Goals

I tried to guess what was going through this adorable dog’s mind long after the car drove away. Possibilities included: What’s that smell? I think I smell food. I can’t see very well. I wish she would scratch my ears. I wonder if that person over there would play with me. I finally settled on:…

Home

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” – Maya Angelou The older I get, the more I love being home. I’m as adventurous as ever, but few things make me happier than simply being in my own house. Especially…

Life Lately

…according to the iPhone. And a few small lessons learned: – Life would be better if approached with the enthusiasm of a dog. – Sometimes it’s liberating to run in the rain. – With photography, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. – Sometimes fixing things in your house – even if it costs a…

God Winks

For the past few weeks, for whatever reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about a story I wrote and photographed for a dear friend’s magazine a long time ago. The story was about a local business called Seeds of Happiness (Seeds shown above), but it was never published. It’s bothered me from time to time that I…

Today is…

…National Pug Day! The kids and I met this sweet puppy last weekend on the way to Chicago. This is Ralphie. He’s eight-weeks old and Tanner’s newest best friend. I didn’t think he was going to give him back to his owner. Let’s all pause and smile in honor of this wonderful day of observance.

Confession

All photos, credit Fred R. Conrad, New York Times Confession: I’ve watched our recording of the 2015 Westminster Dog Show at least four times. I can’t help myself. I look forward to this event the same way some people wait for the Super Bowl. I’m a total and utter dog geek. As such, after careful deliberation, I…

Jimmy Choo and Other Delights

Do yourself a favor. When you have a chance, go to Rafael Mantesso’s Instagram page. Unfortunately, I’m not savvy enough to pull some of the photos from Instagram into my blog. But he has many photos other than that of his adorable bull terrier. So I pulled what I could from this article. Not only…

Kindness Challenge

“Pay Forward a Surprise Treat.” That was the theme of Day 1 of a 21-Day Kindness Challenge that is being hosted by one of my favorite websites (kindspring.org). The specifics: “Rev up the engines — it’s time to upgrade someone’s day from mundane to magical with unexpected kindness! Kick off the Kindness Challenge by leaving extra…

Beautiful Bulldogs

Meet Lucey, recent winner of Drake University’s Most Beautiful Bulldog Pageant. She aspires to be a therapy dog and promises to devote her reign to the pursuit of world peace. (Okay, I made that last part up.) I look forward to this announcement every year, but I’m sorry, these are the funniest photos I’ve seen…

New Friends and Flowers

Saturday hike with Tanner on a perfect spring day. I’ll take it. We met new friends. This is Sadie and Sophie Bassett. We found random fields of flowers… …some Bleeding Heart… …and the show-stopper: loads of lilacs just starting to bloom. We’ll have to go back when the bushes are at their peak. But today…

Sometimes…

….God smiles in color. And this year, God seems to be smiling a lot. In fact, I’d call it a full-on belly laugh. The trees in our neighborhood don’t even look real this year. It’s absolutely spectacular. A number of four-legged friends were out and about enjoying the colors and cool temperatures. Including this big…

Looks Like Joy to Me

Seriously. Is there anything cuter than a smiling Labrador Retriever? I posted an excerpt and a link to this essay not too long ago, but it’s worth repeating. Especially since I got to take this photo. “What if you went through today — one day — living your life the way a dog sees it? Thrilled…

Because…

…it is National Dog Day. And because I cannot get enough of this photo. Photo credit: Loki’s Kitten by Rachel Hale (click here)

Message Received

As rain dripped down my office window this morning, I noticed this guy staring woefully at me from my bulletin board. Grumpy, I sighed. Oh, dude. I’m so with you. Then I noticed a study in contrasts directly above him. Oh, Buddha-dude. You make me laugh in spite of myself. Then I looked more closely at my droopy…

Bulldog Beauty

Meet Tyson. Winner of the 33rd annual Drake Relay’s Most Beautiful Bulldog Contest. He is also the headline of THE best news story of this week. In my mind, anyway. Photo source for all photos here. You can also find the dogs’ names and background. Including background on ol’ Pork Chop, here. Chin up, baby….

Good Dog

Meet Maddie the Coonhound and her photographer owner Theron Humphrey. Together, these two make up one of my new favorite blogs: Maddie the Coonhound: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics. This is part of a daily photo project as Humphrey travels across the country for a year with Maddie as his sidekick. I…