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Emotional Value

16 Oct 2012 1:09PM   Views : 3259 Unique : 360

I think of my dear, departed Ashley every day. She was such a special dog, and such a special friend.

Fortunately, there are so many photos of her to help me remember everything we did together.

Funny thing is that I took quite a few photos of her that were appreciated by many EPZ members, and that, photographically speaking, were quite good. But I keep going back to one particular photo of her that even I could easily criticise (no need to use the Critique Gallery for it, I know why it isn't ideal). Of course that's because of the memories connected with that photograph.

It's the last decent shot I took of her, the last day before she got more and more incapacitated on a daily basis. And this was a holiday as well - I took her with me on a holiday boat outing, which she clearly enjoyed. Only one day later her health was so bad that she couldn't do much anymore, and a few days after that I had to say my final goodbye to her. But this day, just a few days before her death, was such a nice occasion.

I took this photo of her as she was looking ahead in the direction the boat was going. No eye contact, I know. Background not as blurred as I would have liked. It was just a grab shot. But it's the photo I look at most often.

And clearly, that's because of the emotional value for me.

So here's my most-often-looked-at photo of my late, beloved Ashley:


Tags: Dog Ashley Friend Boat Canine Value Emotional


SlowSong Plus
8 6.3k 29 England
17 Oct 2012 5:14PM
Your heartache comes through your words and pictures as if it were just yesterday that she left you.
A beautiful image, as if she's watching and thinking intently.
I feel as if I could stroke her.

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conrad 12 10.9k 116
17 Oct 2012 5:25PM
Well, Chris, it does feel as if it's just yesterday. Thing is, I'd never felt such a strong bond with any animal before. And I'd known for some time that her health was deteriorating, but I never wanted it to end the way it did - I didn't want to be the one having to make the decision. And although my mind knows that I saved her physical pain and discomfort by making that decision, I felt terrible. And I still do. She had a good life with me, I know that, but I found it hard, letting her go.

Oh well. She's with me in spirit, I think.

And I like looking at her photos, and remembering the things we did together.

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