I love old dogs so much. I currently have 2 senior citizens living here (along with the 2 younger guys). My oldsters are Ian the English Cocker, who will be 13 at the end of the month, and Wolfie the Miniature Poodle, who will be 15 a day later.
Today, my computer developed some sort of glitch while I was at lunch. I came back upstairs to find my usual scenic wallpaper on my monitor replaced with a generic MS Windows wallpaper. Yuck! Even after rebooting the system, my normal wallpaper was missing in action. Rather than trying to find that same landscape that I've been looking at for years, I just started going through what Windows found in some old photo folders.
Here's what I found ...
... Ian as a puppy! It was in a folder full of cute puppy pictures taken right after we brought him home. The one above is now my wallpaper on both monitors.
Like I said above, Ian is almost 13 now. He's a lot grayer. He has huge cataracts that obstruct most of his vision. He has been hard of hearing for the last few years. Still, he is so special to me. He was my first spaniel. He was the most awesome partner in the Rally Obedience ring earning many titles and setting a few breed records along the way. He still makes me laugh with his silly antics and I hug him every day.
Here's my best boy now...
Actually, the portrait above was taken a couple of years ago. (It hangs over my living room sofa.) He's a LOT grayer now. Which reminds me. I need to make some more portraits of both him and Wolfie.
Anyway, running across that puppy picture made me nostalgic. It also reminded me of so many clients who brought their older, veteran best friends for portraits so they would have those lasting memories forever. The nostalgia led to me turning some of those portraits into a short video. That video was shared on Facebook and might be what led you to this post. Here's a link to the video on Youtube, if you missed it.
Photographs and memories ...
Make some while you can. Have a great weekend!