Old Dogs

Eight years ago Nancy LeVine began traveling America, photographing elderly dogs. A simple premise, surely, and one, perhaps, ideally suited for the internet, where we love our pictures of both dogs and cats. She explains what drew her to the idea:

My interest in the world of the senior dog began as my own two dogs began to approach the end of their days. This was at a time when I had lived enough years to start imagining my own mortality. I entered a world of grace where bodies that had once expressed their vibrancy were now on a more fragile path.

I saw how the dog does it; how, without the human’s painful ability to project ahead and fear the inevitable, the dog simply wakes to each day as a new step in the journey. Though their steps might be more stiff and arduous, these dogs still moved through each day as themselves — themselves of that day and all the days before.

The result is an impressive set of portraits of the animals that, for many of us, are our constant companions.

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2 Responses to “Old Dogs”

  1. nixie Says:

    Thanks for a great post. It comes at just the right time for me, as I have been noticing my own treasured pet age far too rapidly in the last year or so. This is just what I needed to remind me that we ALL grow old in our different ways and it is nothing to fear.

  2. kevin Says:

    “I entered a world of grace where bodies that had once expressed their vibrancy were now on a more fragile path”
    Yes… after seeing my 17yr-old through a year of passage to the farthest shore, I will never be the same. Each day more evanescent, more tender, more tragic, more magical and precious: thank you for this <3