We feel like we’ve been hit right in the feels and it’s getting hard to hold back the tears. German artist Jenny Hefczyc, who goes by the name Jenny-Jinya online, has released her newest bittersweet comic. This time, Jenny drew a story about an owner’s emotional struggles as he brings his dog to the vet to be put to sleep and stays with him in his final moments. It’s so powerful, it’s bound to make any animal lover’s bottom lip tremble.
Take a deep breath, scroll down, and let us know in the comments what the comic made you feel like and if you’ve ever had to go through what the protagonist went through. You can find Bored Panda’s posts about the incredibly talented Jenny’s latest comics here, here, as well as here.
"As someone who has loved animals all her life, I naturally had to let many go at some point. I also often take in sick and injured animals, not all of them make it. I always stayed with these animals until the end because it felt natural, like the right thing to do," Jenny told Bored Panda. "But then a heart-moving letter from a veterinarian went viral, who also asked not to leave pets alone in their final moments. This made me feel additionally confirmed and I wanted to draw about it even more."
Jenny said that this comic took her longer to draw than usual. "I saw my own dog in this comic and it was often incredibly difficult for me. I was rarely so relieved that a comic was finished. But I wanted this topic to be talked about more."
The artist also told us about how, if possible, we should give our pets one last great day before they're put to sleep. "Let it see its friends again, let it eat its favorite food. Let it know it is loved above all else. And then escort it to its last stop, make sure that the last voice it hears is yours."
The artist keeps reaching more and more people with her emotional cartoons. The number of Jenny’s Instagram followers have doubled over the last half a year from 174k in February to 344k in mid-August.
Earlier, the artist revealed to Bored Panda some details about her illustration process. According to Jenny, each comic takes a very different amount of time to draw. A lot depends on the amount of research the illustrator has to do—she takes every cartoon she draws very seriously.
“I need about a week for the drawing itself though,” she added.
Drawing has been an obsession of Jenny’s for as long as she can remember. She joked that her mother always said that she could draw before she could walk.
“I picked up a pencil when I was a kid and I never stopped scribbling. Yeah, I always wanted to be an artist. I wanted to tell stories and create worlds,” she told us all about her love of art.
However, that doesn’t mean that Jenny draws non-stop. She said that she has to take breaks and completely get away from art to recharge and avoid burnout.
“Many small artists are frustrated that they have not yet developed their own style or have not yet found their niche. But that’s okay. That’s something that cannot be rushed,” Jenny gave other artists some advice about finding their own unique styles. “It sounds weird, but let your artistry speak out. Finding your own style and niche is something that takes time to develop. There’s simply no shortcut.”