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Project 52 Week 7 – Tales of Tails

The theme for week 7 of the Pet Photographers Project 52 blog circle is “Tales of Tails”.

And I have just the tail, er, tale…

But first, we will have to go back to when I first met Lacie.

She arrived at Animal Services as an unclaimed stray… a timid little 4-year-old gal of undetermined lineage. With her pointed nose and wispy ears, she was listed as a spaniel mix… your guess at her breed being as good as ours. I even thought she kinda resembled a mini Saluki.

Very soon after that that we adopted her and our home became hers.

A couple of weeks later I started noticing a change in her coat… the hair was longer with curls and waves.

And her tail… it slowly transformed into this most marvellous feather-like plume.

Now when I look back at Lacie’s first photos, I’m not sure how I missed that she had been recently clipped. With the realization came many questions only adding to the many I already had… who had clipped her? Why did they clip her so short? Are they missing her? Are they looking for her? So many questions of which I will never have the answers to… but will always wonder.

Once her coat had grown in she looked completely different from the little shelter dog that I had adopted and I once more began to speculate on her breed. These days I am leaning more towards a collie/retriever mix although her ears still have me ponder on the spaniel bit. But definitely no Saluki.

And to this day, I marvel at her tail.

“In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.” ~ W. H. Auden

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This post is part of the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle. To see what the next photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Tales of Tails”, visit About A Dog Photography in St. Cloud, St. Paul, Minneapolis and central Minnesota. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here. Enjoy!

Project 52 Week 6 – Field of Dreams

This weeks theme for the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle is “Composite”.

In photography a composite is the blending of two or more images to create a final image. This is something I’ve been curious about, but have very little experience with.To say this week’s theme is a challenge is putting it mildly, at least for me. And in all honesty I wasn’t sure where to begin.

Then, while walking with Lacie, it came to me.

But first a little backstory…

I think I am my happiest when walking with my dogs. This is where and when all pretense falls and I am simply me.

Our favourite walking path is right behind our house in this most glorious open field. The field is bordered by the Cordite Trail which takes us on a lovely walk surrounded by bulrushes on one side and prairie grass on the other.

For the longest time it was the four of us. Myself… Sadie my senior English Springer… Coco my senior Shih Tzu… and the newest member of our pack, lovely Lacie. We loved our walks and the field. Often the dogs were allowed some off leash time and their happiness was contagious.

The scenery changes with every season, the sense of contentment a constant.

The years have passed and we have lost both Sadie and Coco. My heart remains heavy with the loss and I miss them both so very much.

Today just Lacie and I walk “our” field. Our walks still bring joy and gratefulness but now there is a sadness too. In my heart I can’t help but hope that Sadie and Coco still walk beside us.

My composite… my field of dreams…

“We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle; easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we would still live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan.” ~ Irving Townsend

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This post is part of the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle. To see what the next photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Composite”, visit Susannah of Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati, the San Francisco Bay Area, and destinations nationwide. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here. Enjoy!