Today one of my past fosters came over for a play-date for which I was totally excited! When they go to their new homes it is sad to think that you may never see them again, so I was super happy when Tank’s mom said she’d bring him and his new dog brother, Max, for a play-date with my dogs. Tank’s new mom, Jamie, has two of the cutest little girls I’ve ever seen so I thought it would be a great idea to take a picture of them with all their blond curls and cuteness with Tank for my photo project of shooting people with their dogs. I did get some of the cutest dang pictures of them, but the picture that pulls at my heartstrings the most is the picture that I took of Jamie and Max. Jamie got Max when he was 7 weeks old and Max is now 11 1/2 years old and has helped her through a divorce, been there through a new marriage, two babies, and has been a loyal friend for over a decade. I asked if he still gets into bed with her and she told me he looks at her and wants to but doesn’t any longer because it’s too difficult to get off the bed. His pace has slowed down, his breathing labored, his face has turned white, but he did his best today to keep up with the young dogs running the trails. He had to lay down to take a quick break, recoup -and then joined right back in. My heart aches when I think too much about the day that Dudley and Hazel are at the end of their lives and I have to tell myself to enjoy the time and happiness that they bring us now. So, cheers to you dear old Max and for all the happiness you brought to your family and I’m glad I got to meet you and spend some time with you – and thank you for being part of my Unconditional Love Project!