This shot, of my normally camera shy boxer, is probably the best one I have of him. I think it shows his wonderful character. He has been and is one of those special dogs. They are all special, of course, but there are the ones that stand out as more than a good pet. Tyson is one of those.

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EDIT: Tyson died rather suddenly 5-4-11 we believe from a stroke or heart attack. I understand why some people just can’t put themselves through this even for the love of a dog for another 10-15 years. We are heartbroken. RIP my buddy.

Two weeks later, I couldn’t stand the loneliness and adopted a little ‘terrier mix’ from the local humane society shelter. Well, turns out she’s mostly Pit Bull Terrier, maybe even a pure bred, but as a stray we’ll never know. She’s 9 months old and as loving as I’d thought she’d be. She sure helps ease the pain (if only because she keeps me so BUSY) but I still miss my Tyson terribly….and always will. I know someday I’ll miss Sophie just as badly. :)


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  • Eeva47
    Eeva47over 4 years ago

    Beautiful portrait of Tyson.

  • Thanks! He really is a special guy. Love your avatar. If Tyson has a fault, it’s his intolerance of cats. He thinks they were put on this earth for him to chase and torment.
    Your work is very cool and interesting. Thanks for the comment and the fav.

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • freddybland123
    freddybland123over 4 years ago

  • Wow, thanks Freddy!

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • Jacqueline Ison
    Jacqueline Isonover 4 years ago

    Lovely portrait of your Tyson. Indeed, his heart really seems to shine through! I hope you have many more years together.

  • Thank you Jacqueline. Unfortunately, 10 is the average life span for boxers, but he is still in good health. Slowing down and getting gray (none of that white around his eyes was there a year ago) but can still turn on the gas and overcome the arthritis to chase the occasional bunny, squirrel or cat. He never catches them, but it’s still great fun!

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • SKNickel
    SKNickelover 4 years ago

  • Thank you! This made my day!

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • Alexandra Wise-Brogna
    Alexandra Wise...over 4 years ago

    Great face…I love the shot! Congrats on your features….well done!!

  • Thanks Alexandra.

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • imokru3
    imokru3over 4 years ago

    Nice picture, nice dog, but then I love boxers. Mine was a very special girl also.

  • Thank you. Boxers are so funny and full of expression. Tyson is slowing down, but still makes us laugh and is very well loved.

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • karenkirkham
    karenkirkhamover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot congrats on the feature

  • Thank you Karen.

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • Evita
    Evitaover 4 years ago

    ♥ He’s adorable !!! An excellent portait !!! :D ♥

  • Thanks Evita. This was one of those ‘lucky shots’ where I was in the right place at the right time with the right lens. :-)

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • kirst68
    kirst68over 4 years ago

    Love this pic. I to had a “Tyson”, one of those dogs that is special and is never just a dog, Murphy.I know exactly what you mean. I think boxers look very wise as they age.

  • Thanks kirst. Boxers are just a special breed all around, and when you get an extra special….well it’s just an extraordinary experience.

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckeralmost 4 years ago

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