Diving for rose petals

Many many thanks for all your wonderful messages of sympathy on Oscar’s passing. It has meant a lot to me.

This week I went down to Oscar’s favourite place, the jetty on our lake,

And threw some rose petals into the water as a way of honouring my furry friend.

Ruby, who is Oscar’s great-granddaughter, and who we have been fostering for the past nine months,

Decided to honour Oscar in his favourite activity: diving into the lake.

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She carefully retrieved one of the roses

And placed it on the jetty.

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We sat for a while

Enjoying the autumn scenery and good memories of Oscar.

I’d say that a part of him lives on in Ruby, who is now our own dog.

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Be warned: you might see more pictures of wet (and dry) dogs here on my blog after all!

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125 responses

  1. Very very nice act and the photos are great. Glad you have a new 4-legged friend, times are hard I do understand.
    Myself, after my previous pet passed away, right after him I did rescue my current best friend. Kind regards

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    October 6, 2014 at 15:31

  2. Pia

    Ruby is such a sweetie too. I do prefer my goldens with some colour rather than the modern white ones.

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    October 6, 2014 at 15:41

  3. Ruby is able to be another Oscar, isn’t she beautiful.

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    October 6, 2014 at 15:49

  4. What a sweet story full of symbolism and thanks to Ruby. Lovely shots. I especially like the third one with Ruby on the jetty with the retrieved rose petals.

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    October 6, 2014 at 15:53

  5. Such a heartfelt post and we all look forward to your pictures. Oscar was my virtual pet. I miss him but yes, as you said, Ruby will give us company now.

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    October 6, 2014 at 15:56

  6. Delightful pictures of Ruby. You must be missing Oscar 😦

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    October 6, 2014 at 15:59

  7. Such a sweet gesture. Love the look of Oscar’s granddaughter.

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    October 6, 2014 at 16:07

  8. I can definitely see Oscar in Ruby. Same sort of expression of face. Although I can’t quite describe what it is, but it seems very knowing. 🙂

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    October 6, 2014 at 16:19

  9. She has a lot of her great-granddad in her, and that’s a great thing. I look forward to seeing more of Ruby.

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    October 6, 2014 at 16:23

  10. i am SO glad ruby is yours, now! and i loved this post. 🙂

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    October 6, 2014 at 16:43

  11. Ruby is truly beautiful, too. 🙂

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    October 6, 2014 at 16:46

  12. I love this! ❤

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    October 6, 2014 at 17:02

  13. Jim

    What a SWEETIE Ruby is! Thanks for the warning Fiona…..looking forward to them.

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    October 6, 2014 at 17:26

  14. nocolebolo


    Welcome Ruby. You are now among us. I will be waiting for your lovely photos.

    · Hugs, LadyFi

    · CR · & · LMA ·

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    October 6, 2014 at 17:59

  15. What a sweet face Ruby has. One melts into those big, brown eyes. 🙂

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    October 6, 2014 at 18:22

  16. Best thing you could do is get Ruby!

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    October 6, 2014 at 18:58

  17. Welcome to Ruby! So nice she is here to carry on in Oskar’s tradition. Your lake would not be the same without a sweet wet dog.

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    October 6, 2014 at 19:28

  18. Ah, to have loved and lost… If you didn’t love him, you wouldn’t miss him! Lovely photos.

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    October 6, 2014 at 19:41

  19. Ahhh—how wonderful. So glad that RUBY is now YOURS. I’m sure that Oscar is smiling down from his ‘cloud’ up there!!!!!! Ruby will help keep Oscar alive in your memories.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    October 6, 2014 at 19:54

  20. Yes. The Ruby is a particle Oscar.
    I am very touched. I loved Oscar. Do not forget it.
    Ruby is very similar to it.
    Greetings from Polish.

