The Firmest Friend

 The poor dog, in life the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend.
– Lord Byron


Johannesburg, South Africa


Dogs are our link to paradise.
They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be
back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring.

It was peace.
– Milan Kundera






Kham, Eastern Tibet



Varanasi, India

The dog … is the god of frolic.
– Henry Ward Beecher


Angkor, Cambodia


New Delhi, India



Kabul, Afghanistan

With eye upraised his master’s look to scan,
The joy, the solace, and the aid of man:
The rich man’s guardian and the poor man’s friend,
The only creature faithful to the end.
– George Crabbe


Porbandar, India

The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be.
– Konrad Lorenz


Bagan, Burma


ITALY-10089, Rome, Italy, 10/1994,

Rome, Italy

I read the Odyssey because it was the story of a man who
returned home after being absent for more than twenty years
and was recognized only by his dog.

– Guillermo C. Infante

FRANCE-10028, France, 1989

Marseille, France






If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have
known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
– James Thurber


Texas, USA

Histories are more full of the examples
of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
– Alexander Pope






Jaipur, India

All knowledge, the totality of all questions and answers,
is contained in the dog.
Franz Kafka, Investigations of the Dog


Near Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka



Rome, Italy


California, USA

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in
this selfish world, the one that never deserts him,
the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.
– George Graham



If you think you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.
–  Cowboy Wisdom


Gruffy, our family dog, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

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47 Responses to “The Firmest Friend”

  1. Your photos are AMAZING Steve, did you take them all??
    My favorite place in Myanmar was Bagan.
    Ancient Bagan Temples, welcome Indiana Jones hope you enjoy:)

  2. Beautiful, makes my eyes smile as my dog lays close to me

  3. beautiful pictures, incredible journeys

  4. najmal ka Says:

    salute you sir
    i loved your south south east,
    wonder full

  5. I miss my dogs…they were my extra ears, my loyal friends, my family’s protectors. They never asked for nothing more than to be in our presence.

  6. Sir Truly Great. Its great showcase of respect to this Undobtedly a finest friend on earth. Every time i go through work it inspires me a lot. I wish i could meet meet you some day. Happy Clicking’. Gracias

  7. l n nagaraj Says:

    Mr. Steve, I love dogs & its love towards to me….

  8. No word mate…….

  9. i loved it… thanks master…

  10. Pure magic! I love that the images span countries & probably years too(?). Have you a page on cats?

  11. Pat McVeigh Says:

    I couldn’t have said it better if I tried. I have never been betrayed by a dog…..more than I can say about the behavior of some humans I have known.

  12. Reblogged this on Videla Exequiel and commented:
    When te music is over, You will always have a dog at your side – by Steve Mccurry.-

  13. thanks steve, its very beautful pictures, thanks for sharing these

  14. Caro Sr Steve
    Obrigado por ter trazido tanta alegria e amor a nossa vida durante todo esse ano que passou, independente de sua ou de nossa crença ,que Deus o proteja e lhe cubra de bençaos para cotinuar olhando o mundo da forma que o sr o vê, coberto de sentimento e amor

  15. My favorite type of photography is of street dogs. I love this post. I love Elliott Erwitt’s street dog photos too. I appreciate the wonderful quotes in your post. It says it all in regards to dogs. I love my dog Ozzy and have been photographing each day as part of a project. So, you know I love dogs. I invite you to check out my French Bulldog Ozzy.

    I’ve always loved your work and am glad to see that you photograph dogs on the street too!

  16. Amazing photo’s! Makes me want to go back to traveling again.

  17. great photos

  18. I love the themes you pick. Well done.

  19. Paul Park Says:

    Always love your pictures. Request for a possible future feline post?

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  21. Your photos are always stunning. I awarded you The Versatile Blogger Award!

  22. Anonymous Says:

    Gracias Steve por permitirnos disfrutar, una ves mas, de tu exelente trabajo.

  23. I really enjoyed this post!

  24. Themes are always good.

  25. Dogs are human’s best friend. couldn’t agree more!

  26. I loved this set. It made me smile to the very end.

  27. Dogs bless out lives…they fill our hearts with so much love and put a great big smile on our faces when we’re feeling down.

  28. Amazing. Exactly what missed for this Christmas.
    Thank you.

  29. Your work is always breathtakingly fantastic, no matter what the theme. I never cease to be thoroughly impressed and extremely inspired.

  30. So heart-fillingly true! Merry Christmas, Steve. Thanks for all that you share.

  31. aviatrixkim Says:

    I can just imagine what it would be like to sit in some pub and hear your stories. A life well lived, Sir!

  32. Excellent photos as usual. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Steve.

  33. Just ace. Beautifully shot. And brilliantly put together.

  34. Olga Celle Says:

    A wonderful album. I am a cat person but I share the feeling in your images and the poetry about dogs.
    Thanks for sharing. You’re a great photographer!

  35. Like always, I love every single of your photos!!! Thanks for sharing them.

  36. I love every single one!
    And fun to meet your own dog Steve:)
    Kind regards from the Netherlands, Corina

  37. I really like your work! It is amazing how you manage to transform every moment life into a sensitive, inspiring, timeless picture.

    Thank you for this dog serie😉

  38. Speechless…beautiful like always

  39. James Vincent Knowles Says:

    Thank you very much for sharing these, Steve. What a journey, eh?

  40. so many places, so many people and dogs as well.. mesmerizing..

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