This is Rubie and Luc, two beautiful German Shepherd siblings.
Rubie's on the left there with her black, red, and brown coloring. Luc is on the right sporting his black and tan coat that landed him on the cover of GSQ (German Shepherds Quarterly) for six straight issues.
I've been writing a longer-form blog post about their portrait shoot together, but I wanted to take this moment to do an honorable tribute to brother bear Luc.
Over Memorial Day weekend, the angels of Doggie Heaven inducted Luc into the heavenly Paws of Fame. He was at the full, handsome age of 11.
If you can imagine what it'd be like to hug a big and furry and gentle and sweet bear, then you'd have an idea of what Luc was like. My favorite part about him are his ears, his silly sounds, and the fact that he's tri-lingual: he spoke Dog, English, and German. Mostly responded to German commands like sitz and platz.
Maya wrote a poem this morning, that I thought was a beautiful tribute to Luc.
She wrote this while contemplating the joy of getting her paws dirty on the sandy shores of the beach:
Like on the sands of the beach
we make paw prints in your hearts
in places you didn't even know we could reach
Dogs are family, and we've lost one of our own. Luc left a lot of huge paw prints on a lot of hearts. Please keep Luc's mom and dad, and Rubie, in your thoughts and prayers.
Luc, do me a favor and say hi to Fenix and Princess for me. They're smaller dogs so be gentle with them, okay?