Circle of life: memories

At the end of this week, it will be a year

Since my dearest furry friend, Oscar, left us.

This is one of my favourite pictures of Oscar:

Jump

Life is busy with two dogs, work and kids —

But sometimes, when I least expect it,

I’m overwhelmed by loss.

laughing-in-daffs

Other dogs have come into my life (Ruby and Simmie) —

Not to replace Oscar —

But to fill life with their own brand of friendship.

This is Simson diving — a younger version of Oscar:

Simson dive

Because that’s what love does —

It expands the heart and makes room for more.

Oscar and I

I’ve got a very busy week ahead and will be away with work – so I won’t be around to visit you until the end of the week.

For more love, please go to: Our World.

And make sure you visit: Skywatch.

113 responses

  1. Sorry to hear about Oscar…i am sure he must be around you!

    Have a great week!

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    September 21, 2015 at 15:17

  2. oh my friend. One never forgets the love of the paw prints left in our hearts..ever. Sending you hogs and snout kisses. XOXO – Bacon

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    September 21, 2015 at 15:20

  3. Wonderful images of Oscar – very sorry Fiona. One doesn’t forget the love between a pet and its owner, an incredible mutually strong bond.

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    September 21, 2015 at 15:26

  4. I know the feeling, Fiona! Blessings on your busy week ahead!

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    September 21, 2015 at 15:30

  5. Don

    I also know the feeling Fiona. I had Tirion, who was a beautiful dog, for 13 years. She’s been gone now for nearly nine years and every now and again I feel a sudden cloud of loss and I see her in my mind’s eye running on the beach. It’s so difficult, but I’m so grateful that that beautiful creature came in to my life and spent those years with us. Never forgotten. My thoughts are with you. Wonderful shots of Oscar.

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    September 21, 2015 at 15:44

  6. SUPER! Gruß Alois

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    September 21, 2015 at 16:03

  7. Gorgeous photos and beautiful memories, Fiona. I understand exactly what you mean about suddenly being overwhelmed by feelings of loss.

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    September 21, 2015 at 16:29

  8. A year already. I miss your Oscar too:)

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    September 21, 2015 at 16:40

  9. Oh, Oscar! There was something magical about him. Yes, love expands your heart and Oscar sure did that. Love and hugs from Fargo. 🙂

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    September 21, 2015 at 16:46

  10. Well, I remember Oscar, too, and the reminder of him brought tears to my eyes. I have had well-loved dogs in my life. Each is different and loving each has brought me incredible joy as well as the heartache of saying goodbye. I have sweet memories of Oscar smiling for his photos and loving his family.

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    September 21, 2015 at 16:47

  11. Blessings to you Fiona… NO—nothing will ever replace those we love so much… Oscar was so special to you–and you will always remember him with the fondest of memories…. It’s okay to grieve –and it’s okay to share your thoughts….

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    September 21, 2015 at 16:53

  12. I know what you’re feeling, Oscar was a beautiful dog, no, a gift.

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    September 21, 2015 at 17:20

  13. I’m so sorry for your loss!
    These amazing pets become such a big part of one’s life, don’t they:)

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    September 21, 2015 at 17:28

  14. I love seeing photos of your new furry friends, but I do miss seeing Oscar! I know that feeling of loss… sometimes I can even feel Max bump up against my legs. They never truly leave us, do they? But oh to hug their necks again.

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    September 21, 2015 at 17:57

  15. Oscar was a love, it’s clear. It’s interesting how we love all of our animals, but their personalities live in our memories and hearts. I miss my calico cat Cleo so much – she was funny and bossy, but I’ve loved all the pets in their own way.

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    September 21, 2015 at 18:29

  16. I very much know how you feel…I adore our Kelly…but still miss our Daisy…

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    September 21, 2015 at 18:45

  17. It is good to make new memories and treasure the old.

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    September 21, 2015 at 18:52

  18. Bill Dodd

    Good memories— fine pictures.

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    September 21, 2015 at 19:06

  19. aaaw I love the pictures! I’m more a cat person, but Oscar sure does look like a cuddly one.

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    September 21, 2015 at 19:23

  20. A wonderful tribute to Oscar! Everyone has a special place and there’s no need for comparison. Excellent photos… Love the first one 🙂

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    September 21, 2015 at 19:24

  21. It takes forever to stop missing a wonderful dog. Sadly, you may never get over it.

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    September 21, 2015 at 19:29

  22. Beautiful images. I love that first shot.

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    September 21, 2015 at 20:52

  23. Magnificent on picture to stop the impetus of your dog !! he must love this bathroom !! Good week

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    September 21, 2015 at 21:04

  24. Ela

    So sorry to hear about Oscar ! I know the feeling, I lost my dog a few months ago !
    Beautiful pictures !
    Greetings

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    September 21, 2015 at 21:11

  25. Pat

    I know exactly how you feel, Fiona, but in my case it was my cat Bo, who I lost two years ago. He was my “best” cat of all the many cats I had the pleasure of living with in my life. Bo was the most friendly and loving and special. I rescued him when he was 5 and he lived with me 10 years until he died suddenly. I miss him still! We are fortunate to have the love of such a special pet in our lives.

