On my way to Summer & Buddy’s photo shoot I saw a beautiful double rainbow. It was the end of a typical Colorado summer thunderstorm; somehow raining and sunny at the same time. By the time the dogs arrived, the rain had stopped completely and it was a perfect summer evening. The rain had cooled things down and we had the park to ourselves. It was a good reminder not to call a “rain delay” until the last minute because often the sun comes out following a storm.

12-year-old Summer is a stunning German Shorthair Pointer. She was in her element in the tall grasses by the South Platte River. Buddy the terrier mix is 5 years old and has the prettiest blue eyes I’ve ever seen on a dog!

Here are some fun facts about Summer & Buddy, as told by their family:

Adoption stories: Summer is a Colorado girl. Justin adopted her from a GSP rescue in SW Colorado. Buddy is a California, boy part Terrier/mutt. We rescued him from a shelter in Hemet CA…It was a big snafu trying to adopt him. He was almost adopted by someone else & Justin got into a car accident in the process of trying to rescue him.

Favorite foods: Summer- Chik-Fil-A chicken nuggets; Buddy- crunchy veggies

Favorite toys: Summer- Kong; Buddy- tennis ball

Best tricks: Summer- Pointing ; Buddy- opening doors (his paws are like hands)

Most annoying habits: Digging in the yard for both Summer & Budddy. It’s a team effort!

If Summer & Buddy had jobs, what would they be? Summer- WWE wrestler (she loves to instigate a wrestling match with her brother & usually wins; Buddy- Professional cuddler…he loves to be snuggled on top of us. He is definitely a 60lb lap dog.

If Summer & Buddy were superheroes, what would their special powers be? Summer- Velcro Girl (she is our shadow & loves to be right next to us); Buddy- Super Sleuth (he has an investigative nature & loves to alert us when anyone, human or dog is walking by)

Extra-curricular activities that nobody would guess? Summer loves to hunt lizards when in a desert environment (even though she is a bird dog); Buddy-Trying to point at ground creatures, it doesn’t work so well with a curly tail & popping out window screens.

Nicknames? Summer Girl, Summer Breeze; Buddy Boy, Buddy the Brat, Crazy Hair

“Old dogs can be a regal sight. Their exuberance settles over the years into a seasoned nobility,

their routines become as locked into yours as the quietest and kindest of marriages.”

– Gail Caldwell