Much Sadness by Nik Watt

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My twenty year old dog – according to the emergency vet, wasn’t getting fat. Instead he had fluid on the lung. Additionally, he had a heart-flutter and would be, “Unlikely to see the end of the week, without having a heart attack”.

We put him to sleep at 20.29 on June 15th 2013.

I’d known him for 14 years and I’m in bits.

Currently, I’m using a Sony Alpha 580 (donated to me by Sony) and I have a selection of lenses from Konica Minolta, Minolta or Sigma.

I am hoping next year to change to a Nikon ‘kit’, but we’ll see if I ever get a job again.

I’ve used Panasonic stuff occasionally previously but if it’s not with the Sony, it’s with a Nikon these days.

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  • vigor
    vigorover 1 year ago

    Aww, how well I know the emptiness in your heart. What a sweet dedication to a great companion!

  • Much like his ashes (now in two rivers): I’m in bits.

    – Nik Watt

  • Nik Watt
    Nik Wattover 1 year ago

    The ‘card’ on the left was “from” Alfie to Lorna on her ‘big’ birthday; the photo is in a published album of Alfie – the ashes of my beautiful dog are in both The Almond and Flotterstone.

    These where the places – each of us – loved to wander with Alfie.

  • briandhay
    briandhayover 1 year ago

    Really sorry to hear this, Nik, I know what it’s like to lose a faithful dog after many years… Lovely tribute .

  • Thanks Brian.

    I rewrote this for Alfie..

    Where to Bury Your Dog

    There are various places in which a dog maybe buried.
    We are thinking now of a Jack Russell who came to us in 1999,
    who seldom entertained a mean or unworthy thought.
    He was part of our family for such a long time
    and we will remember him for longer.
    §
    Beneath a cherry tree or an apple tree, or any other flowering shrub
    is an excellent place to bury a dog.
    Beneath such tress, and shrubs, he slept in the warm summer sun
    or gnawed at the flavoursome bone,
    and maybe lifted his head to challenge some stranger.
    §
    These are good places in life or death; yet it is a small matter for if the dog leaps through your dreams, actual as in life, eyes kindling, laughing, begging,
    and it matters not at all where the dog sleeps.
    §
    On a hill where the wind is rebuked and the trees are roaring
    or here at The River Almond, a place he has known from our beginning,
    or somewhere in the quietness of a pasture land where some cattle graze.
    It is all one to the dog, and all one to you, and nothing is gained and nothing is lost.
    §
    But there is only one place to bury your dog.
    If you bury him in this spot he will come to you when you call,
    come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death and down the
    well-remembered path and to your side again,
    and though you call a dozen living dogs to heel that shall not growl at him
    or resent his coming for he belongs there.
    §
    People may scoff at you, who see no blade of grass bend by his footfall, people who may never really have a dog, smile at them, for you shall know something
    that is hidden from them and which is well worth knowing.
    §
    Alfie’s ashes may be here, at ‘my’ waterfall.
    But the best place to bury your dog is in the heart of his Master.
    Rejoice in his life and all the love we shared
    As it always has, my heart holds the life of Alfie.

    My dog was ‘put to sleep’ on June 15th 2013, at twenty years of age.
    Perhaps Alfie is an anagram of, “A Life”?

    He had a funeral at ‘my’ waterfall on the river Almond, Lorna’s favourite place with him was at Flotterstone and the ‘last’ of his ashes (that didn’t cling to the ’container’’ we happened to keep) were spread at the burn in The Pentlands.

    Here’s to remember – though I’ll never forget..

    Where to Bury Your Dog

    There are various places in which a dog maybe buried.
    We are thinking now of a Jack Russell who came to us in 1999,
    who seldom entertained a mean or unworthy thought.
    He was part of our family for such a long time
    and we will remember him for longer.
    §
    Beneath a cherry tree or an apple tree, or any other flowering shrub
    is an excellent place to bury a dog.
    Beneath such tress, and shrubs, he slept in the warm summer sun
    or gnawed at the flavoursome bone,
    and maybe lifted his head to challenge some stranger.
    §
    These are good places in life or death; yet it is a small matter for if the dog leaps through your dreams, actual as in life, eyes kindling, laughing, begging,
    and it matters not at all where the dog sleeps.
    §
    On a hill where the wind is rebuked and the trees are roaring
    or here at The River Almond, a place he has known from our beginning,
    or somewhere in the quietness of a pasture land where some cattle graze.
    It is all one to the dog, and all one to you, and nothing is gained and nothing is lost.
    §
    But there is only one place to bury your dog.
    If you bury him in this spot he will come to you when you call,
    come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death and down the
    well-remembered path and to your side again,
    and though you call a dozen living dogs to heel that shall not growl at him
    or resent his coming for he belongs there.
    §
    People may scoff at you, who see no blade of grass bend by his footfall, people who may never really have a dog, smile at them, for you shall know something
    that is hidden from them and which is well worth knowing.
    §
    Alfie’s ashes may be here, at ‘my’ waterfall.
    But the best place to bury your dog is in the heart of his Master.
    Rejoice in his life and all the love we shared
    As it always has, my heart holds the life of Alfie.

    My dog was ‘put to sleep’ on June 15th 2013, at twenty years of age.
    I have suffered depression but with my little dog, I ‘got over it’.
    Now, who knows..

    Perhaps Alfie is an anagram of, “A Life”?

    – Nik Watt

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