The Seeker

In between times …is NOW.


The Dog that left us with joy.

Source: Gentle Doberman Community

Source: Gentle Doberman Community

Sultana came to us
as a puppy with long ears
and short tail.  

The long ears are so
pretty the way they were
we left them untouched.

We loved her to bits
since she was our first pet
our princess.

Spoiled rotten
cannot really get mad
at her loving nature.

Took her outside
for her daily morning rituals
before we go to work.

Came home one day
Sultana is gone
she died young.

No goodbyes

We are left with joy
a joy that only dogs know
how to give happiness.



Sisters in Arms - The Animals we Love

Sisters in Arms – The Animals We Love photographed by Maria Vanesa Acuto

Photographer’s Note:
‘Cayenne’ in the back, six months old :) one of the twelve puppies we fostered for the BCSPCA animal shelter in Squamish, British Columbia Canada…’Raine’ in the front, also a rescued dog….almost two years old…we love them both! Cayenne is very easy-going, calm and very grounded…on the other hand, Raine is quite active, full of energy and a bit of a handful. After playing with the ball…a step sister embrace ~ Maria Vanesa Acuto

Photographing pets give me an immense soul joy!, discovering their personalities and capturing with an image their world, little expressions and movements…

I volunteer my time as a photographer to the SPCA Squamish Branch, BC Canada. Some of my clients include Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital, Paw in Hand Services.

You can also visit her webpage at and Facebook.

Editor’s Note:
This union, their love of each other is evident in your photo. It is lovely. I had two whippet that were devoted to each other, one older by 6 years. It was a painful separation when my older whippet passed away. Your photo reminds me of their interdependence. Mine too were quite different. The stoic older dog took a lot of heat and got attacked defending my sometimes rude younger girl whippet but they supported one another. Sorry, for my going down memory lane. ~ Robin Schwartz

My Note:
Another winner of National Geographic: Your Shot Assignment “The Animals We Love.” I receive so much joy in sharing people’s talents and passion in helping animals.




NatGeo Orphan Elephant

Orphan Elephant

I met this baby elephant while documenting a baby elephant rehabilitation/release program in Assam, India. He had lost his mother in a flood. I spent a lot of time with him and became quite attached. When I finally had to leave, I turned around one more time to look at the building that housed him and saw he had got up on his hind legs and was looking out the window at me. His expression was so strikingly human in that moment and I saw in his eyes something universal and profoundly expressive. Photographed by: Julia Cumes

Editor’s Note:
Julia, Breathtaking and poignant photograph. Your backstory enriches the information and is heart rending – if that is the right word. Thank you, Robin Schwartz

Julia’s photo received over 1,250, the most “I heart it” symbol in the National Geographic assingment “The Animals We Love.”  Congratulations, Julia.


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