Lens-Artists Challenge #61 – Precious Pets

In the header, Mille (no longer with us) and Totti – dearly loved by my mother too. She still walks with me and the dogs every day. My last three dogs have all been of the breed Lagotto Romagnolo.

This week Tina is our host, and she has chosen a theme very accurate for many of us – Precious Pets. I have had many pets in my life, but I will post only my favorite choices. Otherwise I would fill your week!

If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are

better off than a lot of humans – James Herriot

In Homer’s Odyssey (c. 8th century BC), upon Odysseus’ return after 20 years, his beloved dog Argos is the only individual to recognize him.



Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life – James Cromwell

A lovely young man and his dog, Westmannaeyar, Iceland

Man’s best friend” is a common phrase about domestic dogs, referring to their millennia-long history of close relations, loyalty, and companionship with humans. The first recorded use of a related phrase is by Frederick the Great of Prussia, 18th century.


Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read – Groucho Marx

Old Mr Marx might have a good point though…not everyone can have a dog…but there are alternatives!

Since I left home, more than 40 years ago, I have always had dogs, but when I grew up, we had cats. All of them were lost too soon, either run over by a car or just disappeared in the forest. The sorrow of losing them, and the fact that I wanted a companion on my walks, made me go for dogs instead. The two cats below both live in Heimaey, Vestmannaeyar. I believe their breed is Norwegian Forest cat.

Cats choose us; we don’t own them —Kristin Cast

Cats have it all – admiration, an endless sleep, and company only when they want it – Rod McKuen

A horse is a thing of beauty… none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor – Xenophon

As a teenager, I was a horse addict and spent much time at the stable. Nowadays I only ride horses when we visit Iceland.

The Icelandic is a ”five-gaited” breed, known for its sure-footedness and ability to cross rough terrain.

The first additional gait is a four-beat lateral ambling gait known as the tölt. The breed also performs a pace called a skeið, flugskeið or ”flying pace”. It is used in pacing races, and is fast and smooth, with some horses able to reach up to 30 miles per hour (48 km/h)

The Icelandic horse comes in a wide variety of colours as well, and the Icelandic language includes more than 100 names for various colours and colour patterns of their horses. I find them all very beautiful……but the combination in the last photo is My favorite.

Thank you for all your inspiring Frames last week!  –  and thank you, Amy, for all the fun with this challenge!


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  1. Aw, your selections for the precious pets prompt are wonderful. I adore this quote: Cats choose us; we don’t own them —Kristin Cast. You’ve got a gift for composition with pets, I love the pops of color in each photo.

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  3. Beautiful set of pets there Ann! Those two Norwegian cats are amazing!! Never tried the horse shooting yet, it must be interesting to shoot them.

    • Thank you kindly, Raj. Those cats are of a beautiful breed. I love their horses – running free in that gorgeous nature. You should try it too! Not running wild…but photographing horses!

  4. I always look forward to seeing pictures of your dogs out and about. They look so happy!
    The horse in the last picture looks almost exactly like a miniature horse I once owned. I’ll try to find a picture of him to post.

  5. What a thrill to see your animal photos, Ann-Christine. Did you once have a Suomenlapinkoira? They are such boof heads and they love to stick the tongue in. 🙂 I was very taken with the photo of the palomino and the red roof in the distance. I often think that if horses could come inside and sit on the lounge, they too would be considered man’s best friend. 🙂

    • Anne, I love all animals except spiders and ticks…but few animals are as elegant and beautiful as horses. I love the Icelandics – so sturdy, free and still loving characters.

  6. What a beautiful post, A-C. You have a wonderful collection of animals here. Your shots of Iceland (and the horses) are fabulous. The rust/roan color of the horse by the fence is gorgeous! I know a lot of people who would love to have that color hair! I am not surprised you included pictures of Mille and Totti. I know how much you love your dogs.

  7. Beautiful post, Ann Christine! I still remember your sweet Mille and Totti from your posts. I love these horse photos you captured in Iceland. 🙂 When I saw the link sign, I thought you linked the Pets to my site. Sorry for causing the confusion.

  8. What a beautiful post A-C; of course the Icelandic horses are amazing but so too are your little lagottos ! I laughed at Mr. Marx’s quote so you get a star for that one :-). I too had a cat that escaped into the road never to be seen again. My dad told me it ran away as he was afraid it would break my heart (it would have!). I only learned many years later that dad found the cat and took care of it so I wouldn’t know. A sad but sweet memory.

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