Life with Dogs, and One Child- Part 4: dé·tente

Eventually  we all settled into detente.

Finding a photo from these years with both Pumpkin and Brennan in it is a challenge. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t images.

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I painted several that illustrated the tensions between toddler and dog.

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And just as Pumpkin finally began to adjust to one child around the house, I became pregnant with another.

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This new person was strong and liked to do his tumbling act whenever I needed a steady hand.

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By the summer of 1990, we were in the  last weeks and Pumpkin and I were feeling heavy and tired.

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Meanwhile, over in Bookland, I was illustrating Isabel Wilner’s A Garden Alphabet. Pumpkin is the gardener and her best buddy is a frog.

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That rude frog laughed right along with Brennan when I broke the rope hammock in my 9th month.

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Knowing what was coming, I made the hard decision to leave Pumpkin at “Camp Stoneledge,” aka my mom’s house, in Vermont. She was 13 now, and touchier around Brennan than ever.

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But with Border Collies Ben (left) and Flora (right) as housemates she thrived and lived another 2 years.

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