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One skill I never fully acquired was the ability to draw anything that resembled its intention. For example, if I were to draw a dog, it would look like horse. (At least that is what my five year old tells me. She also tells me it is okay because “You are good with words, Mommy.”) My husband is an artist and I am always amazed by a person’s ability to tell a story through a drawing. Illustrations, especially, capture me because they evoke a feeling, an aesthetic, a metaphor, and a purpose all at once. I’m also in awe of talents I don’t have. I am enamored by them. Want to meet my latest crush?

Jacqueline Schmidt of Screech Owl Design brings something fresh to the table when it comes to illustration. Her work blends the natural with the urban and her illustration evoke a sense of depth that I rarely find. Her natural life illustrations (as featured above) are dimensional, vibrant, eloquent. There is a love that comes out of these drawings that feels…well, it feels warm. Given my obsession with owls, it will be no surprise that the Barn Owl Tee is a personal favorite. But you could also close your eyes and pick any notecard at random for me and I will say it is my favorite. Sharing Screech Owl Design with you, dear readers, is an honor. Enjoy.

Screech Owl Design is giving away one Sea of Love Poster and two notecards to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, October 2nd.
Please visit Screech Owl Design and tell us: Who was your first pet and what was his/her name?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, October 7th, to see if you’ve won.
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  1. 1
    Trisha says:

    My first pet was a German Shepard named Jenna.

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    Kate B says:

    My first pet was our guinea pig named Angel. My parents were pretty firmly anti-dog (I know, because I asked practically monthly) and were fond of telling us “the only way you’re going to get a pet is if it falls down from heaven.” Well, my aunt and uncle own a guinea pig that they (and we) loved, and in talking to a breeder friend of theirs, found out a new litter was coming up. They ran it past our parents (I cannot think of a way my mother would disown a sister faster than if she showed up with an unapproved pet for her kids) and then on Easter morning, we were surprised with a sweet tiny brown guinea pig. We figured “Aunt Lisa and Uncle Duane’s house is close enough to heaven” (we’d get spoiled like crazy there), so she got the name Angel.

    Well, it turned out that while the breeder was pretty good at generating more guinea pigs, they weren’t so great at separating the genders in time, so it wasn’t long before Angel had tiny guinea pig babies we had to figure out what to do with. I think my parents were kind of furious about it, but I was, like, 8, so my sisters and I were thrilled. We managed to find good homes for the little ones and continued to dote upon sweet Angel, stuffing veggie scraps in toilet paper tubes for her to rip apart and letting her frolic in the yard, well-supervised. I was a wreck when she passed and will always have a soft spot in my heart for those giant rodents.

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    Nikki says:

    My own first pet was “Buffy” a kitten from the litter my mother’s cat had when I was 5 yrs old. Nothing is better than watching kittens play together.  I always have at least two when we get more kittens because they are so connected to each other!  I love their wild play!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    My first pet was a tabby cat I named Riley (after Pat Riley;)). 

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    heather f says:

    I love the style of the art work. wow!
    my first pet was a weenie dog name Queenie. or Queenie weenie : )
    she was a good little doggie

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    megan says:

    He was a shi tzu/poodle mix named Sam. He lived for my first 17 years. 

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    Grace says:

    She was a Siamese cat named Tinkerbell.

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    Marilyn says:

    My first pet that wasn’t a fish was a black cat we named Precious. She was very sweet. When I left for college she became my mom’s cat. Precious passed away but I’m glad for the time I had with her. 

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I had a few smaller pets like frogs and fish but the most memorable was a bright red crayfish named Malachite. I thought he was a miniature lobster that I had saved from being eaten. I guess that was partially true. 🙂

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    Rachel S says:

    My first pet was a goldfish named Pipkin; he lived to be over 6 years old! (not bad for a fish I won at the carnival)

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    Meg T says:

    I was five when I got my first pet. A cat, I named “Casey”. I was strangely OBSESSED with “Casey” the talking robot cassette player and named my new kitten after it. I never got that toy, but my sweet kitty was a very important part of my life until she passed away while I was in college. Here you can see for yourself how very cool “Casey” the robot was… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcT2W93zJpw

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    Erika W. says:

    My first pet was a cat named Kitty. She was a beautiful calico who lived for around 16 years or so.

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    Courtney J says:

    My first pet was an English Cocker Spaniel. We got her when I was in 3rd grade. Her name was Gilda. She was a great dog…

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    HNR says:

    I love this animal-centered giveaway! My first pet was a female cat named Fred. My mom named her after a boy she went to grammar school with. My parents often told me stories of Fred’s heroism from before I was born, like the time when she rescued her kittens one by one from a thunderstorm, or how she used to pace at the foot of my mom’s bed when my mom was pregnant with me. She was an absolutely wonderful, human-like creature and we all think of her so fondly even almost two decades since she died – at 18! She had a good life and made ours better.

