Thursday, August 11, 2011

It's a dogs life at the beach



It's been a while since I've had the time to post but that doesn't mean I've stopped taking pictures! Summer has been a busy one in our house though I can't honestly say it's the summer I'd hoped for. Between my husbands extra long work days lately, the girls crazy schedules, and a 3 room makeover, I seem to keep busy but not often doing the things I want to do. However, I've made time for the evening walks along the beach. An absolute must for my sanity.

On this particular night I decided to photograph dogs for a change. The sun was getting low in the sky, the water was smooth, and the air was warm.








Seriously, every dog should come to the beach and be this happy!




An Arctic Tern perhaps?







I know, it's a sad, old, worn out dog but I had to post the photos.

You cannot imagine how much love and attention the owner was bestowing upon his companion. He took her down to the water and held her in the waves, letting the water wash over her body, lifting and lowering her as the waves came in and then subsided. He carefully guided her out onto shore, carrying her when necessary.
At one time this was probably the place she loved being more than anything.




The owner then brought his dog up onto a blanket and gently laid her down, placing a pillow under her head. He stroked and kissed her, never leaving her side, all the while his wife played with their child in the sand and water. Although I cannot say for certain I had the feeling this was a last act of love.

As I walked away tears rolled down my cheeks. This man was probably about to lose one of the first loves of his life and you could tell he was cherishing every possible moment before letting go.
It was a very touching scene.









This photo reminds me of my Lily at the beach ... running full speed, hair blowing in the wind, filled with a love of the moment.
One thing that struck me was how many kids and dogs were playing together!













Next time I'll bring you with me Lily. I promise!

*Wow! Such a great response to the garden photos in my previous post! I only wish my garden looked as nice as the photos portray. In my own eyes there is still much work to be done and a lot more money to be spent. It's a lifetime project that never ends. About the time it looks pretty good, it's time for a change.

Thank you for always being so generous with your comments.


70 comments:

Pamela Gordon said...

Summer is fleeting isn't it? I love your dogs at the beach photos. And of course, you brought tears to my eyes with the photos of the old dog. How sweet a scene it must have been. It looks like it was a beautiful evening and you are blessed to be able to enjoy a lovely beach at any time. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and can get some R & R from life's busyness. Blessings, Pamela

Eva Gallant said...

Your photos are wonderful. The first and last are my favorites because of the reflections! The photo of the man doting on his dog was touching. Thanks for sharing!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I can barely compose myself. What a touching and poignant photo of the elderly dog. I'm going now to hug my dog. Lovely post.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

As usual, you did a great job on the photos. I think you are right - that was probably the old dog's last trip to the beach. :(
Have a great day.

Gone Country said...

Wow! Great photos! I still have tears in my eyes from your sad but touching story.

Carol Mattingly said...

Sharon, I just wanted to tell you how very very much I appreciated this post. Why? Because I'm not going to get anywhere near the beach this summer and I love it so very very very much. And your images made me feel as though I was right there. Thank you. Carol

MariCrea said...

Love dogs and love your photos
Hugs
Mari

Snappy Di said...

Dogs deserve a last wish being fulfilled too, don't they? Such a heartbreaking scene. :-(

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Beautiful pictures! The story of the man with his dog literally made me tear up. So precious. Our pets are truly family members and I can't even begin to think about losing one of my dogs :(

Dawn said...

Such beautiful captures....and touching. I long to be out there with you!

Laura said...

This made me smile and cry, Sharon. And I'm sure you did too.

Robin said...

Sharon, you always amaze me with your posts! What beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing

Pat said...

I truly enjoyed these photos of the dogs at the beach! It looks like they are having so much fun! I got such a lump in my throat over the old dog. I think the man WAS saying goodbye to him.

Mary Lou said...

Beautiful, sad and touching.
If there are kids and a dog, they are going to play together. I love that they do that at the beach.
Wonderful post and photos.

Tara said...

Such beautiful photos and stories...such a beautiful story ...I type as the tears are streaming down my face.

Rosie said...

Beautiful, beautiful post. What a touching story those pictures show with the old dog and it's owner. I love seeing the dogs and kids enjoying the beach! Thanks for sharing!

Sheilagh said...

Beautful photo's as ever, but very touching and sensitively treated scene with that very old dog. Tears and smiles here.

Ali - Scituate Daily Photo said...

Oh, wonderful photos - and your story made me cry.

dAwN said...

Awesome photos and post- made me teary.

Carole said...

Yes Sharon I wanted to tell you how wonderful your garden looked. Photos can hide a lot of the not so pretty....thank goodness for me.

This post however left me a puddle of tears. Hope you don't mind I send the link to a dog lover friend.
Your posts are always so awesome.

hugs,
Carole

oldgreymare said...

