Anam Cara

“Your beloved and your friends were once strangers. Somehow at a particular time, they came from the distance toward your life. Their arrival seemed so accidental and contingent. Now your life is unimaginable without them. Similarly, your identity and vision are composed of a certain constellation of ideas and feelings that surfaced from the depths of the distance within you. To lose these now would be to lose yourself.”             — John O’Donohue (Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)

This is Sue. She was trained as a working dog when she was young and spend a good part of her life taking care of the rabbits on a Scottish Estate. After my brother moved to Dubai she came to live with me for the remaining happy, non rabbit killing 6 years of her life.

Slowly and surely Sue became my Anam Cara. It’s a Gaelic phrase which translates as soul friend. My grumpy mornings were always cheered by the sight of a 16 years old Jack Russell jumping three foot in the air just delighted to be going out for a pee in the morning. How could I not be happy at that sight! Long walks became meditations in nature as we sat silently as an owl swooped overhead. Sue provided me with the focus into a world of spirituality where everything hosts a soul and dogs are human too, albeit non human people.

The brooch is inspired by Sue, off bounding on the scent of a rabbit or a bird, a tan flash through purple hues of heather.

I entwine a little pet hair amongst layers of sheep wool  (pet hair is too short to felt on it’s own) and then certain accents are highlighted by seed beads and embroidery. They are a keepsake for our soul friends who have moved on from this world and a celebration for those still wagging amongst us.

These brooches are made by commission, tailored specifically to your pet. They can be purchased by voucher, prices $30 –  I  will email a printable voucher (or posted). Please email me judelally@gmail.com

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One thought on “Anam Cara

  1. it’s a beautiful and meaningful brooch Jude 🙂

    I’ve been reading your posts, and glad that you are becoming grounded in the mountains. Yes, they are not like Scotland, very true, but hopefully you will find peace and love in nature around you that will give you a happiness similar to Scotland 🙂
    sending you a breath of Scottish frost, it’s crispy in Edinburgh tonight

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