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© Christopher Boswell
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UploadedApril 9, 2010
TakenFebruary 27, 2010
Exposure1/60 sec at f/4
FlashCompulsory Flash
Focal Length20 mm

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Death shapes our culture and we like to put it in a box. Here lay my beloved Melvin, best friend of 12 years. A tear forms in a millisecond at the corner of my eye every time I pass this image again but I still can not stop looking and feeling the energy of my old friend. I have never felt anything so deeply, RIP Melvin.

45 responses

  • charlie mclenahan

    charlie mclenahan said (9 Apr 2010):

    feel your pain, super image, thank you

  • Stephanie Trevino

    Stephanie Trevino said (9 Apr 2010):

    This photo is sad, yet beautiful.

  • Photo Gothic

    Photo Gothic gave props (9 Apr 2010):

    so sorry for the loss of a friend but you'll have 12 years of good memories as the pain goes away.

  • Laurie Self

    Laurie Self (Deleted) gave props (9 Apr 2010):

    Very touching...I'm sorry for your loss. But I think it's wonderful that you sent some of his favorite things with him.

  • Elias Reveles

    Elias Reveles said (9 Apr 2010):

    All things will pass but Love is etched in forever................and all things of life will be together again.

  • Linda Mc Lellan

    Linda Mc Lellan said (9 Apr 2010):

    My heart goes out to you. So sorry about the loss of your friend.

  • D. Smetana

    D. Smetana gave props (12 Apr 2010):

    Sad and touching...

  • Jamie Nardoni

    Jamie Nardoni (Deleted) gave props (16 Apr 2010):

    beautiful image, sorry for your loss

  • Jessie Fields

    Jessie Fields said (17 Apr 2010):

    So sorry. RIP, Melvin...

  • Angus McNitt

    Angus McNitt gave props (17 Apr 2010):

    A fitting tribute to your friend. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

  • ♥ Cairenn ♥

    ♥ Cairenn ♥ said (17 Apr 2010):


  • jen bellefleur

    jen bellefleur gave props (17 Apr 2010):

    this breaks all our hearts. but, i am so so happy that he had you, and you had him. what a lovely animal, and all the fun you must have had. i hope he is in doggy heaven with a really great bone.

  • Mike Melnotte

    Mike Melnotte gave props (18 Apr 2010):

    Thanks for sharing, Chris. So sorry.

  • Christopher Boswell

    Christopher Boswell   said (18 Apr 2010):

    You are all so thoughtful, thanks!

  • Kaki J. Luitjens

    Kaki J. Luitjens said (20 Apr 2010):

    So sad. Very emotional photo.

  • Fred S.

    Fred S. said (21 Apr 2010):

    Very disturbing.

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (21 Apr 2010):

    Ok...I am a man?...46...and I cried ,...and am crying...as I type this...I am NOT ashamed...but i must take a min...sorry...But this photo is absolutely the most moving tribute I have seen yet, and I seriously doubt I will see another such as this one...I know how close my own brother is to his Rudy...the bond formed, and times shared..last FOREVER...What a peaceful place he is in now..a better place?...The beautiful multi colored balket he is resting on...his bandana, and his tennis ball...as well as the small tree branch...You obviously cared for him loads...and the things he loved with him in repose..are another moving element of this photograph...May he come back in the another form and bless your existence once more...I certianly hope he did not suffer much...I am sorry for your loss Christopher...I dont know you but feel close to you somehow...Thank You...

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (23 Apr 2010):

    So much sympathy for your loss. I too do understand ahving had lost loves just as this. It is so touching how you included the favorite items of his. voted.

  • Sisu Jean

    Sisu Jean (Deleted) said (27 Apr 2010):

    Wow. What a touching photograph. Wow. The intense courage it took you to do this. Wow. Wow. Great shot too. Thank you for what you just gave me.

  • Christopher Boswell

    Christopher Boswell   said (28 Apr 2010):

    Tears well up when I pass by and see your comments. Thank you so much!

  • Karen Menyhart

    Karen Menyhart gave props (4 May 2010):

    I am so sorry for your loss, beautiful memorial to your friend. He was loved very much by you, I can tell.

  • Devin Hayes

    Devin Hayes said (7 May 2010):

    Saddest picture I've ever seen. RIP Melvin.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (10 May 2010):

    At first glance, I thought he was sleeping.....dear sweet Melvin - in a far better place, now.

  • Diane Bartlett

    Diane Bartlett gave props (13 May 2010):

    This image makes me sad.

  • Danielle Elrod

    Danielle Elrod said (13 May 2010):

    This is perfect for traditions. I just lost my best friend too...I feel ya. May he rest in peace

  • Johnny Golden

    Johnny Golden said (13 May 2010):

    I totally agree with Steven Schutz on this one, and I'm 45.

    I have 3 dogs myself and not looking forward to that very sad day, but they give me some much joy.

  • William Moore

    William Moore gave props (13 May 2010):

    I saw your other one but missed this one....words fail me as i know your loss and the tradition

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (15 May 2010):

    Thank you for posting. RIP Melvin. You are now at you forever home and when the time comes you will welcome your Master home. You may be gone, but will never be forgotten as long as there are those to remember.

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (15 May 2010):

    I cannot look at it long either because I want to cry when I see it. My condolences for the loss of your dear friend.

  • Orlando Emmanuelli

    Orlando Emmanuelli gave props (16 May 2010):

    definitely a great image in many fronts. i have felt the same loss many a times.

  • Simona Ranieri

    Simona Ranieri gave props (18 May 2010):

    SO SAD!!! BUT REALLY BEAUTIFUL! got my vote!!!!!

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (18 May 2010):

    ty for sharing this beautiful, tender, heartfelt image.

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (20 May 2010):

    Bless his beautiful soul. Sorry for your loss

  • Marie Sager

    Marie Sager gave props (2 Jun 2010):

    A very emotional photo.

  • Michael G.

    Michael G.   gave props (2 Jun 2010):

    Nice composition... thank you for sharing...

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (2 Jun 2010):

    What an intimate and painful image. Thank you for sharing your dear friend in his final farewell.

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman said (2 Jun 2010):

    Forgot to add; voted.

  • Judy Abolafya

    Judy Abolafya (Deleted) gave props (4 Jun 2010):

    beautiful tribute...voted.

  • Jeffery Bennett

    Jeffery Bennett said (5 Jun 2010):

    So very sorry for your loss Christopher!! I would be forever lost without my boy, Midas.

  • Matthew Tyrrell

    Matthew Tyrrell said (11 Jun 2010):

    beautiful, a fitting tribute to a very loved and happy dog.

  • Renee Courtney

    Renee Courtney gave props (13 Jun 2010):

    This capture is perfect, I didnt even know the dog and it put an immediate lump in my throat.

  • Rudi Mack

    Rudi Mack said (23 Dec 2010):

    Having lost two German Shepards when I was young, I can feel for you. Death is ugly but if preserved like this its good memory. Watch the movie A dog called Christmas, a clean family movie about a kid who loves dogs.

  • Rudi Mack

    Rudi Mack said (23 Dec 2010):

    Having lost two German Shepards when I was young, I can feel for you. Death is ugly but if preserved like this its good memory. Watch the movie A dog called Christmas, a clean family movie about a kid who loves dogs.

  • John Buffett

    John Buffett said (27 Jan 2011):

    I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands.  When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat.  For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that.  ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth

    I've buried a few myself. Always with you.
    Thank you for posting that.

  • Pete Jeffers

    Pete Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (13 Apr 2011):

    This is such a sad picture, but the love that was shared shines through. rest in peace dear friend

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