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Honoring Biscuit: One Year — A Letter to Biscuit

Dearest Biscuit:

We cannot believe that your physical being has been gone a year ago today.  Our time together was too short, just two and a half years.  During this time, you changed our lives forever.  We miss you very much.  We know that your physical being has left this life, but we know that you are always with us.  You brought us so much joy and you gave us so many, many gifts that we are so thankful for that we continue to receive today.  We think of you every day and your images are displayed throughout our home.  Whenever we see an vibrant orange sky or a rainbow, we think of you.  Your gift of your sissy, Victory, makes us think of you every day as well.  Although you two have distinct personalities, she exudes some of the characteristics you exhibited.  This is why we know you sent us the ‘right sheltie friend.’  We thought we would describe to you how you two share some of the same qualities.

1. You and Victory are extremely cautious.  You both are weary of new situations and people.  You always had anxiety of being left somewhere; and Victory gets scared of new people and situations.  We know that her confidence will continue to grow.  She has made significant progress since she came to live with us and joined our family.

2. You and Victory sleep in during the morning.  We are lucky in that you both like to sleep in, which is very nice on the weekends!

3. You and Victory are night owls.  We think that you both would prefer a later bed time during the week!

4. You and Victory like the snow.  You both enjoy walking around in the snow.  During recent winters, we received quite a bit of snow along with some snow days.

5. You and Victory love to sleep in front of the fan.  You both love sleeping in front of the fan during naps and during the night; and you both position yourselves in the path of the fan.

6. You and Victory love to beg at the dinning room table and while we make dinner in the kitchen!  This is partially our fault for giving in to you because you two are so cute when you beg for food — of course, we do this in moderation!

7. You and Victory love to eat yogurt!  You loved yogurt parfaits that I made for you on the weekends and Victory loves eating yogurt on the weekends as well gobbling it up in no time flat!

8. You and Victory love ice cream (in moderation, of course!)  You both love ice cream.  Remember the time in Nova Scotia where we gave you Cows Ice Cream and you got a tummy ache because it was so rich (a high butter fat content) — fortunately a local vet helped us out and we had to give you Pepto-Bismol via an eye dropper — those were good times chasing you around the cottage with an eye dropper trying to help you!  Victory loves ice cream as well, but we are careful not to give her too much!

9. You and Victory love to go to Home Depot/Lowes!  When we sold and moved out of our old house, while we waited for our current house to be finished being built, we had to get you more outings as you missed our old neighborhood and house.  Daddy came up with the idea of taking you to Home Depot and Lowes since these stores are furry friend friendly!  You loved going and everyone told you how handsome you were.  Many people thought you were a girl because you were just so happy and beautiful!  Victory also loves going to Home Depot/Lowes.  She also receives many nice comments about how beautiful she is and she smiles ear to ear prancing around the store!

10. You and Victory love to go on outings in the car!  We are fortunate that you both travel extremely well in the car and you enjoy it!  You both love to go in the car with us and the destination does not concern you both — you just like going out and about.  We shared so many dinners, adventures, and lovely vacations together.  We will never forget those times together.  Victory also loves going in the car and she loves coming home and going into the garage.  She thinks it is the best thing ever — who knew a garage could be that exciting, but it is for Victory!

11. You and Victory allow me to photograph you.  You both are so patient with me when I photograph you.  I think you both know what the camera is, as you both are naturals in front of the camera.  You are my muse and have brought photography back into my life.

12. You and Victory love to be with us and you are both special and perfect just the way you are!  You both enjoy being with us as much as we enjoy being with you two.  You and Victory are great company and companions — you are our little fur babies!  We have been blessed with wonderful shelties and we could not be happier to have you both a part of our lives.  You both are special and warm our hearts.  We cannot imagine not having either one of you as part of our little family.  We love you both.

Thank you for being part of our lives, Biscuit.  Your memory will always live on and we will never forget you.  You are the reason Biscuit’s Space exists and Biscuit’s Space will continue in your great memory.  You also inspired my dog photography project and I hope, upon its completion, it will have a positive impact.  This body of work is for you and it will be dedicated to you.  We love you, Biscuit.  We know that you are with us always.

