives and with us constantly for ten years so it has been difficult trying to adjust to the loss. There are things we still do automatically: glancing out the screen door to see if she is waiting to be let in or looking for her in her favorite sleeping places or anticipating her welcome when we come home. Then we remember that she's gone and the feeling snags our breath. The emptiness is palpable.

boo-with-us.jpgIt was a cool autumn morning when we found Boo at the Center for Animal Care and Control (CACC) in Spanish Harlem. We had wanted a small brown dog. For some reason, we had always talked about adopting a brown dog. Then we went to the animal shelter and it was overwhelming. All these dogs staring at us from behind metal bars. We wanted to pull a Pee Wee Herman and just open every cage door - let all the dogs run free.

We did meet with a couple small brown dogs, taking them to an outside area in the back of the animal shelter but they all seemed more interested in scaling the chain link fence then in getting to know us. Of course, we couldn't blame them for wanting to escape all those cages but we just didn't connect with any of the dogs.

So we were on our way out of the place, walking past the rows of cages when we noticed one dog curled up sleeping in the far back corner of a cage. We stared in and saw the tiny tip of a tail start to wag and we were smitten. She was pretty much the opposite of what we were looking for - she had the longest of legs and she was mostly black with a few white spots but the connection was instant. Since it was just before Halloween we named her Boo.

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Our work space back then was a dark and damp tiny basement room in Chelsea. It was filled with three work tables, a sewing machine and floor to ceiling boxes of fabric, trim and beads but Boo could always find a spot to curl up and take a nap. She became the official greeter whenever a visitor came to the studio. Her tail would wag so fast and hard that her body seemed to be swinging like she was hinged in the middle. She was a terrific fit model sitting patiently while we tried new felt flower hair accessories on her head and wagging her tail non-stop when we played deconstructive fashion designer wrapping her body with yards of shredded fabric.

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One of our first bags to get a lot of press featured a felt applique of Boo complete with a safety pin piercing and pearl bead teeth. It was one of our best selling styles and buyers were so pleased to meet Boo in person after seeing her on a bag.

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Since Boo died the overwhelming support we've received from family and friends has shown us how much she touched people's lives. We've received some beautiful flowers and very thoughtful cards that have touched us during this sad time.

Our good friend Suzi Johnson of Souchi knew Boo very well. When Suzi came to visit last Thanksgiving, Boo made herself right at home in the guest room climbing into bed for a night of snuggling. Suzi send a card and wrote that even though it sounds corny maybe we could think of Boo as our guardian angel always watching over us. We didn't think the idea was corny at all. We thought it was perfect.

boo-half-profile.jpgEven though we can't pinch Boo's nose or rub her chest or cuddle her in our lap if she is always in our thoughts then she will never really be far away.

Her spirit is curled up in a warm corner of our hearts forever.

Boo Carney Ross 1997-2007

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Comments on this post (19)

  • Mar 05, 2010

    I always enjoy reading your blog.

    — Roselee Vesper

  • Mar 13, 2009

    kids……….couldn’t sleep and edith/bernice/olive made me think of sweet boo…….so i came here to see her face and teared up all over again. wow, it’s true she was a beauty and a sweet sweet girl. what great parents you were and will be again. i bet boo is dancing her hinged in the middle dance knowing you both have a new baby to love take care of. and jumping up knowing she’s always in your hearts. xo

    — suzi

  • Apr 03, 2009

    hi , i’m vietnamese . my name ‘s Phuong but nickname is Boo ^^ i’m so sorry when hear about your Boo . she gone but don’t sad ( it’s natural ) she so beutiful . nice to meet u !

    — pé Boo

  • May 08, 2008

    I am up in the night for some reason, and went to the website to check out your wedding toppers again—I love them. Yes, this dog was an old soul. I hope that you will have found a new companion by this time, but we lost our good old dog in 1980 and haven’t quite found the right dog yet.

    If you are up in CT this spring, drop by Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (ROAR), a great shelter. It houses only a dozen or so dogs (cats, too) and today ROAR received two beautiful adult dogs from a shelter in GA. Despite the harrowing journey (nonstop in a van), both of them settled right in and wagged tails within a few minutes. One of them might have some of Boo’s soulful qualities. Don’t come before they get their baths, though.

    — Joanna

  • Nov 16, 2008

    I am new to your blog and that was one of the most touching testimonies of pet love and just plain ole’ love that I’ve read in a long time. Did my heart good. This is has been a wonderful day for me and your dog, photos and words just made it more wonderful.

    Have a great evening and success in all of your endeavors.

    Sincerely,
    Felicia, Photographer
    This Time in Seoul

    — Felicia

  • Jan 03, 2008

    love everything Ptown cottage nice too

    — Denise Fontaine

  • Nov 27, 2007

    Ok! Beautyful.
    I visited your web site.
    Best site!

    — Dopler

  • Nov 29, 2007

    Hi, my name is disman-kl, i like your site and i ll be back ;)

    — Ivan

  • Oct 06, 2007

    Thank you for sharing!

    — Wahoo

  • Oct 19, 2007

    What a sweet little face…I am so sorry you lost your friend and part of your family.
    xo
    Melissa

    — Melissa

  • Aug 31, 2007

    Dear Don and John! I’m so sorry to hear about Boo. Hope she went peacefully. She was such a gorgeous dog. Greetings from Prague, Mike

    — Mike

  • Sep 16, 2007

    D J -
    oh NOOOO! I had no idea. I loved that beautiful baby. She was so sweet and such a wonderful presence whenever she was in the shop with us. I am so sorry to hear this news!
    much love – A

    — Anna Milner

  • Aug 20, 2007

    don and john, very sorry to hear about Boo. I feel privilege to have pet her a long time ago. i want to show your memorial to her to my kids. It is sad, but so beautifully written and illustrated.
    on another note, happy to see Globe story on you. of course, i still want to see some more. and the hunter line sounds cool. thinking of you. i will be in touch. xo jane

    — jane dagmi

  • Aug 24, 2007

    What you wrote about your beautiful Boo is so lovely.
    I’m so sorry for your loss.
    all the best
    a french girl in paris

    — alexandra

  • Jul 27, 2007

    What you wrote about your dog is so beautiful. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    — Megan

  • Aug 03, 2007

    Came to check out your great work + read this sad news so beautifully written. My english pointer is getting older + I am afraid I will know how you feel all too soon myself. She was a cutie!

    — heather

  • Jul 17, 2007

    John and Don,

    I am so sorry about Boo. She has always stayed in my heart. She was such a part of my experience of working with you at the studio. You provided her the most loving life while she was with you. I’m sorry for your loss.

    Sincerely,
    Shana Hall

    — Shana Hall

  • Jul 12, 2007

    hi guys….i used to work for you when i went to F.I.T. ..maybe you remember me?
    i hope so….. i was just checking out your website and my heart sank when i read the update about boo. She was so special the way she would get excited to meet people and in a sense how accepting she would be of all the different people coming in and out the showroom…i just really remember how much she loved affection and most of all the overall great spirit she exuded. boo.. may you rest in heaven you sweet angel.

    sincerest apologies on your loss,
    angie

    — ANGIE FERNANDES

  • Jul 16, 2007

    oh, i’m so sorry to hear about boo. my heart goes out to you both. xoxo

    — janice

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