In November 2017 I made the very difficult decision to say goodbye to my best dog, my little red
dachshund, Stella. Two days later, on a whim, I wandered into a psychic fair and sat down with
a medium whose first words to me were, "there's a dog here". The hour that followed was like
the lightning bolt in the Tower card. At the end of it, the medium pulled out a Rider-Waite-Smith
deck and my past flooded in, as I hadn’t seen that deck, the one I used on a daily basis, since
my teens and early 20's. Even though I had set tarot aside to make way for life stuff, it was like
having a conversation with an old friend. I immediately went out and picked up a RWS deck
(then a few more, and a few more after that!), using tarot as a tool for processing grief. I
hesitantly ventured into doing readings for others, and in giving people guidance, my grief was
A year later, with Stella's death still weighing heavily on my mind, I realized I needed a creative
project to dive into. Again, the thought came to me in a flash: A dachshund-themed tarot deck!
Following the initial idea, each card design came about strangely easily, and each 8x10 oil
painting for the most part seemed to paint itself.
Opting for a horizontal orientation for this deck seemed like a natural fit. I love the long backs of
dachshunds, and their grounded, burrowing and snuggling nature, and I liked the thought of that
being a parallel with the cards. I feel I have achieved a grounded and settled feel by turning
traditional tarot 90 degrees. The name "Low Rider" is an homage to the dachshund and to the
Rider Company, the publisher of the deck in 1910.
I am excited to share this deck with others and having used it myself, I know that it can be a
powerful tool for divination, reflection, meditation, and peace.
This project is a love song to Stella and the creatures who change us for the better.