It's quiet out there... too quiet.

I’m thinking about getting another puppy.

 

It’s been over 6 years since I took this photo of Jackson a few days before he passed away. Many of you know how horrible it is to lose your best buddy, and wonder if anything could make it worth going through that heartache again.

 

Folks who don't have pets get to skip those crushing feelings, but then miss out on so much else.

 

I think what I miss the most about a dog is the absolutely joyful, goofy celebrations that occur over the smallest of occassions. Just walking anywhere near the leash produced intense stares, fidgety ears and small hopeful yips. Actually picking it up was cause for a leaping, dancing, spinning celebration.

 

Jackson could tell by what clothes I wore the kind of day it would be. He sat glumly on the bed while I put on a suit and tie, but wiggled, woofed and wagged when I put on blue jeans and a T-shirt. Of course I pretty much acted the same way.

 

Coming home was the cause for the biggest celebrations of all. I suspect the sound of the garage door opener got the party started, because by the time I walked through the kitchen door Jackson was in full fledged loopy mode. Thoughts of too many deadlines and too much traffic would melt away in the midst of leaps, licks and love. And Jackson didn’t care if I’d been a gentleman or a jerk before I left – my return received the same wild welcome. It also didn’t matter if I’d been gone 10 hours or 10 minutes.

 

Yeh, I miss that. Maybe its finally time for a new puppy…

  • Rona Black 3y

    Yes, it's time.
  • Thomas Stover 3y

    This is perfect and the accompanying story is really nice. Brilliant work.
  • gzchris2000 3y

    Very touching, and great shot

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  • Ashok Menon 3y

    Brilliant!
  • Sofia 3y

    Perfect lighting...
  • Rian Thorpe 3y

    such a nice shot
  • Sue F 3y

    A beautiful tribute to your companion. I support your decision to get another puppy - can't even imagine what it would be like to come home to an empty house at the end of the day. Best wishes!
  • lawatha 3y

    Perfect backlighting of your golden boy, wonderful story to go with it. I can relate to each and every word. I know exactly what you mean- and yes, it sounds like perhaps it IS time for a new puppy.
  • Karen 3y

    You'll know when. It's amazing how our canine friends open up parts of our hearts. They stretch it into a new shape and teach it new tricks :-)
  • Steve Wall 3y

    Thanks for the many kind comments all!

    "Stretch hearts into a new shape and teach it new tricks" indeed! Pack :>
  • Kaisa 3y

    What a beautiful memory, and a emotion provoking photograph. I know how hard it is to lose a furry companion and it does take time to "get over" it, but you sure sound like a person who should always have a dog. I do hope you find one soon to make new memories with. :)
  • ѕнer 'n' lenѕ a la ғly ❖ ƊƦคƓ๏ƝŦlץƊгєคɱʂ88 3y

    . . . bitter sweet . . . I think you are ready . . .
  • Nancy Gamber 3y

    So warm and meaningful, and I can relate completely, and that photo is gorgeous! glad you found your new best friend!
  • Chris 2y

    As a seasoned pro few pictures bring tears to my eyes, but this did. Absolutely superb.
    I keep coming back to view it ....I just don't think the simple beauty of this image could be beaten..
  • Steve Wall 2y

    Hey, thanks for all the kind comments all - I know many of you can relate to how difficult the decision can be on on when and if to get a new pet, as you can never replace your old friend and the loss is such a pain to go through. But thought you'd like to see the new best friend. Meet Keegan!

    pure puppy
  • anjel63 2y

    lovely shot
  • Bram Eggermont 2y

    Great low key lighting!
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  • Gessica 2y

    what a shot! wonderful!!!! i've added it to my favourites!!!!
  • Eduardo Llerandi 2y

    Stunning shot, very nice shot, and I know how you feel and my recomendation is go and I get one, they need us and we need them. Good luck and show me a picture of the new guy.
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