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Murphy the Airedale Terrier’s Tenth Birthday

You’ve seen him many times on the blog.  His endearing personality and stuffed animal appearance make him a satisfying (and willing) subject to photograph. He wants to be in the pictures with the family.  I know some readers are not “dog people” but Murphy is an important member of the family and I know they will enjoy telling him he is “on the blog”!

The recent Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful, featured Murph under a shade tree in Hardy, VA and he was on earlier today, being patient as Anna and Maura put sock monkeys on his back.

I didn’t give him proper recognition for his TENTH birthday which is TODAY!  January 24th!!

My sister sent the hat and bone from NYC and I photographed him on Saturday with his birthday treat.

I said,” Whatcha doin’ Murph?” and he stopped gnawing and looked up at me, so tolerant of old Grandma and her camera lens, frequently pointed in his direction.

An early post before Midnight so it is ON the day, not belated. Happy Birthday Murphy.


34 responses

  1. Oh, Ruth… what a sweet tempered little dog you have. I love the way he is so even tempered with little babes…

    January 25, 2012 at 12:38 am

    • He belongs to my eldest son and his wife and family in Columbus but he is quite special to me. Thanks for looking and writing a nice comment. Any cake left?

      January 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm

  2. 10 years old and yet he was present at The Manger? Well, that must’ve been where Murph learned to be so good with children. Then again, he does have the best of birthdays, January 24th. All born on the 24th are destined for greatness. Trust me. I know. ;)

    January 25, 2012 at 3:40 am

    • Happy birthday to you!
      Yes, I had to include the manger scene photo.
      Thanks for your thoughtful and supportive comments!

      January 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm

  3. Kristin

    Great photos! He is a loving dog.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:33 am

  4. Erica Wells

    Oh oh oh what a priceless and adorable series of photos – liked Chgo John’s comment about Murphy being present at the Manger!!! xoxoxoxo

    January 25, 2012 at 6:59 am

  5. Sue Reinfeld

    Those pictures show that Murphy is very loved.

    January 25, 2012 at 7:31 am

  6. Good old Murphy, I’m not a dog person myself, but its hard not to fall in love with such a great face and demeanor.

    January 25, 2012 at 7:47 am

  7. connie

    I especially enjoyed seeing the early Murphy photos when he was still a youngster.

    January 25, 2012 at 8:02 am

  8. Im another one pf those not much of a dog person, so I guess Murphy is an inviting and engaging ‘person’.

    January 25, 2012 at 8:09 am

  9. I love all of the photos! Happy Birthday Murphy,
    Love Aunt Lala

    January 25, 2012 at 8:18 am

  10. Vincie

    This is a lovely tribute to a lovely dog. Happy Birthday, Murphy!

    January 25, 2012 at 8:34 am

  11. How sweet. Happy Birthday Murphy!

    January 25, 2012 at 8:56 am

    • Thanks Francine. He is a sweet dog.

      January 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

  12. Gail Radley

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MURPHY It’s easy to see the love and joy you bring to your family

    January 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

  13. thirdhandart

    Happy Birthday Murphy!

    January 25, 2012 at 10:13 am

  14. Beautiful dog, beautiful photos — especially the black and white of Murph, looking patient and steadfast, and the little girl (sucking her thumb!). That’s iconic, belongs in “The Family of Man” or some other classic collection…

    January 25, 2012 at 11:30 am

  15. Oh this is at least my favorite post from you so far this year. I love Murphy you know and wouldn’t have guessed he was 10. He looks distinguished even in that hat. Great dog, great photos.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:52 am

  16. You always have a great picture s Ruth
    I want to share you this


    January 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm

  17. Joyce

    Loved those great “dog is man’s best friend” photos. What a gorgeous animal with such a wonderful personality! Especially enjoyed ChgoJohn’s comment.

    January 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm

  18. What a sweetiepie! Happy Birthday, Murphy!

    January 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    • Thanks Carla. He is a wonderful member of the family.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:22 pm

  19. Happy birthday Murphy!! stunning pooch:)

    January 26, 2012 at 12:22 am

  20. Awwww omg so cute! But the one of the little boy (your son?) resting his feet on Murphy is priceless :)

    January 26, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    • Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment today., The little boy is my grandson. I like that one too.

      January 26, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      • He’s so adorable. His feet! Omg :)
        Thanks so much for following. I hope you leave a comment on my latest post and let everyone know why you blog! And please leave a link to your blog so everyone can come see your cute grandson hehe =P

        January 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm

  21. Oh gosh, what a GREAT guy he is! I love all of the shots with him and one of the kids; he’s such a tolerant boy! (I especially liked the image of him with the little boy’s feet resting on his back, and of the little girl hugging him while sucking her thumb. Both are treasures!)

    January 27, 2012 at 8:58 am

  22. So sweet ….Murphy as well as kids. We have a dog too and his b’day is on 4th of March …hope to make him happy too. I am sending you a HUG award hope you like it. http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines

    January 27, 2012 at 9:14 am

  23. Cj

    I want a dog. Beautiful!

    January 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm

  24. Murphy rocks, awesome!

    January 28, 2012 at 4:03 am

    • Thanks Gilly. He is a wonderful guy! Thanks for looking and taking time to comment today.

      January 28, 2012 at 4:27 am

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  26. He is absolutely WONDERFUL! What a sweet dog, and I love the pictures of the kids with him.

    July 22, 2012 at 11:33 pm

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