Senior Dogs Across America is a new photography book by Nancy LeVine that seeks to portray the nation’s elderly dogs in a dignified and poised manner. Venturing to places as far apart as Kauai, Hawaii; Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts; and Natchez, Mississippi. Nancy was on the lookout for “gallant companions” who could help “reflect our own inevitable aging with courage and calm.”
Here’s a peek into the project.
This is Red. He’s 12-years-old and lives in New Haven, Connecticut. He’s also snagged the back cover slot of the book — a testament to the fact that, as Nancy says, he’s “so special.”
Here we have Bailey, who’s 15 years old, posing next to his grandiosely named pal Cle Elum Washington. “I am always in awe of animal friendship,” says Nancy. “How do dogs navigate friendship without the spoken word?” I have been led to believe that butt sniffing might have something to do with it.
Troy is up next. Check him out looking so very regal here. He’s a 10-year-old chap who was born in Oklahoma but now lives in New York City. His human father designed the dog run in Washington Square Park, and Troy was the first dog to officially use the facility.
Representing New Mexico, we have Sunshine, a classy lady who’s clocked up 14 years on this planet. Talking about the joys of senior dogs, Sunshine caused Nancy to remark, “Like people, they have many years inscribed in their being.”
This “wide eyed wonder” is Wally. He’s 14-years-old and lives out in Ferrida in Louisiana. Just look at that face!
While journeying through Denver, Colorado, Nancy chanced across an entire clan of senior dogs. She snapped them posing on their homestead’s staircase. As a roll call, from bottom left we have Phyllis, Englebert, Loretta, Eeyore, and Enoch.
This is Cooper, another canine Nancy captured in New York City. He’s 15 years old and something of a lounge hound at heart. During a particularly bitter winter, he smartly found an empty bench to take a well-deserved break on.
Finally, we come to Kenya. This 10-year-old lives it up in Wisconsin. She’s a former racetrack dog who’s since been adopted into her forever home. As Nancy notes, she’s a pooch “who keeps her stuffed animal close by.”