Carole sent me over and I am just weeping,weeping..for that sweet old dog and his family and for my Gadget and Libbey long gone now...and because they love us so much and give us so much and oh dear, salty tears now....
you know...
xxx
z

Janice Badger Nelson said...

Oh Sharon, you should win an award for that shot of the owner and his dog. I just about cried. (And may still) So beautiful. So touching.

Ginny said...

Love the dog pictures. I cried about the ole dog, I believe you are right, that will be the last time for the two of them to be at the beach together, for now.

Linda McMullan said...

How very Lovely! We live on the Atlantic Coast too, and have an ancient Golden Retriever Grand-dog who will pass soon. Some of our happiest times with him were at the beach. We'll miss him when he goes, but will remember those wet and wild moments with him in the surf!

playingthrulife said...

Such compassion and love between the young man and his dog. Your images bring such heartfelt tears. I'm from Mass. and hadn't been to the beach in a long time. In 2004 I made a trip from Minnesota to Provincetown Mass. to bring my beloved golden Bridgette to the beach. We stayed a week at the Dunes Edge campground and went to the beach everyday to walk in the water. She was in the beginning stages of bone cancer and just starting pain medication. I knew she didn't have long to live. I travelled with her all over the mid west and one of the last trips I wanted to take with her was back east. It was our last summer road trip together. But such wonderful memories. Your photos remind me of that trip.

Thank you.

Bridgemor

Carolynn said...

Lovely photos, but I have to say the ones of the senior dog and his loving caretaker simultaneously stole my heart and broke it. I'm in tears. So beautiful to witness.

Chrissykat said...

I am sobbing....sobbing at those touching photos of the sweet dog & her person. I know the pain he will soon experience all too well and my heart just aches for him.

T's Daily Treasures said...

I am popping over from Carole's place. What an absolutely beautiful and touching post. All the images of dogs and children playing carefree on the beach. And then the reality of one so near the end. What a blessing to witness such tender devotion and unconditional love. Truly amazing! Blessings to you and yours, Tammy

Custom Comforts said...

Love your dog post Sharon!!! The old dog makes me want to cry. What sweetness and tenderness between the dog and owner. Makes me want to cherish life more and not miss those ordinary moments that before you know it are gone.
Cindy

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

Wow, seeing that old dog silhouette and then reading that part about how amazing the owner was brought tears to my eyes! Incredibly touching and I sincerely wish everyone showed that depth of caring and emotion.

Cabin Fever in Vermont

Kirsty said...

Awesome photos as usual. The post and pics of the old dog has tears rolling down my face. Maybe they would appreciate those last images? I know I would.

janet said...

Oh...the photo and narrative of the sweet old dog and his loving friend brought tears to my eyes.

We lost our beloved Katie to cancer and this was so reminiscent of her last days.

What is it about the relationship between people and their animals that brings out the very best in the human race?

Lovely post...thanks for sharing.

Your puppies are pretty darn cute also ;->

Janet xox
http://theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/

janet said...

I hope you dont mind...I shared on my Facebook and Twitter.

janet xox

O. Joy said...

Wonderful post! I always have my beach summer in mid September! I kind of miss all the action in the summer, though. The part about the man & his dog - I am still bawling from that - reminded of almost losing my Maggie last year. How lucky that woman is to have a man so capable of love & that kind of kindness.
Happy rest of the summer!
x

the7msn said...

I'm sobbing over the old dog photos and hoping you see this family again so you can slip him a note with the url of this post.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Amazing photos, and my eyes are filled with tears! You brought a smile to my face with the curly blonde dog and the kids! Have a wonderful weekend!

mlkoon said...

Loved this current post and photography, and I cried reading about the old dog. Reminded me of when I lost my faithful, 17 yr old pup, and what all I did everyday with him until his last day, like your post, took him places he loved the most. Now, I have a new puppy, that seems to love the water, so, when I can, it's the beach I will take him and make new memories with him. Thanks for this one, like your others, I look forward to reading your new posts.

sheila lynch said...

this has to be one of my favorite posts of yours, dogs rule, and you really touched my heart with this, teary.

Balisha said...

Beautiful pictures as usual. We in the middle of the country really appreciate seeing the beauty that surrounds you. Thanks for sharing.
Now to the dog story...What a poignant tale. Your pictures tell the story.I could feel the owner's pain...I'm still tearing up.
Balisha

Sea Witch said...

I comment with salt tears,perfect for this sea's tale. Such an exquisite post about the love one has with a dog. thank you for sharing this story. Sea witch

Kay said...

The pictures of that man and his best friend sent tears pouring down my face. I think you are probably correct in thinking it was a last act of love.

Becky said...

As tears stream down my cheeks I think there is nothing greater than the love of a dog with his boy. Sweet tender moments shared one more time! I hold my old dogs closer each passing day as I know one day they will be gone too. Always enjoy your photos.

Becky said...

