A couple of days ago I captured a photograph of our Labradoodle, Scout, walking across the front garden. I was struck by how “senior” she appeared. Then I realized she will be twelve in just a couple of weeks and – for a large dog – she really is an old lady.
The next day, Thursday, she was scheduled for a grooming. So I set her up for a photo-shoot as soon as we arrived home. One of Scout’s special gifts is her ability to “de-groom” almost instantaneously. So I had to act fast.
Scout Labradoodle is certainly getting on in years, plus there is the rheumatism in her hips, and the bad back, and the allergies, and all those tumors. But when I look at her face – and, once in a while, when she tries to steal something, empty a trash can, or “kill” a box of Kleenex – she is still that same fun-loving, people-loving, “this world is my playground” puppy who turn our world upside down back in 2006.
So enjoy these photos, and pray that she will remain happy, and content, and comfortable as she slows down – inevitably, little by little – and as she continues to bless our home with love, and humor, and her unshakable, audacious, cheeky, indomitable spirit.
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.