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  • Fidelity

    September 11, 2009


    The image of the dog has been used in paintings throughout history to represent fidelity.  In the middle ages, before marriage licenses, couples would commission a marriage portrait and the painter usually tucked the image of a little dog somewhere in the composition.

    When we went canoeing last weekend, we met this sweet old dog and his friend at the general store in Gilbert, Arkansas, population 33.  Not sure if that includes the dogs.


    This is the original photo before I started clicking stuff in Photoshop.


    1. Jenny says:

      So cool! I am always amazed what you can do with photos! Such talent.

      September 11th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    2. Screwed Up Texan says:

      Great job on the photo. My little Yorkie is such a loyal and fidelitous dog.

      September 11th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    3. tom says:

      Hence the popular name “Fido”.
      very nice photos.

      September 11th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    4. Jenny 867-5309 says:

      Interesting…I’ve never heard that before. I like it! You did a great job bringing out those baby blues.

      September 11th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    5. Julie at Elisharose says:

      Such soulful eyes. No wonder we do ridiculous things to take care of our furry friends.

      September 11th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    6. Rhonda says:

      What beautiful eyes!

      September 11th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    7. melissa says:

      Australian shepherds. we have 2. we stayed at gilbert when we floated the river. did you stay in one of the cabins?

      September 11th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    8. Common Mom says:

      Love the photo and your redo. That puppy sure looks like it has a lot on my mind. The look on his face captures how any one of us feels on any given day, whether or not we show it.

      September 11th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    9. Tracy says:


      now you’ve made me miss my mom and dad and their Aussie! He is the best and most sweet dog ever.

      Love what you did with the picture too. That dog looks a lot like our sweetie.

      September 11th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    10. mythoughtsonthat says:

      Oh! The looks on their faces!

      September 11th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    11. Deborah says:

      What a beautiful picture! You have a gift.

      September 11th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    12. france59 says:

      Dogs’ eyes tell it all. What a beautiful picture!

      September 12th, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    13. debbie says:

      What beautiful Aussies. I have a blue myrle(sp?) Shoeshine…looked like a shoeshine rag to me. They are the most loyal and loving dogs. I did not know that tidbit about the symbology in portraits, which has just made a portion of my past so ironic. I traveled with the RBB&B Circus…many moons ago. At the time I adopted a dog and named him Fido. About a year later he ran away from the circus and I’ve always hoped joined a home. I guess Fido was not the proper name for him. Still chuckling :c)

      September 12th, 2009 at 12:45 pm

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