ZEPHYR'S ZOO

About Zephyr, dogs and dogsports! Most often in images...not words!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thirteen Years Old

 Zephyr turned thirteen last week! How truly blessed I have been to share all his years with him. I took these two photos this week with the fresh snow. I don't think he looks his age here. Some days he does, but usually he still bounces along with a smile :)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Looking for Warmer Days

I am not a winter person. I still get out with the dogs, but I really do not enjoy it most days. However earlier in the week we had temps just below zero instead of the -20 and a wind chill on top of that. In fact we had 2 days in a row that were this "warm". Off to the lake to run on the beach. Perfect for Zephyr who likes the flatter places to run, when there is ice and snow, now that his back end is weakening somewhat. Of course I had to insist he stay on shore and off the ice flows...he seems not to worry about his aging body as I do. The steep and many hills are reserved for better footing.
I find it peaceful to walk along the empty shore. Few people go there this time of year. The slate grey skies would welcome some sun no doubt....I know I would. These are happy walks. Peaceful walks. Sigur Ros type of walks! Think I'll go there again tomorrow!
 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Wisdom

There is nothing like the grace and wisdom of an older dog.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dogs In The Fog

Please visit my website to see more photos of a beautiful afternoon wandering in the foggy fields.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Autumn Light

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house."



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Autumn

My beautiful red dog enjoying the trails of another autumn before the winter slumber.
 
I have always found that Zephyr suits the fall colours best. I love photographing him this time of year. He is coming onto 13 years of age. I officially retired him at the end of this summer. His back end is starting to weaken so no more agility. He pushes himself far too hard and I never want him to overdo it. So now it is our daily hikes and walking with the kids to school.
 
I just love older dogs. Such dignity they have.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fields of Gold

How summer does fly....of course I guess life does generally. Zephyr is 12 1/2 now.....oh boy. Sometimes I have these moments where I go in to a momentary panic when I realize that he won't be here forever. Breathe.....We have been so blessed to share his life, such an amazing dog. I have known right from go that this was one special dog.
He is slowing down some now, of course. On the hilly hikes he walks the last hill with me instead of the usual running ahead. Sigh. I just enjoy every sunbeam with him and feel blessed.