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    Sparrow says:

    Ah, the ill-fated story of the beta-fish named Goat. Goat didn’t come into my life until college because my mom wasn’t much for pets. But during my sophomore year, a boy named Michael fell in love with me and gave me a beautiful royal blue and purple beta fish. I didn’t love Michael. But I loved Goat, our fishy love-child. Every day I would race home to feed him and watch his elegant tail swish around his bowl. Sadly, a few months later, Goat died, along with my relationship with Michael. At his funeral, I read some Gerard Manly Hopkins poetry (have you read it? It’s an exquisite expression of love for nature) and some thoughts on the responsibility and joy of loving another creature. I’ve always loved creatures, especially sea creatures, those graceful gliders and swimmers of the sea. I love that your work captures them without the physically capturing the creatures in unnatural environments. I’d love to see them swim on my wall rather than in an aquarium tank.

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    Shary says:

    My first pet was awesome, he was a golden lab. Oro, my lil brother could not say Oreo, it always came out Oro, so that’s what stuck. He could climb trees to get tennis balls, I always though that was the coolest thing.

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    Jenni says:

    A hamster named Minnie (who I named after my hero, the fabulous Minnie Mouse) She later became known fondly as Minnie #1. I just couldn’t bring myself to ever come up with a better name than one honoring Ms. Mouse! Minnie #1’s unfortunate passing was proceeded by Minnie #2 and Minnie #3, but always lived on in my heart as the original!

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    Elizabeth says:

    My first pet was my mom’s cat from college, a tabby cat named Amy.  When I was 6 we found out I was very allergic, so Amy had to move outside.  It broke my heart, and so my mom (against her better judgement) used to let me still play with her outside.  I would step out onto the back porch and make (for lack of a better term) cat calls.  Amy would come and we would meet and play on the porch.  Sigh. She was so sweet and gentle.  She let me be a little girl.

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    Milissa says:

    My very first pet was a hamster, but he bit me several times so my parents gave him away. My first pet that I was able to keep and love and develop a relationship with was my beloved black lab named Cinder. She was so smart and so loving and so wonderful. I remember her sitting on our front porch every day waiting for the bus to bring us home…tail wagging, mouth open waiting to hear us call to her to she could leap over the 4 steps and run to our side. At night she made her rounds, checking all the beds and if someone was missing she would lie on the floor at the bedside and wait. Once we were all accounted for she would then retire for the night. She was with us until she was 13. She started to get very sick. My mom took us on a trip to Arizona and my dad stayed to have one final goodbye and put Cinder to rest. He cried so hard as she was his best friend too. We had no idea what the plan was but we knew she was sick. When we returned home she was missing and the house felt different. I slept on her bed for 3 nights and cried myself to sleep. That weekend my parents got us black stuffed animal labs but it wasn’t Cinder.
    Now, as a mom, our family dog is a yellow lab named Barley – just as smart and just as sweet and just as loving. Sometimes I can see Cinder looking back at me when Barley is looking at me. It’s a warm loving feeling.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I never had a pet growing up. My family had a watch dog to guard the house but they were not pets (I lived in a different country then). )Now that I have a family of my own, we have pet goldfishes and snake. We are thinking of maybe a dog for Christmas. We have to learn more about how to take care of them first.

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    Tiffany says:

    My first pet was a zebra finch named Bing. Bing was a special little bird. He would roll around on his back like a dog and enjoyed belly rubs. My family loved this little bird so much that we had several zebra finches after, and even though we named them all Bing, they could never quite live up to the name.

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    Anna L says:

    My first pet was a white bunny named Fluffy!

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    Luisa says:

    My first pet was 2 fish. A goldfish and a black goldfish. I named them Abraham and Lincoln. LOL. I was 6. They died a week later and I was devastated. I was even more horrified to learn they were flushed down the toilet because I feared they would swim back up and bite my bum, Like I said I was 6.

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    Brittany K says:

    My first pet was named Demi-dog. She was a dalmatian! My dad said she was really “not smart” (nice for stupid), but we loved her anyway!

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    Caroline says:

    Cashew was my first cat’s name. He would sleep anywhere and never complained… even in my doll’s stroller dressed with my doll’s dress 🙂

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    Jennifer says:

    My first pet was a stray cat named kitty – how original can a six year old be?!  She had kittens in my basement and my mom was really mad about that!

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    Suzi C says:

    How beautiful 🙂

    Well we had cats and rats but MY first pet was Sophie- I named her.

    I got her January 1994, as a kitten from my mum and brother’s cat Oscar (we thought she was a he, you see..) and she is still going strong. 

    She is so funny. Used to attack our feet everrrry single morning (mine and my dads) but now she’s got dementia and she’s deaf. She’s still eating, purring, sleeping etc so her quality of life is still okay. 

    It’s really heartbreaking to think she won’t be around much longer, she’s been my best friend. I’m 22 and she’s 20 in December. 

    Hearts breaking a little as I write this. 🙁

    Then https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/224361_10150605601760604_1108134_n.jpg

    Now https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/246414_10152176082650604_1792080772_n.jpg

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    amanda uber says:


    A giant brown doberman. She was a guard dog for my father’s plant nursery and no one could get too close to her except me at age 5! We spent every afternoon playing hide and seek – completely devoted to each other.

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    cindy says:

    A miniature schnauzer named “Moonshine”. He came from a family of Moons—his mom was Moonriver and his dad To the Moon. 🙂

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    Rebekah says:

    a sweet and somewhat sassy, grey, lop-earred bunny named isabelle. got her at a pet store in college…had her for ten years before having to put her down in 2010. i still think about her and miss her.