Birthdays are happiest when spent with loved ones. Lauren and her loyal pup, Gunnar, the Golden Retriever, share a birthday week, and they celebrated with an in-home photo session with Nicole Caldwell Photo.
From Lauren: “After months of searching the internet and sending application after application, this handsome Golden Retriever graced my screen, and I was smitten. After immediately sending yet another application, I crossed my fingers, and I anxiously awaited a response! On the rainiest day in April, this sweet boy jumped out of the ARF van, we made heart-eyes at one another, and I knew we were meant to be.
Gunnar had lived in a garage almost all of his life, and to say he had no problem settling in to ‘home life’ would be an understatement. He spent his first night in the king bed, hunkered into me. He has not spent a night on the ground again! It has been an incredible experience watching him learn, grow, and come into his adorable personality. I’m a little biased, but Gunnar is the sweetest, silliest, best boy! I cannot even remember life before his big wet kisses.
I am so grateful his previous family made the choice to offer him a better life, and I aim to do right by that decision every day.”
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About Nicole Caldwell Photography: Based in Orange, California, Nicole specializes in wedding photography, as well as commercial photography. In addition to the in-home and on-location session, Nicole offers studio sessions. She is also available for destination weddings.
Sarah Bailey says
Oh my goodness check out gunner what a cutie! I love that his photos are all at home – his happy place.
Ruth Epstein says
He is so adorable and I love reading rescue stories as they make me smile knowing they were saved and living the life of luxury which they deserve.
Brandy Ellen Writes says
Gunner is so adorable! What a sweet doggy. Golden Retrievers will always have a special place in my heart, that’s what I had growing up from puppy until she grew old when I was about 14 years old. (she, too, was about 14 years old)
Jennifer Van Haitsma says
Aww this is so cute! Golden retrievers are so sweet <3 Happy birthday to both of them!
Such lovely and sweet photos. Gunnar is so adorable. Love the name, too…so unique.
Britt K says
This is such a beautiful way to celebrate your birthday! Who wouldn’t want to celebrate with their best friend, right? I love the pictures – they turned out incredible. These are all worthy of being framed and put on display. If it were me, I would need to consider doing a gallery wall because I couldn’t choose!
Beautiful dog, those picrures are so funny. He seems to be so disciplined.
Shelley R Zurek says
What a sweetie he is. It’s great that you detailed the process of adoption for us. I didn’t realize it could take some time.
Jana Rade says
Goldens are such lovely creatures; they light up any home they get to share. And the photos reflect that wonderfully.
What a cutie! Any home with a pup him is a happy home.
I love golden retrievers! They’re so cute. This is for sure a happy home with a pup like gunner
He looks so adorable! I can’t wait for my pups to behave and get their photographs as well as this one.
Nancy at Whispered Inspirations says
Oh my goodness, what an absolute sweetheart. So beautiful, and he seems so playful.
What absolutely gorgeous photos! Gunner looks like the most adorable dog and thats captured so perfectly in these.
Ice Cream n Sticky Fingers says
Gunnar is a beautiful dog. I remember when I saw that a friend posted Yorkies and I’ve always wanted one. I immediately said that I wanted one. I picked out the smallest, cutest, and what I thought was the quietest out of the two left. He turned out to be pretty vocal but I wouldn’t change a thing. He is spoiled rotten.
Dorothy "FiveSibesMom" says
Gunnar is so beautiful! Always loved Goldens. My daughter actually wants to add one to her family at a later date. You can just see all the love between Lauren and Gunnar in the photographs! All such wonderful photos, especially that black & white! Beautiful job Lauren did! <3
This is such an amazing story! So glad they found each other. I share a birthday month with two of my pups – sounds like a great idea to do a birthday photo shoot!
Nicole Caldwell says
Such a beautiful family! Thank you Daily Dog Tag for featuring Gunnar’s story and fun birthday photo shoot celebration.