Saturday, May 3, 2008

Camera Critters # 4: Murphy

Eight years ago, when it was time for one of our Seeing Eye puppies to be returned and my older son was leaving for boot camp, I decided it was time for another fulltime dog. I suppose I was suffering from “empty nest syndrome.” Furthermore, Orlando needed a friend. I wanted a female yellow Labrador, went to the shelter to look at a collie and came home with Murf!
Murphy is our “middle child,” and displays all the symptoms: he has to fight for attention and often feels ignored. He is the best babysitter for all of puppies. He has the silliest ears. In addition, he is the mellowest dog you will ever meet. He is, indeed, one handsome boy. And his striking markings, frequently inspire the question: “what kind of dog is that?” I generally respond with, “a good one.”



36 comments:

nonizamboni said...

Thanks for the closeups of Murphy as I thought I saw some resemblance to my dear old Pashka from your sidebar pics. The siberian husky that shows up in him would account for the mellowness and that sleeping posture! Thanks so much for sharing. My Pashka passed away in March.
http://nonizamboniblue.blogspot.com/2008/03/dogs-lives-are-too-short-their-only.html

Vader's Mom said...

He is a handsome young man! Very nice meeting you Murphy!!

Me & my puppies said...

Nonizamboni ~ I am sorry for your loss. I have often had the same thoughts about their lives being too short, but than I remember not every dog is living in the comfort of a loving home. And I fear for them live is too long.
You're right Murf does resemble your Pashka. I am sure he had husky in him but whatelse is involve in the mix is anyone's guess!

Vader's mom ~ thank you, Murf enjoys reading about Vader too!

ratmammy said...

What a beautiful dog!

Tammy said...

What a gorgeous dog!

Picturing of Life said...

wow..handsome dog :D

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juliana rw said...

Nice dog

Visit mine also Thanks

Misty Dawn said...

"A good one" - that's the greatest kind of dog there is to have! He certainly IS gorgeous!

Carole said...

I love the "good ones." They are the best kind of dogs to have. Murf is just gorgeous, and I love his ears.

Vic Grace said...

A handsome dog indeed. Thanks for popping over to my place.

Actually my dog is not a retreiver although looks somewhat similar in that picture. She is a Maremma

Sherry said...

Murphy certainly is a handsome dog. He looks so sweet. :)

lv2scpbk said...

Beautiful dog. That's when I got a dog when the empty nest symdrome kicked in.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Murphy is one beautiful dog!! One to be very proud of!
The Rocky Mountain Retreat

DeeMom said...

Great pictures and Murpgy looks so wonderful, full of life, vom and vigor...

mharia said...

he is so handsome! what lovely shots! :)

Lilli & Nevada said...

Well i have never heard that before but you are so right, who cares when you have a handsome dog like Murphy. They just give us so much joy and happiness don't they?

Teena said...

What a cutie!

Mine's up too :)

Simply Shannon said...

Murphy is a very handsome dog! Great photos.

Corey~living and loving said...

What a beautiful boy he is. :) thanks for sharing him and his story with me. :)

CastoCreations said...

What a sweet face!!! :) I love doggy faces.

Jules said...

I think I'm in love with the big guy. He looks like he would be totally a fun "puppy" to have around.

Müge Tekil said...

A handsome and clever dog! I especially liked its ears because they give him a sweet look!

babooshka said...

He is a gorgeous dog, and so photogenic. Lovely imgaes.

andrée said...

Murphy is a great dog, you can immediately tell from the photos. I love the sleeping Murphy — he's so comfortable and relaxed that you know he knows he is well-loved.

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and

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Sharon said...

Awwww, he is a handsome boy and a sweet one. His face is so expressive with those beautiful eyes. His ears flop like a dog I had as a child. Sweet memories.

i beati said...

I love ya Murphy - perfect name too

:-Daryl said...

What a sweetheart ... :-Daryl

Katney said...

I love his ears.

fishing guy said...

Great looking dog you have there.

D... said...

He looks like a good dog and is so handsome!

Rambling Round said...

I like that name, "Murphy." Great dogs you have!

storyteller said...

Murph is BEAUTIFUL … and precious! I love that last photo ;--)
Mine’s at Small Reflections.
Hugs and blessings,

"Life is a Journey not a Destination" said...

Such a very pretty dog! Reminds me of my lil Saver back home.


Mine is up too in my Free-Will's Blog!

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

L^2 said...

Love the one ear up, one ear flopped over shot. Too cute!

bundle-o-contradictions said...

Aww...sweet puppy! :)

Ashrunner said...

Murphy is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.