Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Bundle of Joy

There is this thing with parents and dog owners, that always makes them show images of their loved ones. Being a proud dog owner, as much as I try to resist the urge to share too much, sometimes i just fail. To be honest, most of the images I have are of my dog Beni, and I could easily fill a whole new blog with images from him. 

On the other hand I want to celebrate the fact that I have him in my life. Dogs give us so much and ask for very little in return. They are there for us in ways no other living being ever will be. It's the calm they provide, the energy they share and instincts they have.

I think animals in general are great photo subjects, and you can learn a lot about portrait photography when taking pictures of them.

We are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures that we could very well be ourselves if we weren't compressed by the heavy rules of life.  They fight for honor at the first challenge, are brave just because they are, and they do not, for all their great instincts, appear to know about death. Being such wonderfully uncomplicated beings, they need us to do their worrying.

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The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.  ~ Samuel Butler, Notebooks, 1912

62 comments:

  1. your little beni is so cute! i love dogs too. my baby dog is ozzy, he's a rottweiler, and right now i hear him scratching at the door to go outside ;)

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    1. Oh yes, scratching on doors, and the way they touch you with their paws sometime, makes for a rather amusing way of them trying to get noticed.

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  2. Beautiful Beni, in more ways than one. I agree with you about dogs, they are so loving and, yes, so understanding. They understand more about us than we realise. Oh how I miss my dogs. More pictures of Beni, please, Mersad.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. I agree also that they understand more about us then we realize.

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  3. Beni is so beautiful indeed, Mersad. My dear Sam Schnauzer died last April and he was twelve years old. I still miss him SO much. Thanks for sharing your wonderful little friend!!

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    1. I am so sorry to hear that. I can't even begin to imagine what that must feel like.

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  4. I agree 100 percent... we often talk about how happy our dogs make us and that without them we would not have laughter every day of our lives. if only humans were like dogs. Step on their paw and they don't get mad, they don't pout, they lick us and say sorry i was there....
    Beni is adorable and the second photo caused a big smile... we smile when they sleep, when they play.. our dogs bring much joy into our lives.

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    1. A very good comment Sandra. If only we could aspire to learn from them about compassion and friendship.

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  5. I love dogs and enjoy seeing photos of them. You can post as many photos of your cute doggie as you want!

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  6. Oh, Beni is adorable! You can post all the pictures of him you want!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. :)

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  7. sweet pup. my dogs fill my days. :)

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  8. What a great little dog. His eyes shine with love.

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  9. Beni is really cute and your photos are great!

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  10. Beni is beautiful and you can just see his love of you in these photographs...I agree 100%, animals bring us so much joy....

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  11. They are man's best friend. Great shots.

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  12. Beni is adorable! We also have our Kona, a springer spaniel we adopted not long ago when she was about 6. I totally understand the pull of posting pix of these lovely creatures - post all you want!:)

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    1. Thanks. Did you post any images of Kona? I can't remember If i saw her on your blog...

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  13. Got to love those eyes :).

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    1. Thank you. They are precious, aren't they.

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  14. You described the dog/human relationship perfectly Mersad -- and Beni is a beautiful pup. xo

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  15. Beni is so adorable. I love the quote at the end of your post.

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  16. Mersad, I absolutely adore that second photo! So very cute.

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  17. Beni has the most expressive soulful little face. I can see love and happiness in his eyes. Excellent photos!

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    1. It takes a while to get there, but there is a lot of expression in his face. Thanks so much for visiting.

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  18. That Samuel Butler quotation is excellent and appropriate.

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    1. Thanks Jack for stopping by.

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  19. Was für ein niedlicher Knuddel. Haste klasse fotografiert, besonders mit den Gräsern gefällt mir sehr gut.

    Liebe Grüssle

    Nova

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  20. Beni is beautiful
    and lucky to have you as his best friend.

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  21. Composicions muy bonitas!

    Un abrazo!

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  22. Beni is very cute! Nice photos too!

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  23. Beni is precious! And I love your evaluation of why dogs are loved so much by us...of who they are as creatures. We miss our 95-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback, Penny. She had cancer and had to be put down about four years ago. That was like losing a dear, special friend. She had a big heart.

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    1. I can't even begin to imagine what it must have felt like. So sorry for your loss, I know that the loss still hurts, but she will forever be in your memory and heart.

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  24. Wow! I agree entirely. I have to stop myself posting too many photos of our new boy, Bing a german shepherd. Currently sitting next to me on the settee gazing out of the window. My other elderly dog, Freida is laying in her corner, aware that I will be taking them both to the beach shortly. Great post for ABC Wednesday.
    Denise ABC Team.

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    1. I bet he is amazing. I'll visit your blog to see him too.

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  25. BENI is a very handsome canine! Kate, ABC Team

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  26. Love the quote and I'm just like you with my Tegan, a yellow English Lab.

    leslie
    abcw team

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    1. Thank you Leslie for visiting.

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  27. You keep showing off that dog. He is beautiful. We have 3 cats and I show them often. We miss our dog, Brandy. She was a yellow lab and our pride and joy. We lost her to liver failure several years ago. She was 12. We miss her so much. I still keep her favorite toy beside my desk.

    We decided not to get another dog due to the extreme responsibilities. Just planning vacations or overnight trips was exhausting. We never left her with anyone so finding places we could take her took a lot of time. We have always had cats. They could care less if we go away for a few days, as long as we leave plenty of food and scoop the litter boxes before we go. Ha!

    Wonderful photos of your best friend!

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    1. You made a good choice then. I think people tend to jump into pet owning too fast, before deciding if they can really handle it. I can't even imagine how it must have felt like to loose Brandy. Thank you so much for visiting and your comment.

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