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52 on Friday (Week 11): Dogs in Our Lives

This week’s 52 Project theme is “Dogs in Our Lives” based on the beautiful poem of the same name by Paul Fersen. Here it is for those of you who don’t know it…


We aren’t house proud.
If we were, we wouldn’t abide the scratches on the door frame, the holes in the screen, the darkened shine of worn spots on the chair.
We would wince at the mottled carpet and fret at the hair clinging to our clothes.
We don’t.
If anything, we lovers of dogs are a tolerant lot, finding greater value in the unabashed affection of our friends than in immaculate sofas.
Shoes can be replaced, but heroic retrievers are timeless.
Without dogs, our houses are cold receptacles for things.
Dogs make a fire warmer with their curled presence.
They wake us, greet us, protect us, and ultimately carve a place in our hearts and our history.
On reflection, our lives are often referenced in parts defined by the all-too-short lives of our dogs.

Paul Fersen

The goal of this week’s theme was to document how dogs are in our lives without actually showing the dog.

Roxy is THE dog in my life. She is everything to me and I am grateful every day I get to wake up with her by my side. One of the biggest ways Roxy affects my life is by getting me out of the house. She makes me take breaks, go for walks, and enjoy being outside.

Dogs in Our Lives

Now head on over to the blog of the incredibly talented Kaylee Greer with Dog Breath Photography then follow the links at the bottom of each post ’till you end up back here.

  • By Sharon Stokes, March 16, 2012 @ 2:14 am

    Love the black & white. Don’t you just love sharing the outdoors with your dog? Nothing better :)

  • By Dana Cubbage, March 16, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    I love that collar, Terran! So cute!

  • By Kaylee Greer, March 16, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    I love this image! And that collar is adorable! The sweet little owls on it make me smile. :) Enjoy that wonderful outdoor dog of yours! :)

  • By Kelly Ladouceur, March 16, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    Very poignant picture – love it in black and white.

  • By Nat, March 16, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    Could not agree more! love the composition and grainy feel :)

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