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    October 6, 2014 at 20:06

  21. Ruby is beautiful. Bring on the images of Ruby. I, for one love’em.

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    October 6, 2014 at 20:13

  22. Reblogged this on City Jackdaw and commented:
    For all you dog lovers, a short, moving post here from Lady Fi.

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    October 6, 2014 at 20:22

  23. Ruby is amazing and so comforting to you that Oscar still lives on. Wonderful, emotional photos and words x

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    October 6, 2014 at 20:33

  24. Beautiful place. Oscar and Ruby are having a great time.

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    October 6, 2014 at 20:34

  25. So sorry to hear about Oscar. You honored him in a beautiful way. My heart hurts for you.

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    October 6, 2014 at 20:38

  26. Ruby is a real sweetie! Love that first shot and how she retrieved some of the petals.
    Retrievers are not mis-named! 🙂

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    October 6, 2014 at 20:42

  27. I am very much looking forward to seeing Ruby here.
    She sure is a beautiful girl.

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    October 6, 2014 at 20:43

  28. So sorry to hear about Oscar! It looks as though Oscar will live on not only in cyberspace through the many wonderful shots you took of him in the past but also in the DNA of his great-granddaughter! How interesting that Ruby retrieved a rose.

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    October 6, 2014 at 21:11

  29. Got tears in my eyes…so beautiful, beautiful pictures of Oscar and what he liked best…

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    October 6, 2014 at 21:14

    • Thank you. These shots are of Ruby – but she does look very similar to a young Oscar, doesn’t she?

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      October 7, 2014 at 05:40

  30. We won’t forget wonderful Oscar. It is good to know that his spirit (and genes) live on in your home. Sweet Ruby — she remembers too!

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    October 6, 2014 at 21:17

  31. thesmittenimage

    Awww it looks like you have a true sweetie in Ruby. I’m glad she’s staying.

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    October 6, 2014 at 21:20

  32. Ruby in the footsteps of Oscar
    a beautiful dog with dynamism

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    October 6, 2014 at 21:29

  33. Hi1 Ruby is very cute.Looking these Ruby photos, I remember Oscar. Thanks for sharing.

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    October 6, 2014 at 21:35

  34. What beautiful pictures of Oscar’s legacy. As stunning and moving as they are, though, I bet they don’t compare to the legacy of memories that live on in your heart. I teared up just now thinking of the companionship I’ve seen in Oscar, how it reminds me of our McGee who also lives on in our memories. Sending hugs and a scratch behind the ear or extra toss of the stick to fetch for Ruby.

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    October 6, 2014 at 22:19

  35. Wonderful shots and a great way to honor Oscar.

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    October 6, 2014 at 22:51

  36. Very happy to see lots of images of lovely Ruby – both wet and dry. I think its so lovely that a wee piece of Oscar lives on in her. Bitter sweet.

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    October 6, 2014 at 23:06

  37. Ela

    Ruby is very similar to Oscar 🙂
    Really wonderful shots !

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    October 6, 2014 at 23:58

  38. For en fin minneseremoni … Ruby er også en skjønn hund. For noen bedårende øyne!

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    October 7, 2014 at 00:08

  39. Ruby is and will continue to love you as Oscar did!…:)JP

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    October 7, 2014 at 00:32

  40. oh i bet a bit lives on in his grandchild…smiling at him diving in after rose petals…ha…that is cool

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    October 7, 2014 at 00:49

  41. Oh my, that first shot of Ruby reminds me of Oscar.. She is a beautiful golden. Great shots. Enjoy your week!

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    October 7, 2014 at 01:55

  42. Lovely memorial!

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    October 7, 2014 at 02:01

  43. cosmos

    Oscar must be smiling at Ruby and you all! How sweet Ruby retrieved the memory of Oscar on the jetty he loved so much!

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    October 7, 2014 at 02:13

  44. Ron

    Fiona, that first photograph of Ruby diving into the lake to retrieve the rose petals is incredible! I love how caught her mouth open and her reflection in the water. AMAZING capture!

    And what a sweet, precious face she has!

