My wrinkly & furry Soul Mate!

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In Loving Memory,

Gilay "Little Boompers" Peterson

Born: Oct 30, 1994

Died: Nov 20, 2007

My Puppy, My Soul Mate, My Muse…..

The BEST Puppy ever? For Me She ABSOLUTELY was!

So strong was the bond between us, that I would occasionally refer to Her as "The Female Bulldog version of Me" (a little bit of an insult to Her, but She didn't seem to mind), and myself as "The Male Human version of Her" …..If only I was as tough, as gentle, as sweet, as strong willed and patient as Her.

She taught Me that instinct almost always trumps intellect.

She reminded Me that our relationships are what really matter in life.

She entertained me, comforted me & helped me stay (relatively) sane.

Thank You Gilay! I Love You & miss You more than words can express.

67 responses

  • Christine Turmelle

    Christine Turmelle said (14 Dec 2007):

    This is the perfect capture of this dog. So cute. He just looks like he's loving life.

  • Jessica Hardin

    Jessica Hardin gave props (9 Sep 2008):

    Wonderful photo and story, he really is your best friend!

  • Brandon Pendred

    Brandon Pendred said (10 Sep 2008):

    Bulldogs are the greatest dogs in the world!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) said (7 Oct 2008):

    Great photograph. Great Dog!

  • Peterson, Dave Peterson

    Peterson, Dave Peterson said (12 Oct 2008):

    A favorite quote.........
    "(Her) name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because (She) will be our friend for always and always and always". - Rudyard Kipling
    ........of course Gilay was never wild, and it was Love at first sight, but Mister Kipling's words still ring true

  • Sheryl Zajdowicz

    Sheryl Zajdowicz gave props (16 Oct 2008):

    Such a touching story. I can completely relate. Very lovely portrait :)

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (16 Oct 2008):

    Not voting for this would be a sin. My vote!

  • :) L P

    :) L P gave props (16 Oct 2008):

    what an amazing tribute! i can totally relate after just losing the love of my life...kela. they can never be replaced, will never be forgotten and will forever have a place in your heart. i'm so very sorry for your loss. yes vote from me

  • triciamary

    triciamary gave props (19 Oct 2008):

    Such a sad loss. You have some great keepsake photos of her. This has my vote.

  • Martie Last

    Martie Last said (20 Oct 2008):

    Your story is very touching. This is a beautiful animal, oozing a terrific personality. I like the way you are keeping Gilay alive by introducing her to everyone.

  • ! Denise Gomez !

    ! Denise Gomez ! said (22 Oct 2008):

    So sweet and true! I completely understand, Jade (my fury child) definitely keeps me sane.
    Beautiful tribute!

  • Ursula Tillmann

    Ursula Tillmann gave props (23 Oct 2008):

    Cute shot ...

  • Ursula Tillmann

    Ursula Tillmann said (23 Oct 2008):

    and sorry for the loss

  • Sharon Holeman

    Sharon Holeman said (24 Oct 2008):

    Great pic in b&w - got my vote. Dogs are so great - just one of God's many gifts to us! :)

  • Vidyavati Chandan

    Vidyavati Chandan (Deleted) gave props (25 Oct 2008):


  • Natalie S

    Natalie S gave props (25 Oct 2008):

    Oh so sweet, Dave. I'm sorry she's gone. Beautiful entry. + vote

  • ! ! ! Carolina Quijada ! ! !

    ! ! ! Carolina Quijada ! ! ! gave props (25 Oct 2008):

    This is cute! :) Def. got my vote!

  • Dianna Geiser

    Dianna Geiser gave props (26 Oct 2008):

    Wonderful tribute to a very special dog. Beautiful capture. They live in our hearts, nourish our souls and comfort us, entertain us and share all our joys and sorrows. Thank you for sharing her with us. Absoluately gets my vote.

  • Man kit Wong

    Man kit Wong said (27 Oct 2008):

    aww, hehe, got my vote!

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (28 Oct 2008):

    Nice tribute, great my vote!

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (28 Oct 2008):

    a great portrait! yes from me.

  • Anna Zavileiskaia

    Anna Zavileiskaia (Deleted) said (28 Oct 2008):

    definitely a VOTE! wonderful portrait and thanks for a lovely story!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (30 Oct 2008):

    Cute shot and great story!

  • Patricia Shanahan

    Patricia Shanahan gave props (30 Oct 2008):

    BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL ! So sorry for your loss ! Fantastic tribute & loving shot ! VOTED !

  • bonnie pelton

    bonnie pelton gave props (30 Oct 2008):

    How precious!

  • Charidy Bunsa

    Charidy Bunsa gave props (30 Oct 2008):

    She was a beautiful animal! Being a pet lover (6 dogs, 12 cats) I have nothing but deepest empathy for your loss. Got my vote!

  • Joe Schaf

    Joe Schaf   gave props (31 Oct 2008):

    Wonderful Portrait & Tribute Dave!

  • Vira Telyakova

    Vira Telyakova gave props (1 Nov 2008):

    buddy, you are adorable!

  • Janice Mezzacappa

    Janice Mezzacappa (Deleted) gave props (2 Nov 2008):

    Fantastic portrait, beautiful B&W and tones, what a tribute!! Sorry!!

  • Melinda Smith

    Melinda Smith gave props (3 Nov 2008):

    I miss her, from just seeing that beautiful face and reading the story about her

  • sasha ormond

    sasha ormond said (3 Nov 2008):

    oh she's lovely! my vote!

  • Caitlin Heath

    Caitlin Heath said (3 Nov 2008):

    that really sucks about loosing your dog! i completely understand where you are coming from having lost a few myself over the years...the pain most definitely never goes away, but with time it gets a bit easier.

