paws for thanks

It’s been almost a week now, and I can just about write this without welling up. The trail finally came to an end for our beautiful, smart and loyal border-golden mix, Maddie. 16 plus years is a pretty good run for any dog, but if you’ve ever had one like her you would agree it’s way too short.

We got her because she needed a home, a rescue of sorts, but we had no idea how much we were the ones going to get rescued. She was exercise partner, yard guardian, therapist, plush toy, work supervisor, floor pacer, ball chaser, neighborhood hero, explosive hair bomb factory, and most importantly, one constant source of love and companionship.

She was a picture of God’s grace to us. Unmerited, unconditional and and unending. Until last week. There’s a big empty spot in the kitchen now, and in our family. It was awful to say goodbye, and I won’t be ready for that again for a long time. But it was worth it to have “the best dog ever”  with us for as long as we did.

Thanks Maddie!

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Salish Sea Diamonds

Been a while since I posted anything. Came across this photo as I was housekeeping my hard drive. From my trip out to Friday Harbor on the San Juan Islands last year. Took this from the Washington State Ferry out of Anacortes. I saw this fishing trawler just heading into the sparkling sunlight breaking through the mist. The light out in those islands is amazing, you just feel better in it. I thought this translated to B&W really well. It’s all about the light.

My brother has a cafe out there so if you ever get the chance stop by Mike’s Cafe and Wine Bar in Friday Harbor (and tell him how much you like his logo- shameless plug).

Mike tending the bar

Mike tending the bar

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All photos ©2014 Scott Sharadin

(Just ask, I’d probably let you use them)