"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

Anna and Her Best Friend

Anna is eight years old today.  I remember going to the hospital in the dark, and then watching the sunrise over the Monongahela River from the window.  Then I went to school after she as born and everyone was so happy for our family. It was a happy day. Here is a portrait of her with Murphy the Airedale when she was one.  It hangs in her bedroom.

And a recent photograph of Anna and Murphy….

  The artist of the painting , Alison Zapata,  is a new mother herself and paints wonderful pet portraits. Her website is here

17 responses

  1. This is so precious!


    October 10, 2011 at 3:11 am

  2. Happy Birthday Anna!


    October 10, 2011 at 6:25 am

  3. Toni

    Gorgeous girl, eighth birthday, steadfast friend, warm memories —– good stuff!!!!


    October 10, 2011 at 6:32 am

  4. connie

    Lovely comparison from 2004 – 2011 – Wonderful smile! Happy birthday, Anna.


    October 10, 2011 at 6:55 am

  5. Sue Reinfeld

    I remember the day you came into school and told us. She was beautiful then and she is beautiful now. (The dog’s good looking too.)


    October 10, 2011 at 7:34 am

  6. Kristin

    WOW! Great portrait and what a beautiful girl!


    October 10, 2011 at 7:44 am

  7. Happy Birthday Anna – Murphy is a lucky dog to have such a wonderful girl to watch over.


    October 10, 2011 at 7:49 am

  8. Happy Birthday to Anna; what a cute little girl…


    October 10, 2011 at 8:00 am

  9. Vincie

    Happy Birthday, Anna!


    October 10, 2011 at 8:03 am

  10. joyce

    Love these pictures! Who did the painting?


    October 10, 2011 at 9:40 am

    • Alison Zapata. Her website is on today’s post.


      October 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm

  11. Loved the portrait and the artitst’s site. How we love to celebrate out pets! Your last photo, with a “much older” (LOL) Anna peering over her dog’s shoulder is mesmerizing. It’s a gorgeous picture of a pretty young girl.


    October 10, 2011 at 10:17 am

  12. erica

    I love seeing Murphy taller than Anna in photo #1, and then the reverse in photo#2. Wouldn’t it be great if dogs could speak about children starting out little and then growing taller then they are. 🙂 In the hug, Anna and Murphy are the same height!!! 🙂 Happy Birthdy Anna!
    Ruth, you called me and left a message on my Machine when Anna was born …. I think I took it down and mailed a copy to you – or called it back to you??? You were so happy and excited!!!! Happy Anna’s Birthday to you, Ruth!!!


    October 10, 2011 at 11:41 am

  13. What beautiful photos.. a gorgeous girl and her dog! such a perfect pairing.. c


    October 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    • Thanks for your nice comment today and for stopping by the blog.


      October 11, 2011 at 1:34 am

  14. What a good dog! Dogs and kids are such fast friends. This is really sweet.


    October 10, 2011 at 8:02 pm

  15. What cuties! I love the compare-and-contrast. It looks like they are both aging beautifully.


    October 13, 2011 at 9:19 am

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