the blog of Seldom Seen Photography

150 Pounds of Love

Once again I need to write a fond remembrance of one of our pets. Nahla the Newfoundland passed last week. She was a truly wonderful dog and worthy companion who accompanied me on my photo trips. For Nahla, I was her person and she was my dog. Of the several Newfounlands that Tanya and I have had (and the Newfoundlands that Tanya had before we were married), Nahla was the first one not to treat Tanya as their number one. If Tanya asked her to do something, she would often look at me to see if it was okay. I don’t know how I became her favorite, but I was honored. That said, she did love Tanya as well. When I’d go upstairs to go to bed first, Nahla would always wait to come up until Tanya did as well, making sure that Tanya was not alone downstairs.

She had the Newfie temperament: laid back, devoted, sweet, patient and stoic to a fault. She spent many a work day laying under desk, quiet as a mouse, until she’d start snoring, occasionally startling any visitors sitting in my office that didn’t realize she was there. But unlike many Newfoundlands, she knew she was big and used it to her advantage. And big she was. She weighed a little over 150 pounds, quite big for a female (the AKC says female Newfies are generally 100 to 120 pounds). Instead of walking around furniture, she would move it out of her way. Which lead us to one of the nicknames we gave her: Brutessa.

We had other nicknames for her as well, such as Panda Butt (after we heard maids at a hotel one time describe Nahla that way) and Turnip Thief (a recent nickname she earned by stealing and eating turnips left on the dining room table while ignoring a parsnip that was on the floor [and if you are asking why a parsnip was on the floor, it was a small one being used by the cats as a toy – they loved flipping it in the air and watching the funny way it rolled).

We got Nahla when she was 4 years old, and she died at 9 1/2. That is way to short a time for 150 pounds of loving. She was a very special dog, and I truly miss her.

Here Nahla and Tanya are taking a little wade into the Pacific Ocean.

Nahla wading in Ingalls Creek in the Cascade Mountains. She had her own little pool here to wade in, but that wasn’t good enough. After this picture was shot, she made her way out into the main current and was swept downstream. We ran along the trail and finally got her to wade to shore before being going over anything to too dangerous. She of course, wanted to do it again.

Here are Nahla and Tanya, both smiling, at Ginko State Park in Vantage, Washington.

I’m a baseball fan, and so was Nahla. Here we are at Bark in the Park at Safeco Field after a Mariners game last year.





8 responses

  1. LivingOutLoud

    I am so sorry about your loss. It sounds like you and Tanya provided Nahla with a life of happiness and grand adventures.

    ❤ Alana

    January 21, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    • Thank you for your kind words.

      January 22, 2019 at 5:14 pm

  2. Dennis Salt

    Thank you, Joe. You have created a very beautiful memorial to your well-loved dog. We feel as close to our “kids” as you. One of my favorite memories of a now-passed Chihuahua, Moose was a picture of him on a bench with the words: “Try to be the person your dog thinks you are!” All the best to you, your family and associates. Thank you, too for the beautiful annual calendar you send us. We always have it displayed whether we’re in Tacoma or, as now in Yuma! ~Salt

    Sent from Salt’s phone


    January 22, 2019 at 10:36 am

    • Thanks Dennis. They do become our “kids” don’t they. Enjoy the sun in Yuma, we are having our typical winter wet “sunshine” here today.

      January 22, 2019 at 5:16 pm

  3. Sorry for your loss, Joe. Nahla looks like an awesome dog.

    January 22, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    • Thanks Jane; she certainly was.

      January 22, 2019 at 5:17 pm

  4. We understand the feelings you are experiencing because we lost our Golden Retriever of 14 years and we still mourn losing her. She was such a wonderful girl. We have memories, of course, but it is just not the same. Blessings to you!

    January 25, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    • Thank you for your kind words and blessings Nancy.

      January 28, 2019 at 12:03 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.