Born in 1984, we first met in Ladbroke Square, Notting Hill Gate. He became an integral part of my life for the next 13 years. Dogs have a way of becoming part of you, their love is unconditional, they are dependent on you in a way that reinforces the bond between human and animal. Grown men who have never been known to cry weep unashamedly at the loss of a loved dog, my father was no exception.
Merlin at Castle Howard
Merlin and other dogs at The Decorative Antiques Fair
Merlin, "one who loved us and whom we loved"
One of the most touching things I ever read is by the American writer Eugene O'Neill. This is a moving essay about the thoughts of what must have been a very greatly loved dog written in 1940