Thursday, June 25, 2009

Semper Fidelis - always faithful

My oldest Lab, Paws, is thirteen and a half.  Her sister, Bear, died last June.  Although I have known loss I had never experienced loss so raw. Sensing that Paws' time to join her sister was drawing near, I scheduled a photo-shoot with Sara Duckett who many of you know designed my website.  She is a pleasure to work with.  I selected these photos among many to share with you.  This week Paws let me know she needed to slow down and so we have.  We meander more now and my heart is filled with love for all those good years.  These days I just like to lay close to her and listen to her breathe.  

Scout, my four year old, was a product of the South Georgia streets.  I picked her up as a pup while on a temporary duty in the area. I drove across the U.S. with two and came back with three. I named her after a character in my favorite book, To Kill A Mockingbird, because although right hearted and strong willed she sometimes gets ahead of herself.  She had a hard time fitting in with litter-mates.  They were never much interested in her as litter-mates just need each other but she was welcome to stay as long as she found her place and this is where she struggled.  Within hours of Bear's death she settled in, having found her place I guess, and has grown into a love of a dog.  Guess we each just need to find our place.


  1. Well..the picture are beautiful and quickly brought tears. I'm sorry to hear that Paw's time is near. Hold on to your cherished times and may they bring a smile to your face.

  2. Lovely, sad and beautiful. I am sure they have loved, blessed lives with you. I am quite sure the reverse is true as well.

  3. Beautiful pictures and lovely post. Our family dog Lisa who lived to the ripe old age of 17. I was 18 when we lost her so she had always been part of my early life. Some animals truly become family members. Lisa was a bitsa and I am sure some of those bits were labradour. Your Paws reminds me very much of her. Hope you and Paws (& Scout) find time for many more memories.

  4. Beautiful pictures that I am sure you will cherish forever!

  5. You statement that you never knew a loss so raw hit home with me. I could not come up with the words to describe my pain with the loss of my older dog earlier this month. Holding him during his last breath was excruciating but I would not have had it any other way. My heart still hurts so bad but I do have my other love who is also feeling the loss, the pain. I am giving everything I have to him. Debbie