Dogs and their friend

Jul 14, 2005
Smack dab between the Wolverines and the Spartans
I've posted pictures of my puppy here but not my 2 older dogs. They're all sooooo black that I have trouble photographing them well, and each dog's fur reflects light in different ways (one totally absorbs it, one totally reflects it and the other is in between!). So separate shots are all I have!

This is Mort, who is 12.5 years old. He's grown pretty intolerant of the extreme heat and cold in his old age, so this is about as much activity as we'll see from him until fall rolls around, LOL! His fur is still a little orange from his peroxide bath a couple of weeks ago (gotta love skunks!);) He's our grumpy old guy, and he's always been that way, and we love him for it! He was our first "baby" and always will be....we've had him since he was 5 weeks old.

Taken with the D70, 50mm f/1.8D lens at f/11 and 1/15 handheld
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This is Dotty, who is 11.5 years old. She's the gentlest, most patient dog in the world. She's helped several neighborhood children conquer their fear of dogs over the years. She has pretty bad arthritis in one shoulder, but it doesn't stop her from getting around...we all just go a little slower so she can keep up with us!

Taken with the D70, 50mm f/1.8D lens at f/11 and 1/100
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And here again is Trixie, who will be 2 years old on Friday. She's the sweetest little dog we've ever had (and at 60 pounds, the only one I can lift and carry around, LOL!) She adopted this log from our woodpile when we brought her home from the rescue at 6 weeks, and she's played with it ever since!

D70, 70-300mmG lens at 190mm, f/4.8 and 1/500 handheld
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And finally, the dogs' best buddy! This is one of at least 3 baby squirrels who have been entertaining us with their antics this summer! They're incredibly vocal and so much fun to watch as they chase each other through the trees!

D70, 70-300mmG lens at 220mm, f/8 and 1/20 handheld
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May 11, 2005
Chicago, IL
Hi Sommer,

Your snaps of Mort and Dotty are so cute. We bought a black lab back in 1978 after I began my career on the fire department so we would have a special someone around the house to protect while I was gone for my 24 hour tour. She was 7 weeks old when we brought her home from the kennel and she was so gentle. She was everything that anyone could ask for and adorned our household for 11 years until she passed. The image of Mort sure brings back some great memories of a great little girl named Bridget. Thanks for posting your special images.

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