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This Photographer Captures The Beauty And Dignity Of Elderly Animals
Smithsonian ^ | 11-7-13

Posted on 11/07/2013 4:31:29 PM PST by Dysart

While caring for both of her aging parents, Philadelphia-based photographer Isa Leshko made a conscious decision not to photograph her family. But about a year later, while visiting a friend’s farm, she found herself drawn to an elderly horse. Since then, she has captured dozens of animals in their winter years, including farm animals, horses and dogs. Some of them are factory farm rescues; others beloved pets. Many of the animals passed away shortly after Leshko photographed them. She writes:

I am creating these photographs in order to take an unflinching look at aging and mortality. My maternal grandmother had dementia during her later years, and now my mom has it. I am scared of developing Alzheimer’s disease and I get nervous whenever I lose my keys or forget a person’s name. Photographing geriatric animals enables me to immerse myself in my fear of growing old. I have come to realize that these images are self-portraits. Or at the very least, they are manifestations of my fears and hopes about what I will be like when I am old.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animalphotos; animals; elderly

Blue, Australian Kelpie, Age 19. Photo: Isa Leshko

1 posted on 11/07/2013 4:31:29 PM PST by Dysart
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To: Dysart

Handsome One, Thoroughbred Horse, Age 33. Photo: Isa Leshko

2 posted on 11/07/2013 4:32:16 PM PST by Dysart (Obamacare: "We are losing money on every subscriber-- but we will make it up in volume!")
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To: Dysart

I miss my old water mop!

3 posted on 11/07/2013 4:40:34 PM PST by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Dysart

We lost our old pony last year.Just like the horse in the picture,she had that spark in her eyes right up until the end.


4 posted on 11/07/2013 4:41:53 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

This is so sweet.


5 posted on 11/07/2013 4:49:38 PM PST by angcat
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To: Dysart

Nothing is more noble than an old dog.


6 posted on 11/07/2013 4:51:11 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

I agree. Everybody, including yours truly, loves puppies, but old dogs are indeed noble. That’s definitely the word. I’ve especially admired their stoicism in their old age as they transcend their infirmities. We can all learn form it.


7 posted on 11/07/2013 5:00:36 PM PST by Dysart (Obamacare: "We are losing money on every subscriber-- but we will make it up in volume!")
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To: Rodamala

I agree. Everybody, including yours truly, loves puppies, but old dogs are indeed noble. That’s definitely the word. I’ve especially admired their stoicism in their old age as they transcend their infirmities. We can all learn form it.


8 posted on 11/07/2013 5:00:36 PM PST by Dysart (Obamacare: "We are losing money on every subscriber-- but we will make it up in volume!")
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To: Farmer Dean

Our cattle dog is over 100. He has such spirit still but occasionally needs a baby aspirin. He wants to always be with Mr. Mercat. Such a beautiful bond. When he passes he’ll have a special place on our farm next to Boris and Kaylee.


9 posted on 11/07/2013 5:11:44 PM PST by Mercat
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To: Rodamala
“Nothing is more noble than an old dog.”

Or better company.

10 posted on 11/07/2013 5:16:00 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: Rodamala

Our old boy Buddy is 17.5 and still enjoying life. He gets his thyroid pills and a couple of doggy aspirins everyday along with a bunch of supplements from the drugstore. He can still shag a cat out of the yard. :-)


11 posted on 11/07/2013 5:18:06 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

What kind of dog do you have?


12 posted on 11/07/2013 5:21:00 PM PST by Dysart (Obamacare: "We are losing money on every subscriber-- but we will make it up in volume!")
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To: Dysart

my gus will be 13 in under two weeks. he still has some spunk, we take good care of him. hopefully a few more good years.


13 posted on 11/07/2013 5:27:35 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Dysart

Wink, Greyhound (retired racer), Age 13.

14 posted on 11/07/2013 5:37:10 PM PST by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: Dysart

My cat is 15—the equivalent of about 70 in human years—and she still likes to play, batting around catnip mice and plastic strips.


15 posted on 11/07/2013 5:50:14 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Dysart

We lost a beautiful 37-year-old horse a few months ago. He was lively and energetic to his last day. He was so intelligent and wise he was allowed to wander around the farm by himself. I never used a halter or leadrope, but just told him verbally where to go. He loved to go on trail rides and canter around with a young girl riding him.

He was usually in a paddock with a quiet gelding friend, but on his last night he plainly asked his human friend if he could go out into his favorite large field with the younger tougher boys. His human let him go out with them. In the morning she saw that he had died peacefully. He is much missed. I wish I knew why animals can’t live as long as we do.


16 posted on 11/07/2013 5:55:23 PM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: Dysart; Joe 6-pack

Old dog ping.


17 posted on 11/07/2013 5:57:28 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Dysart

We have a beautiful 13 year old Siberian Husky (old for a Husky). She is truly noble, even with her infirmaties....hip dysplasia, arthritis and cataracts. We manage her pain with prescribed medications. Every morning, we take Alyeska Blue on a quarter mile walk (we live in the country) to pick up our newspaper. She is always anxious, nose and tail held high, to go. If we happen to sleep a bit late, she nudges us to wake up to go for that daily walk. It’s the highlight of her day. Mostly she sleeps in her orthopedic bed, or in the front yard on a pile of snow. The deer are so accustomed to her, they just walk around her. On rare ocassions she might chase a wild turky (for about six yards) that invades her territory.

We love her and will keep her as long as she is willing to live.

I also care for my 96 year old father. Except for sleeping in a snow pile and chasing turkeys, he is in the same condition. A very noble WWII veteran and I will keep him as long as he is willing to live. He and Alyeska are the best of friends.


18 posted on 11/07/2013 6:18:45 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Dysart

Buddy the Beagle. Currently snoring like a lumberjack in front of the fireplace. :-)


19 posted on 11/07/2013 7:12:46 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Fiji Hill

Tabitha, my oldest, turned 17 last month. She’s the oldest kitty I’ve ever owned. I could never repay her the love she’s shown me, a love I can’t say I’ve always deserved.


20 posted on 11/07/2013 7:14:34 PM PST by Catmom (We're all gonna get the punishment only some of us deserve.)
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To: Rushmore Rocks

You, are Blessed.


21 posted on 11/07/2013 7:18:09 PM PST by CIBvet (So how's all this FAST TRACKED - FREE TRADE workin' out for ya so far, Comrade Job-Seekers ?)
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To: CIBvet

I thank God every day for my many blessings.......and pray for the patience to endure them.


22 posted on 11/07/2013 7:34:56 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Catmom

I lost my Sammy on October 4. He was a beautiful black kitty. I found him when he was 4 months old (age estimated by the vet). That was 20 years ago in September. Until late August, he was enjoying life...but he went downhill suddenly. We all miss him so very much.


23 posted on 11/07/2013 7:35:55 PM PST by CheathamCountyTN
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To: ottbmare

Oh, but they do.


24 posted on 11/07/2013 7:37:20 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker

Yes, of course they do, after their death on earth. I just mean why can’t they live longer on earth with us.


25 posted on 11/07/2013 8:58:35 PM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: Catmom

My kitty Heidi is 18. She gets slower and stiffer week by week now. I dread what’s to come, but I try to appreciate the here and now.


26 posted on 11/07/2013 9:02:14 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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27 posted on 11/08/2013 4:03:08 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Dysart

I’ve got to quit opening these threads. The monitor always gets blurry for some unknown reason.


28 posted on 11/08/2013 5:43:50 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Rodamala

Here’s my 13 year old Charity. Sorry the photo is distorted.

http://www.gsroc.org/2013/detail.gsr?id=1935

She acts more like 13 months old, not 13 years old.


29 posted on 11/08/2013 8:00:16 PM PST by chrisinoc
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To: chrisinoc

She’s a beauty. I love GS’s. You two are lucky to have each other :-)


30 posted on 11/08/2013 8:02:47 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Jane Long

I also have a GS male. Sorry, another distorted photo.

http://www.gsroc.org/2013/detail.gsr?id=2050

He’s a head turner also because of his long body and dark color.

Both dogs love people.


31 posted on 11/08/2013 8:20:04 PM PST by chrisinoc
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To: chrisinoc

He’s a handsome one! Did you adopt both, or are you fostering?


32 posted on 11/08/2013 8:22:59 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Jane Long

Both were adopted by me. I am a “foster failure” on both.


33 posted on 11/08/2013 8:30:27 PM PST by chrisinoc
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To: chrisinoc
Love that term of endearment...Foster Failure :-)

Our animals tend to live long, happy lives. We had a lab who lived to be 17 and our cat is a happy 18 years *young*.

34 posted on 11/08/2013 8:35:49 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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