Ah...you've hit a subject very near and dear to my heart
. Your bottom two shots are by far my fav's...it's really hard to beat a beagle pup for pure, unadulterated cuteness and the husky is just adorable! LOL!!!
Here's a few dog pics from my own collection for my contribution...
This is my youngest, Mariah. Like all of my dogs and cats, Mariah was a rescue and she's about 11 months old now. This shot was taken about a month ago at a local "no leash" dog park.
Our "middle child", Myeisha. This shot was taken about a year ago while out at the Vermillion river. Myeisha -LOVES- water...rivers, lakes or even just a good puddle in the backyard LOL!!! When she was younger (she's 4 now) she used to actually paddle in her water dish to tell us she wanted to go to the river...and she used to make a huge mess doing it.
Another shot of Myeisha...this time at the local dog park. Aside from water, Myeisha's other great obsession is tennis balls. Ok...yea...almost every dog in the world loves a tennis ball, but Myeisha is like the dog in the Dr. Doolittle movie (the one with Eddie Murrey) where the dog is going "Throw the ball....throw the ball...hello, am I alone here? Throw the ball..." LOL!
While all of my "kids" are most certainly special, Myeisha is especially so. Last year when my wife was going thru chemo, Myeisha never left my wifes side. In fact there were about 2 weeks there where my wife couldn't even go to the bathroom without taking Myeisha with her...try and get that kind of loyalty out of a golden retriever! LOL!!!
And speaking of golden retrievers...this is my folks dog, Lady (I guess that makes her my little sister huh?). I think
I may have posted this shot here before, but considering the thread topic, I didn't think anyone would mind. This shot is a composite that I did for my parents for X-mas. In the original, Lady had the front bumper of my dad's minivan "growing out her ears", so I ran out in the backyard and got a shot of my fence for the new background.
This is Kara...my oldest. She's a 7 year old chow/elkhound mix who is currently recovering from a spine injury (the doc thinks she has a ruptured disk). She's actually back to where she can walk...although it's not pretty or graceful yet. We also built a doggie wheel chair for her for walks out in the park which she gets around great in. This shot was also taken at Vermillion river...yea, we go to the river alot as well as lots of walks in the woods
This was Holly...she passed away last year the day before Thanksgiving. Holly was the second dog my wife and I had together. We had gotten her back in '91 at 3 months old. Shortly after getting her we discovered she had parvo and she actually managed to survive it. As a result though, she had stomach problems all of her life, which at 15 years old finally caught up with her. Holly was a "dog lovers dog". She was friendly, smart, loving, she listened very well..truly all that is best in dogs. When ever someone uses the term "man's best friend", I will always think of Holly. We will miss her and love her always.
This shot was taken of her last year...pretty much her last trip to the river. By this point, she had pretty much had enough of "daddy and his stupid camera" and usually ran the other way when she saw me grab the thing. She had been sleeping on the river bank and I thought
I could sneek up on her. Just as I got down on the ground, her one eye popped open as if to say "I'm still watchin you dad". She was truly something else.
Alrighty...I need to stop now and go wipe my eyes. I'm sure most folks know by now I'm a "critter person" to begin with, but especially so when it comes to dogs. I really should have a bumper sticker that reads "ask me about my animals...I dare ya!" LOL!!! The two "dog park" pics were shot with my Canon XT with my Tamron 70-300mm macro and the others were shot with my Sony H1. As always, comments and critiques are quite welcome!
Bright Blessings & Gentle Breezes,