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Registered: November 2008
Posts: 860
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Meet ...."Mattie"...., my dog.

All of our big dogs over the years have come home from the Vet Clinic, with a story of
their own and usually in mid to late life. An English Sheep Dog, loved everyone - an Irish
Setter, set under Cindy's Kitchen window and barked and barked and barked, we quickly
learn why his neighbors uptown were so happy he came to live with us - a Golden Lab, whose
home was the garage and if you did not believe it just ask her, she was really afraid of storms,
as well - a Blue Healer, great livestock dog but hated the neighbor, forever - a Chocolate Lab.
who all the neighbor hunters came to get every Saturday Morning to go hunting and than
would bring back every Saturday night. If we forgot to leave the garage open the guys would
wake us up to get "Bo" early in the morning. When 'Bo" died we had 12-15 neighbors here
to help, grown men all with tears in their eyes. Many many more have lived here but that is a small

So ...."Mattie's".... story. A young man came to the clinic one day and wanted a 8 month old Chocolate
Lab put down. The next I knew we had an 8 month old lab here along with 3 other big dogs at
that time. What we did not know is that "Mattie". hated men, all men, me included. Cindy
could do anything with her but I could not get close. We quickly decided that the original owner
had not treated "Mattie" very well. The next day I got behind "Mattie" and chased her into my
office - shut the doors - and went to work at my desk. About 4 hours later I felt a nose on my ear
and I just talked to her. About a hour after that I had a paw scratching at my leg so I rubbed her
ears and talked to her. Today she is my dog, she owns the office, my pickup and goes everywhere
I go. We still have to watch her closely around men, but most of the time she is really good.

First dog I every had - all the others - belonged to the boys, Cindy or the neighborhood.

No special pp work here - that's just "Mattie", grass on her foot, shadows and all - but - I
think you can see her calm personallity and how relaxed she feels living with us.
Thanks, so much, to everyone for looking in to my gallery and special thanks to all who
leave thoughts, ideas or comments. - Larry
Shutter Speed - 1/320
F-Stop - 4.0
ISO Speed - 80
Flash - No
Tripod - No
Monopod - No
Bean Bag - Yes
Free Neat Image - Yes
· Date: Sun February 1, 2009 · Views: 399 ·
Keywords: Animals-Domestic
Camera Make / Model: Sony H2
Lens Make / Focal Length: Carl Zeiss 2,8-3,7/6-72
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Event e.g. Grand Prix, Birthday, Sunrise: ...."Dog Day"....
State / County / Area Image Taken: Nebraska
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Registered: January 2009
Posts: 1
Sun February 1, 2009 3:07pm

"Mattie" is beautiful. She has an amazing sheen to her coat. She is obviously thriving on the love and affection of her "owner".

Registered: December 2008
Sun February 1, 2009 3:17pm

I love her Larry... she is gorgeous and should you ever, for what ever reason, need to find her a new home, bring her to me! What a lovely portrait of a magnificent dog...


Registered: December 2008
Posts: 3
Sun February 1, 2009 6:34pm

Hello Larry,
Mattie is one healthy looking dog with a gorgeous sheen to her coat. I enjoyed reading your notes. A very nice portrait of a beautiful dog. Well done, as ever.
the best, Joni

Registered: January 2009
Posts: 58
Sun February 1, 2009 6:48pm

Hi Larry.
Very nice photo, a wonderful story of love, affection and patience.
Great composition and color and clarity.
Very nice portrait of a beautiful animal.
Take care,

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 10
Mon February 2, 2009 3:31pm

You have brought tears to my eyes Larry as I can see so clearly this is a well loved dog. Her coat is so healthy and cared for and you have captured that perfectly. I loved you story and all the things that each dog had that was special. Truly a wonderful shot that I hope you hold dear.

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 7
Wed February 4, 2009 9:51pm

What a wonderful idea you had Larry - I was really in the story - love happy endings! You can feel the love in this picture - makes it more then a beautiful portrait of a loved-pet.

Registered: February 2009
Sun March 8, 2009 10:53pm

He's most stunning and God Bless you for your patience and kindness.

Registered: March 2009
Posts: 1
Tue April 14, 2009 9:07pm

Larry, I don't think I've ever seen a coat so shiny. She almost glows. I like the story that accompanies this photo. She definitely looks loved and content now.

Registered: August 2009
Sun July 18, 2010 7:05pm

Larry. Thanks for looking at my moth and orange and your comments. All comments are taken on board. This pic. of your dog is absolutely lovely. In good health as the coat shows all. Exellent story to boot, thanks....Charlie.

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