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Today I've done what has been unthinkable for so long, but became inevitable in the end: I've said goodby to my best canine friend ever, my dear Ashley.
Read my previous two blog posts if you want to know why this was necessary, because I don't really want to repeat that, I just want to re-live good memories.
I've known a lot of dogs in my life, but Ashley was special, really special. The sweetest soul ever, the easiest to get along with, extremely tolerant, with the most expressive dog face I've ever seen - so many different expressions, and I knew them all. We understood each other, we spent as much time together as we could.
I'll miss her wagging tail, seeing the expectant look on her face when I woke up, her sweet presence, her ... well, it's too much to write, really. For over ten years she was my companion and my friend, and she was very good at both.
Here are some photographic highlights from her life...
Chasing a low-flying bird on a beach near the river Waal:
Dripping wet from a swim:
During the golden hour at the end of a day, modeling for me on a bale of hay:
With my daughter's dog, Joy:
Backlit, in front of some reeds:
Ashley, you were beautiful on the inside and on the outside, and you'll be missed - sorely missed. Goodbye, my friend. Rest in peace.