Photographer Pete Thorne’s new collection, named “Old Faithful Photo Project”, features images of dogs in the last years of their lives. And the images are simply fascinating.
The collection features a range of dogs, including a 12-year-old old Chihuahua with one eye, a cancer-stricken English Bulldog, a 14-year-old therapy dog named Dallas, a Pug called Weezee and more.
In addition to the images, which have been posted on Mr. Thorne’s Facebook page, some owners have written biographies for their pets, some of which have since passed away. One owner wrote this of Bodley, a 12-year-old boxer-Staffordshire terrier mix:
We no longer chase squirrels, only hunt them down with intense staring. Though his arthritis limits his flexibility, it does not limit his enthusiasm for walks and exploration through brown crunchy leaves.
Many owners have followed up with Mr. Thorne after their dogs died, and told him their stories, some of which involve dogs being rescued from pet mills or the streets. The photographer hopes that “Old Faithful” will some day be featured as a gallery show or published as a book.
1. This collection of portraits, created by 35-year-old photographer Pete Thorne and named ‘Old Faithful Photo Project, features a range of aging canines, including a 12-year-old old Chihuahua with one eye.
2. It also includes a cancer-stricken English Bulldog named Mance, which has an ‘asymmetrical charm’, according to Mr. Thorne. Due to Mance’s fragility, the photo shoot was based at the owner’s house.
3. This photo shows Weezee, a 10-year-old Pug, who was well behaved and ‘very easy to photograph’.
4. Finnegan, a Brussels Griffon smooth coat or a Petit Braban├ºon, is 12 years old. He sports a red coat, weighs 6lbs and is small for his breed. He also has a heart murmur and has had multiple teeth pulled out.
5. Mr. Thorne is a big fan of puppies, but thought it was time to give their older counterparts — including this dog named Spud — a shot at the spotlight. He later posted the impressive portraits on his Facebook page.
6. This Chinese Crested dog, named Colonel Sanders, is a purebred show dog with best in show lineage dating back several generations to Asia. Due to old age, his shallow-rooted teeth are slowly falling out.
7. Another image depicts Elmo, a 14-year-old Pitbull who was the first dog shot by Mr. Thorne.
8. Hogarth — aka ‘Mr. Fusspot’ — was also pictured by the photographer for the ‘Old Faithful’ project.
9. Mason, an 11-year-old Chocolate Labrador, was put forward for the project by his owner, Judith.
10. Toto, 16, a Cairn Terrier mix, was rescued by a vet when he was seven years old. He was scheduled to be euthanized due to urination issues, but the vet refused to go through with it and instead took him home.
11. Speaking of Jackson (pictured), a 14-year-old Black Labrador mix, Mr. Thorne said: ‘There’s something about the expression on his face that seems like he is peering into your soul’.
12. Clovis, 14, sadly passed away not too long after this breathtaking portrait of him was taken.
13. Benjamin was found as a stray and ended up in a shelter before his owner, Sandy, adopted him.
14. ‘We no longer chase squirrels, only hunt them down with intense staring,’ one person wrote of Bodley (pictured), a 12-year-old boxer-Staffordshire terrier mix who was pictured by Mr. Thorne.
15. Finnegan the Brussels Griffon smooth coat is pictured by Mr. Thorne from another angle.
16. Sheba, one of the first dogs photographed, was described by Mr. Thorne as ‘a bit frail’.
17. Emmy, a Wolfhound mix, ‘got so excited for her photo shoot she pooped in a shoe’, said Mr. Thorne.
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