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17 stunning photos inspired by one woman's infinite love for her pup.

Pets are so much more than furry little creatures running around the house. They're family.

17 stunning photos inspired by one woman's infinite love for her pup.

Anne Geier rescued her first dog, Cindy, on Dec. 11, 2007.

Anne had just gotten divorced, and she had a big goal: capture moments and create images of Cindy that would last a lifetime.

Anne wanted to improve her photography, too, so that meant enlisting more "dog models" like Cindy. Lucky for us, other pet owners were happy to oblige — and now we have some amazing images of adorable puppies loving this fall weather!


Sadly, Cindy died in August 2016. She was 14 years old. But the devastating loss fueled Anne's desire to dive even further into pet photography to help others commemorate their pet's lives.

Image by Anne Geier/Facebook, featured with permission.

"Cindy was the perfect model — she was eager, patient, and always graceful," Geier says. "Cindy meant to me everything and can´t tell you how happy I am that this magnificent dog was part of my life for the last eight years."

Here are 17 of Anne's most adorable dog portraits, in honor of Cindy:

1. Mesmerizing, isn't it?

Image by Anne Geier, featured with permission.

2. The colors, the background — so much beautiful going on here!

Image by Anne Geier, featured with permission.

3. This is so majestic, it almost looks like a classical painting.

Image by Anne Geier, featured with permission.

4. The most adorable peek-a-boo ever.

Image by Anne Geier, featured with permission.

5. There's no hiding that precious face in this beautiful photo.

Image by Anne Geier, featured with permission.

6. Is that pooch hugging a tree? I believe so. Melting...

Image by Anne Geier, featured with permission.

7. It doesn't get much more beautiful than this.

Image by Anne Geier, featured with permission.

8. This is what you call a "happy accident."

Image by Anne Geier, featured with permission.

9. No words. Just look at those faces!

Image by Anne Geier, featured with permission.

10. Bubbles, bubbles — so many bubbles. Simply perfect.

Image by Anne Geier, featured with permission.

11. Wow! Another photo that looks just like a painting

Image by Anne Geier, featured with permission.

12. Extra points for posing with a flower crown. Good girl!

Image by Anne Geier, featured with permission.

13. Another happy accident. You can't plan a butterfly landing on a cute little schnoz.

Image by Anne Geier, featured with permission.

14. Two words: simply stunning.

Image by Anne Geier, featured with permission.

15. A black dog looking off into the distance never looked so serene.

Image by Anne Geier, featured with permission.

16. Yes. This is an actual photograph. My mind is blown, too.

Image by Anne Geier, featured with permission.

17. Saving the best for last with these two adorable pooches nuzzling. You're welcome.

Image by Anne Geier, featured with permission.

Anne found her passion in life, and she says she has her beloved dog to thank.

"I just owe her so much. She was the reason why my whole life changed. Just to name a few things, since Cindy was in my life I spent much more time in nature, I became a very balanced person, I discovered my passion [for] photography. ... In short, she completed my life," she says.

Pet photography requires a very special set of skills: a good eye, creativity, and a whole lot of patience. And Anne (who's based in Austria) appears to have all three qualities. The proof is in her amazing photos of dogs enjoying all the wonders nature has to offer. She even offers tips to anyone interested in trying pet photography.

Plus, these photos are simply a beautiful celebration of how much our dogs love us and how much they love the fall.

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