Thursday, 3 April 2014

26 Greatest loves of my life - Let's call him...Dog #atozchallenge

26 greatest loves of my life
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Me:  Before I found you I could feel you calling out to me.
Dog:  Then why did you drive straight past the pet shop so many times?

I thought I was looking for a dog that needed rescuing.
You were. I guess most people don't think about pet shops as horror stories.

Then, when I finally found you, I was sure my new puppy was supposed to be a girl so I made you wait.
Worst night of my life.

I'm sorry.  By morning I knew I had to hurry back.
I shook all night long, and just imagined being curled up inside your belly.

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Why did you run away when I went on holidays?
I was looking for you, I didn't know New Zealand was so far away.


It took me a long time to learn that we understood each other best when I didn't use words.
I can't believe all you wanted me to do was pee on the grass.

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Thanks for being there when I needed you most.
Thanks for all the walks, snacks and letting me lick you.

I hope my dreams about the future didn't make you feel like you had to go away.
Remember I had health problems, I was never meant to get old.

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I saw that car coming. Why didn't you stop when I yelled NO?
It was time to go. We were both ready... I wanted to go out with a bang!

That's not funny. 
Really? Admit it. My timing was always perfect. 

Ok I admit it. You could have warned me though.
I did. 3 times. 
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I'm sorry I covered your face, before your last breath.
I felt safe, like I was in you.  I just closed my eyes and went to sleep.

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Ashton 30/5/2005 - 30/5/2009
 26 Greatest loves of my life. Dog #atozchallenge 





The day I brought Ashton home, I had a premonition that he would only live for 4 years. I expected him to be around much longer. These are all conversations I've had with him, either while he was alive or in my dreams.

The Captain found me a few weeks after Ashton died.  If Ashton was still alive I would never have even entertained the idea of moving to the other side of the world.  I might have rescued him when he was a pup, but he saved me too.

Have you got a love story of the non-human kind?  Please share in the comments, I love to read them. 




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65 comments:

  1. Wow, I got teary and felt the love.
    Ashton lived a beautiful life, he shared it with you.
    Precious memories.

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    1. I often say he (and other dogs) give up everything just to be with us... I did my best we both had a more beautiful life because of each other :)

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  2. Oh my God. You must be so heartbroken as you write this post. So sorry
    . Ashton must have been so cute.
    Hugs.

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  3. What a sweet tribute to a beloved pet. Parting with my 3 cats one by one was one of the most difficult things I've ever done. I still dream about them, so I know how you must feel. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. He is still very much a part of the family... I love those dreams - he's always so happy in them. I hope your dreams are nice too :)

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  4. I agree a natural diet is the best - Ashton got a lot of kangaroo meat and offal from the butchers... and of course we shared meals - he ate as well as I do most of the time...

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    1. Scared tiny little thing he was back then

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  6. A beautiful tribute to him, and what a cute dog he was.

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  7. That was really touching....a very beautiful conversation....you must be really missing him, don't you? He looks so cute and adorable.

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    1. When he first died I remember thinking my friends missed him more than I did... some of them cried more than I did. I don't really miss him - he is just a part of me... His death also provided me with a whole new type of freedom, one I didn't even know I was ready to explore, in many ways I now see his death as his ultimate gift to me. My bonus kids love seeing photos of him, and point out every dog they see to me... they ask for stories - they never met him but he is very much a part of their lives too.

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  8. That's so touching and real...*hugs*

    ~S(t)ri
    Participant|AtoZ Challenge 2014
    Smile, it makes (y)our day!

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    1. Thanks Stri I love a good virtual hug

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  9. Oh that was so sweet and so sad at the same time. A truly great love and reqarding companion for both of you. And how your life would have changed if the timing had been different. I never look back at the what if's because "what is" is where I want to be living as fully as I can. Thank you for such a tender memory and tribute to your beloved pet.

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    1. Thanks Debbie, thats a good way to remind people that if's and maybe's are the stuff of dreams not reminiscence...

