The joy of dogs

Indulge me as I revel in the joy of dogs.

(This is our dear Oscar – gone but not forgotten.)

Oscar

They know how to live life

So fully and happily and goofily

(Life is better with a bit of silliness in it and Simson is our little goofball.)

Goofball

They know how to greet friends

With open paws and make them feel appreciated

(This is Alba, a friend’s dog.)

Having fun copy

And they know that a smile and some snow

Is the best cosmetic in the world,

(Just like our Ruby).

Ruby snowface copy

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114 responses

  1. So true. Dogs are a man’s best friend. Say hello to Pedro on my blog. It’s his birthday!

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    March 2, 2015 at 15:09

  2. I love the dogs, I used have one, just like Ruby or Oscar, wonderful aren’t they?

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    March 2, 2015 at 15:18

  3. I love these shots!

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    March 2, 2015 at 15:24

  4. Claudia

    so true. and Alba looks like the perfect snow dog with all that marvelous hair!

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    March 2, 2015 at 15:31

  5. Joyful medley of doggie photos – supplying liveliness when much of the northern hemisphere is dormant.

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    March 2, 2015 at 15:37

  6. You have got more snow than us 😉

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    March 2, 2015 at 15:50

  7. Great shots. I love my dogs and can’t imagine not having them in my world.

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    March 2, 2015 at 15:56

  8. Wonderful doggie post.. It is a happier world with the dogs in it.. Your Simson and Ruby are adorable.. Happy March, have a great new week!

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    March 2, 2015 at 16:38

  9. Beautiful pictures of the dogs, I love them.
    Best regards, Irma

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    March 2, 2015 at 16:52

  10. All of the look so cute, and Alba looks like a cute fur ball!

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    March 2, 2015 at 17:27

  11. I love these!

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    March 2, 2015 at 17:28

  12. Anonymous

    Olá, os nossos amigos cães são fantásticos, conseguem cativar e dar carinho, quem diz que os cães não tem sentimentos, não sabe o que diz.
    AG

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    March 2, 2015 at 17:45

  13. Wonderful, wonderful photos of this beautiful dog.

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    March 2, 2015 at 17:46

  14. loved seeing sweet oscar’s face again. 🙂

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    March 2, 2015 at 17:58

  15. Mac

    A house isn’t a home without at least three dogs. We were a home of only two for a couple months, but God sent us a stray to play with Lucy. Things are all better now 🙂

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    March 2, 2015 at 18:06

    • Awww – how nice! Two dogs are enough for us in our small house…

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      March 2, 2015 at 18:07

  16. RMW

    I understand the joy of dogs… even though I am a cat person… I get it!

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    March 2, 2015 at 18:08

  17. You can share as many dog photos as you like. :-)) I love it.
    I think it is great your dogs get so many walks. Molly, our Boston, she gets a walk every day. Usually two miles in the Winter and three the rest of the seasons.
    She loves when we are able to go for a hike and she can explore the woods as well.
    Great photos, they make me smile.
    Carla

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    March 2, 2015 at 18:13

  18. I love dogs. I had a few dogs but they are all gone. Still missing them. Yours are lovely dogs.

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    March 2, 2015 at 18:39

  19. Such wonderful shots of such joyous dogs! My favorite kind of joy!

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    March 2, 2015 at 18:41

  20. Such wonderful photos of these magnificent canine creatures! I love how you capture the spirit and the joy they take in the moment! Love these!

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    March 2, 2015 at 18:44

  21. Lovely dogs. They’re no fools and so nice if them to tolerate our foolishness. 🙂

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    March 2, 2015 at 18:44

  22. love all dogs, especially the retriever ones 🙂
    beautiful shots 🙂

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    March 2, 2015 at 18:51

  23. ha. i totally thought that was his tongue in the first pic….lol…
    ah they keep you young, just like kids

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    March 2, 2015 at 18:55

  24. Such lovely photos of all the dogs. Sweet Oscar being remembered and Ruby looking perky. I love galloping Alba too. You have captured all their unique personalities.

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    March 2, 2015 at 19:05

  25. Jim

    Just look at those faces!! So nice to see Oscar once again, Fiona. Thanks for sharing this joy.