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    September 21, 2015 at 21:12

  26. Beautiful, beautiful Oscar. So sorry he left you…

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    September 21, 2015 at 21:15

  27. (((Hugs))) and empathy for your sorrow. And praise too, as always, for your wonderful photos. You seem to have captured the spirit of beautiful, joyful Oscar.

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    September 21, 2015 at 21:27

  28. Beautiful photos. You managed to capture joy and happiness.

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    September 21, 2015 at 21:45

  29. Karen

    Oscar was a beautiful dog, and you are lucky to be blessed with Simpson. Lots of hugs and best wishes for you.

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    September 21, 2015 at 22:24

  30. i understand completely. no other dog (or human) will ever fill the loss of my old yellow lab, marigold. she was my special girl. they all find their way to being special. 🙂

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    September 21, 2015 at 22:26

  31. Mac

    ohhhhhhhhhhh Oscar :O[

    Did you see my honoring of Gracie?
    http://rmacwheeler.blogspot.com/search/label/Gracie

    Lost her in December. It still feels good to re-visit this post.

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    September 21, 2015 at 23:23

  32. So nice to read your post.
    You are a true friend for your dogs.

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    September 21, 2015 at 23:26

  33. Dogs leave a little piece of themselves in your heart that never goes away. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos of your gorgeous dog! The first one is such a spectacular shot. Hope all the good memories give you some comfort.

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    September 22, 2015 at 00:13

  34. I’m sorry for your loss. Those first and last photos are beautiful beyond description. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    September 22, 2015 at 00:58

  35. This is what I love about blogging. I’m having a lovely morning catching up on long overdue blogging visits and then you come across a post which make you stop, makes you think, makes you feel. And here I am! I feel I am there with you in the sadness of the lost, remembering the happy and sad, that joyful leap into the water or the hug amongst the flowers. In truth your posts are often the ones that leave a lasting impression on my day and today will be no different. Hugs to you across the water.
    Wren x

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    September 22, 2015 at 01:43

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. It feels as if we are in the same room -not on opposite sides of the world!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      September 22, 2015 at 04:50

  36. Oscar was a special guy, for sure. Your photos of him, esp. the first, are wonderful souvenirs of his life. ❤

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    September 22, 2015 at 02:26

  37. Oscar is a SUPER STAR.
    I have that photo of Oscar on my bulletin board!!!
    I shall show you on Facebook!
    Such an angel. Never forgotten!!!

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    September 22, 2015 at 03:38

  38. Lovely photos of your dog and beaut memories! When they go we certainly miss them.

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    September 22, 2015 at 03:52

  39. Take comfort in the lovely memories and beautiful photos.

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    September 22, 2015 at 04:34

  40. Misty eyed hugs. They take a piece of us with them when they leave.

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    September 22, 2015 at 06:36

  41. so true, sad and lovely, and too difficult for me, to find the right words in english – but i know exactely what you mean

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    September 22, 2015 at 07:00

  42. I’m lost in translation, but I think that the loss of a loved one is not mitigated with any kind of words. The images anyway are a little antidote for grief.

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    September 22, 2015 at 07:26

  43. Beautiful memories to last a lifetime and more!!

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    September 22, 2015 at 07:58

  44. Great tribute!
    It feels miserable to lose a pet.. I know that.

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    September 22, 2015 at 08:06

  45. Beautiful shots which will for sure keep him alive in your memories.

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    September 22, 2015 at 10:17

  46. He was a handsome dog! I still miss our dogs and they’ve been gone for years.

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    September 22, 2015 at 10:42

  47. That first shot is indeed a beautiful one of Oscar. His joy can be felt.

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    September 22, 2015 at 11:46

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    September 22, 2015 at 12:42

  49. What a lovely post on Oscar! My Goldie Girl is dearly missed too. Our dogs are family members and can never be forgotten. Wonderful images and post. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

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    September 22, 2015 at 13:44

  50. I miss Mindy, and she’s been gone for years. Sorry about your loss of a lovely friend.
    Please come link up ahttp://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/09/steam-powered-whatchamacallits.htmlt

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    September 22, 2015 at 14:06

  51. Your first photo is so special.

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    September 22, 2015 at 14:54

  52. oh, i can’t believe it has been a year already. such wonderful memories. you will cherish them forever. xx

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    September 22, 2015 at 15:09

  53. “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight” (Gibran). Your photos of Oscar are testament to this. With love.

