My Dog And I

It has been a while since I last indulged my love of old photographs, so here we go:

Working Class Dog. I can imagine a woodbine and pint of stout being set aside for this backyard shot. By the dog, of course.

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Me And My Friend. Kids and their pets, perennially.

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Give me back my doll! How can animals understand the emotional outbursts and whims of children? How can we?

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Family Shot, Dogs And All. I love this gathering. The old dog looks like it couldn’t be bothered rising from its slumber for the occasion. We’ve all been there. It looks like the girl to the right has a black eye, but it could just be staining on the photograph itself. See how the guys appear manly by holding a rifle and, ahem, watering can.

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The Novelty Shot. Even in those days it seems that they weren’t averse to dressing their pets up. Perhaps disapproving, the robust woman won’t make eye contact.

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The Sentimental Shot. In a child’s scrawl: ‘Our Billy and Me’. ‘Our’ feels more familial, inclusive, than denoting ownership. But perhaps that just reveals my own soft side. Look how she holds it by the collar, perhaps it has bolted on previous attempts?

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Showcase Ingenuity.  A custom made side car has been built especially for the dog to sit in. The dog looks as proud as the boy showing off his catch of fish. The females look like they are ready for bed-but what do I know about fashion, either then or now?

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Summer Days. Childhood adventures. Not sure how adventurous the dogs are feeling here though.

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Walking The Dogs? I have a large Golden Retriever. This kind of thing has been suggested.

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Military Dogs. These three Jack Russell type dogs look like they belong to a regiment, although there is a child present too. They were good for catching rats. The dogs I mean, not children.

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An Old Favourite. This photograph has featured in two previous posts on Jackdaw. I like how there is just enough scant information known to enable us to relate to the two people posing on the dusty porch: ‘Mary with her Grandfather, Jasper, around 1900’.The unnamed dog looks a little like that one that wouldn’t wake up in the earlier photograph.

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Keep Calm, I Love Her. This is my favourite of the new ones. The old, grizzled, patient friend, tolerating a little ear pulling by a little Shirley Temple.

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Hoped you liked this little time-shift foray. I’m more a dog than a cat person, but maybe a future post of the past, yes?

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28 thoughts on “My Dog And I

  1. Wonderful, I collect old postcards & photos and it amazing how many dogs are included. You have a lovely collection there….thank you for sharing 🙂

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    • I love old photographs, and feature them from time to time. I wrote a post called ‘A Sense Of Absence’ about how the people in them haunt me. Thank you too, my fellow aficionado!

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      • I found the post and have just read it…..how true, I have lots of late 1800’s photos of my family and often think what were they really like, what did they think and do I have any of their traits…..I will never know, but I was quite lucky because my grandmother lived to 99.5 and died about 5 years ago, so she had named them all on the back, so a least I know who they are 🙂

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      • That is great. I have compiled a half-done family history (never complete, is it) and have acquired many old photographs. There are some where the people on them are unidentified, and I have made the remark “I wish they would have put their names on the back of them.”
        I’m thinking of doing an ‘ancestor’ series of posts on here to preserve them for posterity, as I’m a little paranoid about losing photographs and facts, etc.

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  2. What fab pictures. And funny social commentary as ever! I have a few old family pics so you may have inspired me to put a few on the blog. Not many with dogs though. 😦

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    • Yes do it-my favourite ones are the ones with people. Although they haunt me, as discussed in the comment above with Blosslyn.
      I look forward to seeing them.

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  3. Love these! I do have a few photos with family dogs in and one great one from my ex’s family from around 1905 with a little jack Russell on a woman’s lap.

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  5. All are wonderful! I especially love the photo of the girl and her grandfather that you featured before. Love their expressions. The first photo also is sweet.

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    • Ah yes our regular grandfather and granddaughter shot-I often wonder what life held in store for Mary. We can never know but we can hope.

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    • I love old photographs with people in them, but they also haunt me. Not in a ‘wooooo!!!!!’ Kind of way I must add 🙂
      I did an earlier post about it, if you want to check it out: A Sense Of Absence. Sorry can’t do a link until my PC is fixed. Finish your holiday first!!

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