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.

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Mmmmmkay…

And then I see this on Facebook.

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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?

 

 

 

Celebradogs: Olympics Edition

Behind every great Olympic athlete…

…is their dog, of course!

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One of my favorite swimmers, Natalie Coughlin, and her dogs Dozer and SheRa.

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The most decorated Olympian of all time, swimmer Michael Phelps, and his dogs Stella and Herman.

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Tennis pro Venus Williams and her pooch, Harold. Wonder if he fetches tennis balls?

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Track star Lolo Jones and Boudreaux, who has his own Twitter account.

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America’s newest sweetheart, swimmer Missy Franklin, and her dog, Ruger.

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Another one of America’s newest sweethearts, gymnast Jordan Weiber, and her dog, Lucy. Oh, and her mom, too.

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And finally, swimmer Ryan Lochte and his Doberman, Carter. My guess is Carter has a custom grill, too.

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Thundershirts and Celebradogs

Are you as annoyed as I am about this whole Fourth-of-July-on-a-Wednesday garbage?

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I guess I shouldn’t complain since I have the day off tomorrow.

Every year around the Fourth I’m reminded of how scary it is for dogs and other animals when fireworks (or boom sticks as we call them in my house) go off. Teton will be four this year and he has just now started displaying a fear of boom sticks. When they go off, he shakes like a Tickle Me Elmo and buries his little pathetisad (a hearty mixture of pathetic and sad) face in my armpit.

This year we’re in a new house with his and hers closets and Teton has designated the husband’s closet as a safe place for refuge from the boom sticks.

And he’s been sleeping in the closet since Sunday night.

Had I known that Teton was going to show signs of anxiety and fear due to fireworks, I may have invested in a Thundershirt.

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Oh, yes, customizable embroidery is an option, my friends.

The Thundershirt is, in essence, a jacket for your dog that offers “gentle, constant pressure” that “has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited.”

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The diagram above shows how the Thundershirt is worn and illustrates the theory that pressure can have a calming effect on a dog’s nervous system, thus alleviating anxiety.

Thundershirt lists a number of issues that it’s use can assist in including anxiety related to separation, fireworks, thunderstorms, travel, barking, and crating.

The best part? Thundershirts are only $39.95 and have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If your dog doesn’t benefit from his or her Thundershirt, the company will refund your money and donate your used Thundershirt to a shelter or rescue in need. How cool is that?

I know it’s not too late to buy Teton a Thundershirt, and if the boom sticks are out of control tonight, it’s possible we’ll head to our local pet store and pick one up for him. With a complete satisfaction guarantee, what is there to lose in giving it a try?

If your dog uses a Thundershirt, feel free to post your experience in the Comments section of today’s post. I’d love to hear some feedback.

Now, here are a few photos of Celebradogs and their famous owners.

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Miley Cyrus and her Alaskan Klee Kai, Floyd, out for a jog in L.A.

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Rawr. Hugh Jackman and French Bulldog Dali taking in the air in New York City.

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Bradley Cooper, his Retriever-Chow mix Charlotte, and the wind, apparently, walking in New York City.

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The sickeningly adorable Kate Middleton and her equally sickeningly adorable Cocker Spaniel puppy, Lupo, at a polo match in England.

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Snowboarder Shaun White and French Bulldog Steve dining out in New York. I kinda want to run my fingers through that hair. No, scratch that. I don’t.

Happy Fourth of July! Make it a fun and safe one.

Celebradogs Part Deux

Happy Thursday!  It’s time for another round of Celebradogs.  All of tonight’s photos are from People.

Check out this article about swoon-worthy Chris Klein and his dog, Chief, whom he says helped him come to terms with his alcohol addition.

Here’s the not so swoon-worthy Miley Cyrus and her designer dog, Floyd.  Floyd’s an Alaskan Klee Kai.  I prefer Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes, but Floyd is pretty adorbs.

The fabulous Bethenny Frankel and her dog, Cookie.  I like Bethenny because even after she had her daughter she still made Cookie a priority, which we all know isn’t always how things usually go when a baby is born.

What’s a Celebradogs post without Amanda Seyfried and her Australian Shepherd, Finn?  I love this girl.  She takes Finn everywhere.

Another famous Finn is John Krasinski’s dog.  Here they are sweatin’ to the oldies sweatin’ after a workout in the Hollywood Hills.

Do you think John Legend serenades his English Bulldog, Puddy?  You’re welcome for the shirtless pic.

Jenna and Channing, can we be besties?  I’ll dog sit for Lulu!  Channing Tatum.  Rawr.

The ultimate Celebradog: Teton

Be sure to check out fellow dog blogger Toki’s Celebradog doppelganger over at The Daily Toki.  Twinsies!

Have a fun and relaxing weekend!