Week 16 of professional pet photography blog circle Project 52 builds on last week's theme of "Then and Now" with the theme of "Seniors: Aging Gracefully." While Mr. Bojangles, at six, is not a senior yet, his big sister Stella, at age 10 or so (we're not really sure how old she is, since we adopted her as a young adult dog), definitely qualifies as a senior. To show the progression of aging, I've included pictures from over the years since she was adopted in February 2008. (The early pictures were taken with a point & shoot.)
The first two photos are from right after Stella was adopted. We had a big snowstorm that first week. You can see how brown she is in the face; the white on her muzzle was just a little dusting on the edge. She was also a lot skinnier. Stella is a beagle/basset mix, also called a bagle.
Here she's wearing Stanley's (her new brother) parka.
Here she is with her brother Stanley. Stanley was our first dog. We adopted him as a senior from a rescue that had found him as a stray.
Stella lounging on the sofa...her most favorite place of all. For Halloween 2010 Stanley was a bumble beagle and Stella was a chamber maid. You can see more white starting to come in on her muzzle. A year later she has even more white one her face. It almost seemed to happen overnight. She was brown and then she was white.
Stella, once again on her sofa, and whiter in the face.
In September 2013 Stella was very ill and we didn't think she was going to make it for a while, because she wouldn't eat. Stella is the most food motivated dog imaginable, so her not eating was very scary. She most likely had some kind of stroke (we never got a definitive diagnosis) because she was walking around like a drunken sailor for a while and couldn't use one side of her face which caused problems with drooling as she ate. After a few months she was as back to normal as possible, with some visible signs of her illness remaining. You can see in this picture how one side of her face is droopier than the other.
By 2014 she has a lot more white with just a tiny smidge of brown left on her nose. You can see how there is a lot of white interspersed with the brown on her head and ears.
Finally, in pictures from this week, you can see s little more white throughout.
There you have it, Stella, the senior beagle/basset aging gracefully. She spends most of her time on the sofa these days, so I'll close with these last two images of her in her typical position for most of the day.
Now to see more gracefully aging seniors, head over to Spotty Nose Pet Photography, Los Angeles, California, and then around the rest of the blog circle until you end up back here.
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