By the time Graham was one and a half years old, he knew at least 150 words or phrases, which we documented, because it was so funny how he learned English. If he didn’t understand something, he would cock his head to try to figure it out. I could introduce him to someone 2-3 times and he would then remember their names after asking him to find them.

For the first 9 years of his life, Graham and I would take forty-five minutes to a one hour daily walk together — often just the two of us and sometimes with friends. When he was about 8 years old, he started getting a little bit pokey on a bike and hike trail that we always walked on, especially in the summertime. On the way back, all I would have to do was say the magic word “BAGEL” and Graham would pick up his pace, knowing that a half of a bagel would soon be in his gut. Gluttonous desire for food could always bring him about to a fast trot. I just can’t understand why “BAGEL” is not a universal word in the realm of obedience training, such as sit, come or stay…
Graham taught me truth and the meaning of pure unconditional love. He tolerated every thing he was given; with his never ending cheerful personality. I often wonder where I would be today without the true constant of Graham in my daily life. During his lifetime he helped me through some very hard periods. He always filled me with comfort and joy and I miss him to this day. Graham left us in 2002 and we had a small ceremony to honor him for his special gift of just being.

This is a watercolor painting that I did of Graham when he was about a year and a half old. I miss him to this day…This is dedicated to all of the Yellow Labs in the world who have the same loving devotion and disposition.


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My life is like a well read book that’s never ending, at least for this moment in time. As I continually add new chapters to my book, I find that my photography plays a big part in it. This is most especially true as my great love and fascination with Mother Naure never wanes. It’s my hope that you, too, will share my joy as the pages in my book of life continue to flip forward! My Very Best, Polly Peacock

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  • Polly Peacock
    Polly Peacock7 months ago


  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedman7 months ago

    Oh I know how this feels.. been there.. more than once….this is a lovely memorial to Graham.

  • Yes, they become such a huge part of the family and so short lived…thanks so much Heather!! :)))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Keala
    Keala7 months ago

    Very nice watercolor Polly! Well done!

  • Thanks Leigh – he could have been a great guide dog – reminds me of your Keala!! :)))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Morag Bates
    Morag Bates7 months ago

    What a special boy he was. A beautiful description and tribute.

    If you have not already done so, please ensure that you enter the date of your pet’s anniversary in our Group Calendar in the Forum, so that your photograph will be featured in the correct month

  • Thanks so much Morag – will do!! :))

    – Polly Peacock

  • CanyonWind
  • Thanks so much – this one is special for me since he was such an endearing love to all that knew him!! :)))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarke7 months ago

    He’s darling Polly! Wonderful work!

    I have had two dogs and two cats that come into the missing them a lifetime after they have left. It never ceases to amaze me the depth of love they showed me and my family and the depth of love I felt for them. I had to put them in special places in my heart so they could always come to see me. :o)

  • Thanks so much dear Bunny! Yes, I consider them as family and each one is special in their own way. Graham was exceptional, since he was so smart, loving and gentle! Special places in our hearts indeed!! :)))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Peters7 months ago

    So beautiful…

  • Thanks so much Lori – I give Graham all of the – it was done with much love!! :)))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarus7 months ago

    Super fantastic work!!
    Deb, your host
    December 15, 2013

  • Thanks so much Deborah – he was a symbol of peace, love and tranquility – I truly appreciate it!! :)))

    – Polly Peacock

  • Evita
    Evita7 months ago

    Excellent work….. Congratulations Painting Of The Week!
    Editors Weekly Choice Ending December 15th, 2013
    The World As We See It , or as we missed it Group

  • Thanks so much Evita – he was so special, so it is an honor to see him getting featured!! :)))

    – Polly Peacock

  • trish725
    trish7257 months ago

    A wonderful portrait of Graham! It’s always heartbreaking when we lose a pet and those people who have never owned a pet will never know how much it hurts. Congratulations on your Painting of the Week :-)

  • Thanks so much Trish! No, so many people do not understand how it rips our hearts apart, but I believe that they are missing out on a very special part of life with a dog…

    – Polly Peacock

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