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I'S BIGGEST (with apologies to Victorian artist Arthur Elsley) by May Lattanzio

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I'S BIGGEST (with apologies to Victorian artist Arthur Elsley) by 

When I was a little girl, rolled up in a cardboard cylinder was a sepia print of a painting by the same name. It belonged to my grandmother and eventually I got it through a circuitous course, and had it framed. It showed a beautiful little Victorian girl standing tiptoe on a stack of books measuring against her sitting St. Bernard.

Well, Jack, who’ve you’ve met before, is now three, smaller than Dottie, the cat (you have also met her), and he knows his place in the house is boss. He is boss of all 7 other dogs and the heart of my heart. I refer to him as my “son”.

He was a rescue from the local high kill animal control. Here he is with Maya, formerly a 3-time reject from the shelter and then a law student who couldn’t take her.

Although Maya is “my” dog, just as Jack is, she recognizes his place as pack leader (under me).

Here he seems to be measuring height, just like the Victorian painting that is found at this link: http://www.encore-editions.com/categories/sir-a...

Sony W50
Bayou George, FL

Author, poet, freelance writer, rescuer of dogs and cats,
animal welfare advocate, hookbill owner, occasional wildlife rehabilitator, chaser of bugs who just loves photography.

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  • lcretyi
    lcretyiabout 3 years ago


  • Vivian Eagleson
    Vivian Eaglesonabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful image! It brought a smile to my face. It often seems like “little” dogs think that they are “big” dogs and end up ruling the roost as well as the heart. This great photo couldn’t illustrate this better! Very well done and the story was quite interesting as well. I am glad that you gave these two wonderful dogs a loving home. I really do think that the way society as a whole treats animals should be drastically changed for the better!

  • Lou Wilson
    Lou Wilsonabout 3 years ago

    My German Shepherd pulls the exact same expression under the same circumstances as though hes not amused….i wonder what he’s thinking haha…

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioabout 3 years ago

    Thank you for the comments and the feature! I do so appreciate them.

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ
    ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђ...about 3 years ago

    ☻/ღ˚ •。* ♥ ˚ ˚✰˚ ˛★* 。 ღ˛° 。* °♥ ˚ • ★ ˚ .ღ 。
    /▌˛˚ღ •˚ ˚…just sprinkling a little Love on your page. ~♥~˚ ✰* ★
    / \ ˚. ★ ˛ ˚♥ ✰。˚ ˚ღ。* ˛˚ ♥ 。✰˚* ˚ ★Congratulations wonderful picture precious aw hugs..

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 3 years ago

    All Around Florida Group

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioabout 3 years ago

    Did I say thank you for my feature, Laura?

    I so appreciate it.

  • Tracy66
    Tracy66almost 3 years ago

    so cute and sweet

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123almost 3 years ago

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioalmost 3 years ago

    Thank you to the Mutts group for making this a feature.

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