Between us, Nick and I have owned/grown up with 8+ German Shepherds throughout our lifetime. They have all had different personality traits – good and bad! – and some have been beautiful to look at whereas others have simply been ‘big’.

We both agree though, that our current, now old, dog, is the best of his breed that we have ever owned. Thor was the largest in his litter, and the last to be sold because of his size. We called him Thor, after the Norse God of Thunder, because of the size of his paws. He was an armful at only 10 weeks old when we bought him.

We met his parents – mother a long-haired, black and tan GSD – and his father was a pure white GSD. Thor has an undercoat of pure white hair in places and he has the sweetest nature, plus the loudest, most aggressive bark! He even has a night-time bark – more like the baying of a bloodhound…

He does have the heart of a cowardly lion – hates thunderstorms, wind howling down the chimney, loud noises in general and he weighs around 80lbs! Despite all that, when he passes, he’ll be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

This is one of my fave photos from 2011, edited as follows (in an effort to hide the washing machine and the ugly kitchen floor!!):

  • Bonnie’s intensify – colour dodge @100%; multiply @100% with a mask for himself…
  • Blue me away – hue changed to yellows – soft light @100%
  • Old linen skirt – overlay (100%) twice; then soft light @100%
  • Added a layer for the disc brush and wrote directly onto that.

For PAF now we’re starting again…





About Rosie

I'm a 54 year old married mother of 1, wed to a disabled angler, who's my Hero and daily Inspiration. I'm starting over at 54 and blogging my journey....

13 responses »

  1. He is adorable and to hide the washing machine and floor you have accomplished this I would have never known. Great work.

  2. Nadege says:

    I had to have a closer look at this gorgeous dog. Love what you have done with edit.

  3. Birgitta says:

    Adorable doggi. A great edit. Have a wonderful new year 🙂

  4. Ruth West says:

    wow, I saw this at Bonnie’s and thought I was seeing my old boy Basil, such a similar face! I love the treatment you’ve given the image, it’s wonderful, please give him a kiss on the head from me (Basil would always do a low rumble when I did that to him but it never stopped me, I think he loved it really :)) they’re the best dogs, even though challenging, it brings more to the relationship..sorry I didn’t mean to ramble on 🙂

  5. ceevee says:

    What a loving portrait of your huggable dog.

  6. emily says:

    Awww…what a beautiful dog! Shepards are one of the best!

  7. johanna says:

    oh, his eyes!!!! such a beauty! … and i think i can learn from you hiding some background (often a weak point on my photos…)

  8. Sherri B. says:

    What a beautiful dog! He sounds like a wonderful being…dogs truly become family members. Our corgi brings so much joy to our lives!

  9. Suzanne says:

    I Love your image and the effects you have achieved. What a gorgeous old boy!

  10. Ida says:

    What a handsome dog. Your photo of him is just stunning.

  11. What a beautiful Fur Friend he is and what wisdom in his eyes. I also have had a German Shephard who was a wonderful friend, and my best dog ever.

  12. kareninkenai says:

    very lovely choice for 2011; beautiful dog for sure. thank you, kareninkenai

  13. Marilyn says:

    What a magnificent animal! I bet he’s a wonderful companion.

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