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    September 22, 2015 at 15:11

  54. Coloring Outside the Lines

    So very sorry for your loss. You have such wonderful photos to cherish.

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    September 22, 2015 at 15:33

  55. The first shot is like a representation of heaven. We all will take that leap at some point.

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    September 22, 2015 at 16:03

  56. Life, are essentially memories. And the good memories are always something to praise.
    Beautiful sequence of photos. I am sure that Oscar would be happy.

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    September 22, 2015 at 17:39

  57. I love that photo with Oscar reflected in the water. He will always be reflected in your life, Fi. I’m sure of that.

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    September 22, 2015 at 19:01

  58. Animals become members of the family and as such the grief of losing them remains with us throughout the years.

    http://calrat.blogspot.com/2015/09/sunset-cruise-to-arch.html

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    September 22, 2015 at 19:04

  59. hugs!
    I’m sure he’s a happy dog!

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    September 22, 2015 at 20:56

  60. My heart aches for your loss, Fi…..when a love like that touches us
    it’s always with us but sometimes it feels thin when not wrapped in skin.
    I feel the sting of missing badly, myself, these days.
    Love and grace to us all in the sadness.
    -Jennifer

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    September 22, 2015 at 21:05

  61. Wonderful colors, I like that dog, pretty pictures!
    Limbo Delirium
    Black & White Abstract

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    September 22, 2015 at 21:08

  62. No doubt Oscar is diving happily in the heavens. Best wishes to you, Lady Fi.

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    September 22, 2015 at 21:17

  63. Hello Friend,
    How very true! Your words are so very true. We can get so busy and boom, we can feel it. I had that happen to me recently with remembering my Grandpa.
    Sending a HUG!!
    I love the first photo.
    Carla

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    September 22, 2015 at 23:38

  64. Al

    These anniversaries are sad, but the great memories are wonderful.

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    September 23, 2015 at 02:17

  65. I’ve learned that finally, love doesn’t divide, it multiplies. We love our dogs, but they just don’t live as long as we would like.

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    September 23, 2015 at 04:30

  66. Ruth

    I totally understand this. Year ago, when our dogs Sasha passed, we all felt a big hit. My mom was devastated for several months. We got her other dogs but none where able to replace the loss. However, we still have the memories of our lovely girl.

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    September 23, 2015 at 04:58

  67. Aww! One of dogs died this summer and I still tear up about it. Your first photo is exceptional!

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    September 23, 2015 at 06:04

  68. A lovely and loving post!

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    September 23, 2015 at 08:03

  69. génial les sauts du chien et aussi ce bleu de l’eau

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    September 23, 2015 at 09:06

  70. can see that bond and love 🙂

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    September 23, 2015 at 09:06

  71. loving a dog can be so strength, and they give us the same love multiplied by 100, they’re, along with horses, the most intelligent and gentle animals.

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    September 23, 2015 at 10:40

  72. Hi Lady Fi, What a sweet and wonderful post! I recall hearing someone say, The more I know about people, the better I like my dog. I wonder if you would agree? Thank you for sharing your excellent photography and for your kind comments on my blog.

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    September 23, 2015 at 14:04

  73. travelnwrite

    It has been 10 years since we lost ‘our boys’ – two marvelous family members who came from the local Humane Society. Their photos stay on the fireplace mantel and often times, I am stopped cold by a memory or a thought about them. Those furry ones have a way of burrowing into the human heart!

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    September 23, 2015 at 17:12

  74. It is truly a beautiful photo and memory of Oscar to behold!

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    September 23, 2015 at 19:19

  75. a lovely way to honor your friend. such awesome photos of you all!

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    September 23, 2015 at 21:01

  76. These are beautiful pictures and I understand that sense of loss. I have more cats now, but they are not the old cats, they are different cats and I sometimes I still really miss the old crowd

    Mollyxxx

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    September 24, 2015 at 00:09

  77. Safe journey, may you life be filled with life’s real treasures.

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    September 24, 2015 at 08:34

  78. a walking on water dog!

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    September 24, 2015 at 13:07

  79. I am so sorry, this is a beautiful tribute for Oscar to remember he was missed. I lost mine five years ago due to a car accident. Still think of him on the date when he left us. They will always be remembered ❤

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    September 24, 2015 at 13:49

  80. Is it really a year? My goodness. I thought it was more recent. But what a joy he was while he was with you!

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    September 24, 2015 at 14:34


  81. I do not wonder that Oscar is in your memory.
    Oscar was a dog that has been part of our little family blogger.

    hugs

    · LMA · & · CR ·

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    September 24, 2015 at 14:53

  82. daryledelstein

    a beautiful tribute to a beautiful friend

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    September 24, 2015 at 16:32

  83. A beautiful jump captured,life so close to nature must be very calm

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    September 24, 2015 at 17:01

  84. Adorable and loving shots of your loved ‘fur person’ who is ‘watching over you’ still. xox

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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    September 24, 2015 at 17:29

  85. Lovely pictures ! Of course Oscar will stay forever in your heart, impossible to replace a loved dog or cat by another, they are all different !

