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2nd April 2004 - Archie watches the birds

2nd April 2004 - Archie watches the birds

I took this photo first thing this morning before going out to work. I know it’s grainy (highest ISO my camera will go to) and I know it’s not 100% sharp but I like it all the same.

You see, it’s my boy. A boy so spooked by stuff that happened before I knew him that he’s often quiet and reserved. Since we’ve been home from the USA this gorgeous creature has followed me everywhere – like a shadow. I come home and he’s by my side, I go to the bathroom and he’s waiting outside the door. Right now he’s on the sofa in my office behind me keeping one eye open to make sure I can’t go anywhere without him.

Before I went away he tried in his own little way to stop me from going by blocking my way when I tried to go out with my suitcase. David tells me he waited inside the front door for me one night before David joined me and when David went to bed, he said to Arch ‘she’s not coming home tonight fella’ and Archie hung his head and mooched up the stairs behind him.

He sleeps outside the bedroom door so I can’t go out without him spotting me. All the time, not just because we’ve been away.

In the morning he ambles downstairs when I go to make the tea and toast and he lies in the kitchen doorway watching the progress. He waits till I reach the top of the stairs and then pads up behind me.

When I opened the curtains this morning, Archie leapt onto the bed and participated in his favourite hobby – watching the birds coming in to land on the newly filled feeders and bird table. I looked at him in the morning light, with the amber of our room behind him and thought ‘however poor these light conditions are I want to record this scene’. So, here he is. Attention elsewhere (away from me that is) for a change.

I suspect it wouldn’t be possible to have a more loyal, devoted companion. He knows that I’m his friend and I’ll always look after him…..I hope.

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brother_mark05-Apr-2004 02:33
What a devoted companion. Sad how he misses you when you're gone.
Guest 03-Apr-2004 05:10
That is a beautiful photo...and very touching story. I hope whoever hurt him in the past has a lifetime of bad luck.
virginiacoastline03-Apr-2004 03:50
he seems so attentive & the lighting is sooo good
Vinay03-Apr-2004 03:40
Very nice and great expression
Guest 03-Apr-2004 00:53
Great dog. Lovely photo.
Guest 02-Apr-2004 22:11
A beautiful photo and wonderful story! Made me get tears in my eyes at the part where he hung his head low at the thought you weren't coming home... Lovely.
Guest 02-Apr-2004 22:09
What a great shot! You can see how he loves you!!
Guest 02-Apr-2004 21:43
This is a really lovely photo of a very handsome chap!
northstar3702-Apr-2004 21:23
Lovely dog! We can't have one because two of the family are allergic :-(
jfender02-Apr-2004 21:03
Not sharp? Grain? I don't see it. What I see is an incredible portrait of a beautiful companion. Gorgeous.
Ray :)02-Apr-2004 20:39
An adorable shot, and I particularly like the warmth of the backdrop (no offence Archie!).
Don't have any pet animals myself, but it seems I am missing out:-)
Teresa 02-Apr-2004 20:26
Linda I love this picture of Archie you can really see the happiness in his eyes. I was reading an artical on MSN this morning about the health benifits of animals and how they have discovered there much better for us than we even amagined. I myself am not the least bit surprised. My dog Pixie can always make me feel better she also is my shadow. She is understanding and never complains. My husband Mike teases me that she is treated better than most people treat their kids. I just laugh and tell him I can't help how people treat their kids. If you have time in you busy day have a look at her sweet face on my webshots. She will let me take her picture when the kids just fuss. LOL Have a great day. Teresa
Steve Roden02-Apr-2004 20:17
See that character in his eyes....
dazedgonebye02-Apr-2004 19:59
The image does not give up all that much technically (from hi ISO) and it does seem to capture a very attentive friend. I find I'm very happy that you have each other.
Kath Fraser02-Apr-2004 19:59
Gorgeous dog, gorgeous picture! :)
Pall Gudjonsson02-Apr-2004 19:52
Adorable image Linda - adorable tale of bonding between man and its best friend.