I wanted to add that man might like copies of these pics if you only knew where to find him.

Angela said...

I love all the new pictures!!

Christina said...

The man and the elderly dog? I dont have the words.

Naz said...

As all have stated before me, a tear filled tribute. They truly become a member of the family and it's so hard to let go.

Ann said...

I loved this post. Can't wait until we move to NE. I will definitely be taking my dogs to the beach for the first time in their long lives. The old dog photo and story was beautiful. Thank you for doing this blog. I really look forward to new posts.

Mary said...

See? I'm not the only crybaby, Sharon.

xoxo
Mare

Janice Badger Nelson said...

I also shared this on my Facebook...we have lost two beloved elderly dogs that look so much like the one you posted. I cried and cried.

Tracy said...

I love the story you told with your amazing photos. Crocodile tears rolling down my cheeks!

Jan's camera said...

Oh, gosh, what a wonderful post. I am torn between sobbing and smiling. Such wonderful happy photos and then the sweet sad photos of an aging companion. I know what that feels like as well. What a wonderful owner/dad he is. What a lucky dog. Lovely photos Sharon.

Rural Revival said...

What a tender moment you captured of the old pup and her master. A gentle reminder that life is short and to enjoy each day...they're gone in the blink of an eye.

~Andrea

Elaine said...

Wow Sharon, you really know how to tug at the heartstrings! This was really a poignant post.

Your post was a tender portrayal of the circle of life with the older dog and loving owner and the young dogs running and jumping in the waves.

That scene with the older dog hit home as we had to let go of Miss Marble last week.

bHealthier said...

A friend just shared your blog and I am so happy she did. Wonderful photos and expressed how strong the human /pet connection is.

I just saw the same sign "Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry" on a recent beach trip. I loved it so I am instantly hooked !

ScrapbookGiggles said...

Oh my word. This post made me cry. It was like seeing movie still shots! It is the most touching scenes ever. I lost my dog recently and I miss her so terribly. Love, love, love your blog.
:)
Sallie

Donna said...

Your pictures and commentary on that sweet old dog touched my heart and made me cry. I lost my beloved old dog last year and I'm so thankful for people who treat their old pets with dignity and love in their last days.

vicki said...

I don't think I've ever seen such a gentle and poignant act of compassion for a beloved pet. My heart is hurting- and I greatly admire this dog's owner- he is a wonderful soul. Bless them both--
Vicki

Lisa RedWillow said...

Wonderful post. I felt like I was right there. Love how you put all this together. Outstanding Sharon.

Lynda said...

Such lovely photos Sharon ... especially the old dog. How lovely that you were able to capture it and share it with us. I don't think there's an animal lover out there who hasn't gone through saying goodbye to a beloved pet. Too bad you couldn't find the owner and share these with him. xo

Tami Weingartner said...

I'm just ballin'...a moment ago I was just absolutely sobbing. Those picture...the 3 in the middle of the post...are the most beautiful thing I've seen in a long time.

Amy Kenyon said...

Beautiful pictures! I loved the emotion captured in each one! Thanks so much for sharing! Nancy Medina shared your blog...Im so glad she did! : )

Melissa said...

I somehow missed this when you first posted...but just caught the link on your current post. I'm trying so hard as I sit here at my desk at work to keep myself collected but the tears are coming anyway. You've captured true love...there is nothing more beautiful than that.

♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Meanderings

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Thank you for that beautiful post. Haven't most of us been there? Touched my heart.

barbara l. hale said...

When I saw the link to this post in your current post, I had to take a look. Very touching. Our pug Olive absolutely loves the beach and would run around all day there if we let her. When she gets older, I will remember this and take her down frequently so she can have her last bits of fun, I hope.
Wonderful and touching.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a beautiful post!! It has been a year since we lost our sweet Savanna and the story of the man with his dog and possibly the fact that this beloved pet may not be with his owner much longer, brought tears to my eyes!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Country Girl said...

I completely missed this - was away the week you wrote it. But my stars, girl. What a beautiful and heartfelt post. The owner's love for his dog just blew me away.

The Country Cardinal said...

So beautiful and very moving. I come from a long line of dog lovers and have been in that gentleman's shoes more times than I care to remember.

The Curious Cat said...

Beautiful photos as ever - just getting my fix! :) xxx

Princess Summer-Fall-Winter-Spring said...

How did I end up here.... crying at the middle pics of the loving dog owner?
I was looking up some UK research on anticholinergics.
I certainly don't need to be crying tonight ... but THANKS for posting the pics & comments. Mr. Spock is my hero ... and your blog just broke thru that tonight -DARN! (...that would be a DARN! followed by a heartfelt THANK You)

belgare said...

Hi, I just found your blog, just love it and the pics of the old dog just brought tears to my eyes to, I have an old dog at home and know the feeling. Thank you for sharing this!
/Mireille from Sweden