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  10. Hi Ida .. what a lovely story - and how prescient .. happy and sad memories for you ... it's a wonder how life turns out isn't it ..

    Have a good weekend -cheers Hilary

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  11. Hi Ida .. just to jump in while I have a minute re the little houses - that coastline has been going backwards for decades .. it's life on the south coast and particularly on the east coast of England .. chalk and limestone just crumble ... there's a Roman villa under the sea at Eastbourne .. by the pier - I don't think much of it is left ... but it's just nature and this bit of our planet earth that is England .. there is more on erosion et al as I go through .. I haven't written all the posts yet .. so I'm sort of adding things in as I can -but trying to keep the posts short ... cheers Hilary

    cheers Hilary

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  12. This was such a tender, tender story about deep love. Thanks Ida for writing about it. Your narration is so touching, comes straight from the writer's heart and goes to the reader's.

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  13. I think I just couldn't take my eyes off the pup :)
    Random Thoughts Naba

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    1. He needed a lot of love at that age...

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  14. Really your post made me wish that Ashton lived longer :( Loved how you wrote the thoughts of your pet

    Swathi

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    1. Hi Swathi, thanks I'm pretty sure Ashton would have loved his thoughts being shared too :)

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  15. He sounds like a wonderful character. So sad that he had to go so soon.
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles - A to Z Ghosts
    Fantasy Boys XXX - A to Z Drabblerotic

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    1. I think everyone thinks their dog is a wonderful character, my friends and family thought he was too :)

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  16. Ida, big hugs to you. You had a wonderful few years with Ashton. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story. It made me cry but I love your perspective on how he is a part of you.

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    1. He is more a part of me now then when he was alive, now i know for sure what he means :)

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  17. Made me cry Ida.love the love u two have.

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    1. Your tears surprise me as much as mine did... the emotion I felt with him often took me by surprise though :)

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  18. Ohh how beautiful... You words moved me.. The pictures are so cute...

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Rajlakshmi, I have lots but wish I had more pictures...

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  19. That's a sweet sad story. He looks adorable.

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    1. I try to focus more on the sweet than the sad... truthfully I just feel grateful

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  20. Now you've gone and made me cry. I had a cat once. His name was Carson. I loved Carson so much. Then he got sick. Then he died. It was just three years. Way too short. A year after Carson left, my wife brought home a new kitten. At first I wanted nothing to do with this new kitten. I did not want to be hurt again by loss. Then I saw him. I could not resist. I knew Carson would be okay with me bringing Zooey into my life. So I did just that. Two years later, Zooey was diagnosed with the same thing which killed Carson. Luckily this time, we caught it in time, and now, twelve years later, Zooey is still hanging out and getting loved. I am sorry for your loss. I understand the pain and sorrow. I also understand the love that came during that short time together. Take care.

    See ya 'round the web. All Things Kevyn

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    1. I will be seeing you Kevyn, and thanks so much for sharing your Carson and Zooey's stories... I can't help but think that Carson's final gift to you was making you aware of Zooey's illness...I think love can be instant - the relationship develops over time but love is love - it doesn't have time constraints or need to be defined.

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  21. You just made me want to get a dog again :| honestly Ida a very warm story of love :-)

    Richa

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  22. Such a cute dog. it sounds like you had a wonderful relationship with him ((hugs))
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe
    xx

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    1. Thanks Suzanne - wonderful is a great word to describe our relationship

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  23. What a lovely post.. I loved it. And, the pictures were amazing.

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    1. Thank you Sheethal... I think it's cute that dogs can't fake the way they are feeling in photos

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  25. Totally unexpected. Totally sad. Totally love. And a different take on love at that. This was beautiful Ida. I've never "lost" a pet and I pray I don't have to any time soon. Hugs, to Ashton, wherever he is.

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    1. I felt the same way Cristina, especially the unexpected part. The idea to include Ashton happened after I decided 26 boyfriends was going to involve too much digging around painful memories... this post made me cry and burst with love all at the same time.

