She’s a good old dog…

Never thought this would apply to MY dog. 

I don’t know when this happened, but it happened almost overnight.  Bitsy has gray hairs. 

Bisty and Chelsea

Not only does she have gray hairs, but she’s almost completely deaf.  I get an ache in my heart just thinking about it.  She turns 14 in October and I’ll be at market during her birthday! She’s so much a part of the Bunny Hill Studio.  She’s always by my side (or Chelsea’s). 

Look at her in January of this year…

Bitsy Button

And today…

Rather Regal

This just isn’t possible!  This week for the first time she refused a walk in the morning. 

A nap on the studio day bed with a few friends is just fine thank you very much.  The three of them

She still plays with her toys and she’s pretty spry, but she’s definitely looking older regal.

I’ve named one of my new designs for her.  She loves it, so I guess that’s a good sign…“Bitsy Button”  is debuting at Fall market!  For all of you who have “good old dogs”…it’s for you too!  



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  • Melanie - Oh, how we hate to see our babies age! Perhaps more so than even ourselves! It does seem she has grayed quickly. Sometimes that can be a vitamin deficiency, zinc I think. She is still a sweet sweet looking girl and I'm sure she's thrilled that you've named something after her.


  • little acorns - Hi Bitsy!
    You are still an elegant little lady. (Dogs are just more honest than we humans. . . (at least this one!) & don't color over their gray hairs.) I know that truly you are in charge in the studio. . . & you deserve every love & snuggle! You're a true sweetheart!
    xoxo, Bren (& Bailey!)ReplyCancel

  • Annelies Dease - This so touches my heart. Just hold Bitsy close and let her know that she is much loved in Blogland!!!
    Also thank you for your lovely pattern. I wanted to write you a proper thank you note, but alas, my husband took the envelope it came in to the shredder. Just know I appreciate it ( and you) SEW much!!!! Hugs, AnnieReplyCancel

  • PamKittyMorning - Bitsy you look great. And wise beyond your years.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Oh poor Bitsy. I had a black cat once that had an operation and from the stress we think tuned almost grey. The vet couldn't believe it either. They are more like us than we think sometimes.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hi Anne, what lovely pictures from your sweet dogs. I know exactly what you mean, our sweet doggie turns 10 this year, she's just recovered from a mean virus, we were very afraid we would lose her, happily she's alright now, pffff we are all 10 years older!! Big hug for you and your sweet babydogs. Regards from Anita (the Netherands).ReplyCancel

  • A Sentimental Journey - Oh Anne ~ Miss Bitsy is just as beautiful as ever! It's so hard isn't it?? Our Grizzy is very old too (not sure how old, as we adopted him 7 years ago and he was no spring chicken then!) We're guessing at least 14 or so. He's turned WHITE in the last year. I just hug him tight every single day. He knows how much he's loved, and so does Miss Bitsy. Hugs to you, and Bitsy Belle Too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecka - Bitsy you have a special place in my heart. I love to hear about your pets and love the photos.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I'm currently pet-less for the first time in 18 years. Dear Sweet Pepper dog and more recently Neko kitty are chasing each other in another place. Dearly loved and dearly missed. I'm sure Bitsy feels so honored to have a design named after her. :o)ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Yes, it does seem to happen overnight. But I don't think it happens to just Bitsy, but alas, all of us. Bitsy looks terrific and I am sure she is so happy to have a new design named after her.ReplyCancel

  • Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. - Bitsy is a lovely lady..I know how she feels about the hair. I just got back from having my gray hair colored. Big Bucks.


