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Goodbye, Ashley

11 Jun 2012 7:42PM   Views : 9994 Unique : 856

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.

Tags: Dog Ashley Best Friend Canine Companion Rip


Hazelmouse 16 379 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 8:06PM
What a lovely tribute to a much loved dog. I had my beloved Spinone - Kes PTS in April aged 12. Still can't bear to see his pictures. He too was a very special dog and so I know how it feels.
conrad 18 10.9k 116
11 Jun 2012 8:11PM
Thanks, Helen. You clearly understand. I appreciate your comment.
Cor 13 Belgium
11 Jun 2012 8:24PM
Always so much sorrow to lost a dog.............
lobsterboy Plus
18 15.0k 13 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2012 8:31PM
They just dont live long enough. Ashley loved and was clearly very loved, and after all that is all any of us can hope for in this life.
I would love to come up with some comforting words but this has bought back memories of losing our two and I can't stop my eyes watering.
conrad 18 10.9k 116
11 Jun 2012 8:44PM
Tears have been shed over Ashley today as well, and rightly so. But that's to be expected when you lose a loved one, even if it was a canine friend. And they can be such good friends. Ashley certainly was, and it sounds like you had good ones, too.
11 Jun 2012 10:04PM
So sad, I'm so sorry Conrad. This is a lovely tribute and what a wonderful dog she was. I know how painful this must be but good memories you will have to look back on. xx
Sus 18 3.2k 9 England
11 Jun 2012 10:25PM
So very sorry Conrad. A lovely collection of pictures to remember her by. Very painful to have to say goodbye to them at the end and she will have left a large gap in your life. Revisit Rudyard Kipling, who said it all so eloquently about the loss of a dog.
Pete 21 18.8k 97 England
11 Jun 2012 10:41PM
Sorry to hear this Conrad. Hope you're ok.
conrad 18 10.9k 116
11 Jun 2012 10:44PM
Thanks, K, and I do indeed have so many good memories to look back on. And that's what I prefer, reminding myself how Ashley enriched my life, instead of wallowing in grief. I had to shed tears over her, but joy over a dog's life lived to the full, and over human lives enriched by it, dominate.

And Sus, however much I like Kipling's poem, in view of the above my heart doesn't feel torn - on the contrary. Ashley was able to mend mine when it needed mending, and she has a special place in it, and always will have that special place. It's a bit more twee than Kipling's poem, but I rather like the thought behind this poem that a friend sent me:

When God had made the earth and sky the flowers and the trees,
He then made all the animals and all the birds and bees.
And when His work was finished Not one was quite the same.
He said "I'll walk this earth of mine and give each one a name."
And so he travelled land and sea and everywhere He went
a little creature followed Him until its strength was spent.
When all were named upon the earth and in the sky and sea,
The little creature said: "Dear Lord, There is not one left for me."
The Father smiled and softly said "I've left you to the end,
I've turned my own name back to front
And called you DOG, my friend."
Coleslaw 17 13.4k 28 Wales
12 Jun 2012 5:11AM
Very sorry to hear this, Conrad.
She will be very much missed.
Rip, Ashley.......
conrad 18 10.9k 116
12 Jun 2012 8:18AM
Thanks, Cole. But she needed her rest, and I'll cherish the memories...
SlowSong Plus
14 10.4k 30 England
12 Jun 2012 12:27PM
Eyes a bit watery here Conrad. All animal lovers understand your loss. She was a true beauty.
conrad 18 10.9k 116
12 Jun 2012 1:50PM
Yes, in every sense of the word.

Thanks, Chris.
conrad 18 10.9k 116
12 Jun 2012 1:52PM
Thanks for the comments, everyone! You too, Pete, I overlooked your comment initially.

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