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    March 2, 2015 at 19:12

  26. Great wintry shots of your lovable fur persons!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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    March 2, 2015 at 19:21

  27. They bring such joy to our lives.

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    March 2, 2015 at 19:51

  28. Dear Lady Fi, there is a joy that seems to reside deep down in dogs. That is part of their very nature. There is I think always a desire to choose–as Harry Potter did–the joy of being goodness for another. Peace.

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    March 2, 2015 at 20:30

  29. Pretty happy faces! They like to play in the snow !!

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    March 2, 2015 at 20:30

  30. Wonderful pictures. Dogs are so fabulous. I miss mine dearly.

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    March 2, 2015 at 20:33

  31. Love all those snowy pictures with beautiful dogs 🙂
    And I fell in love with Alba, I love fuzzy dogs 😀
    Have a wonderful week!
    【ツ】Knipsa

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    March 2, 2015 at 21:18

  32. With our companions, these are games and a shared joy !! Have a nice week

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    March 2, 2015 at 21:25

  33. We can learn a lot from our fur friends.

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    March 2, 2015 at 21:28

  34. yes, joy is a perfect word
    and your photos express this beautifully

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    March 2, 2015 at 21:31

  35. They’re lovely and funny. And yes, they know how to have fun.

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    March 2, 2015 at 21:50

  36. Truly special moments…Love the photos.

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    March 2, 2015 at 22:13

  37. So cute! Dogs are the cutest!

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    March 2, 2015 at 22:54

  38. Albas colors goes well in the snow. 🙂

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    March 2, 2015 at 22:54

  39. Ela

    I love these winter shots ! And I love these beautiful happy faces :))
    Greetings

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    March 2, 2015 at 23:01

  40. Fantastic shots of the frolicking, fun loving dogs in the snow.

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    March 2, 2015 at 23:29

  41. Lovely photographs of such cute dogs! Your post made me smile. 🙂

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    March 2, 2015 at 23:45

  42. Sweet photos, sweet photos!

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    March 3, 2015 at 00:21

  43. When I see Oscars face, I smile w/ joy. xxx

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    March 3, 2015 at 00:22

  44. I revel right along with you!
    I cannot imagine my life without a dog in it.
    They are such an important part of a family.

    I just love these images, Fi!

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    March 3, 2015 at 00:51

  45. They are beautiful.

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    March 3, 2015 at 00:58

  46. Thank you Ruby for reminding me: “a smile and some snow is the best cosmetic in the world”

    (Dear Oscar)

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    March 3, 2015 at 01:26

  47. Al

    Yes, dogs certainly are full of joy – great post!

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    March 3, 2015 at 01:26

  48. I want to hug each one of them. But Oscar will always be my favorite. Thank you for sharing these joyous faces! .

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    March 3, 2015 at 02:22

  49. Awwww.
    Thank you for the magic.

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    March 3, 2015 at 02:29

  50. Aw, I love your tribute to your dogs. They are such wonderful companions. Sadly I cannot own one in my condo , not even a tea cup version.

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    March 3, 2015 at 02:33

  51. Ron

    I have always believe that we can learn more from our pets than they can from us.

    As you shared…

    “They know how to live life….”

    And what’s more, they know what unconditional love is because they ARE unconditional love.

    Beautiful photographs, Fiona! Love that last one of Ruby!

    X

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    March 3, 2015 at 02:38

  52. Well that’s me grinning from ear to ear or should I say paw to paw!
    Love your joyous doggy post!
    Wren x

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    March 3, 2015 at 02:40

  53. these beautiful faces are heart-melting:)
    I so love furry souls:)
    -Jennifer

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    March 3, 2015 at 02:56

  54. love love love it!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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    March 3, 2015 at 02:58

  55. I have three “grand dogs”! All have distinct personThey all make me smile!alities.

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    March 3, 2015 at 04:07

  56. Sweet dogs! We had dogs when I was little and I still miss them.

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    March 3, 2015 at 05:52

  57. calvin

    Gotta love them! ….their exuberance and their smiling faces. Enjoyed the photographs. And I knew that was Oscar instantly.

    Elvira and I went for a four hour hike on Saturday, the first extended tour de force due to extreme cold in over a month. To say she was delighted would be an understatement.

