Lens-Artists Challenge #61 – Precious Pets (09/1/2019)

Tina hosts this week’s photo challenge: Precious Pets.

Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong. –W.R. Purche

Lady Bird Lake trail (Austin, Texas) is a great park for jogging and walking.

The park (350 acres) serves as a hub for many recreational activities and the hike/bike trails around Lady Bird Lake, both run next to the park.

It also is a fun place for dogs to play with other dogs.

Some dogs get to play football at the park during the weekend.

Others get to enjoy paddle boarding.

You’re never friendless ever, if you have a dog. ― Douglas Malloch

A true friend leave paw prints on your heart.  —Atomic Market

Over the years, we’ve had two dogs.  Evan was our first and Mackenzie (nicknamed Macken) was our second dog. When Mackenzie came, she was told to sleep in the kitchen.  A few days later she slept on the sofa in the living room, and then she moved herself to our bedroom. Before we knew it, she was sleeping on our bed. 🙂 I used to take a business trip every so often. Macken would sit inside of my luggage and wouldn’t let me pack for my trip.

Like Evan, Macken would be standing by the door to greet me every evening. As soon as I walked in, she demanded a kiss on each  cheek, her head, and her nose. After she died, I was in tears when I was driving home after work every single day for as long as a year.

Two nights before she died, Macken stared at me for a long, long time, and she looked exhausted (she had been sick for a while). I held her on my lap and said to her, “Sweetie, if it’s time for you to go…, I understand…” I cried as she closed her eyes slowly and went to sleep.

My sweet Macken…

This bench and the nice water fountain were placed by one of the trails in Vail, Colorado.

“Louis Marquez carries his dog Chocolate through floodwaters after rescuing the dog from his flooded apartment Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Houston. Storms have dumped more than a foot of rain in the Houston area, flooding dozens of neighborhoods.” — David J. Phillip

Thank you, Tina for giving us an opportunity to tell our stories and show photos of our loving pets. Click to visit Tina’s beautiful set of Precious Pets.

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Stay tuned for Patti’s photo Challenge #62 on September 7th. 

68 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #61 – Precious Pets (09/1/2019)

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  2. I’ve got tears in my eyes, Amy. I know how difficult it is to say goodbye to a fur baby. I just spent the last week fighting for the life of one of our cats, hoping she would turn around. She did. Bless you for this post. Cats too leave paw prints on our hearts, believe me!! xo

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  3. A beautiful sequence Amy and you gave Macken the most loving gift by letting her know it was OK to go. She looks like the sweetest soul – thank you for sharing these memories and much love to you from all of us here xxx


  4. Amy my heart ached as you told the story of your sweet Macken. Our dog Bruiser left this world in a very similar fashion. Even though he had been sick for a very long time it was desperately hard to say goodbye. Thank you for sharing your story and these lovely photos of pets so loved.


  5. What wonderfully heart-warming photos, Amy. We do love our pets and they steal our hearts and occupy a space that no one else holds. Your story of Macken was so touching. She was definitely sharing her last moments with you in a very special eye-to-eye communication. Precious pets, indeed!


    • Thank you for reading, Debra! They steal our hearts… Macken was very sensitive, she tried hard to communicate with her eyes. One of my blogger friends said his dog did that too.


  6. Amy, what a wonderful post. The feelings when we love them and the feelings when we have to let them go…♥♥ My old father does not have dogs anymore – he says he cannot stand losing them. Your little Macken looks so sweet, and I am sure she knew… when looking in your eyes. It is so hard. Their lives are so short. but they are our best friends!


  7. When one of my dogs was about to die a few years ago, he did the same thing that Macken did. He stared at me as if was he checking to see if it was okay to leave. I liked reading about Macken and Evan in your post and seeing your great pictures of dogs in Austin.

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