Love always,

Mamma & Daddy


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Honoring Biscuit: His Love for Basking in the Sun

“One of the greatest gifts we receive from dogs is the tenderness they evoke in us.” ~Dean Koontz

Tomorrow marks eleven months since our precious Biscuit passed away.  This time of year, with summer quickly approaching, makes me remember the days that Biscuit loved to sun himself!  He loved to sit out in the grass with Doug and bask the sun, pictured below.  Biscuit also sometimes liked to roll around on his back in the grass while enjoying the sun!  I will never forget these ordinary, while simultaneously extraordinary, moments that we shared with our Biscuit.  There are days that I wish we could have one more afternoon together to just sit together in the sun, one of Biscuit’s favorite pastimes.  This is why it is so important to savor each day and be present in each moment and carve out time just to be.  Biscuit gave us so much joy and he gave us so many gifts, including Victory.  We still miss Biscuit very much, and even though he is not here with us in the physical form, Biscuit is always with us.


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Honoring Biscuit: Our Last Trip Together

“The journey of life is sweeter when traveled with a dog.” ~Unknown

Today marks ten months since our precious Biscuit passed away.  May was a very special month last year because we took Biscuit on our last trip together (although, at the time, we did not know it was going to be our last trip together) to Vermont to visit the Orvis Flagship store where he was the Orvis Cover Dog Winner and represented the Orvis Petfinder Commitment, supporting dog rescue.   We had a wonderful time together on this trip, and we are so happy and grateful that we were able to Vermont together before Biscuit got too sick to travel.  I remember how happy Biscuit was going to Orvis, King Arthur Flour, the Vermont County Store, going atop Mount Equinox together, and going shopping together in downtown Manchester (Biscuit went in all the stores with us)!  Biscuit was so happy and so were we!  It rained during our trip, but we extended our trip and we therefore had a few days of gorgeous weather, and we were able to have a few dinners at restaurants, sitting on outdoor patios together, as Manchester is very dog friendly!   On the rainy evenings, we ordered food from restaurants to bring back to the hotel so that we could eat with Biscuit and so that he would not be left alone.  I also remember on this trip each night in the hotel, Biscuit wanted to sleep with us in the bed, which was not like Biscuit who typically always slept on his bed on the floor on my side of the bed.  Maybe Biscuit knew that was going to be his last trip together.  Biscuit came so far, and he made great strides, in a short amount of time.   He was so handsome and he was full of life.  We are truly grateful for our precious little Biscuit who changed and enriched our lives forever.

You can view photos from our trip to Vermont here, here, and here.


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Honoring Biscuit: My Shadow

“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi-human.  The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.” ~Edward Hoagland

Today marks nine months since our precious Biscuit passed away.  It feels like I have not seen him in forever, and it feels much longer than nine months since Biscuit passed away.  One of the things that I loved about Biscuit was that he was literally my shadow and he was extremely loyal.  He followed me everywhere, including the bathroom!  While I showered or took a bath, he poked his head inside and, often times, sat right outside the bathroom waiting for me to go for his morning walk.  Biscuit always sat contentedly next to me while I worked at the computer for hours.  I tried not to get up too much in order to not disrupt his sleep as slept next to me on his Orvis bed.  No matter where I went, he followed.  Biscuit was always right there.  I miss him being right there beside me.

Biscuit just loved being with us; and we loved being with him.  It was rare that we left him at home as we tried to include him in almost every facet of our lives.  Biscuit gave us so much love.  I never understood the human-animal relationship until I met our precious Biscuit.  He opened our heart and eyes to so many experiences that we would not have experienced otherwise.  He will always be our first fur baby.  Sometimes, I can close my eyes and see him so vividly.  In the final months, I tried my best to imprint images in my mind so I could try to remember the little, quiet moments: the way he felt sitting on my lap in the car; the way his sheltie furs looked while blowing in the wind while on a walk; the way he smelled when I gave him a hug and kiss; the way he astutely looked at us when he persistently gave us the paw requesting a treat; the excitement in his clear brown eyes when we took him in his Hound About; and the way he looked while he slept so peacefully beside me on his Orvis bed.  I am thankful for Biscuit.  I am grateful for the myriad of photo albums preserving our memories forever.  Every time I see an orange sky or a rainbow, I think of our precious Biscuit.