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    March 3, 2015 at 06:10

  58. Dogs are wonderful, as are your photos!

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    March 3, 2015 at 06:20

  59. Dogs are good photography subjects.

    http://calrat.blogspot.com

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    March 3, 2015 at 06:28

  60. Beautiful images of Oscar and Alba. Dogs love snows do they? Mine does too 🙂 I was raised with dogs around our house and I still remember all my parents’ dogs who were now gone. I always think dogs as part of family members, and they will stay in our hearts and minds where ever they are. Best wishes ❤

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    March 3, 2015 at 06:47

  61. Lovely!

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    March 3, 2015 at 06:56

  62. indrani

    Excellent pictures!

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    March 3, 2015 at 07:13

  63. Sweet thoughts and fun pictures!

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    March 3, 2015 at 07:20

  64. dNambiar

    Dogs! The best creatures ever!
    Lovely pictures. The look so huggable. And yes! Such a joy!!

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    March 3, 2015 at 08:09

  65. miss-red-fox

    So nicely writen! Beautiful dogs! I wish I had one.

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    March 3, 2015 at 08:52

  66. these dogs are like polar bears, they don’t feel the cold.

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    March 3, 2015 at 08:59

  67. Haven’t seen Oscar in ages!
    How’s he doing? 😉

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    March 3, 2015 at 09:43

    • Oscar went to sleep peacefully at the end of September last year.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      March 3, 2015 at 09:50

  68. Love every single shot! Life without dogs? Impossible. We are still waiting for our dog which we adopted in Greece and who is not allowed to travel because of new regulations of the new government in Greece. I think they have other and more urgent problems?

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    March 3, 2015 at 10:16

  69. Such sweetness!!

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    March 3, 2015 at 11:49

  70. Love your beautiful dogs!

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    March 3, 2015 at 12:25

  71. Thank you for the opportunity to revel with you in the joy of dogs!

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    March 3, 2015 at 12:38

  72. I do like that shot of Alba – all that movement is great.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

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    March 3, 2015 at 13:02

  73. I can’t forget Oscar. May he rest in peace. Dogs bring joy, my father has 8.

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    March 3, 2015 at 14:13

  74. Beautiful dogs, I have a Goldie, he makes me smile every day!

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    March 3, 2015 at 14:35

  75. So true and such wonderful moments captured by your photo camera!! And in the spirit of an early Spring, calendaristic time speaking, I want to wish you: to have a good time, a sunny one, warm days in heart and in mind, good health for you and family, good cheer, lots and lots of happy moments spent in nature and wherever you need, gorgeous blooms and amazing sunrises!! A Happy and sunny Springtime for you, now and always!! Alexa

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    March 3, 2015 at 14:57

  76. really beautiful images!!! they are always happy to see you and they never ask for money!!!! they are PERFECT!!!!

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    March 3, 2015 at 15:06

  77. You can indulge any time you like Fiona, your furry friends are a delight.. How handsome Oscar was, you must miss him, although Ruby is gorgeous.

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    March 3, 2015 at 15:21

  78. Nisha

    So true. Alba looks a cute ball of fur. Say Hello. 🙂

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    March 3, 2015 at 15:58

  79. A best friend – unconditional love both ways.

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    March 3, 2015 at 16:07

  80. Aren’t dogs just the best? They truly know how to live life joyously!

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    March 3, 2015 at 16:28

  81. Don

    A fine “joyful” post of these attractive dogs. Dogs live life so well, too bad humanity can’t learn their ways better.

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    March 3, 2015 at 16:48

  82. There is nothing that cheers me up in the morning to come and see your goldens! Oscar was so much like my dog,it is like looking at a picture of her! She did love the snow also. Goldens are so happy and friendly.

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    March 3, 2015 at 19:12

  83. awwww…what a cutie. no, they are always with us, never forgotten. hugs to you and a heavenly hug to Oscar too!

