Eddie had been Lee’s rock through years of debilitating health battles. When the tables turned and Eddie faced his own fight for life, Lee stopped at nothing to support her best friend, right to the very end. We went to visit Lee and Eddie at the beautiful home they shared together, in the months leading up to Eddie’s passing.
From Lee: “Mr. Eddie Murphy,
Ours is a tale of fervent love. Of provision and blessing. A great and mutual gift. Of serendipity and perfect timing. Of healing. Of interconnectedness. Of love you wish to hold on to forever in its current form, yet you know you cannot. Of a love that will not die, only change to memory and a larger heart as its legacy.
I could never have known the days and years ahead when we chose each other. When I swept you out of that cage, you’d been abandoned to by those who were blind to your worth and did not deserve you. Lucky me. Lucky you.
Thank you, my moving shadow, never far from my side, who took such care not to trip me when my leg was lost. Who patiently walked at my slow crawl without complaint, while containing your vast enthusiasm and admirable athleticism. Who never pulled me over, and understood my constant apologies as I persevered. Who thought none the less of me for my incapacities, but only loved…as I do for you now. Who lay quietly at my feet when terror, exhaustion and their bleak companion, pain, all but consumed me.
We are kin and kindred. Now it is my turn to stand for you. To protect, provide and care for you with all I possess. It is my honour and privilege you great and wondrous creature. I will miss you so desperately when you fly free with my marvelous pack of border collies. I’m so blessed to have been graced by you all, all the days of my life thus far.
I love you beyond earth and sky… Xxxx”
Oh I’m a blubbering mess! Where are my tissues!! That loving heartfelt poem captures the very essence of that relationship with her heart dog. I’m sorry for her loss of Eddie but hope she is overjoyed that she was able to have this last photo session with Mr. Eddie to keep happy memories and look upon later in life. Thanks for sharing these beautiful loving images and her story. I know the next time I adopt this will be something I’ll do annually to keep all the memories.
Oh my goodness, this post pulled at my heart strings. It can be so hard to lose a pet, but it is such a wonderful gift to form a bond with an animal.
I honestly didn’t know pet photography existed before stumbling upon your blog and I think it is such a warm gift! This story is precious and brings us back to what matters in life- relationship.
This is such a heartfelt story. I’m so glad they found each other! I grew up with a border collie as my first dog and she was absolutely wonderful.
Alli Smith says
I do need a tissue! What a heartfelt story of love and devotion! I’m so glad Lee has so many beautiful memories of Eddie and all the precious photos.
Liz Mays says
Aww, what a sweet bond. Eddie was a handsome dog and it’s great that he and Lee were there for each other through the tough times.
Ruth Epstein says
This story brought tears to my eyes, what unconditional love, loyalty and companionship, something no money in the world can buy. Thank you for sharing those beautiful photos and her letter to Eddy
So very sorry for your lose. What a beautiful Collie. Glad you have photos to remember all the good times
This is such a sweet post. It was amazing to learn about Lee and Eddie. Eddie was such an amazing dog.
Amber Myers says
I love these photos! It’s always sad when a pet dies, but at least there are these photos to look back on. I think a session like this is a wonderful idea.
Sarah Bailey says
Oh this has hit my feels so bad! What a beautiful boy he was and a wonderful story. It sounds like he brought about many happy moments.
I’ve always had and loved dogs and we live with 3 right now. They are the best companions and love unconditionally and this really made me tear up.
Kita Bryant says
These onions in here….I am so glad there are memories beyond whats in your head. Printing these and going back through them when down is the best thats why I love photography
I literally had tears! This post, a story of unconditional love, a love like no other really touched me. It’s never easy to say goodbye to a faithful companion. Your pictures are so touching and beautiful
That is so sad but so heartfelt at the same time. It is always hard losing a pet and it hurts so bad especially when you love them so dearly. I hope she finds comfort in knowing that she gave that dog a wonderful home.
Aw what a beautiful story of love between a pet and it’s owner. The pics capture the relationship so well. So heartwarming.
We’ve lost pets many times before and it was always heartbreaking. These photos are so heartwarming though. Great shots!
Ruth I says
This is beautiful! Despite of the loss, the story is inspiring. I know He will always be never be forgotten.
That is so beautiful and sad but happy at the same time. There truly is something special about the bond you can have with a pet.
Chubskulit Rose says
Eddie looks very cheerful in those photos. Lee can look at those photos and always remember their great time together.
Lisa Favre says
This is a beautiful dedication – and I love the relationship between dog and owner. You can really feel the sense of emotion and all the love!
Farrah Less says
This is so touching Lee will be missed but will always be in everyone’s heart forever. It seems like a very sweet and fun loving dog.
So sad when a dog passes because they are a huge part of our families. I love the idea of pet photos to cherish the memories
Border collies look like such sweet babies!!! I loved learning about them and seeing the pic.
Gilbert Motherhood Blogger says
I just lost my 13 year old shih tzu back in December so I couldn’t even make it through the post. So sorry for your loss. 🙁
I am so sorry for your loss, I know how hard it is.
Hindy Pearson says
I should have listened to you and gotten a kleenex!! What a beautiful and heart melting tribute, I wish everyone was lucky enough to experience that kind of love. I’m so glad they were there for each other in the wonderful times, and the more challenging days when they needed each other the most.
Dachshund Station says
Aww, What a beautiful memory for Eddie, the Border Collie. Very beautiful dog. I love the quote mentioned above “Sometimes when you rescue a dog, they end up rescuing you, too.” That is so true, I love it!
What beautiful photos to cherish too!
The Dash Kitten Crew says
Hang on a minute * reaches for hankie * Got something in my eye here.
A splendid photo essay abut true love and commitment that any human couple would envy. Beautifully shot, and not afraid of shadows and contrasts.
I am still raw from my own, recent loss. I hope one day to pay such tribute to my beloved Reese. The love between Eddie and Lee, their bond, is certainly obvious in this touching eulogy. Thank you; I feel privileged to have read it.
Sandy Kubillus says
Such a wonderful bond and such fantastic photos with your heartfelt tribute. I definitely have had my heart dogs – 2 of them. I know the loss is hard and I’m so sorry.