Canadian photographer Pete Thorne celebrates the beauty of aging in this portrait series featuring what he describes as “very, very old dogs.” So far, the ongoing project, entitled Old Faithful, has more than 50 gray-haired dogs in the collection. Thorne works closely with his subject and owner to capture the personality of the individual animals in a small studio set-up. Each fuzzy face is filled with the wear and tear of time but they still have those cute puppy-dog eyes that any dog-lover will adore.
“I usually request that the owner bring their dog's favorite treats and toys to help focus their attention. This doesn't always work as a lot of these old doggies are blind or deaf, possibly both,” says Thorne. “I found that the trick is to direct the owner; the dog will follow. It can be quite a comical scene. I'll be low on the ground firing off shots from my camera while the owner is crawling around on the floor with me trying to get the dog pointed in the right direction.”