A tribute to Dax – a very old terrier.

Dax – well I have known Dax for many years. Dax belonged to a mates mum and when she sadly passed away he came to live with Matt. Matt is a mate of mine and as such Dax would often come round for dinner and be terrorised by my Westie, it was always good humoured and the old lad took it in his stride.

When Matt took a new job Dax went to live with Louise, Matt’s sister and was a good friend to baby Eleanor as she grew up. Some years ago Dax had to have one eye removed and again he took it in his stride and coped very well, only occasionally walking into the furniture!

I am a dog lover and love taking photographs of dogs, just like when I photograph people, I aim to capture their personality. Dogs, as children form a very big part of some peoples lives and looking back in history their images often have their own place on the wall. I encourage everyone to visit their local stately home and you will see this history recorded, often as oil paintings but nevertheless show the importance of us recording our families for future generations.

I recently went to see Louise and Alex for their Pre-Wedding photoshoot and as always if the couple have a dog I try and photograph him, Dax had aged a lot since the last time we had met and did look very old, he still made the effort to give me a wag of his tail (which he loved to chase) and a nuzzle though – he had reached the grand old age of 17 still very alert, well quite alert and was happy to spend his days lying in the sun. I took some images of Dax although some of my usual techniques fell upon deaf ears, literally!

Sadly Dax passed away earlier this week, he had reached a great old age and had lived a very full life, he will be sadly missed by the family, we all know he will be having fun, chasing rabbits though!


Rainbow Bridge

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they miss someone very special to them; who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. YOU have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

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