Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Moochie Salata (??-2008)

Yes it's true, my favorite dog ever died yesterday. Moochie, a Boston terrier and companion of best bro Jason Salata. In an effed up turn of events, a pit bull from 2 yards over got into his yard and mauled the poor little guy, super sad. Moochie lived a full life, he went through a lot of tough times, humped dogs 3 times his size, and almost lived in England. We didn't know how old he was and we weren't sure how blind he was, but each year he didn't die of old age gave us all hope, and he aged like wine, really nicely. It's just a huge bummer he had to go out like this. I haven't painted any subject as many times as I've painted Mooch, every time someone asks me to paint their dog I have to refuse because all other dogs pale in comparison. So here's a little tribute, there's other Moochie paintings out there, but these are the only ones I have scanned. So here's to Mooch, hopefully he's scratching himself raw up in that big backyard in the sky. RIP Moochie, we'll miss you.







17 comments:

Kellie said...

that dog was a special one... he will be missed... but what's the name of that movie... oh, yeah, "all dogs go to heaven!"

Nat said...

Zangs! that's sad. RIP little dude.

Joe White said...

sorry to hear that Bagel

Sharon said...

dogs like 'Mooch' come around once in a lifetime...he was an old soul trapped in a very itchy body...thanks for the moving tribute..he touched many and lives on in your awesome paintings, not bad going for one so small...."Shine on you crazy diamond"....RIP little one...sadly missed x

bajel said...

yeah, sorry sharon. im sure you miss him more than most..

pushingtide said...

Damn that sucks. That closeup drawing of Mooch with the bug eyes was one of the first art pieces of yours that I saw. Sad.

Grancy said...

so sad. tell jason how sorry we are to hear about his dog. shame on that owner for letting his dog get loose.

enb said...

shoot.
my condolences to you and the salatas.

Bunn said...

Bagel- You truly are the raddest Best friend a fella could have!

The Mooch's final resting place is under a tree where he spent hours scatching and rubbing his Butt along the grass.

bajel said...

aa, you are bun. my mom sends her condolences.

Daniel Ted Feliciano said...

May he rest in peace.

sarah j. said...

I'm so sorry. Moochie sounds like he was one cool little guy. I know when my dog dies, I'll be a wreck. She's my best friend in the world.

littlebird said...

xoxo moochie

thanks for the post, bagel

c.g.young said...

Bagel,
So sorry to hear about your dog.
I had mine for 15 years before he went,....so i can totally sympathize. Awesome you had him while you did. Love the paintings you did of him. Great as always.

-clint

Greg said...

I just bought a Boston Terrier and this story about Moochie really bums me out. RIP little guy. Awesome paintings!

Shauna said...

hey bagel,
i was so sad when i read this. moochie had lots of fans out here in NYC too by way of the painting i still have on my wall - everyone loves him so much. and i am also particularly sad b/c my childhood dog max went out in the exact same way - the mad dog 2 yards down. it's so aweful!! i am so sorry the same thing happened to poor sweet little moochie.
scott c tells me you are heading out here soon - i'm sure i'll see you out and about!
RIP little mooch.
~shauna

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