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: