Make new friends, but keep the old

Can you sing it? “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other, gold.” Making new friends and keeping up with the old ones is a BIG source of happiness for me.

I met some great new friends at the dog parks last year. Meet Steve Austin, a PhD geologist who owns little Maggie (left), the Australian Shepherd. Steve and his wife Kelly recently moved to Sewickley. My puppy Sophie (right) who looks like Maggie’s  big sister has become Maggie’s new best friend.

Making friends at the dog park
Making friends at the dog park

Or April Eilers, another dedicated dog owner who is also a photographer. She loves animals and wildlife photography. She has rescued dogs and also an injured pelican. We met in Naples, Florida and are now Facebook friends. We have both benefitted from our new friendship.  I was able to advise April on underwater photography for her upcoming trip to Grand Cayman.

My friend April, dog lover and wildlife photography
My friend April, dog lover and wildlife photographer (not my photo)

Old friends? We spent a week in Sardinia, Italy with the Sangregorio family, dear friends of our family since 1964. That’s when my parents met Alberto and Graciella. They were both crossing the Atlantic on the Christoforo Colombo cruise ship. Now the friendship lives on to the second and third generations. Very special!

Antonio (son) and Paola (granddaughter) of Alberto and Graciella
Antonio (son) and Paola (granddaughter) of Alberto and Graciella


Author: cathykellyphotography

Independent photographer based in Pittsburgh PA and Naples FL. Nature, landscape and portrait photography. Portfolio includes international work in USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Email to review work in your area of interest. Nature portfolio includes flowers and wildlife. Prints and digital files for sale. See website:

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