The faithful companion

She appeared out of the sunlight

Walking stately yet with the limp of old age.

She looked kindly at me and Oscar –

Then turned back.

She waited for her old owner as she hobbled towards us on crutches.

“Please take a picture of Tosca!” she cried.

“She’s my only company now that my husband has died.”

Her faithful companion posed regally for her portrait

Before returning to her owner’s side.

(Today I printed out these two shots on big glossy paper and delivered them to Tosca’s house.

Big smiles all round.)

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79 responses

  1. she’s absolutely fabulous! what a heartwarming story of a lovely pair.:)

    October 27, 2012 at 17:40

  2. Are you trying to make me cry, lovely photos. xx

    October 27, 2012 at 17:45

    • It was so heart-breaking to her the woman talking about how sad and empty she’ll feel if her dog dies before her. That’s why I thought it would be nice to visit and give her the photos.

      October 27, 2012 at 19:01

  3. So nice of you to give the pictures in print! And the dog has posed regally for you!

    October 27, 2012 at 17:51

  4. Di

    This is just lovely. :-)

    October 27, 2012 at 18:21

  5. She is heavenly, gorgeous.

    My heart just filled up.

    What an angel gift. Xxx

    October 27, 2012 at 18:29

  6. wow what a beautiful pups….love her hair….smiles on her having a companion like that to love on her too…

    October 27, 2012 at 18:34

  7. Pat

    Tosca! She’s a beautiful, steadfast companion. What a wonderfully thoughtful gift those photos made.

    October 27, 2012 at 18:34

  8. She is beautiful and you captured her perfectly! What a great moment!

    October 27, 2012 at 18:40

  9. JM

    Look at that hairdo. Fantastic!

    October 27, 2012 at 18:41

  10. sylviakirk

    She does indeed have a great hairdo as well as a LOT of hair!! What a wonderful post and how wonderful of you to take the photos for her! I know it means a lot to her! And isn’t it fun to be able to do something like this for someone!! Have a great weekend!!

    October 27, 2012 at 18:55

  11. This brought tears to my eyes …… what a beautiful animal and how wonderful that she and her owner have each other!
    And how nice of you to print the images for her owner – we need more kindness like this in our world!

    October 27, 2012 at 19:21

  12. How regal, yes. And what a lovely gift for her! :)

    October 27, 2012 at 19:22

  13. Oh my goodness, that brought tears to my eyes… happy tears! That’s so very sweet of you & Tosca is gorgeous! =)

    October 27, 2012 at 19:28

  14. I love that photographs can be such nice gifts.

    October 27, 2012 at 19:29

  15. Hello Lady Fi!
    This dog is a true aristocrat.
    It is beautiful, fantastic.

    October 27, 2012 at 19:31

  16. What a nice story. Tosca is a beautiful dog. And your photos are wonderful. Happy Weekend!

    October 27, 2012 at 19:44

  17. Isn’t Toscal a gorgeous dog!!! So regal!!!

    October 27, 2012 at 20:04

  18. What a beautiful thing you did. A wonderful, heartwarming story. Love!!

    October 27, 2012 at 20:20

  19. Don

    So wonderfully kind, Fiona. What a beautiful story and Collie.

    October 27, 2012 at 20:26

  20. Amanda

    Tosca is so beautiful!! Lovely photos!!

    October 27, 2012 at 20:27

  21. Such a cute dog:-)

    October 27, 2012 at 21:24

  22. What a fabulous, glamorous girl!

    October 27, 2012 at 21:28

  23. she’s truly gorgeous! fantastically captured too.

    i used to have a collie, named tara, for fifteen years and she was my best companion.
    i miss her so much…

    October 27, 2012 at 21:30

  24. valwoodvw

    Beautiful pictures and text! Thank you!

    October 27, 2012 at 21:31

  25. A lovely pet portrait and a truly heartwarming story. Your kind gesture would, I’m sure, have meant a great deal to Tosca’s owner. May similar kindnesses be showered upon you when in need. Thanks for sharing Fi

    October 27, 2012 at 21:46

  26. wonderful captures of this lovely lady ~

    October 27, 2012 at 22:28

  27. A very handsome and I’m sure faithful, companion.

    October 27, 2012 at 22:56

  28. Such a beauty, that Tosca, and so loyal…which makes dogs so loveable. Thanks for sharing these photos and story!

    October 27, 2012 at 23:34

  29. imac

    Beautiful, and what a lovely thought.

    October 27, 2012 at 23:57

  30. onceupona

    Ah, I love shelties and collies. They are such beautiful dogs and the background of fall coated leaves is perfect. Cheers! Danette

    October 28, 2012 at 00:04

  31. Your photo shows the regal old girl at her most beautiful. Such a lovely and touching post!

    October 28, 2012 at 00:13

  32. Jim

    Oh Tosca, how fortunate for us all that you found Fiona and Oscar! Heartwarming.

    October 28, 2012 at 00:54

  33. Beautiful dog and lovely thing you did:-)

    October 28, 2012 at 01:05

  34. jcosmonewbery

    All ’round loveliness.

    October 28, 2012 at 02:00

  35. jcosmonewbery

    Oh, and in case you were worried about me – my poem, The Facade, wasn’t about cancer. But thank you!

