There is something about a grey or white muzzle that grabs my heart. I see an older dog who has lived a full life and they have an aura of calm, because they know they are surrounded by love and loyalty for their companionship and service.
This is a portrait of Bretagne, living the quiet life of a retired search dog. It's been over ten years since he was one of almost a hundred search and rescue teams on the ground trying to find those missing at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon after the attacks on September 11, 2001.
Only fifteen canine members are still with us, living with their handlers at home. See their incredibly moving portraits in a book by photographer Charlotte Dumas. Get a tissue if you fall for noble and gentle furry features like I do [...]
Living with an older dog I've learned to appreciate the small victories. See how happy and satisfied my senior dog Cleo is in this picture? This morning on our walk around the block, it was a two-bagger. Quality and quantity. Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
Here's to this powerful stinky milestone and lagging indicator of my senior dog's good health!
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My dog is smart. I'm sure everyone says that about their dog but as you can see from this photo, she made her way straight to Switzerland, aka her inner tube, aka her bed with the high walls, when the Dyson vacuum came out. The high walls tuck her in and she feels secure, while being able to hear and smell any action at the front door.
What is so wonderful about having an older dog? Based on my experience with this one here, toys last longer. This photo was about five years ago. That stuffy lasted a week tops before we had to compost what was left.
One of the first photo cards we got in the mail came from Arizona, and from an older dog whose birthday is the same day as Cleo's Homecoming Day.
Happy Barkday Cleo!
My birthday is november 9, too! i'll be 14 years old. ma and dad have something special planned for me, but they won't tell me what it is. they want it to be a surprise. they won't tell Shunka either coz he can't keep a secret.
p.s. sorry my paw-writing isn't very good. i'm not used to using a mouse device.
Happy Birthday Winnie you look beautiful as a sweet senior dog, and your typing is just fine. Wow! 14 years is an amazing milestone! We hope you have a wonderful day with your family in Arizona.
Eight years ago today we discovered our dog Cleo at the SF/SPCA and after quickly realizing she was the missing member of our family, adopted her! Today we're celebrating that incredible moment of good fortune, and the success of our first dog adoption with an online party!! And what's a party without gifts?
You're invited to our #Cleo8 Homecoming Party
To kick off this auspicious anniversary we're starting the party with an eight day contest where you can win one of several really cool prizes, including a limited edition photo book featuring Cleo, the dog of the hour.
From The Magazine | L+D Photo Photography samples on this page are from LIFE+DOG contributing photographer Claudine Kosier of Simply Dog Photography. Find Claudine in Las Vegas and Columbus, Ohio and online at simplydogphoto.com. This month’s photography tip can be used by anyone with any camera…