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Honoring Biscuit: Remembering His Love for His Hound About

“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” ~Doris Day

Today marks eight months since our precious Biscuit passed away.  One thing that Biscuit loved to do was take a spin in his Hound About!  Soon after we rescued Biscuit, we knew that he had issues with his legs — they were extremely fragile and he suffered from arthritis.  It was suspected per the Sheltie Haven Sheltie Rescue, Inc., the dog rescue organization where we adopted Biscuit, that he suffered from living in a puppy mill, as his rear legs were slightly deformed.  We made sure Biscuit took his daily arthritis supplements to help his condition.  As a result, Biscuit could not walk too far of a distance at a time, although he did enjoy his daily walks around the neighborhood!

I did not want Biscuit’s arthritis to stop him from going on longer walks, traveling, and sight-seeing.  As such, I looked into finding something that we could use to push Biscuit around in!  I came across the Hound About via Google searches.  When I showed Doug the Hound About, Doug, at first, told me that it was “over the top,” but he indulged me in my quest.  Since we ordered his Hound About from California (not local), Doug and I cut out newspapers to the appropriate dimensions to discern which size to get Biscuit.  So, we settled on the larger size, the blue Hound About.

Biscuit immediately fell in love with his Hound About!  Doug and I have so many wonderful memories of Biscuit in his Hound About.  Since our old house, unlike our new house, did not have a garage as it was located in the city, we kept Biscuit’s Hound About in our guest room!  We are so thankful to now have a garage for the cars and storage!  Some evenings, during the warmer months, we skipped the gym and took Biscuit for a ride around the Harbor, which he loved!  Biscuit was very smart.  Since the Hound About was too wide to fit through the front door, Doug had to take the three wheels off the carriage portion of the Hound About to enable us to get the Hound About in and out of the house!  As soon as Biscuit saw us taking out his wheels to his Hound About, he got so excited!  He barked and smiled, ear to ear, and ran out the front door, just waiting for Doug and I to quickly assemble his Hound About so he could get going on his ride!

The Hound About went everywhere with us when we traveled, and we have many wonderful memories from our two trips to Nova Scotia with Biscuit!  Biscuit proudly went all around Halifax in his Hound About and loved every minute!  Biscuit loved all of his local Hound About rides as well!  We have many memories of taking our beloved Biscuit to dinner in his Hound About as well as stores where furry friends were permitted!  He was such a hit with the ladies strutting around in his Hound About!  We are so glad that the Hound About brought Biscuit so much joy, and most of all, the Hound About allowed us to do so much more together!

Now, the Hound About has been passed down to little Victory, who seems to love the Hound About as much as Biscuit did!  We are sure that Biscuit is smiling down and is happy that another sheltie friend in need, his sissy, is enjoying it as much as he did!  We are so thankful that Biscuit entered our lives and brought us so much joy.

Biscuit is pictured below in his Hound About in downtown Halifax after he went shopping with us at Lululemon and Roots among other stores (Biscuit went inside the stores with us)!


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Biscuit: In Loving Memory

In the spirit of the recent Oscars, the Daily Dog Tag recently featured the ‘Dogscar’ nominees, which you can view here and here.  Biscuit was featured in the “In Loving Memory” category, #77, shown below.  We sure miss our precious Biscuit and think of him everyday.  We know that Biscuit is always with us in our hearts.


