Senior Dogs Photographed Across America

senior dogs Nancy-LeVine photographyJake, 16 years old, Higgins, Texas

Nancy LeVine is an award winning photographer who travels worldwide on a variety of assignments. A solo show of ‘Senior Dogs Across America’ opened at the Houston Center for Photography on May 4, 2012. She currently lives in New York and Seattle where she does assignment work and is working on new photographic projects. This is her statement:

‘Eight years ago, I began traveling the United States to photograph senior dogs. Like the diverse human pageant that Robert Frank captured in his book, The Americans, back in the 1950’s, I found dogs inhabiting all manner of American life — and with many years inscribed in their beings.

‘My interest in the world of the senior dog began as my own two dogs began to approach the end of their days. This was at a time when I had lived enough years to start imagining my own mortality. I entered a world of grace where bodies that had once expressed their vibrancy were now on a more fragile path.

‘I saw how the dog does it; how, without the human’s painful ability to project ahead and fear the inevitable, the dog simply wakes to each day as a new step in the journey. Though their steps might be more stiff and arduous, these dogs still moved through each day as themselves — themselves of that day and all the days before.’

‘As mortality was weaving its way through this project, so was another American thread. The media were consumed with reports about our country’s sharp political fractures. It was all about the Red/Blue conflicts and the strident voices leading the charge. Yet, what I witnessed in my travels was something quite different. It was people caring for the most vulnerable dogs. Whether the senior dog was part of a family where the dog/person devotion knew no bounds or one of the elders being tended at an animal sanctuary, I saw something much deeper than our divisions, something important about where we live and the best way to die.’

senior dogs Nancy-LeVine photographyCarly, 16 years old, Ralston, Wyoming

senior dogs Nancy-LeVine photographyCooper, 15 years old, New York City

senior dogs Nancy-LeVine photographyJoon, 16 years old, Sandwich, Massachusetts

senior dogs Nancy-LeVine photographyMason, 12 years old; Bailey, 15 years old, Cle Elum, Washington

senior dogs Nancy-LeVine photographyGinger, 12 years old, Devils Tower, Wyoming

senior dogs Nancy-LeVine photographyAbby, 9 years old, Mercer Island, Washington

senior dogs Nancy-LeVine photographyChamp, 9 years old, Butte County, South Dakota

senior dogs Nancy-LeVine photographyBreebee, 21 years old; Nuny, 19 years old, Ralson, Wyoming

senior dogs Nancy-LeVine photographySpringfeather, 17 years old, Kanab, Utah

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get some visual inspiration into your day!

Love photo books?

We're giving away a photo book each week to a lucky new subscriber to our newsletter.

Sign up now to enter!

Expert advice from photo industry professionals every Friday + get our guide to mastering Instagram (for FREE)!

Thanks for signing up to the Feature Shoot newsletter!