Thursday, May 20, 2010

who let the dogs out

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) physicist, philosopher & peace activist

"It is hard to be brave," said Piglet, sniffling slightly, "when you're only a Very Small Animal."

A kindly gesture bestowed by us on an animal arouses prodigies of understanding and gratitude.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954)novelist

Your bones have been my bedframe and your flesh has been my pillow. And I'm waiting for sleep.
Ani Difranco (b. 1970) sing-songwriter (from Both Hands)

An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.

Martin Buber (1878-1965) philosopher

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
George Eliot

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) philosopher, peace activist

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.

Buddha (563-483 B.C.E.) Hindu prince, teacher, philosopher

Our hope of immortality does not come from any religions, but nearly all religions come from that hope.

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899) reformer, freethinker & orator

notes about photos:
  1. cat mural on side of a tremont art gallery, cleveland. may 2008
  2. sunday bird and small animal market near notre dame on the ile de la cité, paris. september 2004.
  3. petting a new pet at the hessler street fair, cleveland. may 2008 - speaking of the hessler street fair, the fair will be happening this weekend! be there or be square!
  4. bed time on avenue c f with gwen and rosie
  5. dixie hanging out on avenue c in her cold weather hoodie, december 2007
  6. street woman with her pets, paris. september 2004
  7. pretty coat junction - the groomer we use for tsuki annual shearing, lakewood. october 2009
  8. cemetery cat at cimetiere du pere lachaise, paris. march 2007
  9. statue of cat, sarcophagus for cat mummy, and mummified cat - brooklyn museum of art. december 2009
  10. to the right is a snap of tinkerbell (aka shelby) holding pip the rat. pip was one of two pet rats I've had over the years. rats can be wonderful pets - they are very smart, affectionate, and surprisingly clean. october 2004
I couldn't resist adding one more picture of two of the sweetest dogs in the universe - dixie and elvis, january 2005

who let the dogs out and frank the dog from mib

just had to add this snap which I took a couple years ago at the clifton arts and music festival here in cleveland. given the number of dogs that show up with their humans, it should be called the clifton arts, music and pup festival


Betty said...

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. How very true. Love your post. Finding it hard to pick a favourite photo - it's a tie between the mural & the cemetery cat, I think. Happy TT.

Alan Burnett said...

Fabulous collection. The thing I love most of all about your photographs Kimy is that they are so full of life and action and happening. No doubt it is down to skilled cropping before and after taking the picture but I prefer to think that it is somehow reflective of the photographer.

Brian Miller said...

wonderful fav is the kitty by the grave...though it makes me a bit sad...but...

tony said...

It's Always Hard To Be Brave but It's Always Worth It!

karen said...

Absolutely loved this post...every picture tells a Rod Stewart sings it!
Dixie is adorable in the hoodie. All your photos have really captured the love, as well as the quotes you've paired with them. I have a true love for I'd have to say this was one of my favorite posts today.
Thanks Kimy...
Hope you have a lovely day

Roy said...
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Roy said...

Nice collection of pet photos. The one with the puppy saying hello to the pack of kids is priceless.

I did think of "Who Let the Dogs Out" for today, but went in a different direction. Heh, heh!

Betsy Brock said...

that pooch in the light blue sweater is hilarious!

JGH said...

Outstanding photos and captions. I really like the one of the cat on the bed and the Ani DiFranco quote. Spot on!

ArtSparker said...

Amazing collection of portraits.

Baino said...

A kindly gesture bestowed by us on an animal arouses prodigies of understanding and gratitude - never a truer word was spoken. I think people who have an affinity for animals also have a compassion for others. Great shots and awesome quotes.

California Girl said...

I always look forward to your photos especially because you explain them. It's very photo journalistic.

I almost missed TT today. Not paying attention. Pets is a subject I don't mind writing about or, in my case too, sharing photos of.

North County Film Club said...

The Mahatma Gandhi quote is my all- time favorite quote. So true.
I had such a good time going through this whole post and all the different emotions.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

So many great images, but Dixie and Elvis, take the cake1! -J

Subby said...

Oooooh! mummified cats! Kinda reminded me of what one of my old neighbours had done to her pet dog ( not a good selling point, either ).

Love the "pet pile" :)

PattiKen said...

I love the photo of the cemetery cat.

The picture of the family at the animal market reminded me of walking through an outdoor market in Paris. There was the cutest little kid goat for sale. I cooed at him and petted him through the bars of his cage. He seemed to be begging, "Take me home, take me home." It wasn't till later that I realized that it was a FOOD market, and he was destined to be dinner. Gah.

Watson said...

I was most "touched" by the photo of the, I presume, homeless woman with her animals. For people with few, or no, comforts, pets provide companionship and protection. They are also great mental health physicians. Here on the Island, we have some services for such pets, including a dog food bank, vet care, etc.

As always - great collection!

Unknown said...

They're all wonderful pix, but that photo of Dixie the dog in a hoodie is really amazing!

e said...

Hi Mouse,

The photos and commentary are arresting as always...difficult to pinpoint a favourite although Buddha's quote is spot on. I hope you are well!

Meri said...

I'm beginning to look like that woman in Paris when I climb in bed - two cats, one dog. I wonder how she got them to stay put?