365 Project – 10: Paco’s soulful, memory-stirring eyes (January 10, 2013)

ISO 400, f/1.4, 1/3200 sec, flash (Nikon D7000 with 85mm/1.4G lens)

ISO 400, f/1.4, 1/3200 sec (Nikon D7000 with 85mm/1.4G lens)

Oh, these beautiful eyes reach into my soul and still my heart. Almost 10 years ago we got Paco when we were having a hard time getting pregnant. To cope with my maternal pangs we got this 7 week-old puppy, the runt of the litter with no tail, and he comforted me through 3 1/2 years of every negative preggo test, failed fertility treatments, and miscarriages. So, I refer to Paco as my soulmate and my firstborn. When I was upset he would just stare at me with those soulful eyes and “tell” me that everything was going to be okay. He’d let my wet tears fall on his soft fur and while raising him he taught me that I had the makings of a caring, thoughtful parent. One day, while we were starting the adoption process, I miraculously got pregnant (I found out at the dentist office…that’s another story), even after we quit fertility treatments and after the docs gave us dismal news about our poor chances to conceive. I’m grateful for our miracle daughter, now 7 years old, and our sweet, sweet Paco. These eyes are soulful, magical, comforting, healing, heartwarming and memory-stirring. ♥♥♥

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365 Project – 272: Naptime for puppy Keiko (September 29, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/2500, Aperture: F/2.8, ISO: 400

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365 Project – 263: Keiko is giving me puppy fever!!! (September 20, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/800, Aperture: F/2.8, ISO: 800

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365 Project – 155: Our quirky lab-retriever will retrieve ANYTHING! (June 4, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/1600, Aperture: F/7.1, ISO: 400

Without throwing a stick or ball our quirky Paco will jump into these fountains and retrieve these river rocks, over and over, into a big pile. I guess this is the retriever in him prompting this behavior? Well, it’s hilarious and we love our quirky Paco! 🙂

Shutter Speed: 1/1600, Aperture: F/6.3, ISO: 400

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365 Project – 84 : Paco, our almost 9-year old pup (March 24, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/50, Aperture: F/3.5, ISO: 400


March 23rd was National Puppy Day.  I was tempted to submit a photo of Paco, our 8 3/4 year-old lab-retriever.  Sure, he’s almost 63 years old in human years but, he’s still a puppy at heart.  ♥♥♥♥♥

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365 Project – 70 : A slobbery dog kiss (March 10, 2012)

Shutter Speed: 1/50, Aperture: F/10, ISO: 400


I love watching Nora and Paco play together. Sometimes it looks like Nora’s torturing our sweet Paco when she teases Paco by throwing his ball on the trampoline, or on the other side of the fence…that’s just plain mean! But, mostly they play fetch and chase and when Nora gets in his face, he just plants that big tongue on her cheek giving her loads of slobbery love. Sweetness!! 🙂

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