Photo Essay


Shoot Your Pet

Entering the courtyard of the 14th century Orsini Palace in the Tuscan hill town of Pitigliano, we were immediately drawn to the golden retriever lying on the stoop of the palace. We had no idea who this handsome fellow belonged to or what his name was, but he acted as pleased to see us as we were him.

Because of the amount of moving Fred (my husband) and I do overseas and never knowing what kind of housing we're going to have wherever we move to, having a pet is out of the question. We've discovered during this time living in Italy the pleasure of interacting with cats and dogs we run into on the streets of Italian villages and cities. Of course there has to be a degree of caution involved, but it doesn't require a sixth sense to determine whether or not a cat or dog we've encountered is friendly or at least receptive to a bit of attention from strangers.

At the courtyard within Pitigliano's Palazzo Orsini, Fred and the golden retriever (I named Orsini) we met there became instant buddies. And I had fun photographing them and taking some solo portraits of Orsini.

Later, we discovered Orsini had patiently waited outside of the palazzo while his owners toured the palace. If our circumstances were different and his owners were willing, we would have gladly taken Orsini home with us.

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  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (26 Mar 2009):

    A wonderful heartwarming story!! Very well writtten and excellent photos!! My vote for sure!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (26 Mar 2009):

    A wonderful story!! Great images to match.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (26 Mar 2009):

    I vote YEAH!! Wonderful essay and great photos. I can surely understand why you don't have would be a nightmare trying to care for and transport them!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (26 Mar 2009):

    fab, fab, fab!!!! ORSINI ROCKS!!!!

  • jean-francois

    jean-francois said (26 Mar 2009):

    what a nice dog ! I just wish everyone could act with dogs like you did :) Thanks for sharing this great story.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (29 Mar 2009):

    Oh yea it rocks, and what a lovely story and illustration!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (1 Oct 2009):

    love story like this...

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