John and Shep in Lake Superior

It’s a good day for dog-related photos on the Internet.

First, I come across this BuzzFeed post on Ryan Lochte’s dog, Carter.



And then I see this on Facebook.


And my heart melts into a puddle on the floor.

Photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson captured this photo of a man named John and his 19-year-old dog, Shep, in Lake Superior.

When asked by Huffington Post about her amazing photo, Hudson had this to say:

“This photo was from a last minute session. We had been trying to get together for weeks, but it kept not happening because of my travel schedule for Stonehouse. We finally got together last Tuesday (the 31st). I had about 5 minutes to shoot and this is what I caught — a man and his dog. John loving his Shep, and Shep trusting John so much he falls asleep in the buoyancy of the water. This is in no way posed. I hate posed photos. They never, ever capture the true essence of anything.”

“Shep falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake. The buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones. Lake Superior is very warm right now, so the temp of the water is perfect. I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John. By the way, John rescued Shep as an 8 month old puppy, and he’s been by his side through many adventures.”

What’s that famous saying…a picture is worth a thousand words?




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