Pursuit seven: Puppy LOVE (plus a cat)

Having always grown up with dogs in my house I can say without a doubt that I am a lover of dogs! There is something about the unconditional love that a dog gives to their human family that makes me buckle at the knees. No matter how mischievous they can be, they will always have my heart.

Currently at the Smith household (a.k.a Camp Linden for the grand children animals), we have...

1. Harper (a.k.a. Harper Lee Smith)

Baby Harper

Harper is our family's dog. He is a Shetland sheepdog (however, we think a Collie has gotten in the mix somewhere in there because he is very tall). He is four years old, shy, sweet, and the man of the house.

2. Gracie (a.k.a. Gracie Girl- She is my brother's dog)

Gracie & Cooper graduating from Tulane Law

A younger Harper & Gracie

Gracie is a sweet, tough (for her small size), energetic four-year-old miniature Australian Shepherd. She loves playing fetch (She would play for hours if she could). She and Harper are the same age, so they have grown up with each other by seeing each other so frequently during the holidays. 

3. Smith (a.k.a. Mr. Smith or booger) 

Mr. Smith

Smith being chill

Smith is my Chocolate lab that I adopted this past summer. He is about two years old. He is sweet, playful, very mischievous (he can jump over fences which is not good), loves to swim, and enjoys being glued to a human 24/7.

Although I am a lover of dogs, I have acquired a love for cats, specifically for our family cat, Telly.

5. Telly (a.k.a. Princess Telly Cat)

Telly is our calico princess. She will be six years old in November. She a sweet huntress who enjoys being playful (loves to play with ribbon). Her all time favorite activity is to sleep.

On another note... if you are a lover of dogs, love to look at dog photos, or would like to help out a great cause, you should check out the Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest!


Every year, the Orvis Company holds a contest for dog lovers to submit the best photos of their canine companions. At the end of the competition a lucky few will be selected to grace the cover of the Orvis dog catalog. Entering your dog's photo is completely free and easy! Also, while having fun selecting dog photos for their catalog covers, Orvis has decided to help fight canine cancer. You too can help out! Either by entering in a photo of your own dog, voting on another dog, or simply making a donation online, you can help find a cure for canine cancer.

Here is the direct link to view photo entries for the 2011 Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest:

So, if you are like me and like to look at cute pictures of dogs (I spent about 45 minutes last night looking at the photos when I should have been writing a paper), this is a great place to fulfill that desire!

Dogs truly are mans (womans) best friend!

Following my pursuits,


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