Once stored in a black-page scrapbook, this seventy year old photograph captures my father’s smile, ever gentle and warm. Norman appears tickled by his pup’s misbehavior. Or perhaps the teenager is amused by his dad’s struggle to hold the wiggling black and sable shepherd. Even George Strickland seems to be stifling a smile as he hugs the dog, cigarette at the ready. This father-son moment was snapped by a mystery photographer in front of their home, the Dodson homeplace built by Norman’s great-grandpa, James, in 1859. The farm was located just off the Boydton Road, a few miles south of Chase City, Mecklenburg County, Virginia.