• Gussy Sue 15 years old Laurel, Montana
  • Massachusetts, Sandwich(Falmouth)  Joon 16 years old
  • Ratzoe 21 yo Vashon Island, Washington
  • On the Mountain
  • bottom to top-Phyllis 12 years old,Englebert 9 yo,Loretta 12yo,Eeyore 14 yo, Enoch5 yo Denver, Colorado
  • Ginger 12.5 years old  Devils Tower, Wyoming
  • Murphy 10 years old Milford, Connecticut
  • Curley 14 years old Kanab, Utah   Best Friends Animal Society
  • Picasso 17 years old Charleston, South Carolina
  • Jake 16 years old  Higgins, Texas
  • Sis 19.5 years old  Anthony, Kansas
  • Perching
  • Maxie and Lulu

'Senior Dogs Across America' 

Twelve years ago, I began traveling the United States to photograph senior dogs. Like the diverse human pageant that Robert Frank captured in his book, The Americans, back in the 1950’s, I found dogs inhabiting all manner of American life -- and with many years inscribed in their beings.

My interest in the world of the senior dog began as my own two dogs began to approach the end of their days. This was at a time when I had lived enough years to start imagining my own mortality. I entered a world of grace where bodies that had once expressed their vibrancy were now on a more fragile path.

I saw how the dog does it; how, without the human’s painful ability to project ahead and fear the inevitable, the dog simply wakes to each day as a new step in the journey. Though their steps might be more stiff and arduous, these dogs still moved through each day as themselves -- themselves of that day and all the days before.

As mortality was weaving its way through this project, so was another American thread. The media were consumed with reports about our country’s sharp political fractures. It was all about the Red/Blue conflicts and the strident voices leading the charge. Yet, what I witnessed in my travels was something quite different. It was people caring for the most vulnerable dogs. Whether the senior dog was part of a family where the dog/person devotion knew no bounds or one of the elders being tended at an animal sanctuary, I saw something much deeper than our divisions, something important about where we live and the best way to die.

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Mason, 12 years old   Bailey, 15 years old     Cle Elum, Washington
A Dog's Book of Truths
Poopie 14 years old New York, New York
A Dog's Book of Truths
Daisy 13.5 years old East Village, New York City, New York
Bear dog  17 years old   Heppner, Oregon
Biscuit  13 years old  Hulett, Wyoming
Bailey 12 years old Altoona, Pennsylvania
Rex 18 years old Seattle, Washington
Rocko 13 years old  Sandwich, Massachusetts
Breebee 21 years old  Nuny 19 years old  Ralston,Wyoming
Gracie  8years old  Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Cooper 15 years old New York, New York
Riley 10 years old Somewhere over New Jersey
Wally 14 years old  Ferrida, Louisiana
Mason 12 years old Bailey 15 years old Cle Elum, Washington
Hogan 15 years old Spearfish, South Dakota
Bebe Neuwirth 12 years old  New York, New York   Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue
Curley 14 years old Kanab, Utah Best Friends Animal Society
Rosie 13 years old Princess 14 years old  Hileal, Florida   Friends of Greyhounds
Trey 14 years old Seattle, Washington
Susy 10 years old  Natches, Mississippi
Meg 16 years old Java 14.5 years old Juneau, Alaska
Hank 13 years old Rattlesnake Lake  North Bend, Washington
Springfeather 17 years old Kanab, Utah  Best Friends Animal Society
Jesse 15 years old  Roslyn, Washington
Nadine 14.5 years old New York City, New York
Sammy 16.5 years old  Aurora, Oregon
Sunshine 14 years old Santa Fe, New Mexico   Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary
Fred 10.5 years old Belle Fourche, South Dakota
Chauncey 12 years old (middle) Daughter Sailor Girl (left) Ready Girl (right) 6 years old   Juneau, Alaska
Woody 15 years old  Seattle, Washington
Kiki 15 years old  Sedona, Arizona
Toby 17 years old Cody, Wyoming
Carly 16 years old  Ralston, Wyoming
Tigger 17 years old Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Englebert 9yo,Hercules 17yo, Climber Eeoyore 14yo

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