Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine


Sam was my little guy

WordPress encourages everyone to participate in their Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s challenge is on the subject: Mine. As they ask: Is there a place, object, or view that’s entirely yours, or you’re a bit selfish or possessive about? Is it a feeling you feel when you look at the photo, or perhaps an unwillingness to share?

I’m not really into possessions, but there is one thing, or being, that I immediately thought of when I read the challenge. He was my Sam. He was mine. He was my puppy. My little guy. Sam is no longer with us, but is still in my heart and every time I look at the photos I miss him.

You can probably guess by the photo that Sam was an extremely patient dog. Keeshond’s are notoriously eager to please. I was constantly putting hats or sunglasses on his head and brushing his hair into funny shapes. He would wait as I endlessly took photos of him and then I’d tell him we were done and he’d do the thing that Keeshond’s do best. He’d tear around the house and we’d chase each other. He was very playful. I could go on and on about all the things I loved about him, just as anyone who has lost someone who was a major part of their family, but the thing I miss most about Sam is that he knew how to give good hugs. It’s a trait of the Keeshond to be intuitive and empathetic, making them a good comfort dog and making it easy to love him. He was a pet and a major part of our family.

So, the answer to the question is that I have a loving feeling when I look at my photos of Sam but I do not have an unwillingness to share. I want everyone to know that for twelve years, I had a wonderful member of my family. I knew time with him was limited and shared every moment I could with him. I hope that each and every one of you has a member of the family like Sam.  In fact, if you have or had a pet member of the family and you’d like to share, please leave a comment. We’d like to hear about him or her.

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10 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine

  1. I think you know the people I miss most Tracy and can probably suspect that Dolly, Tammy and Buddy would be the special pets I miss most…only because we had them longer than the other two and got to know them so much better. I remember that poster you sent me and I think I still have it somewhere that said….”Dogs are people too”….and they certainly were our children – especially after everyone left home! Those three were so comforting to H…. laying their heads on his chest when they knew he wasn’t feeling good…. almost as if they were trying to take some of his heart pain on themselves so he wouldn’t have to suffer so much. They truly were a part of our family and are missed as much as any human who is no longer with us. Their memories live on.

    • I remember that poster too. They are our children…furry children. :々 They are and have been a comfort to many of us. I think that their ability to empathize is what makes them so special. They have an instinct, the same as human children, to give love unconditionally. I am very glad that H, and you, had them for comfort. I see them in my mind, as I remember how caring they were. They still bring us comfort each time we remember them.

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