Four years ago, on a sunny midwestern spring-time day, Stacia and I stopped by the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. We had been casually talking about getting a dog. We walked through the rows of kennels and this little funny colored dog caught Stacia’s eye. She was sitting in the back of her space just watching us walk by— we could easily have missed her — but Stacia said, “Look at this one!” So we stopped and looked at her, and she looked at us. We had no intention to bring home a dog that day, but this one wiggled her way into our hearts (in a similar fashion to the way she likes to wiggle her way down under the covers). That was the day we met the most amazing companion we could have hoped for. She’s been all over the country with us on countless road trips and is always up for an adventure. Part cattle dog and part human, she’s a constant source of joy, and the subject of many photos. In fact, more often then not, our Instagram photos have her in them.


Yes. It’s a little embarrassing, but it’s also true. We like to take photos of our dog.

So much so, in fact, that she has her own Instagram hash-tag feed.

I thought this would be a fun way to keep track of the photos we take of her, but it has proved also to be a great way to see the photos that others take as well.

So, may I present to you the #iheartlina feed: a delightful and always growing open-source collection of the life and times of Lina Elizabeth Cumberland. Many of these photos were taken by us but quite a few were taken by others. Along with Lina, you’ll also see our housemates, friends, and other general Lina enthusiasts.

Feel free to click though to Instagram to comment, like, or just see who took the shot.

(Also, note the random other photos who have sneaked into the feed!)

Happy tuesday.

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(A note about quality and credit: these are instagram photos taken on phones and not all taken by Dan or Stacia).

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