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    March 3, 2015 at 21:41

  84. Happy-go-lucky dogs – they teach us to be present and enjoy every minute (they are also good nappers!) 😉

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    March 4, 2015 at 01:15

  85. So good to see an old photo of Oscar, he was so special. I hope Ruby and Simson bring you and the ankle biters many smiles:)

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    March 4, 2015 at 01:51

  86. I always enjoy your posts of your dogs. They just make me smile and feel good about life.

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    March 4, 2015 at 02:25

  87. Beautiful series and stunning dog portraits, well taken

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    March 4, 2015 at 08:10

  88. miyahde

    Dearest Lady-fi; How LOVELY Oscar looks♡♡♡ I still have my sweet memories with Tony (shetland sheepdog) we had before I was 30’s. Never succeed to convince hubby to have another one p;) Always heartwarming to see faces of doggies♪

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

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    March 4, 2015 at 08:56

  89. So sweet. You will certainly miss him terribly. A dog is a family member and leaves an empty place when he is gone. Great series, Fiona. Greetings from the Netherlands, Joke

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    March 4, 2015 at 11:16

  90. Anonymous

    They all sound cool!! How beautiful the moments snapped to be memorable and remarkable.

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    March 4, 2015 at 16:17

  91. They all sound cool!! How beautiful the moments snapped to be memorable and remarkable. (sorry the above comment fell mistakenly as anonymous)

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    March 4, 2015 at 16:18

  92. JM

    Lovely captures! 🙂

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    March 4, 2015 at 18:11

  93. Ahhh ….. what a beautiful picture Oscar. Of course you never forget that. This is a friend and people who live on in your heart:-) The photo of the dog of a friend is also a sweetheart:-))))) Snow is indeed a very good cosmetic hahahaha …
    Greetings, Helma

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    March 4, 2015 at 19:52

  94. these guys are having a wonderful time in the snow – fun photos!

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    March 4, 2015 at 20:15

  95. This is why I love them so much!

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    March 4, 2015 at 20:29

  96. Pat

    Loved seeing all your doggy friends. Missing Oscar.

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    March 5, 2015 at 01:24

  97. As lovely as Ruby is…I still expect to see Oscar. Makes my heart sigh when I remember.

    Jen

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    March 5, 2015 at 04:23

  98. so lively and smiling 🙂

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    March 5, 2015 at 09:59

  99. You are soooooo right! THey do know how to live and have taught me a lot!!…:)JP

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    March 5, 2015 at 11:55

  100. Coloring Outside the Lines

    Sweet dogs, and they all do have such different personalities..I remember every pet we have ever owned, and miss them so much. Have a blessed day!

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    March 5, 2015 at 15:43

  101. We can learn a great deal from the joy and happiness in which dogs live 🙂

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    March 5, 2015 at 16:13

  102. they show us that to live life simply’s the best way to enjoy it

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    March 5, 2015 at 17:10

  103. Bless him, Oscar was a beautiful and sweet dog. Thank you for sharing his photos again.

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    March 5, 2015 at 18:26

  104. Our McGee’s birthday would have been in February. Like Oscar, he is gone but not forgotten, and brings me smiles. 🙂

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    March 5, 2015 at 18:45

  105. Ahhh—such great pictures of your Sweetie… YES–Oscar is gone but will never ever be forgotten… We humans could learn from dogs.. They live life to its fullest, they are always happy, and they love us unconditionally –no matter the circumstances…. Love your post today!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    March 5, 2015 at 18:58

  106. A beautiful, true and touching tribute to our wonderful canine companions, Fi. Thank you for the beauty you share with us too.

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    March 6, 2015 at 07:19

  107. daryledelstein

    posts like these make me want a dog so badly .. i wish i lived somewhere that was larger .. our small apartment is just not big dog friendly and honestly much as i love dogs in general, i am not truly a small dog lover ….

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    March 6, 2015 at 16:03

  108. j’adore la troisième

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    March 9, 2015 at 12:52

  109. They have a good like I think 🙂

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    March 10, 2015 at 09:40

  110. Beautiful photographs Fiona. Yes, dogs indeed know how to live better than we do.

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    March 17, 2015 at 04:09

  111. Oh dear Ladyfi.. I had to scroll down as I saw the dog of today’s post was not Oscar. I first thought it was.. took him for granted.
    I am so sorry Oscar has passed away, gotting so used to see him here in your blog.
    Rest in Peace dear Oscar. 💚

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    April 11, 2015 at 23:56

    • Thanks. He passed away at the end of September. So now we have Ruby and Simson.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      April 12, 2015 at 07:10

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