When our dogs die, they leave a hole in our hearts that almost nothing can fill. And it’s frequently too soon to consider obtaining another pet because the sadness from losing a cherished buddy is still raw. What if, on the other hand, you receive a new pet as a gift? Do you strike out and criticise the animal, or do you embrace it, accepting it for what it is: a potential buddy who deserves to be loved?
Jenny Hefczyc, a German artist, tackles these concerns in her latest comic. In it, the ghost of a long-dead dog returns to see his owner, as well as the gorgeous new puppy that his brother has given him. Jenny’s comics’ renowned character, the Grim Reaper, also makes an appearance. The comic is a follow-up to ‘Little Fish,’ which refers to the stuffed toy the dog brought with it on its last trip to the clinic with its owner.
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Jenny previously depicted one owner saying goodbye to his pet dog in her comic ‘Little Fish.’ Here’s a sample from it. The complete comic may be found here.
Jenny talked about how much life changes after our old friends pass away, which was an upsetting subject for her.
The artist recently released a follow-up to ‘Little Fish,’ in which she continues the storey by having the departed dog’s ghost visit its owner.
Jenny remarked, “I knew the narrative had to continue in some way after ‘Little Fish’ was finished.”
“I pity Zack and have never given his miserable shepherd a name. The tale affected me as a dog owner at the time. Making the sequel was less gruelling, and I like the idea of departed souls (human or animal) dropping by every now and then to see how we’re doing. So the comic was actually reassuring to me,” the artist explained, adding that the sequel was simpler to create emotionally than the prequel.
Jenny also offered some advice for anyone who had lately lost a loving animal companion. “Knowing that I did everything I could to give my pet a happy life helped me. I lavished love on them and looked after their health; their lives were cut short far too soon, but we have great memories. You also don’t have to replace a departed pet straight away; take your time to mourn.”
Jenny previously spoke with me about her comic “Little Fish,” to which her latest comic is a sequel, depicting the owner’s anguish after having to put down a long-time companion.
“As someone who has always loved animals, I knew I would have to let some go at some point. I also take in sick and injured animals on a regular basis; however, not all of them survive. Jenny previously told Bored Panda, “I always stayed with these animals until the end because it felt natural, like the right thing to do.”
“But then a heartfelt letter from a veterinarian went viral, pleading with people not to abandon their dogs in their dying moments. “This made me feel even more affirmed, and it made me want to sketch even more about it,” she said of her inspiration for ‘Little Fish.’
Because of how emotionally charged the subject was, the artist took a lot longer to draw that prequel comic. “I recognised my own dog in this comic, and it was often excruciating for me. I’ve rarely felt so relieved after a comic was completed. But I hoped to see more discussion on this subject,” she remarked.
Jenny suggested that we do everything we can to give our dogs one last wonderful day before putting them to sleep and passing away. It’s our chance to express our gratitude for their years of kindness and friendship. “ Allow it to see its pals and eat its favourite foods once more.Make it aware that it is cherished above all else. Then lead it to its final destination, making sure your voice is the last one it hears.”
Jenny takes around a week to create a single comic, but she spends a lot of time in the background doing research on animals and their care. Her comics are always well-researched and a tribute to journalism rather than merely illustration.
Jenny has loved art and sketching since she was a child, with her mother joking that she could draw before she was able to walk. She talked about how she “never stopped scribbling” after taking up a pencil as a child and knowing she wanted to be an artist. She stated, “I wanted to weave stories and construct universes.”