When one dog lover meets another, they exchange knowing looks. They both know how that four legged creature can stare her way into your heart. The soulful eyes watch every move, pick up on every emotion. They make you wonder, who is in there?
Young people, busy working and raising children, have found a way to incorporate a dog into their busy family. Seniors have their own way of doing the same, but sometimes, the dog becomes a focus of life, its needs become their needs, its companionship a vital part of life. Exercising the dog keeps many seniors active, as once or twice a day, they hit the streets, trails and boardwalks with the dog. Many one-sided conversations with these excellent listeners can fill lonely hours and provide a sense of security, especially during long nights.
To honour these wonderful animals, I take pictures of some of the dogs we encounter on our walks. Not all of these dogs are owned by seniors but most are. Each is a beautiful creature who fills the life of the owner(s) with companionship, exercise, security and love.
People are proud of their dogs, eager to have their pictures taken and talk about them. The pictures do not do justice to these beautiful creatures but they give a glimpse of the many faces of these canine friends.
Nolan, a seven year old chocolate lab. Nolan's fur is like velvet. He never forgets anyone he meets.
Jersey is a fourteen year old border collie. He was brought home from a shelter four years ago. Jersey barks, "Hello," to any dog he meets on the trail and knows where all the bird feeders are located.
Barney is three years old and is allowed off-lead on the trail. This day, he rolled in poop and needed a bath when he arrived home. Show him the lead and he's ready for a walk.
Jag is a seven year old cairn terrier, a Scottish breed, hunter of rodents among the rocks. Jag only understands French though treats break all language barriers.
Shadow is a six year old shih tzu. When the couple brought him home, they did not name him for two days until his name revealed itself.
Hero is a four year old golden retriever, red in colour. He follows the family around the house and is great with children.
Winston is a two year old pug, named after that famous Brit.
Enzo is a four year old boxer from the same home as Winston. Enzo was focussed on Winston the entire time I was talking to their owner.
Lucy is a five month old chocolate spaniel, who found her new owners after their previous dog died of old age. She keeps her owners busy!
Love and loyalty in the canine world comes in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours.