I recently found a fantastic book called Old Faithful Dogs of a Certain Age highlighting wonderful photographs of senior dogs. The book project was started by the author and dog photographer, Pete Thorne, and soon developed into a project he desired to share outside of North America to increase the project’s audience, share more old dogs photos, and old dog stories, and perhaps help us to reassess society’s dismissal of elderly subject matter in favor of Youthfulness.
As Pete began to photograph senior dogs he realized that it was not that these older dogs needed more attention – it was that they commanded more attention, a thought worth celebrating.
Much like all of the senior dog rescues that we featured in our Ultimate Guide to Senior Dog Rescues, the stories around the dogs and the mission of each rescue are compelling.
Pete noted that if there is one message that has resonated with everyone involved with his project, it’s that despite everything we are told, faces, like companionship, just get better with age.
As we take in Pete’s message, follow along on other senior dogs journey on Instagram and have our own senior dog, I thought it would be fun to build our own collection of Old faithful photos. Old dog photos that show the grace, beauty, and heart of ‘mature’ dogs since, as Pete says, lives are written all over the faces of the dogs, a lifetime of digging, barking, loving, and being loved.
Let’s celebrate senior dogs together and share your photo by submitting pictures of your own “Old Faithful’ gallery and don’t forget to tell me all about your pet too, age, breed, personality, likes & dislikes, best friend, favorite toy/game/food, and why they are so special.
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Here is our Senior Zooey (find out more about her here) she is a 16 year old rescue that defines old faithful. Even in her old and arthritic state Zooey hates to be left at home or not be near her family. She has devoted her life and her heart to her family comforting when sick, playing, travelling and more.
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Senior Dog Photo FAQs
It is fun to capture a senior dogs personality but this may be difficult as they slow down. Here are senior dog photo tips (1) try to capture them doing something they love, out on their short walk, getting a treat, interacting with family, (2) Change Your perspective, get down lower or take a shot from above, (3) Use some dog photo props, backgrounds, new collar, and more.
One thing that you will cherish is is having great photos of your senior dog and you accomplish this by scheduling a senior dog photoshoot. Your photographer will have some ideas but some include great closeups, a background change up, looking into their eyes and them catching a treat. There are so many creative ways to portray your love of your senior dog.
Find more dog advice and fun stories in our popular book called Motherpuppin’ Adorable: What to do when your dog is better than everyone else’s the perfect companion for navigating the best life with your dog. Learn more about this loved book.