Turning Point

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© Christopher Boswell
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UploadedMay 3, 2010
TakenFebruary 27, 2010
Exposure1/60 sec at f/2.8
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Focal Length20 mm
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Two important figures in my life are shown here on a very special day. My trusted friend Rob spent the day with us to help with the challenge of sending my 12 year old Lab/Wolfhound mix Melvin to his resting place.

Rob played a big role in Melvin's life, walking with us and his dog Jewel. He cared for Melvin sometimes when I traveled, and he was in the room when Melvin braved his fate. He also supplied the box that now carries Melvin back to dirt and the Earth.

Sometimes, a heart just slows pumping of blood and this creates complications in the body. Muscles begin to break down, digestion becomes difficult, normal daily activity becomes impossible. Melvin was faced with this reality after a wonderful life of teaching and inspiring others. He was strong but gentle, kind yet fierce, his heart was light and loving right up to the last moment.

The turning point, the place where I am left alone to move on and find another place to share my abundance of love. That place is here, and life goes on, love must survive.

30 responses

  • Laurie Self

    Laurie Self (Deleted) gave props (3 May 2010):

    Made me cry...

  • Sarah Dudley

    Sarah Dudley gave props (3 May 2010):

    So sorry Chris... They really do leave a hole in you when they go. I hope you can make room for a new friend in time. :)

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (3 May 2010):

    I'm so very sorry for your loss. I have a 10-year old terrier that I adre, and I dread the day I'll be in those shoes.

  • Karen Menyhart

    Karen Menyhart gave props (4 May 2010):

    another lovely tribute to Melvin. God Bless

  • charlie mclenahan

    charlie mclenahan said (6 May 2010):

    feel your pain

  • Bill Bungard

    Bill Bungard   said (7 May 2010):

    Damn it! Teared up again.. Melvin was cool when he quit growling at me . lol

  • William Moore

    William Moore gave props (9 May 2010):

    Whew...this is a marvelous photo of Melvin's and your's turning point....wonderful words also

  • Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן

    Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן (Deleted) gave props (9 May 2010):


  • Elliot J.C. Hsiao

    Elliot J.C. Hsiao gave props (10 May 2010):

    Very, very sincere, very profond love. Thank you for sharing the message with me.

  • Catherine Hadler

    Catherine Hadler gave props (10 May 2010):

    very moving, he sounds like a very special dog and friend

  • Peter Tompkins

    Peter Tompkins said (10 May 2010):

    You photo genuinely moved me. We lost our Border Collie/Golden mix two years ago. She was almost 14 and life caught up to her. He death inspired me to start a pet photography business. Hang in there.

  • Peter Tompkins

    Peter Tompkins gave props (10 May 2010):

    I feel for you and admire your courage to display such a personal image and story.

  • Jeanette Carioto

    Jeanette Carioto said (12 May 2010):

    Not often that a still photograph can make me cry.

  • John Colaruotolo

    John Colaruotolo gave props (14 May 2010):

    painful, but real. Nice piece of documenting. I'm sorry for your loss.

  • ellie huntress

    ellie huntress gave props (16 May 2010):

    this is amazing

  • Gerry Soeria soemantr

    Gerry Soeria soemantr gave props (18 May 2010):


  • Simona Ranieri

    Simona Ranieri gave props (18 May 2010):

    poor animal! :( love y!

  • Julia Simeone

    Julia Simeone gave props (20 May 2010):

    This, although very sad, is a phenomenal portrayal of a turning point. Going from death and mourning, to moving on to another day without your loved one. I have experienced this.

  • Laura Boston-Thek

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

    God Bless his little soul...and yours. I agree with Gary Cohen....Phenomenally moving. I dread this day

  • Wendy McLaughlin

    Wendy McLaughlin said (25 May 2010):

    Lovely photo, so sad. Made me cry. My condolences.

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (30 May 2010):

    So brave to share such an image...I would just be a blubbering mess if it were me...very moving!!

  • Micha Rainer

    Micha Rainer said (4 Jun 2010):

    evocative, my condolences....

  • Renee Courtney

    Renee Courtney gave props (13 Jun 2010):

    very emotion filled photo.

  • Ricky Robertson

    Ricky Robertson gave props (21 Jun 2010):

    so sorry! you are strong though and life will help you remember the greater things that are yet to come and help you cherish the life and memories of melvin..

  • Pet Parents

    Pet Parents said (1 Jul 2010):

    so sad a dog is a great friend

    sometimes a better relationship than human

  • abel

    abel gave props (25 Nov 2010):

    aho, beautiful tribute

  • Paula Fowlkes

    Paula Fowlkes gave props (26 Nov 2010):

    I didn't even realize I was crying while reading and looking at this photo. It's amazing when a photo and short story can bring tears to your eyes, bravo. Sorry for you loss also...

  • Christopher Boswell

    Christopher Boswell   said (23 Dec 2010):

    I'm sorry not to have commented earlier, thanks to all of you. I stopped in tonight, looked at Melvin and read all your comments, then cried. I miss this dog, so much. One can only wish to experience love like that again, he truly is an amazing animal. Still I carry his influence, it is beyond my understanding. Thank you all.

  • Jon-Erik Kroon

    Jon-Erik Kroon gave props (29 Dec 2010):

    Peace n respect Chris....... Up with Melvin's spirit........ this is an honest photo document.... the very edge of photography......thnx 4 shareing........ our four legged companions walk with us for spiritual reasons....there are trueths why animals seek us to be "friends".... we do not seek them , they seek us....you gave love , gave life, gave friendship,.. the spirit of Melvin will always walk by your side for the rest of your path on this planet.... and if you pay attention the peripheral vision...you will catch a glimpse of his spirit with you.... wonderful burial gifts....Spirit realm welcomes Melvin into the spirit of the four legged soul realm. Namaste :-)

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