Bordeaux Bay

Bordeaux Bay
Bordeaux Bay by Guernsey-based artist Tony Taylor

Friday, 22 January 2016


This week has been a sad one when we had to say goodbye to Holly, our dear little Border terrier, who passed away peacefully at home, aged seventeen and a half: a veritable Methuselah in doggy-years.
Little Hols had a sweet and gentle nature and was much loved by all who encountered her. She will be greatly missed.
I wrote these verses a couple of years ago and publish them today as a tribute to her and in thanks for the joy she brought us.

Holly Fleming at Bordeaux Bay



Waking, my hand falls on warm fur:
a small rib-cage rising, falling,
as breath goes on doing its work.

We are connected, she to me,
by synchronous breathing; by love,
on my part; on hers, obedience.

Now fifteen years, I hold her close,
gently as when she was a pup,
skin-and-bones, promising nothing.

A good dog, demanding only
a clean, warm bed; small kindnesses.
Fortune, grant her sleep, untroubled.

Holly with Jane in Tuscany 2014


  1. What a beautiful verse, so touching. I'm so sorry to hear about Holly, she was a beautiful dog and I'm sure sorely missed.

    Thinking of you both
    Gabriella Xx

  2. Thanks for your kind words, Gabriella. It's a hard place to be right now but it will get better with time. Richard.

  3. Lovely poem, so sad about Holly you will both miss her so much.

    1. Thanks, Moira. We'll certainly miss her. R.

  4. Very sorry to hear this, Richard. When a four-legged friend's been with you for such a long time they leave a big gap in your life. Lovely poem; a fitting tribute.

    1. Thank you, Dan. For one so small she's left a massive hole in our lives. R.

  5. Sorry to hear of your loss and my thoughts are with you at this sad time.