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Sage in February – 2022

It is Sage’s moment in the spotlight! Bask in the beauty of this furry doll’s glamour shots and snuggly sweet self.

Dog standing in front of a house door.

It’s been YEARS since Sage had a moment in the spotlight, and what better way to wrap the February Fun Series than to give you a glamour shots session with Sage? Buckle up, I’m about to go full-blown obsessed dog mom on you.

Sometimes I feel like she really is a mirror of myself, like, what do they call it, matching energy? She’s more of a dad’s girl – he is more over-the-top doting than I am, and she knows she’ll get away with sneaking up onto his side of the bed for extra snuggles when I will kick her to the curb so her snoring doesn’t keep me up all night.

But her personality and temperament – in that way, she is my soulmate.

Our sweet girl is doing, honestly, probably about as well as we’re all doing: she’s happiest when snuggling, she still loves walks and explore sessions in the backyard, she howls with excitement for every meal, she’s easily annoyed but practicing patience with having a few extra little hands and feet in the house, she’s a fierce (sometimes too fierce) protector, and she’s learning what it means to age gracefully as she now gently limps up the stairs with arthritis and sees her silky golden fur turning to white around her eyes and nose.

Other than occasional nervous nips at friends’ ankles (if you are a man with a beard and a hat, it’s a NO THANKS from her and I’m extremely embarrassed and so sorry), she is still her awkward, stinky-breath, Frito-paws, supremely soft and snuggly perfect little self.

Did she love this photoshoot? Frankly, no. She had a pretty bad attitude about it the whole time and that’s something she’s working on.

Dog on a bed

I would love to say it didn’t happen, but she has absolutely taken a backseat to the girls in the last three years as it often is with dogs and babies. She used to be our one and only, and now she is third in line. Sometimes even more of an afterthought.

Girl and dog on a couch

But she is my hero – she just goes along with whatever, and even after being obnoxiously kidded-out by their noise and their tiny hands all day, she will faithfully sleep outside the girls’ rooms every single night which feels like some kind of very pure metaphor for life, love, and parenting.

Dog sleeping on the floor

So today… it’s all about the ridiculousness of doing a photoshoot with your dog and the love we give to our fur babies. I hope these photos give you warm fuzzies and make you smile. ♡

Toddler with dog
Dog outside front door
Dog looking through window
Dog laying down with toddler
Dog staring out in distance
Dog sniffing snow
Close-up of dog paw
Dog staring off into distance
Dog laying on bed
Dog relaxing on bed
Dog laying on dog bed under desk
Dog laying on couch
Dog sitting up
Dog sitting down

That’s our girl.

Sage’s message to all of us today is that it’s okay to just be in your life. You don’t have to be good, you don’t have to win or be cool, you can just BE. As one of our favorite songs says, you’ve “never been more loved than you are right now” – as in, this very moment right now. You don’t have to earn it. You have unsurpassable worth. And she thinks maybe today would be a good day for a treat.

Sending her best slobbery kisses to all of you dog lovers out there! xo


More Sage To Love

Dog laying down with tongue out

Sage in May


Dog being petted on head

Sage in October


Dog getting a bath

Sage in June

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    sarah

    Thanks for the Sage update! She must be an old soul; in her eyes you can see that she’s been through all of this before. She is simply gorgeous as well.

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    Christine Hansen

    Loving a dog means apologizing to friends and strangers, a lot. Thanks for the lovely pictures.

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    Mary Anne Hatch

    So sweet! There’s a lot they can do for arthritis now which helped our pup.
    Love the song😉 One of my faves too!

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    Min

    Reading this and looking at the pictures of sweet Sage bring tears to my eyes. Giving my pup an extra squeeze and hug today <3

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    Jamie

    What an awesome photo shoot. Sage is such a loving and loyal fur baby. I hope you have her for many more years

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    Becky Rayle

    I LOVE this post! I think our dog and Sage are sisters separated at birth – same breed mix, same temperament, and same bundle of joy. We adopted our dog baby so maybe they really are sisters – who knows!

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    Kari

    SAGE is the best! I love all fur-babies.
    My 2 yellow english labs are my best friends too.
    xoxo

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    Debs

    I remember when you were *thinking about adopting Sage. Can’t believe how the years have passed. 💛

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    Angie

    Sage is so adorable! I was a totally obsessed dog mom too ( my two Goldies passed 3 years ago), and my heart still smiles and “awww”s” at the pictures and stories about other doggies. Thank you for sharing! Sage’s spotlight brightened up my day!

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    Karla

    Every day is a good day for a treat! Thank you for the pick me up via the Sage photos and beautiful song. ;>)

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    Lindy

    I think it’s lovely you took the time to do this wonderful piece about Sage. Thanks for sharing.

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    Michelle

    Aww, this was just lovely. She’s a sweetheart and so much of what you wrote resonates with me (what is it with men in hats anyway?! I’d like to think they were more discerning in their assessment of who’s a threat to our home.) Thanks for sharing your pup love with us today. <3

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    Kim

    I love Sage! This post made me so happy and a little teary-eyed. Sage deserves it all!!!

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    Judy

    You made my day. Thank you for sharing what touches the hearts of many. There is nothing like the unconditional love of a pet.

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    I’m not even a dog mom – just a toddler girls mom – but I just smiled so much reading this. I loved these serene, real-life photos and how Sage sleeps outside your girls’ rooms at night. What a gal. And that is one of my favorite songs right now too ❤️

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    Lisa

    I loved this update so much! My dog’s name was Sage also, but sadly we recently lost him to lymphoma. Hope your sweet Sage has many more years left!

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    JANE RITCHUK

    wow! What a great dog you have. I have had one or two myself over the years and I know the pure love they give even when we dont always show them how much we love them. Enjoy her while you have her. The eventual will always happen. Be happy you have her now.