Archive for Aug 2010

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Kali and Tux

August 10, 2010

Two cuter little dogs, you’ll never find.  Kali and Tux had my heart at “Hello”.  

So say Hello to Kali….
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And Tux…
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I had been warned that Kali could be a little leary of strangers, and didn’t really like the camera.  Apparently she can sense a dog person a mile away because she didn’t show a hint of shyness.
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Tux is as playful as Kali is sweet.  He was always trying to entice her into a game of chase or steal the toy.

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Kali usually got the upper hand.  :)

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Move over brother… those are my treats she’s giving out!

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They love to wrestle together and it was so fun to watch.  And they were sooo fast!  One minute they were at my feet and the next they were across the yard.

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I just had to include my “signature” tug picture too.  There is just something about a dog tugging that is so darn cute!

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Goodbye little cuties!  Thanks for cheering me up after a long, hard day.  You put a smile on my face that lasted for hours.  I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them Brenda!

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The Open Door

August 10, 2010

I think the open door way is my favourite place to take pictures at the daycare.  The inside of the building is so dark compared to the bright light, it almost makes it look like the dogs are standing in a studio.  Cooper, Jett and Fenway were more than happy to strike a pose.

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Unwanted Advances…

August 9, 2010

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HeART’s Speak

August 8, 2010
I’m proud to have been accepted as a member of HeART’s Speak.

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HeARTs speak is working to unite photographers and rescues into collective action for social change.  In other words, they are working to help ensure that rescue dogs and cats are appreciated and not over looked when it comes time for people to add a pet to their family and in the long run, to try and reduce the number of dogs and cats that are euthanized each year.

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I’ve been working with the Windy City Canine Rescue for the past 6 months or so photographing the dogs that have been looking for a new home.  I love having the opportunity to meet these incredible dogs and to get to know them even just a little bit.

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I used to think rescue dogs always had something “wrong” with them, otherwise they never would have been abandoned.  I’ve since realized that it isn’t usually the dog’s fault that they end up needing a second home.  There are so many reasons – some legitimate, some not so legitimate but regardless of those reasons, the result is the same.  We end up with a dog that needs a new home and thanks to volunteers that run rescues everywhere, some of these dogs get that opportunity.  Not all of them are that lucky.

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If you are considering adding a dog or cat to your family, please consider adopting one from a rescue or animal shelter.  Petfinder (an international website dedicated to showcasing dogs, cats and other small animals in need of a home) is a fabulous way to find dogs and cats in your area that are looking for a home.

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All of these dogs above are currently with the Windy City Canine Rescue and are looking for a new home.  EDITED – The cute lab at the top has recently been adopted!  :)

He looks innocent enough…

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He goes about playing fetch and running through the fields…

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And then he hits the water….

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And a wild dog emerges.

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Who me?

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Yes you, Taku!

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Back on land he became the stoic German Shepherd he wants you all to believe he is.

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But I know better.

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Thanks Taku and Stuart!  I love a dog with a little crazy inside, and Taku definitely fits the bill!

Sweet Idaho

August 5, 2010

We recently found out that Idaho just passed over the Rainbow Bridge.  It was a shock to lose this little guy so suddenly and at such a young age.

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Idaho couldn’t help but make everyone smile.  He was always happy, always friendly and always ready to play.  We lovingly called him the “Potato” and we always looked forward to the days he came to daycare.

We’ll miss you Idaho.

Amanda saw an ad on Kijiji the other day for a fun, plastic red chair.  After one look I knew it was perfect for the daycare (i.e. easy to clean!).  A few of the dogs agreed with us…

Alyera decided it was the perfect size for her.

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Whistler only used it to try and get closer to me.

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And Sawyer decided it was safe after watching the other two and hopped on to see what the fuss was all about.

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It’s lack of cushion doesn’t make it as popular as the couch, but it is much prettier.

Zed and KaBoom!

August 4, 2010

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Debbie won a photo session I donated to the Windy City Canine Rescue’s Bark in the Park event earlier this summer.  I knew she had a gorgeous shepherd named Zed, but I didn’t know she also had a little firecracker of a dog named KaBoom.
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Talk about fun, playful dogs.  I had a blast tying to keep up with these two!

Zed was a fetching machine…

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And KaBoom was usually off hunting and exploring, but checked back with us occasionally to make sure we hadn’t been eaten alive by mosquitos.

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I couldn’t believe how bad the bugs were.  It was truly insane.  Debbie was smart and wore long sleeves and long pants – I was not so smart.  I sprayed with bug spray before going out, but it didn’t seem to have too much effect.  The river provided some relief for all of us.

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Zed was happy to keep retrieving whether we were on land or water.

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KaBoom was also willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to rescue the ball.

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Thanks Debbie for braving the killer mosquitos and introducing me to your two incredible dogs.


August 3, 2010

If you were in the daycare this past week, you may have noticed that our stuff from Ruffwear has arrived!

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We’ve got some collars and leashes as well as some toys to sell.  I “special ordered” a few other items for myself as well (a couple of backpacks, a couple of beds, a couple of t-shirts…  apparently I was on a shopping spree!) and I can assure you that this company makes good stuff!  So far, I haven’t regretted a single purchase.

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The toys are durable and great for fetching and/or tugging.  And the leashes are super comfortable on your hands (I have a “puller” so I know what it can be like!).

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Be sure to check them out next time you are in.  We’ll take some pictures of the dogs playing with some of the toys this week, but in the meantime, you can see how much fun my dogs had with a “Gourdo” down at the river last week.

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As always, if there is anything specific you’d like from Ruffwear that we don’t carry, let us know and we’ll be sure to add it to our next order!