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    October 7, 2014 at 02:19

  45. You captured the moment perfectly, Lady Fi!

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    October 7, 2014 at 02:43

  46. Great photos – great memories – and the dog diving after the rose petal is very special!

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    October 7, 2014 at 04:24

  47. Fiona Fiona Fiona you’re killing me over here! What an incredible life and love you have had in dogs. I am truly envious because these animals are magnificent. Ruby’s spirit just shines from these photos, as Oscar’s did from his. What a precious girl. I believe “diving for rose petals” should henceforth be metaphor for embracing life with all the passion your body and soul will allow. I will be over here lapping up every dog photo, wet or dry, you offer in the coming days and months. Bravo and God Bless xoxo

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    October 7, 2014 at 04:30

  48. Nothing better than a big wet dog bringing you rose petals to mend a broken heart!!!

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    October 7, 2014 at 04:58

  49. Well, lovely to see that even though your heart may not be mended, it will at least be well and truly distracted! Bring on all those wonderful posts featuring Ruby – wet or otherwise 🙂
    Wren x

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    October 7, 2014 at 05:40

  50. I do know how you feel having had to put my best friend, Sam, to sleep last year and I do miss him still — and so much!! Thank you for sharing this, Fiona!

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    October 7, 2014 at 05:46

    • You must miss your lovely boy very much. He was such a sweet companion. Hugs.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      October 7, 2014 at 05:47

  51. beautiful shots. the third one is spectacular, calendar quality.

    http://calrat.blogspot.com

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    October 7, 2014 at 06:54

  52. Real friends are those that we carry around in our heart; that is the real treasure and gift in this world.

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    October 7, 2014 at 07:45

  53. Dogs are our loyal friends. Ruby seems very playful. 🙂 Beautiful photos!

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    October 7, 2014 at 09:04

  54. hehe perfect timing 🙂

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    October 7, 2014 at 09:18

  55. Some pictures with beautiful light and autumn color, wonderful Oscar!

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    October 7, 2014 at 09:56

  56. I have to confess my friend, it breaks my heart to visit here. I loved Oscar…well as much as anyone can through the internet☺ I just can’t imagine what your heart is going through. Ruby warms the soul.

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    October 7, 2014 at 10:31

    • Thank you for your comment. I try to focus on the positive and feel thankfulness for all the happy years we had together.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      October 7, 2014 at 10:42

  57. Danke wünsche einen schönen Dienstag liebe Grüße Gislinde

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    October 7, 2014 at 10:41

  58. Good for Ruby – we will all be glad to see her again!

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    October 7, 2014 at 11:15

  59. She is very handsome ! What a good idea to throw rose petals in Oscar’s favorite diving place !

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    October 7, 2014 at 11:18

  60. miyahde

    Oh, sweet looking Ruby (Oscar’s great-granddaughter) is your dog and great BEAUTIFUL post of her♡♡♡
    ps; Thank you very much for the sweet comment. Memorial service is over and now I need to start think about my parents’ empty house(^^;)

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    October 7, 2014 at 11:55

  61. Yay!

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    October 7, 2014 at 12:10

  62. That is a brilliant action shot but I really LOVE the third one down. The colours and light in that is just exceptional

    Mollyxxx

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    October 7, 2014 at 12:55

  63. It’s interesting how dogs can focus on small things and give them their undivided attention.

    Beautiful photos!

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    October 7, 2014 at 13:03

  64. Stunning photos. What a beautiful lake, and what a gorgeous dog. I’m so glad that you have her now that Oscar is no longer with you. She’s a beauty. All the best, Bonny

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    October 7, 2014 at 13:04

  65. Ruby looks exactly like young Oscar! This is a wonderful tribute to him. Think of all the good memories in gratitude. Ruby will give you great joy!
    Wil, ABCW Team.

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    October 7, 2014 at 13:05

  66. Ruby is a fine looking dog.

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    October 7, 2014 at 13:11

  67. How wonderful that Ruby is there to give you joy and companionship. So hard to lose a dog .

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    October 7, 2014 at 13:12

  68. Ein toller Hund, wünsche einen guten Tag, Klaus

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    October 7, 2014 at 13:54

    • Ruby is a field golden retriever – the old original type of retriever that has its origins in Scotland.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      October 7, 2014 at 13:56

  69. Ahhh – that retrieval of the rose petal was a lovely gift.

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    October 7, 2014 at 13:57

  70. i am smiling at my computer screen!! i am so very happy for you!!!