  • Daniela V

    Daniela V said (8 Nov 2008):

    I totally love this shot! wonderful B&W and amazing dog! Voted! unfortunately I can just vote one time...

  • *  Tracey Boutote *

    * Tracey Boutote * (Deleted) gave props (10 Nov 2008):

    What a beautiful tribute to her. Great portrait of her. my vote

  • Delores Harshaw

    Delores Harshaw (Deleted) gave props (11 Nov 2008):

    Lovely. Great tribute. Voted yeah!

  • Jacqueline

    Jacqueline gave props (13 Nov 2008):

    She's beautiful, and this is a great way to remember her.

  • Mayette Ignacio

    Mayette Ignacio gave props (13 Nov 2008):

    Sweet and loving companion best captured by you. Thank you for sharing, My vote and fave

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (14 Nov 2008):

    what a doll, how lucky you were to have him....what sweetheart !

  • Geralyn Montambault

    Geralyn Montambault said (18 Nov 2008):

    Touching story. Lovely potrait of a beloved. You can see the love and attention she has for you in the capture.

  • Chandi Weber

    Chandi Weber gave props (18 Nov 2008):

    I love your dog

  • Camille Pertner

    Camille Pertner said (18 Nov 2008):

    I love this photo, especially in black and white. I also have a bulldog at home and she is the most photogenic dog I have ever had. It's as if they love the attention....

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (21 Nov 2008):

    Being a dog lover myself I can relate to your loss...and I know that we'll have to face it sometime down the road with our 14 year old dog as we have in the past with the dogs in our lives who have gone before her. Thanks for your comments at my site....My vote!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (1 Dec 2008):

    When you have a relationship like this one with your dog, a piece of your heart goes with them when they pass. I know from first hand experience that what you have described is so true. Thanks for sharing this touching and personal story of this amazing friend. Voting yeah

  • Ashley Hawley

    Ashley Hawley said (3 Dec 2008):

    What a Cutie!!!

  • Monique Finley

    Monique Finley said (8 Dec 2008):

    My condolences to you. It amazes me how quick and yet, long lasting a relationship between human and owner (dog) can be. A good owner (that is the dog) can be hard to come by, and a blessing when they come into our lives. I've learned a lot about being human from my animals.

  • Bernadette Lester

    Bernadette Lester said (6 Jan 2009):

    Awwww! Oh my goodness, I'm trying so hard not to cry right now!! My dog is my EVERYTHING!! He is my baby! I waited 11 years for him, my whole life at that point, and I don't know what I'll do when he's gone!! I'll be simply beside myself. I'm so, so sorry for your loss. But you are so, SO blessed to have had her in your life!!

  • Leanna Lomanski

    Leanna Lomanski gave props (19 Jan 2009):

    What a perfect portrait of her! So sorry you lost your best friend.......

  • linda woods

    linda woods gave props (21 Jan 2009):

    Awwwwwwwwwwww....I totally get it. My pets are like children to me. SO sorry you had to lose her. Bulldogs are wonderful.

  • Michelle Musikantow

    Michelle Musikantow said (1 Mar 2009):

    cuute puppy and great photo!

  • MicheleMitrovich

    MicheleMitrovich (Deleted) gave props (16 Mar 2009):

    Sad story... Great photo tribute. I am sure she is a happy Angel in the Doggy Heaven now.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (27 Apr 2009):

    He will not be forgotten..... RIP "Little Boompers"

  • poonam jadhwani

    poonam jadhwani (Deleted) gave props (11 Sep 2009):

    so adorable..!

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (1 Oct 2009):

    Wonderful B & W, fantastic shot, I am sorry for your loss!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (7 Oct 2009):

    How have I not seen this one before??? Well, I'm so glad I found it now...This is such a beautiful tribute to your little sweetheart!! Really wonderful, Dave. :)

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (19 Oct 2009):

    How beautiful and funny she was! Losing her is like losing a part of you - I know it for sure...

  • Jade  Vreeland

    Jade  Vreeland gave props (28 Oct 2009):

    awww she was a cutie

  • Enric Martinez

    Enric Martinez said (12 Nov 2009):


  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (22 Nov 2009):

    sorry my comments didn't post. peace. sorry for your loss.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (23 Nov 2009):

    How precious - you and Gilay were blessed to share such a special love!

  • Bernadette Lester

    Bernadette Lester said (23 Nov 2009):

    I there. I came across this photo and as soon as I saw that little wrinkly face, I knew I remembered it. I commented on this photo several months ago. Since then, my little furry love passed away. October 3rd, I had to put my Scruffy down. Its so hard to live after our furry angels have passed, but through photography we can always see their faces. Bless you and your angel. Who knows, maybe they're up there playin' in that big Dog Park in the sky, just waiting for us to come home one last time. :')

  • Hope Harvey-Marose

    Hope Harvey-Marose said (25 Nov 2009):

    What a wonderful picture and wonderful dog.

  • Aisling Browne

    Aisling Browne gave props (3 Dec 2009):

    Cute puppy!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (4 Dec 2009):

    just wonderful, we love our pets, too

  • Laurie Brown

    Laurie Brown gave props (4 Dec 2009):

    Beautiful tribute to a great friend. I feel the same way about my aussie, Fiona Regina.

  • Jacquie Gibson

    Jacquie Gibson (Deleted) gave props (4 Dec 2009):

    She looked gorgeous, you must miss her.

  • Karen Costin

    Karen Costin gave props (18 Sep 2010):

    Nice story! Bullies have a way of changing the way you look at life, every day is a little bit better for that!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (30 Mar 2011):

    beautiful photo,beautiful tribute.

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