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My dog, my beloved boy.

Adopted from a local animal shelter August 12, 2008, one of the happiest days of my dog’s and my life.

A DNA test established that my four-legged son is part Siberian husky, part German shepherd, and largely “UNK,” as my husband terms ‘unknown.’ He adores running with the endurance of a husky, sometimes acts protective ala a shepherd and is one heck of a mixed heritage dog. We call him an American Bitsa; bitsa this and bitsa that!

Rhinelander, Wisconsin, USA

Canon 40D, Tamron 180mm macro lens, shutter 1/100, f/3.5, exposure bias +1.0, ISO 400, Manfrotto tripod, Wimberley II head, slumbering dog.

September 13, 2009

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It is my sincere wish that visitors to my portfolio experience the beauty and wonder of nature. Moreover my hope is that my photographs will inspire viewers to be proactive toward the protection of wildlife and its habitat, those efforts ultimately making a far better world for all beings.

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  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 5 years ago

    a sweet, sweet image … and a wonderful happy BEGINNING to your story!!!!! YAY!!!

  • Thank you, Lois. Yes, adopting this boy was the beginning of a beautiful companionship. He’s brought such happiness and contentment to my husband’s and my life. Thank you for writing.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • laurav
    lauravalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely image!

  • Thank you, Laurav. I’m so glad you like my boy!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • kkphoto1
    kkphoto1almost 5 years ago

    So glad you found one other! Great image, he looks very content!

  • I just read an article about dogs and cats choosing their humans. Hmmmm, not sure if that really occurred here but there was an instant attraction that did not happen with other dogs. Thank you for stopping by for a look!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Mitch Labuda
    Mitch Labudaalmost 5 years ago

    Perfect portait

  • Thank you, Mitch. I couldn’t resist this one. My dog was tired from playing with his favorite toy, a plush bear. Falling asleep on the toy, my canine son looked peaceful as he slept. It’s a happy image for me.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Tamara  Kenneally
    Tamara Kenneallyalmost 5 years ago

    very lovely!

  • Thank you, Tamara. Sleeping dogs, cats and children are immensely soothing to me. They look so peaceful.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyealmost 5 years ago

    Another awesome capture of your special friend.

  • Thank you so much. You are very kind. I’ll give my son a pet from you!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • cdudak
    cdudakalmost 5 years ago

    Another awesome shot, love the lighting here.

  • Thank you for your very kind comments. The lighting was so nice; pure diffuse light coming in through a window in late morning. It did not last for long…as a photographer, you know how that story goes. Catch it while you can!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • mlynnd
    mlynndalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful image. Thank you, for rescuing him. So many wonderful animals in the shelters… Lymm

  • Yes, that is the sad truth that there are so many animals awaiting homes with far too few good people to take them all in. I’ve been watching five feral kitties playing on an icy, snowy pond out back since morning. Poor little babies. A pox on whoever let their kitty out in the first place to cause this situation. A neighbor is kindly putting out some food for the babies. I think we may have to look into a trap-neuter-release solution for the little ones. Thank you for stopping by. I’ll give my boy a kiss from you!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökalmost 5 years ago

    What a lovely capture, my friend!

  • Thank you, Bela but it’s the model whose inner beauty shines out. I have to keep telling myself to call my canine son ‘handsome’ rather than ‘pretty.’ :-))) But he really is a pretty dog. When I think that this animal ended up lost or abandoned underneath a bush it boggles my mind. Wish I could adopt them all. Happy New Year to you and yours, dear Bela.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • bev langby
    bev langbyalmost 5 years ago

    oh wow, its a love like no other, one to be treasured and one that fills your heart with joy on a daily basis , i think im soon to loose one of my boys, hes had lung worm and a weak heart but we have had 11 years of total love and devotion and laughter and joy and squabbles lol xx

  • Bev, I’m heartsick for you that you may soon part forever from one of your furry kids. That is the most difficult part of taking a companion animal into your life, saying goodbye far too early. It hurts so much. Bless you and your little ones. Give them all hugs, treats and pets from across the miles.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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