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  26. awwww you made me have a feeling. Your guy looks like my little guy; Bailey. He's neurotic like his owners but i LOVE him!

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    1. This reaction of feelings is making me want to write more... Bailey what a great name, I've been thinking of B names for my next dog, I like the drink too :)

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  27. He was beautiful! The second but last pic is the one that got to me the most. Made me want to cry.

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    1. That was one of the first pics I took of him after he got over his initial fears of everything.. I am pretty sure he is trying to work out why I am hiding my face :)

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  28. It's hard to type when you can't see... beautiful and heart breaking and funny and sweet all rolled up into a tale of a white bundle of fur.

    I still miss my dog, you've managed to convey the depth of relationship and bond we have with some of our animal, great piece of writing xxx

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  29. Oh! that's such a sweet and sad story and a fabulous tribute to Ashton! Love and Hugs!
    Shilpa Garg
    Co-Host AJ's wHooligan for the A to Z Challenge 2014

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    1. Thanks Shilpa. Funny, even though I cried a lot writing it I don't feel sad - it is hard to admit his timing was perfect...

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  30. Awwww. I got my dog from a pet shop too. They discounted him because he was getting too old. I'd been on the fence whether or not to get a dog, but seeing him...he captured my heart. I will miss him too.

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    1. Ashton was about 4 months old - I have no doubt he would have been dumped if he wasn't sold that weekend... My friends used to call him the luckiest boy on the earth, I'm guessing your's is a lucky dog too :)

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  31. Ive read this three times and it makes me cry every time....skip and I have been together four years. E is 14now and I dread the day we part.

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    1. You would laugh at me as much as I do if you saw how much I cried while writing this post - I remember apologising to Ash for having to treat him like a dog... but I had no choice. If I had have expected his love to last my lifetime a part of me would have died with him - by acknowledging his lifespan the day I brought him home a part of him will always just live with me :)

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  32. Tears. Thank you for sharing this. It is beautiful.

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    1. Thanks modifiededitingservices.com - easy to write beautifully about beautiful.

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  33. This made me cry and squeeze Baxter (who's on my lap) just that little bit tighter. He turns 4 in July...

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    1. So happy that Baxter got an extra squeeze because of Ashton - every dog deserves that bit of extra love and attention

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  34. Like most commenters here, I cried too! What a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. My dear human, Ida,

    A story of the bond between a beloved dog and a precious human. You have witnessed the unconditional, non-judgemental love we animals share with humanity. If only more would listen to the lessons we try to teach.

    Ashton, always loved, never forgotten. Bless you, dear human.

    Penny, the pawsitive host of the Alphabark Challenge, 2014!

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    1. Dear Penny and Gary, I thought of you both as I wrote this... I'm glad you found your way here and had the last word - indeed the world would be a better place if we listened to the lessons animals are trying to teach us :)

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  36. It is a story of belonging - great word - we belonged to each other. Thanks Shailaja

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  37. Tears here. They wind their paws deep into our heart strings - and take a piece of us with them when they leave. And we are still richer for knowing them.
    My cat Medlyn (known in the family as bucket bladder) has been gone for over ten years now - and I still miss him. Badly. There are other much loved cats in my life, and I miss him still.

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    1. Dear Elephant's child I am feeling paws plucking my heartstrings just reading your analogy and I hope your Badly turns to Fond memories before too much longer. Thanks for sharing your story and thoughts. I love the name Medlyn and bucket bladder deserves an explanation. :)

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    2. Medlyn was an enchanting cat - but very, very naughty too. If he felt neglected, slighted or treated badly he used his bladder as a weapon. Talk on the phone too long - he would march down to the bathroom, pull the towels from the rail and piddle on them. He disliked house guests and would defile their suitcase first chance he got - and he didn't matter how often people were warned they ALWAYS left the door open just long enough...

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    3. How funny. I can't stop thinking about how I would deal with my suitcase being defiled by bucket bladder. I hope he stayed off the carpets. Thanks so much for sharing - I had a good giggle.

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