August 15th marks Costa Bel Cane Corso’s 1st anniversary that we came home with Orso as a little puppy – not that he was ever very little – but, in fact, it has been exactly one year today. In this past year, I have learned so very much and have gained so much wisdom. I have made both great and awful decisions along the way, but the truth is that we wouldn’t change a thing!
Yesterday, I took 4 of our dogs – sorry, Cleo, you will be with us soon! – to my parents’ house for a beach day. We had a wonderful time as we always do! It was the first time since Karma came home to me that I took all 4 of them together. While the dogs played, I sat at the end of the dock with my camera. Armed with my mega-lens, I observed them from a distance; I can see almost the entire property from there. I love to watch them through the viewfinder of my camera and see what craziness I can capture! During this creative exercise, several things that I already knew were reaffirmed to me.
Regardless of age, gender, breed or where each came from – homeless shelter, rescue organization or fancy breeder – my dogs have a lot in common! I took 343 photos yesterday... Throughout those 343 photos – and the thousands I have taken before – there is a running theme of camaraderie among my dogs! They ALL love to run, play, swim, pounce, hunt, steal, beg and borrow. Each one loves attention – from me AND from each other – and work hard to get it! They all get bathed and dried assembly-line style and crash out in the Jeep on the way home! At home, they are inseparable and look for each other when one is separated from the pack. They make room for each other on the sofa and drink out of the same water bowl. They have no food aggression and for the most part share toys willingly. I am blessed to have a great fur-family and am privileged for every single day they are a part of my life! Their lives are regrettably short, which is why they pack such an immeasurable emotional punch when they leave us. For now, we bask in the awesome experiences we share with them and appreciate their subtle ability to teach us how to be better humans. Enjoy the photos below and the video at the end!
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