Feeling the joy

Oscar may be over ten years old now,

But he never loses his joy for life —

And teaches me so much

About just living in the moment.

Running in snow copy

The only sign of spring around here

Is the spring in our steps

As we rush out to play in the snow.


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79 responses

  1. Oscar exudes joy and your photos show that so wonderfully!

    February 23, 2013 at 17:10

  2. You have captured Oscar’s mood so well!

    February 23, 2013 at 17:17

  3. Hudson Howl

    Elvira does the same for me. As she reminds me Dog is just abbreviation for Dogen. With a little imagination perhaps the world would be a better place if the whole kitten ka boo-tel could be overseen by a couple of wise old dogs. I wonder?

    February 23, 2013 at 17:17

  4. This makes me smile.

    February 23, 2013 at 17:18

  5. He looks so playful and happy! What a joy he must be:)

    February 23, 2013 at 17:26

  6. Non-human animals are such wonderful teachers! Oscar clearly has a youthful spirit, no matter the age of his body. This fantastic photo captures his exuberant joie d’vivre so perfectly – you and he have shared and spread abundant smiles with this today! Thank you both.:-)

    February 23, 2013 at 17:31

  7. TexWisGirl

    adorable boy! such glee!

    February 23, 2013 at 17:31

  8. Our pets give so much and ask so little.

    February 23, 2013 at 17:31

  9. Zuzana

    Got to love dogs, they have such a joie de vivre.;) Lovely shots as always, it looks as if winter is still in full power over there.;) Have a great weekend,

    February 23, 2013 at 17:34

  10. That’s a dog who knows how to have fun!

    February 23, 2013 at 17:41

  11. daryledelstein

    oscar is such a handsome guy .. and clearly is well loved, well cared for .. and 10 is sort of a young adult in dogs, isnt it?

    February 23, 2013 at 17:43

  12. Awesome… Have a pet dog always cherish joy!

    Cheers Oscar and Lady fi:)

    February 23, 2013 at 17:47

  13. ha…out playing…that is a good place to be and to realize the true sweetness of life as well….smiles…oscar is a great friend…

    February 23, 2013 at 17:52

  14. Ah, what would we do without our wonderful four-legged friends!! Oscar is such a beauty and his joy in life is spread to all of his family. Sam Schnauzer certainly does the same for me!! Hope you both are enjoying a great weekend!!

    February 23, 2013 at 17:53

  15. Lovely, he dont look so old…..he is very puppy like

    February 23, 2013 at 17:55

  16. how happy he is!

    February 23, 2013 at 18:03

  17. My Duchess lived til she was about 16—and stayed healthy til the end. Hope Oscar lives a long, healthy life…. As I’ve said, he loves the snow as much as I do… Great photos, Fiona.

    February 23, 2013 at 18:10

  18. Lovely picture of your dog. Wish you a good weekend:) Hanne Bente

    February 23, 2013 at 18:14

  19. Oh, today is my beloved model Oscar …
    Oscar, I love you.

    February 23, 2013 at 18:38

  20. wonderful pics!:)

    February 23, 2013 at 18:41

  21. Oscar is such a sweetie! He looks very happy outside playing in the snow. Great shots! Have a happy weekend!

    February 23, 2013 at 18:41

  22. he is such a happy dog:-) beautiful pictures

    February 23, 2013 at 19:09

  23. Too cute!!!

    February 23, 2013 at 19:25

  24. great

    February 23, 2013 at 19:29

  25. It is a joy watching him.

    February 23, 2013 at 19:32

  26. He’s got every reason to be happy with you in his life! Wonderful capture!

    February 23, 2013 at 19:54

  27. Our Ellie will be ten in May… and she too LOVES the snow, even with two knee replacements. She loves to play “stick”… which could be her digging one out of the snow and then we have to chase her, or another version is that we throw a stick for her, she chases it and then we have to chase her to wrangle it from her mouth to throw again… she is too creative to just bring it to us to throw again like most dogs. She has us well trained:-) Your Oscar is so handsome, I love seeing him in your photos!

    February 23, 2013 at 19:58

  28. What a handsome fella Oscar is, and he looks absolutely thrilled to be out in the snow.
    These are wonderful photographs!

    February 23, 2013 at 20:00

  29. thesmittenimage

    That boy exudes joy!

    February 23, 2013 at 20:12

  30. Oscar, you’re a real star, I love him.

    February 23, 2013 at 20:23

  31. I would love to have a spring in my step right now! I’m dealing with back pain but enjoying Oscar’s freedom of movement through these images!

    February 23, 2013 at 20:39

  32. You can see the joy in Oscar! I love that! His world is so beautiful. My Harry is about the same age and we take him to Coast Guard Island where he can run off leash and do all the things he wants to do on green grass next to the San Francisco Bay. Occasionally, a jogger comes along, so we leash him up for a moment but other than that, he’s free to be wild and happy. Your images of Oscar show your love for him.

    February 23, 2013 at 20:39

  33. I feel the joy through these photos:-).

    And I can’t believe Oscar is 10! He looks so young:-)

    February 23, 2013 at 20:40

  34. Pure presence…wonderful. Be well~

    February 23, 2013 at 21:18

  35. Pat

    Wonderful shots of Oscar expressing such joy!

    February 23, 2013 at 21:23

  36. Go Oscar Go!!! He’s a very handsome fellow with a definite spring in his step! Happy Critter Day!

    February 23, 2013 at 21:53

  37. Oscar is a teacher to all of us.

    I just LOVE that guy! Lick. Kiss. Love.

