I saw them again at the Fall Pignic, and Doug mentioned that he had an older pup named Tahoe that he would love for me to photograph. At first I was merely curious, that is until he told me that Tahoe was a 9 year old Golden.
Every Golden Retriever I have ever met has been an absolute darling, and Tahoe is no different. When I walked in the front door, he immediately greeting me by sticking his little nose to my knee and wagging his tail in obvious delight. My heart melted.
What's more, it was the most beautiful day. It was late Autumn, the yellow leaves covered the chilly ground and the sun was shining bright. It seemed the world was trying it's hardest to be like Tahoe.
After the shoot, Doug sent me a picture of Tahoe when he was 3, and I paired it next to a picture from our session. He's become so handsome and so happy as he's gotten older.
Many people don't realize how wonderful and special older dogs can be. They are attracted by the allure of new puppies...but old dogs are calm and sweet, and often have lost their families not because of anything they've done, but because a family member had died and no one could take care of the sweetie.
Anyways, the love of an older dog is a strong one...especially if it's a darling Golden like Tahoe.
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