Sunday, March 14, 2010

At Ease

Like most young German Shorthair pointers, Spencer is constantly in motion and most of my attempts to photograph him produce only blurs. On days when he has been cavorting in the woods, the chances of capturing him with the camera are a little better, and that is what happened here. He was tired out from running about in Lanark yesterday and was about to collapse into a deep contented sleep.

The deep blue snows in our woodland are unstable, compacted by the "on again off again" springtime processes of freezing and melting. Running in the white stuff is hard work for Spencer at this time of the year, but he adores doing just that, and he does it at every opportunity. A moment after I snapped this photo, he was stretched out full length across the rear seat of the VW and snored happily all the way home, his tail with its expressive end curl thumping happily now and again to signal his pleasure with the great wide world.

Our beautiful affectionate boy came to us as an emergency adoption a few weeks after Cassie's passing in early August of 2008, and he is a joy, having bloomed like a rose and settled into life with us as though he has always been here and always WILL be here. We still think that Cassie arranged Spencer's coming from across the Rainbow Bridge, knowing how distraught we were when she had to leave us.

11 comments:

Tabor said...

Everytime I see this beauty I get re-motivated to start planning for adding a dog to our lives. We just have to stop traveling.

the wild magnolia said...

Spencer is sooooooooo handsome. It thrills me to know he is such a blessing to you and your family.

todayandeveryday said...

Such a good looking and well loved boy. I am sure Cassie had a paw in all of this, too.
Peace~
Dawn

Anonymous said...

He is just magnificent and I'm sure adds immense quality to your life.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful boy....

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful boy...

emergingcrone said...

What a kind, sweet, face he has... What a wonderful traveling companion he is.

quiet said...

Thank you for this picture. He is simply beautiful and you can see his spirit in this photo. I remember when he came to you, quite thin and troubled. What a difference happiness makes :)

One Woman's Journey said...

Cate - before me - they have said it all. All I can add is - he looks like royalty. Now my little Callie that I rescued - just looks like a little dog. But she loves me and speaks to me with the thumping of her tail!!

Laura Hegfield said...

such loving expressive eyes! our ellie has deep brown eyes like that too...having a dog in the family is a joy without boundaries.

Gary said...

I had a GSP named Spencer to. After 14 plus years of love and fun he left. I think your photo caught his 'essence' in a lively part of his life. And you have many years of love left and new phases and ways for him to show it to you and you to return it to him,