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The word manifesto traces its roots to the Latin manifestum, which means clear or conspicuous.  A manifesto is defined as a declaration of one’s beliefs, opinions, motives, and intentions.  What makes a manifesto so valuable is the fact that it is a constant source of inspiration outlining the vision of Biscuit’s Space.  After much thought and deliberation, I wrote the manifesto for Biscuit’s Space, shown below.  


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Honoring Biscuit: Remembering His Unconditional Love

“If love along could have kept you here, you would have lived forever.” ~Unknown

Today marks seven months since our precious Biscuit passed away.  One of the things that I miss most about our little Biscuit was his pure, genuine, and unconditional love.  No matter what, Biscuit loved us unconditionally.  This is priceless.  It took several months after Biscuit arrived in our home to build trust and for him to feel comfortable.  After he knew that he was out of harms way, he literally blossomed emotionally and physically.  He gained his confidence and he blossomed into the most handsome sheltie dog ever!

Biscuit loved us both very much; however, Biscuit and I had a really special bond.  Due to our schedules, I ended up spending more time with Biscuit during the short time he was with us.  This provided me many opportunities to photograph Biscuit, my muse.  Biscuit followed me everywhere, including the bathroom!  Therefore, I tried not to get up from my desk too many times, while I was working, so little Biscuit would not be disturbed as he always got up each time I got up!  I do miss the days when he would sleep on his Orvis bed next to me while I worked at the computer for hours.  He was a faithful and loyal companion.

There were times, including times that we traveled to Nova Scotia, that Doug took Biscuit out for a walk and Biscuit would buck and refuse to move while looking back at the house until I came outside and went with them on the walk!  Needless to say, it was frustrating for Doug, but I did not mind going on more walks together.  I am sure that Biscuit knew that he ran our house.  We tried everything to break Biscuit’s ‘bucking,’which would come and go, but it just did not seem worth the fight at the time.  It just meant more time for the three of us to be together, and maybe that is what he wanted.

Biscuit always loved being with us and we packed so many adventures and trips into the short amount of time that we had, although we did not know it at the time that our time together would be much too short – exactly 2.5 years together.  Nobody has ever loved me the way Biscuit did and Biscuit is one of my greatest teachers.  I do not think that we ever truly ‘get over’ the great losses in our lives, which Anne Lamott discusses in her new book Stitches, which I just finished reading.  I do know that Biscuit will live on in everything that grows around us and within our hearts.


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Collage: Biscuit and Victory

“Eventually I discovered for myself the utterly simple prescription for creativity: Be intensely yourself. Don’t try to be outstanding; don’t try to be a success; don’t try to do pictures for others to look at – just please yourself.” ~Ralph Steiner 

Below is a small photo collage of our fur babies, Biscuit and Victory!   I am so grateful that I consistently photographed Biscuit and continue to photograph Victory,both my muse.  It is really nice to flip through our photo albums and our digital images.  We are so grateful for Biscuit and Victory — they make life so much sweeter!


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Honoring Biscuit: Remembering His Fluffy Fur Coat

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.  All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” ~Helen Keller

Today marks six months since our precious Biscuit passed away.  Anyone who met Biscuit or saw photographs of Biscuit knew that Biscuit had a beautiful and fluffy fur coat, as shown below.  Biscuit went through a magical transformation both physically and emotionally from the time when we first met Biscuit.  Biscuit literally blossomed.  Biscuit was a trooper and he let me give him a bath with no issue.  Most of the time, Biscuit was pretty cooperative with me brushing out his fur coat to keep him looking his best in exchange for some prescription kibble!  Biscuit did not particularly like going to the groomer, but he tolerated it in order to get his nails and paws trimmed.

Most of all, Biscuit’s beautiful fur coat is evidence that humans can have a huge positive impact in dogs’ lives.  We hope that Biscuit’s rescue story helps influence others to consider dog rescue.  There are so many dogs in need of furever homes.  When it comes to Biscuit, I am not sure who rescued who.  Biscuit was a gift.  Doug and I still think of Biscuit daily and we are very grateful for our time together.  We know that Biscuit sent us a gift — our little Victory!


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