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A Boy & His Dog

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   13 Comments | Posted in Observations From the Tub · The Naked Truth

Photographer Ivette Ivens is famous for gorgeous, if somewhat graphic, photos of breastfeeding mothers, which you can see at https://500px.com/ivetteivens and on her website gallery http://www.ivetteivens.com/. I encourage you to look at her other photos, too, because this lady produces some truly beautiful work. But for today’s Observations from the Tub, I asked for and received permission from Ms. Ivens to share with you photos she took of two best friends: her son Dilan and a French Bulldog pup named Farley. Farley was born the same day as Dilan, and Ms. Ivens decided fate intended that the two should grow up together. Take a look at her photos of the pair, and I think you’ll agree!

Every boy should have two things: a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one. —Anonymous

Ivette Ivens Photography

Ivette Ivens Photography


Ivette Ivens Photography

Ivette Ivens Photography


Ivette Ivens Photography

Ivette Ivens Photography


Ivette Ivens Photography

Ivette Ivens Photography


Ivette Ivens Photography

Ivette Ivens Photography


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Ivette Ivens Photography


Ivette Ivens Photography

Ivette Ivens Photography


Ivette Ivens Photography

Ivette Ivens Photography

The following is a quote from Ivette Ivens given to DailyMail.com:

“Farley is always around us, and he follows Dilan everywhere,” said Ivens, who is from Radviliskis in Lithuania but now living in Chicago. “Farley patiently plays with him and tries not to snore while they both nap. It’s honestly the most loving connection – pure, unconditional, irreplaceable and inseparable. I’m pretty sure Dilan thinks they’re both the same species, as they walk at the same level and are both going through the stage of chewing on everything. My little Dilan is a chilled-out baby and he’s always happy, but for some reason Farley really cracks him up. I love seeing them together.”

Thank you to Ivette Ivens for allowing me to share these photos!

Did you have pets when you were a child, and if so, were you pals? If you have kids or grandkids, do/did they have a dog, cat, or other critter?

Thanks for dropping by. See you Monday for Pawsitive Pondering. Oh, and if you missed Wednesday’s post, give it a read and a comment, and your name will go in the drawing to win Martha Graham-Waldon’s book Nothing Like Normal: Surviving a Sibling’s Schizophrenia.

Have a great weekend!
Lisa

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13 Responses to "A Boy & His Dog"

  1. Comment by Sioux
    October 23, 2015 at 7:35 am  

    Those photos ARE gorgeous. And I think Dilan is right. He and Farley ARE the same species.

    I grew up with dogs (never cats) and had to wait until I was an adult before I adopted cats. As a kid I also had turtles, parakeets and we almost got a tiny alligator (they were selling them at the circus–their toothpick legs half-stapled to a piece of cardboard).

    Were we pals? Was my dog my pal? No. We were family. My parents used to say our dogs were “people in dog’s clothing” so they slept with us and got Dairy Queen with us and sometimes went on trips with us.

    Thanks for sharing those photos. I’m going to check out some of her other work now. She is truly a gifted artist.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 26, 2015 at 7:58 am  

      Our family was the same way, Sioux, so I understand completely. And yes, do visit Ms. Ivens’s site. Her photography is amazing.

  2. Comment by Rob
    October 23, 2015 at 9:37 am  

    You know my dog story. Those are great pics, they’ll have a lot of good times together.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 26, 2015 at 7:59 am  

      Yeah…your sweet & spoiled Touch. 🙂 Yes, Dilan and Farley have years of friendship and shenanigans ahead!

  3. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    October 23, 2015 at 10:03 am  

    Such cute pictures! We had lots of pets growing up, dogs, hamsters, birds and fish. Hubby and I got a dog on our 1 month anniversary and haven’t been without one more than 6 weeks in nearly 42 years. :-). Thanks for the day brightener.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 26, 2015 at 8:00 am  

      You bet! 🙂 Joe and I first adopted a dog after about three months of marriage, and a cat a couple of years later. We’ve always had at least one or the other, but most of the time it’s multiples. Right now we have three dogs in the house and two cats. Love them all!

  4. Comment by Claudia
    October 23, 2015 at 7:04 pm  

    We are definitely dog people way back on my side. Hubby lived on a farm and had dogs around but he did not learn they were part of a family until the last decade or so. He has come a long way!!! Oh, and my bd date is Oct. 15…we are close together!!!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 26, 2015 at 8:02 am  

      Two Libras, Claudia! So now I understand you a little better and vice versa. Are you as focused on fairness as I am? Always balancing those scales. 🙂

  5. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    October 24, 2015 at 7:19 am  

    Great pics, from a very talented photographer. Thanks for sharing, Lisa! Have a good weekend.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 26, 2015 at 8:03 am  

      Thanks, Teri. Hope your weekend was terrific!

  6. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    October 25, 2015 at 12:03 pm  

    Viewing those pictures could actually ease physical pain. They are so uplifting and beautiful.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 26, 2015 at 8:04 am  

      Yes, agreed. All of Ms. Ivens photos are emotionally touching. She’s a real talent.

  7. Comment by Tammy
    October 29, 2015 at 9:47 pm  

    We were known for being the house with the large dogs, but we also had cats and hamsters and birds. And fish. And turtles. Probably some other critters I’ll think of later. I felt lucky that my parents loved animals. Ivette is very brave to take on a newborn and a puppy at the same time! And she captures the experience beautifully.


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