    October 28, 2012 at 02:01

  36. Anonymous

    I really wish their peaceful life together! How gorgeous her hairdo is and how merciful and composed she looks!

    October 28, 2012 at 02:45

  37. Beautiful story:) Lovely dog too … looks wise.

    October 28, 2012 at 04:13

  38. Beautiful dog, reminds me of Lassie. Great story too!

    October 28, 2012 at 04:33

  39. Beautiful dog, beautiful story, Tosca is very well taken care of. Bless you for the pictures you took and delivered.

    October 28, 2012 at 05:05

  40. That was such a lovely thing for you to do. Tears here. And Tosca is beautiful. Thank you.

    October 28, 2012 at 05:48

  41. What an unusually woolly dog Fi. I wonder what sort it is? Well done for giving the lady the photos you took. I bet she was pleased – Dave

    October 28, 2012 at 07:50

    • She’s a collie.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:05

  42. Bob

    Beauty, that’s what I called him. The old lady was over the moon for you taking the photos.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:05

  43. That’s so touching.

    Where’s Oscar’s old pal, Ollie (?) the old English sheepdog?

    October 28, 2012 at 11:05

  44. Such a beautiful dog!
    Glad you made her owner happy.

    October 28, 2012 at 11:15

  45. How cute.She is like human beings.

    October 28, 2012 at 12:06

  46. Beautiful!

    October 28, 2012 at 12:58

  47. wonderful portrait, the look is perfect, light texture and colors really incredible.

    October 28, 2012 at 13:09

  48. Hudson Howl

    The story; a testament to love and the bonds of friendship of all things living. The photographs; meaningful cherished keepsake for Tosca’s mate. The delivery; kindness and a good deed. Good shtufffs you!

    October 28, 2012 at 13:18

  49. beautiful and what a look:)

    October 28, 2012 at 15:46

  50. These are marvelous portraits of Tosca, and I’m sure the prints you made were very much appreciated. We need more kindness like yours in the world.

    October 28, 2012 at 16:24

  51. Riet

    What a beautiful dog and your photo’s are gorgeous.

    October 28, 2012 at 16:48

  52. What a incredibly kind and generous thing to do….you must have made her day.


    October 28, 2012 at 17:00

  53. I am speechless. Just love it.

    October 28, 2012 at 17:56

  54. Such beautiful portraits of a faithful companion.

    October 28, 2012 at 19:37

  55. a glorious dog with an remarkable fur. Nice of you to fix shots for the lady.:)

    October 28, 2012 at 20:30

  56. Oh, oh, OH!

    October 28, 2012 at 23:02

  57. What a beautiful kind of you to take the photos and share them!:)

    October 28, 2012 at 23:09

  58. One of the nicest gifts a person could ever have, gorgeous, gorgeous photos of that very beautiful dog. How kind you are!

    October 28, 2012 at 23:41

  59. Beautifully written – tears tug at my heart, knowing where she is coming from…

    October 29, 2012 at 00:26

  60. He’s a beautiful dog! How wonderful he is such a great companion for his owner.

    October 29, 2012 at 01:52

  61. the story and photos are so beautiful, you’ve touched my heart softly and deeply. happy week to you Fiona. thank you.

    October 29, 2012 at 01:55

  62. That’s one touching post. And a beautiful story of friendship. Your portraits are heartwarming.

    October 29, 2012 at 02:14

  63. cloudia

    heart filling, heart breaking how important our companions are to us! You did a saintly deed, and for us as well

    Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral




    October 29, 2012 at 04:49

  64. Such a kind an caring face

    October 29, 2012 at 05:21

  65. I have no adequate words for this lovely post. Thank you for sharing.

    October 29, 2012 at 06:13

  66. Oh, she is just lovely!!
    She reminded me of Lassie!

    October 29, 2012 at 08:15

  67. kzemek

    That’s so sweet. I’m sure she really appreciated that! It’s a beautiful collie.

    October 29, 2012 at 10:19

  68. · What a nice dog. She seems like a queen.

    · hugs

    CR· & ·LMA

    October 29, 2012 at 12:38

  69. Oh she is adorable and her coat of hair is amazing! I love your rhythm too, very sweet!

    October 29, 2012 at 13:19

  70. Beautiful photographs wonderful dog. I am greeting

    October 29, 2012 at 14:04

  71. She is a true beauty, such an elegant Lady.;)) What a lovely unexpected encounter.;)

    October 29, 2012 at 16:06

  72. She’s gorgeous! I know Tosca will cherish those photographs!

    October 30, 2012 at 02:39

  73. Oh what a beauty. Regal.

    October 30, 2012 at 04:41

  74. thesmittenimage

    She is such a beautiful creature. And so kind of you to bring her copies of her companion. I suspect she’s now made a friend in you.

    October 30, 2012 at 20:02

  75. What a lovely gift you gave! She looks like a regal lion.

    October 31, 2012 at 02:07

  76. LASSIE!!!
    She looks so majestic!

    November 1, 2012 at 07:16

  77. ohhhh so cutee! i just love dogs…

    November 2, 2012 at 13:03

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