  • SharoninStitches - Precious!!ReplyCancel

  • Mickie - It's hard seeing our dear babies age so quickly. Dealing with that here too. Hugs to you and Bitsy, look forward to seeing your pattern in her name, a wonderful tribute of your love for her!ReplyCancel

  • Debra - Little Bitsy is lucky to spend her "Golden Years" with you. It's hard to watch our little friend grow older–give her lots of hugs and snuggles!ReplyCancel

  • Christine Thomas - I'm getting weepy just reading it. Say it ain't so…

    What a good writer you are. I always enjoy reading anything you have to say. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Mom/ Beverly - Hello,
    Ohhh, the gray hair is a sad reminder things never stay the same. My Mom always would say "life is a series of adjustments". Bitsy looks bright and perky in her eyes! Tell her I didn't feel like a morning walk today either. :) By the way, my order arrived from your store yesterday. Each item was beautifully wrapped and tied with a lovely pink ribbon—I loved it!! Thank you for all the attention to details. It does make a difference so I thank you!!

  • Carrie ~ - Anne,
    We have and love our dogs too, it is hard to see them age. Amazing how Bitsy has regaled so quickly these few months. Ya know my sweet husband has too and I think he looks better than ever! TeeHee!! Your Bitsy does too, she has some good friends and a loving home so I think she is pretty lucky!! Look forward to Bitsy's debut this Fall.ReplyCancel

  • Liza Jane - Holy bananas, you have cute pets!!

    Xo OLJ

  • dotti white - Anne…can't wait to see the debut of the pattern in honor of Bitsy. she looks like such a love! Give her a little kiss for me!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - Bitsy looks and sounds like a really sweet dog. I'm looking forward to seeing your Bitsy Button design.ReplyCancel

  • Jen in NY - It happens to the best of us, Bitsy dear! :-) What a sweetheart. She definitely looks regal and distinguished!ReplyCancel

  • CBP - Hi Anne! It's Cathy from The Cheswick Co. Bitsy seems to be doing great…gray's not so bad~I'm getting some too! If you think of it…she's almost 100 in people years…she must be treated like a QUEEN to be doing so well. Our puppies are family aren't they. So nice to find your blog! I have one now too :)

  • Phyllis - I know just what you mean. She looks so sweet. My Princess is so gray now and is 11 years old this month. I keep telling her I'm going to take a Sharpie and cover all her gray hairs so I can't tell she's getting old.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Anne:
    Bitsy and our "critter" buddies are true gifts! Enjoy her and the love your hearts share – what else in our lives bring such joy to our days!ReplyCancel

  • Stjoemom2011 - our sweet Misty is 12 and seems to be just as spry as always or is that those rose colored glasses???
    Tell Bitsy not to feel bad, I was just given a Senior discount at a local restaurant and I really haven't "earned" it yet! We are just getting wiser! (I hope)

  • Carrie P. - That is pretty interesting how quickly that happened to little Bitsy. She has been your buddy.
    I have a Schnauzer who is 13 and going deaf too. I have to yell and most times she doesn't hear me. She sleeps just about all day but sometimes she acts just like a puppy. She is my good old dog and my buddy.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - I can SO relate to this post. My toy and miniature poodles are 12 and 16 years old, respectively. The 16-year-old can't hear and can barely see, but he's still a wagging-tail sweetheart. He doesn't always make it out to the curb with "dad" in the morning because he's so sound asleep. They really get into our hearts, don't they? And to think I didn't even like dogs when I was growing up!ReplyCancel

  • mascanlon - My sweet boy Kaiser is very gray this year too, it did seem to happen in a flash. The last few weeks he doesn't run to eat breakfast, it's sometimes 9AM or more before he does dig in. And I hug him and pet more each day. Oh how we love them.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - My heart goes out to you, Anne. Our sons are grown now so our puppies (dogs, actually) are treated as if they're grandchildren! {{Hugs}} to ya!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Oh I just found your blog and I love your little furry friends. My Lil'Bit is just one year old! He is the love of my world just now! Do your babies talk with you? Bit has such a sweet vocabulary. I hate to see them growing elderly.
    Do you have the pattern for the bag she made? I love that. Can not find a small safe bag to carry my baby Bit.