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Dogs in a Blog (5 Photos)

  • Dixia peers out the screen door at the home of Pooh and Anne Sprague at Edgewater Farm in Plainfield, N.H., on Aug., 7, 2014. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

    Dixia peers out the screen door at the home of Pooh and Anne Sprague at Edgewater Farm in Plainfield, N.H., on Aug., 7, 2014. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Walker launches into the White River in West Hartford, Vt., on Aug. 5, 2014 after owner Samantha Laferriere, of Quechee, Vt. threw a stick into the water.  Laferriere said she often brings him to the river where he gets lots of exercise. Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

    Walker launches into the White River in West Hartford, Vt., on Aug. 5, 2014 after owner Samantha Laferriere, of Quechee, Vt. threw a stick into the water. Laferriere said she often brings him to the river where he gets lots of exercise. Valley News - Jennifer Hauck Purchase photo reprints »

  • A dog waits in the car during the dedication of Logan Field in Lebanon, N.H., on May 3, 2014. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

    A dog waits in the car during the dedication of Logan Field in Lebanon, N.H., on May 3, 2014. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Lucky and his owners walk through a field in Plymouth. Vt., on June 6, 2014. They had driven up from Massachusetts to tour the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

    Lucky and his owners walk through a field in Plymouth. Vt., on June 6, 2014. They had driven up from Massachusetts to tour the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Owners Brad Hibner and Paul Yates keep a tight hold on Toby and Ruby in Lebanon, N.H., on May 3, 2014. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

    Owners Brad Hibner and Paul Yates keep a tight hold on Toby and Ruby in Lebanon, N.H., on May 3, 2014. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Dixia peers out the screen door at the home of Pooh and Anne Sprague at Edgewater Farm in Plainfield, N.H., on Aug., 7, 2014. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
  • Walker launches into the White River in West Hartford, Vt., on Aug. 5, 2014 after owner Samantha Laferriere, of Quechee, Vt. threw a stick into the water.  Laferriere said she often brings him to the river where he gets lots of exercise. Valley News - Jennifer Hauck
  • A dog waits in the car during the dedication of Logan Field in Lebanon, N.H., on May 3, 2014. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
  • Lucky and his owners walk through a field in Plymouth. Vt., on June 6, 2014. They had driven up from Massachusetts to tour the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)
  • Owners Brad Hibner and Paul Yates keep a tight hold on Toby and Ruby in Lebanon, N.H., on May 3, 2014. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck)

It will surprise few who know me that I often encounter dogs at my assignments — regardless of what sort of story I am shooting. I am drawn to dogs. They have always been part of my life, and, in fact, they are an important part of the social fabric of the Upper Valley. No wonder that I gravitate toward them when I go out on assignment — and that my inability to pass up on the opportunity to say hello to a dog has resulted in me missing a few moments of events I’m supposed to be covering.

It’s pretty simple: Dogs make me feel better. I think they do that for many people.

Those needing a serious dog fix should check out Elliot Erwitt’s amazing book Dog Dogs, with its 500 black-and-white pictures.

Posted to the Valley Visual blog on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.