By Nina Golgowski
Some of the greatest pleasures in life can often be the simplest.
As easily seen in Charlie the dog's case, they can come in the form of a small, orange ball.
Photographed leaping, bounding, but most notably gurning with dopey pleasure, this two-year-old boxer's hilarious enthusiasm to catch his slippery chew toy is remarkably captured in his larger-than-life face.
Tearing across a Washington state beach wearing his heart on his collar, Charlie's floppy jowls exposing chomping teeth make him at times appear as a gravity-defying extra-terrestrial predator.
In other moments, he's back to the squishy-faced pup with a harmless, demeanour - so long as you finally throw that bright orange ball.
'Charlie is a ball fanatic. If you offer him a treat or a ball he goes for the ball.
That is his best reward,' his owner and professional photographer Rick Ehrenberg said of his best friend in Ocean Shores.
Chasing his toy like a well-oiled machine the adorable gold and white dog is absolutely seen as though he could love, think and dream about nothing better.
Frequently captured with all outstretched toes flying through the air, the dog's graceful and athletic body is sky-high while lunging for his target.
Once it's captured, he slinks across the sand like a proud lion, his delight still easily captured in his twinkling eyes and pointed - albeit stubby - tail.