In memory of Koki
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A friend loveth at all times... Proverbs 17-17
Koki, lived to be 17 years old
She was our dear friend...
Leaving memories to hold
Til' her life came to an end.
She left us June 9, 2011...
To her new home in heaven...
Poetry by me, AJP
This is a scanned self portrait that I shot several years ago in 1997 ... I had bought a used Nikon FE2 film camera that year and I experimented with various self portraits using a remote control...(You can see the squeeze bulb in my hand where the grass is partly covering it.)
I'll always remember how beautiful it was that day with the flowering crab apple tree in bloom and I wanted to record it after a rain shower that we had earlier in the day which saturated the colors.
Koki, was 3 years old at the time, this image was captured and full of life. She was my constant companion.. We had many good years with her, but the last two years of her life were a struggle as she had dementia, was blind and deaf, etc..She was full of pain, anxiety and suffering terribly at the end.....As much as we hated to see her go, it is a blessing she is no longer suffering. This is one of my favorite pictures of her that I will always treasure and hold dear to my heart. It is how I like to remember her in the good times of her life, happy and carefree.
We do plan to get another dog in the future but probably not until after my 50th class reunion in September...Right now I just need to get adjusted to Koki's death and to rest from dog responsibilities until the time is right...We have been through this before and losing a pet is never easy.
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