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    September 24, 2015 at 17:41

  86. Aw such wonderful shots of Oscar! ❤ Sending you extra hugs today…

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    September 24, 2015 at 19:00

  87. That first photo especially is just amazing. I’m sorry Oscar is no longer with you. I too miss my Bridger, the gsd in the photo on my post. He was 12 1/2, so we really enjoyed him for many years, but I still miss that dog every single day, and understand how you feel about Oscar.

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    September 24, 2015 at 23:13

  88. Oscar is missed I know. Very heartwarming and touching photographs. So much love there both ways.

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    September 24, 2015 at 23:50

  89. DrillerAA

    What a great set of images of Oscar. I’m sure that they bring back fond memories and emotions and will for years to come.

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    September 25, 2015 at 05:52

  90. Jim

    Cool captures.

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    September 25, 2015 at 06:10

  91. sylviakirk

    I still miss my Sam Schnauzer after two years and I do know how you feel! Love your photos as always! Thank you for all you do! Have a good weekend!

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    September 25, 2015 at 06:30

  92. The action, the playfulness, inquisitive character and reflections captured are all beautiful.

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    September 25, 2015 at 06:38

  93. This is such a cute post! I am so sorry for the loss of Oscar. But I am very sure he is watching over you just as my Husky “Aslan” is to me 🙂

    Greetings from the Philippines!

    Steven

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    September 25, 2015 at 08:25

  94. Great shots, an impressive sky and photo!
    I visit you just from Skywatch Friday.
    Please come return to my Blog
    Have a nice weekend.
    I send greetings from Germany

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    September 25, 2015 at 08:27

  95. JM

    Beautiful photos and what a great timing (top shot)!

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    September 25, 2015 at 15:18

  96. You brought Oscar into our hearts through your blog, and he’s stayed there ever since…I still miss him, no wonder you feel it so intensely….he was a wonderful friend to your family. Jen

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    September 25, 2015 at 16:45

  97. calvin

    I was, an still am, a huge huge huge Oscar fan. The photos, well, they leave me ‘verklempt’. I salut Oscar and that special relationship the two of you had.

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    September 25, 2015 at 18:12

  98. Even I can remember Oscar, so I can imagine you are still missing this wonderful friend.
    This post is a loveley tribute to Oscar.
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

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    September 25, 2015 at 22:15

  99. Beautiful and touching pictures. They are always unforgettable.
    Have a nice weekend!

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    September 26, 2015 at 04:52

  100. A beautiful post and wonderful tribute to Oscar!!

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    September 26, 2015 at 06:39

  101. miyahde

    Dearest Lady-fi; Oh, these sweet beautiful pictures of Oscar filled my eyes tears. Maybe I’m a bit sentimental now p:-)
    Thank you SO much for your sweet comments, I’ll try to be easy for my eyes for a while(^^;)
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

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    September 26, 2015 at 09:46

  102. Lovely, lovely photographs, Fiona. A beautiful tribute to Oscar.

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    September 26, 2015 at 19:28

  103. He was a real star – he was in some many of your pictures.

    Cheers – Stewart M -Melbourne

    PS: knee deep in school holidays, hence slow reply! Sorry!

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    September 27, 2015 at 07:07

  104. take care!

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    September 27, 2015 at 16:43

  105. Such a fine tribute to dear Oscar, who became a friend to all of us through your lens and words! I am glad you let your heart expand after your loss.

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    September 28, 2015 at 13:00

  106. A wonderful tribute to Oscar. I know this is late, but sending hugs to you during this time.

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    September 28, 2015 at 17:08

  107. We never forget them do we? I cried for days when my cat Fluffy got run over. Couldn’t stop thinking about her cold and bloodied in a cardboard box on a neighbour’s sons old sweatshirt. The neighbour’s found her and brought her to us and I was so hoping it was another cat but it wasn’t. Oscar will always be remembered from your wonderful photos though.

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    September 29, 2015 at 10:22

  108. Hugs xo

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    September 29, 2015 at 21:27

  109. You have some beautiful memories captured there!

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    October 1, 2015 at 05:35

  110. Amy

    Amazing photos! Sorry sorry about Oscar. I have pets that I still hurt for many years later. They are family.

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    October 7, 2015 at 02:36

  111. ❤ ❤ ❤ What a great dog, friend and lifetime companion.

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    October 15, 2015 at 15:18

  112. Hi Fiona,
    I´m sorry for your loss and I´m aware, you have Oscar in your heart with this wonderful memories in photos and emotions.
    Best regards, Synnöve

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    October 24, 2015 at 12:46

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