Sage in February

Dog standing in front of a house door.

It’s been YEARS since Sage had a moment in the spotlight, and what better way to wrap the February Fun Series than to give you a glamour shots session with Sage? Buckle up, I’m about to go full-blown obsessed dog mom on you.

Sometimes I feel like she really is a mirror of myself, like, what do they call it, matching energy? She’s more of a dad’s girl – he is more over-the-top doting than I am, and she knows she’ll get away with sneaking up onto his side of the bed for extra snuggles when I will kick her to the curb so her snoring doesn’t keep me up all night.

But her personality and temperament – in that way, she is my soulmate.

Our sweet girl is doing, honestly, probably about as well as we’re all doing: she’s happiest when snuggling, she still loves walks and explore sessions in the backyard, she howls with excitement for every meal, she’s easily annoyed but practicing patience with having a few extra little hands and feet in the house, she’s a fierce (sometimes too fierce) protector, and she’s learning what it means to age gracefully as she now gently limps up the stairs with arthritis and sees her silky golden fur turning to white around her eyes and nose.

Other than occasional nervous nips at friends’ ankles (if you are a man with a beard and a hat, it’s a NO THANKS from her and I’m extremely embarrassed and so sorry), she is still her awkward, stinky-breath, Frito-paws, supremely soft and snuggly perfect little self.

Did she love this photoshoot? Frankly, no. She had a pretty bad attitude about it the whole time and that’s something she’s working on.

Dog on a bed

I would love to say it didn’t happen, but she has absolutely taken a backseat to the girls in the last three years as it often is with dogs and babies. She used to be our one and only, and now she is third in line. Sometimes even more of an afterthought.

Girl and dog on a couch

But she is my hero – she just goes along with whatever, and even after being obnoxiously kidded-out by their noise and their tiny hands all day, she will faithfully sleep outside the girls’ rooms every single night which feels like some kind of very pure metaphor for life, love, and parenting.

Dog sleeping on the floor

So today… it’s all about the ridiculousness of doing a photoshoot with your dog and the love we give to our fur babies. I hope these photos give you warm fuzzies and make you smile. ♡

Toddler with dog
Dog outside front door
Dog looking through window
Dog laying down with toddler
Dog staring out in distance
Dog sniffing snow
Close-up of dog paw
Dog staring off into distance
Dog laying on bed
Dog relaxing on bed
Dog laying on dog bed under desk
Dog laying on couch
Dog sitting up
Dog sitting down

That’s our girl.

Sage’s message to all of us today is that it’s okay to just be in your life. You don’t have to be good, you don’t have to win or be cool, you can just BE. As one of our favorite songs says, you’ve “never been more loved than you are right now” – as in, this very moment right now. You don’t have to earn it. You have unsurpassable worth. And she thinks maybe today would be a good day for a treat.

Sending her best slobbery kisses to all of you dog lovers out there! xo

More Sage To Love

Dog laying down with tongue out

Sage in May

Dog being petted on head

Sage in October

Dog getting a bath

Sage in June

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