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    October 7, 2014 at 14:03

  71. Vakre bilder som alltid :-)) Jeg har aldri hatt hund men har måttet ta farvell med flere katter. Det er alltid trist. Her har det en merkelig tendens til å stå en liten pjusket kattunge på trappen nå vi mest trenger det :-))

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    October 7, 2014 at 14:20

  72. his sweet face makes my heart melt…

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    October 7, 2014 at 15:43

  73. Such a beauty- as well the lake as Oscar.

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    October 7, 2014 at 16:14

  74. I am so sorry to hear of Oscar’s passing!!! He truly enjoyed his life!!! And I am glad that a piece of him lives on, in Ruby!! She looks to be a happy dog, too. I love the image of her diving in after the roses!!

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    October 7, 2014 at 16:18

  75. Dear LadyFi, this posting, tender with love for both Oscar and Ruby, reminds me of that song from “The Lion King.” I think it’s called “the circle of life.” Peace.

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    October 7, 2014 at 17:12

  76. Wonderful photos and beautiful dog, very nice series

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    October 7, 2014 at 17:46

  77. daryledelstein

    i am so happy for you all .. she’s gorgeous

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    October 7, 2014 at 17:47

  78. Isn’t she a beauty. Certainly, Oscar’s spirit did not fall far from the tree. I love her retrieving one of the rose petals as if carrying a little part of Oscar back to you. Dogs are so intuitive. And now I’m all teary-eyed.

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    October 7, 2014 at 17:47

  79. Ruby is adorable 🙂

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    October 7, 2014 at 18:31

  80. Such beautiful images of Ruby enjoying Oscar’s favorite hangout! I truly love your third image, Ruby posing on the pier. 🙂 Very happy for you that she has become a permanent part of your family.

    Lindy

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    October 7, 2014 at 18:46

  81. Ruby is beautiful. The images touch my heart. I can still see Oscar there even if he isn’t in the photo.

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    October 7, 2014 at 20:22

  82. Such beautiful photos.

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    October 7, 2014 at 22:01

  83. Beautiful little girl, Ruby and Oscar will be loved always!!

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    October 7, 2014 at 22:27

  84. It’s such a blessing to see part of Oscar in Ruby. She certainly has fine form!

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    October 7, 2014 at 23:59

  85. What a loving face! I miss my cat of 23 years, lost last January at that ripe old age.

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    October 8, 2014 at 00:58

  86. Al

    Awesome – I’d love to see more dog photos on your blog. You’ll certainly see them on mine!

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    October 8, 2014 at 02:44

  87. what a beautiful ceremony you had in Oscar’s honor. and how sweet to be able to have a piece of him in Ruby. she is beautiful!

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    October 8, 2014 at 05:35

  88. Wonderful photos and what a great way to honour your beloved Oscar. I’m so glad that a part of him lives on in Ruby!

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    October 8, 2014 at 11:05

  89. jennspeak

    Diving for rose petals…..that is so full of muchness:)
    Love and lift to you in the loss and big hope for furry aliveness to find and fill
    the ache in just the right time and way. Those images make my heart grin so wide:)
    Thanks for sharing the beauty of your unique journey,
    Jennifer

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    October 8, 2014 at 15:36

  90. What?! Oh, Oscar… 😦 It’s good though that you have Ruby now.

    I was feeling sleepy while visiting bloggity friends and dropping comments. Now I’m so awake. I will miss Oscar :(.

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    October 8, 2014 at 17:49

    • I miss him too! Thank you for your kind comment.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      October 8, 2014 at 18:30

  91. I am sorry that you have lost your friend. You know that I know how that feels.

    I am glad that you have someone to sneak into your heart and make the passing easier.

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    October 8, 2014 at 23:48

  92. Pat

    What a wonderful tribute to dear Oscar. I’m glad Ruby has a forever home with you!

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    October 9, 2014 at 00:58

  93. joannajenkins50

    Oscar!!!!! Oh no. My heart is breaking for you and your sweet Oscar. I know how much you loved him and I hope you know how much joy your photos of him and his beautiful spirit splashed across my computer screen so many times means to me… all of us really. I am so very sorry for your loss.