    February 23, 2013 at 22:16

  38. While both of these pictures of Oscar make me smile, I really like the first one. I wish I had as much spring in my step as he does.

    February 23, 2013 at 22:36

  39. Jim

    Our ‘spring’ then is here too! Oh the joy on Oscar’s face!

    February 23, 2013 at 22:48

  40. Wonderful Oscar. Delicious photos between the softness of the lights and shadows. Master!

    February 23, 2013 at 23:14

  41. Happinss is running loose in pure joy like that!

    February 24, 2013 at 00:04

  42. You are deeply lucky in your wonderful golden companion. How I wish to be the same

    ALOHA from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral
    ~ > ❤

    February 24, 2013 at 00:47

  43. She makes me smile, such joy in every part of her being:)

    February 24, 2013 at 01:05

  44. mtwaggin

    So true to his breed and I love seeing his happy face out in the snow!

    February 24, 2013 at 01:17

  45. The dog looks very fun and enjoyable although it’s very cold.:)

    February 24, 2013 at 02:06

  46. Oh he looks so happy..as always thanks for sharing him:)

    February 24, 2013 at 02:08

  47. Gorgeous Oscar:-) I agree that dogs are great teachers of mindfulness, which occasionally teeters on the edge of obsession….especially if sticks and water are involved:-)

    February 24, 2013 at 02:13

  48. It’s obvious he’s in heaven in the snow! (And the water when the ice melts!)

    February 24, 2013 at 02:27

  49. jenmuddybootdreams

    Your world may be snowy…but it’s always colorful.


    February 24, 2013 at 03:51

  50. Shey

    Seems like he’s having a lot of fun. Fantastic shots!

    February 24, 2013 at 04:04

  51. whata trreasure my Jenna LLLammee also

    February 24, 2013 at 04:05

  52. He sure has a nice spring in his steps😉

    February 24, 2013 at 05:30

  53. That is a happy looking dog!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    February 24, 2013 at 07:49

  54. Don

    I want to grow old like Oscar, full of energy and play. Just a beautiful, beautiful dog – an all weather guy.

    February 24, 2013 at 08:25

  55. He’s wonderful!

    February 24, 2013 at 08:25

  56. Long may it stay so.

    February 24, 2013 at 08:27

  57. I love the zest for life that Oscar displays – regardless of the season. Though that said, your seasons are very beautiful indeed.

    February 24, 2013 at 09:13

  58. what a happy pup oscar is! i so enjoyed your snowy scenes!

    amazing photos as usual


    February 24, 2013 at 10:02

  59. Lovely captures!
    Your world seems to be very cold!!
    Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment.

    Hope you are having a fabulous weekend****

    February 24, 2013 at 10:28

  60. Maggie May

    These are delightful photos and I do wish I had as much spring in my step as Oscar! He’s not doing too badly for an older gentleman!
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

    February 24, 2013 at 10:52

  61. I loved the pun of spring and the spring of your steps!:-) What a beautiful dog you have. It is so full of life. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

    February 24, 2013 at 12:19

  62. Fabulous photos, Oscar has the right idea, get out and enjoy the snow:)

    February 24, 2013 at 12:56

  63. Lucky dog. Lucky owner!

    February 24, 2013 at 12:58

  64. Is there anything so joyful to see as a golden retriever gambolling in the snow, ears and tail flying like flags?

    February 24, 2013 at 14:09

  65. Oscar is an inspiration isn’t he? And lovely shots you’ve taken of him there, I’ve learnt so much from animals over the years, they are invaluable to me:)

    February 24, 2013 at 15:32

  66. The zest for life a dog has can only be an inspiration to us.

    Snow, water, earth, woods, grasslands, to a dog it’s all cause for celebration. Good boy, Oscar.

    February 24, 2013 at 18:33

  67. Sheer happiness! I love it!

    February 24, 2013 at 19:32

  68. Your dog already has become a member of my family. Greet him.

    · hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

    February 24, 2013 at 20:10

  69. He’s wonderful! That last photo, the snow fields look like a beach with the tide rolling in.

    February 24, 2013 at 22:16

  70. Such love, such joy!

    February 25, 2013 at 03:30

  71. What JOY! Look how much your furry beauty can teach us silly humans….:)

    February 25, 2013 at 04:26

  72. I’m glad that you and Oscar are enjoying life there Fi. That’s the way to be! – Dave

    February 25, 2013 at 09:19

  73. Looks like a lot of fun! Spring is slowly getting here. The sun warms enough that water drops were dripping from the trees yesterday when I was out walking.

    February 25, 2013 at 10:54

  74. I love the motion you’ve captured in his ears!! I have a soft spot for dogs ears…they are just sooo expressive and his are just full of joy! (Yes, I know that sounds kinda weird but I don’t care!)

    C x

    February 25, 2013 at 13:14

  75. for 10, he looks like he’s doing fantastically! Must be the mothering!:-)

    February 25, 2013 at 14:42

  76. He is definitely young at heart! I love his joie de vivre!

    February 26, 2013 at 03:10

  77. Oscar is so adorable and loved what you said about spring here.

    February 26, 2013 at 13:52

  78. Stunning action photos and composition

    February 27, 2013 at 09:16

  79. Oh, such precious photos of precious Oscar!

    March 2, 2013 at 21:57

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