Saturday, May 21, 2011

Finn 1997 - 2011

Finn was our dog. A 14 year old Australian Shepherd/Border Collie cross - smart, loyal and full of energy. Everything you could ever want in a dog. He wanted to be where we were. Every piece of art I have done in the last 14 years has had his spirit in it in some way.

I am lucky enough to live on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment in Southern Ontario, which means it was my privilege to walk Finn over those steep, wooded hill sides every day. Our walks through the woods in all weather and all seasons filled my imagination with the wonders of the natural world and inspired many of my drawings and paintings.

We lost Finn a few days ago. He was an amazing animal and a spectacular companion.

So long Buddy Boy. You have left a big hole in our lives and will be greatly missed.



Peace be with you.

21 comments:

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Larry, my deep sympathy to you and yours. A great dog is a great buddy and is a great blessing. How wonderful that you guys shared in the enchanted lands.

Peace to you as well.

Oya's Daughter said...

Oh no....

My empathy.

Matt Stewart said...

My deepest sympathies. All the time you have with them is a privilege. All the Best to you and Pat.

Leslie Hawes said...

Sorry. Very difficult.

Medieval Muse said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved furry friend.

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Peace to your sad heart, Larry. He'll be there...waiting for you.

m.s. jackson said...

Sorry for your loss, saying goodbye to a member of your family can be very trying. Just know he is running through the bright forest, waiting for the day he can run besides you again. Last year we lost a member of our family of 16 years, it was certainly hard, but remembering all the moments of joy and love we shared always makes me feel better.

Craig Phillips said...

Hi Larry,

You guys must feel really sad right now. Sounded like a wonderful friend and companion. Thinking of you both from down under.
Craig

Irene La Zia said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. My sympathy to you and your wife.

Andy Smith said...

Have a nutty dog. She is only 4 but we have a bond that only other dog owners can understand. So I feel your pain. All the best mate.

Larry MacDougall said...

Thanks everyone for the kind and understanding comments. It means a lot. We're taking his loss pretty hard but positive energy like this really helps.

Wings of Inspiration said...

So sorry about your loss. Peace be with you and your family. I am sure that he is still with you in a way - peace be with him.

Tricia

Jay Penn said...

There is nothing more sad than losing a companion as faithful and loving as a dog. Especially one that obviously enjoyed many long walks with you.
My thoughts are with you.

Shadow Bird said...

Sweetheart,

Your eulogy for our beloved member of our little family calls from my heart as well. I Love you and my mourning is bearable because of you.

-And thank you from the bottom of my heart to all our online friends for your comments.

WOL said...
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WOL said...

In addition to everything else they teach us about life, and love, and living, our animal companions teach us how to say Goodbye. Such a hard, hard lesson. It always amazes me how, when they go on ahead, they leave such a huge crater in our lives all out of proportion to their size. But, when it is our turn to cross the bridge, they will be waiting for us, and we'll continue our journey in a goodly company of friends to where ever the road goes next.

What better legacy can we give them than to bequeath their happy home to a homeless animal in need?

Larry MacDougall said...

WOL - thank-you so much and thanks everyone for the beautiful words. This has been a tough time for us and your messages of sympathy and encouragement have been very comforting.

Emma said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

Larry MacDougall said...

Thanks Emma - much appreciated.

dragonladych said...

So sorry to read that.
Our pets are friends just as precious as human friends and it sure hurts when they leave.

I know another Finn who is now in doggie heaven, I bet they are playing together

Larry MacDougall said...

Thank-you Dragonlady.