    Big, big hugs.
    xo jj

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    October 9, 2014 at 01:41

  94. Touching, the way how she follows Oscar! Beautiful tribute and fantastic shots and colors.

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    October 9, 2014 at 14:39

  95. I’m glad to hear that you now have Ruby as your own. I look forward to seeing more of her.

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    October 9, 2014 at 16:49

  96. I’m counting on it Fiona 🙂 So happy you have Ruby, and she has you.

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    October 9, 2014 at 18:11

  97. Really super pictures:-)
    The dip in the water to the rose petals but also picture 3 is awesome.
    As he sits there as lord and master of the jetty. Just beautiful. Compliment.

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    October 9, 2014 at 19:22

  98. She is a beauty and in time I am certain she will capture our heart too…I am so glad you have her to help heal the ache:)

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    October 9, 2014 at 20:00

  99. Så fint att strö ut rosblad till minne av Oscar! och otroligt härliga bilder!!

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    October 9, 2014 at 20:11

  100. http://spygarden.com/2013/08/03/rip-madison-marie/ Our beloved golden passed a little over a year ago (link is to her obit). We still miss her. Al the best to you in grieving over Oscar, sounds like a wonderful golden.

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    October 10, 2014 at 04:13

  101. The first pic instantly reminds me of a photograph of Oscar diving off that jetty. It was a real treat indeed. And you are right – a part of him lives on in Ruby. She’s beautiful.

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    October 10, 2014 at 06:21

  102. Wonderful! I’m so glad you have Ruby and how lovely she retrieved the rose petal. My own blog has gone AWOL at the moment with domain host issues so no need to visit. Hopefully I will be back soon 🙂

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    October 10, 2014 at 08:04

    • I was wondering what had happened to your blog. I tried to visit yesterday. Hope it gets sorted out soon!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      October 10, 2014 at 08:30

      • Looks like it has been hacked and I may have lost all of it. I do have backups but I’m a little afraid to use them. Right now I’m wondering whether to keep blogging or just give up

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        October 10, 2014 at 20:46

      • Oh no – that’s awful! Hope the hosting team can help you recover your blog and your pictures!

        Lady Fi wrote: > >

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        October 11, 2014 at 06:53

      • It appears it’s been hacked. At the moment I have my words backed up but not my photos. I’m not sure what I’m going to do going forward. Right now I don’t feel much like starting again. I may feel differently later. If you haven’t already, back up your blog. This is happening to lots of people!

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        October 11, 2014 at 07:03

  103. A wonderfully sweet post and what a wonderful gift Oscar left you. Ruby is adorable!

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    October 10, 2014 at 14:54

  104. Beautiful – in so many ways

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    October 10, 2014 at 23:20

  105. Pat

    What a cute girl! It must have filled you feelings when she jumped into the water and returned with one of the rose petals. It sure did that to me.

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    October 10, 2014 at 23:52

  106. Wow! What a dive.

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    October 11, 2014 at 14:24

  107. I am gonna miss Oscar, sorry for your lost, but I have feelings I am gonna like Ruby too 🙂

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    October 11, 2014 at 22:44

  108. Soooo beautiful and cute!!!!!

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    October 12, 2014 at 20:32

  109. Hudson Howl

    Your tougher than I. It took me two years to carry on when Hudson died. But he lives in the enigma of the name. Going from boy companion to girl companion will change the way you see. Trust me.

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    October 13, 2014 at 15:23

    • It certainly hasn’t been easy – but I have to look forward while still treasuring all my good times with Oscar.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      October 13, 2014 at 15:31

  110. Ruby is gorgeous, like her forebear, and clearly also has inherited some serious skills—not only for water retrieval but for fantastic modeling. 😀
    xoxoxo,
    Kathryn

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    October 14, 2014 at 00:16

  111. These photos stir up deep feelings of love and I am so much better for having seen them!
    Honoring our loves…
    Thank you! xo Ka

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    October 14, 2014 at 19:47

  112. Fantastic, what a great pictures! I just love the first one. 🙂

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    October 15, 2014 at 04:45

  113. Our golden passed a few weeks back. Seeing Ruby’s sweet expression stirred a yearning. Somehow getting a new dog is the final goodbye to the old- not something to rush into. You have a beautiful blog and I will enjoy following.

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    October 16, 2014 at 22:29

  114. Awww, what a brilliant tribute. Thank you Ruby!

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    October 23, 2014 at 20:08

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