Man's Best Buddy

This is Buddy. My buddy. His story is pretty much every Buddy's story. We already had two dogs in the family, when my daughter turned up with Buddy. "He won't be a bother. I'll do everything," she said. "He won't cost you a penny. I'll pay for everything," she said. Well, you know how the rest of that story goes. Whether your daughters are five or twenty five... Six years later, Buddy's pretty much my dog. I take him to the vet, clean up his poo, buy the dog food. My wife and I feed him most of the time, brush him, and generally care of all his needs. And my twenty five year old daughter tries to win him over by letting him up on her bed. There are more Buddy stories than there is time to tell them. But pretty much, his eyes tell you all you need to know about Buddy. And no matter what my daughter might tell you to the contrary, he is definitely my Buddy.
What a beautiful face...and soulful eyes.
posted June 11th, 2017  
Love your story. Beautiful eyes
posted June 11th, 2017  
@laurieewilson Thanks. They do look that way here.
posted June 11th, 2017  
@gosia @gosia Glad you enjoyed it. I'll be sure to pass you compliments on to Buddy.
posted June 11th, 2017  
LOve the focus on the eyes and the shallow DOF. Tell Buddy it's time to go to bed
posted June 11th, 2017  
He is a beautiful looking buddy and I am sure the very best of company. Wonderful image of him.
posted June 11th, 2017  
Beautiful expressive face! Think those of us with daughters, have all heard similar stories!
posted June 11th, 2017  
Just love his expressive eyes
posted June 11th, 2017  
He's telling you that with his eyes. Great capture of Buddy.
posted June 11th, 2017  
@terryliv Glad you liked the photo. I'll mention bedtime to Buddy soon. It's past 2 AM here and Buddy is currently lying at my feet. When he senses me getting up to go to bed, I fully expect he will follow me.
posted June 11th, 2017  
@littleconnie Many thanks. I'll be sure to pass that compliment along to Buddy.
posted June 11th, 2017  
@carole_sandford I'd be surprised if you hadn't. So glad you like Buddy's face. But I have a small confession to make. Buddy is actually an Old English Sheepdog. But I decided to give him a little help with Photoshop. ;-)
posted June 11th, 2017  
@joannakate Thank you. And don't worry. I'm passing all compliments directly on to Buddy.
posted June 11th, 2017  
@photobird Thank you. So glad you like Buddy's picture.
posted June 11th, 2017  
Great capture, I love those expressive eyes :)
posted June 11th, 2017  
What an enduring tale that so many people can relate to!
posted June 11th, 2017  
Sweet capture
posted June 11th, 2017  
Ah, beautiful face, loving expression for sure!
posted June 11th, 2017  
Nice shot and great story
posted June 11th, 2017  
What a fabulous capture of Buddy's personality through those beautiful eyes - takes your right inside and shows you the relationship you two have. Your daughter just thinks he's her dog but we know better! Even better on black. Fav
posted June 12th, 2017  
Great focus Marshall. The eyes are perfect --- wonder what he is thinking.
posted June 12th, 2017  
@merrelyn Thank you. He was amazingly cooperative that day. Posed quite calmly. Usually, he rolls over on his back to have his belly be petted.
posted June 12th, 2017  
@blueberry1222 Thank you. So nice of you to say so. Glad you enjoyed it.
posted June 12th, 2017  
@ziggy77 Thanks for your comment.
posted June 12th, 2017  
@ziggy77 Thanks. I always appreciate your kind comments.
posted June 12th, 2017  
@lynnz Thankss. I couldn't agree more (but I'm biased.) But I'll be sure to pass your compliments on to Buddy. (Whenever he wakes up.)
posted June 12th, 2017  
@bkbinthecity Thanks. Glad you liked both.
posted June 12th, 2017  
@milaniet Yes. We do know better. Can I call you as a witness in court (if there should ever be a custody battle?) Glad you liked it. And thanks for the fav.
posted June 12th, 2017  
@jaybutterfield Thanks. Don't think we'll ever know what he was thinking. Probably dreaming about a time before he was neutered.
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posted June 12th, 2017  
He's so handsome and he looks intelligent too. Therefore, he knows the hand that feeds him and he's sure not going to bite it by not posing for you. He knows what's up with you and your Nikon!
posted June 12th, 2017  
@louannwarren Usually, he's can be fairly placid. But when I approach or get low in position to photograph him, he tends to fall to the floor and roll over so that I can pet his belly. But on this occasion he has lying on the stair landing between first floor and upstairs, so I didn't need to get down to shoot him, and he was already lying down. So on this rare occasion, he did cooperate by staring at me while I happily clicked away. Perhaps when he saw my tail wagging, he realized that he was making his owner very happy, indeed.
posted June 13th, 2017  
I am sure he is your Buddy and is very bonded to the one who feeds him, spends time with him and cares for me. Very kind and gentle eyes.
posted June 14th, 2017  
Marshall, this is an absolutely must fav..... And, yes, we know the story. In our case it goes back THREE generations. When we were in college my dorm gals adopted a severely mistreated cat to protect her. I sent her home to my parents with a friend going that way. They had "Chasie" for a good 15 years. And they already had a cat. They two either didn't get along or barely tolerated each other for years. Generation two -- our daughter, when in college, rescued a dog she witnessed being mistreated. She had him for a year until she graduated and then couldn't keep him. You know the rest of the story! We got him.... and we already had a dog. John said, "We don't want another dog!" I told Linda, don't worry about it.... and she brought him home to us. Turned out OK. John came around in a hurry. "Rambo" , a Border Collie mix, was one of the best dogs we ever had, and we had him for at least 12 years....... He became MY dog, naturally! Third generation.... Our granddaughter couldn't keep a cat and our son and daughter in law became "kitty parents", even though our son is allergic to cats. It's a generational thing with our family!
posted June 17th, 2017  
@gardenfolk thanks. sorry for the delay responding. I think he is a handsome boy, too.
posted June 26th, 2017  
@aglennc sorry for the delay responding. Only just noticed your comment just now. Thanks for sharing those wonderful stories. We've been on both sides of the story too. When we moved to LA forty years ago, we temporarily left two dogs in CT with Lori's parents. By the time we got home again to bring them out, her parents were too attached to them for us to pry away from them in good conscience.
posted June 26th, 2017  
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