We can’t get enough of Dudley.  From the top of his pudgy nose…

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…to the tip of his curly tail.  He is sooo snuffly and cute!

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Flowers

May 15, 2012

Tip toe through the tulips….

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Errr.  That wasn’t quite right. Let’s try, this one…

Stop and smell the roses.

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Are there no good phrases about dandelions??

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The Open Gate

May 14, 2012

Even thought they get to go about once a day, going into the “big yard” in the back is always a special treat for the dogs.  They are so funny to watch when they realize the gate is open and they come flying out.

Amy

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Piper

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Rex (with Jasper hot on his heels)

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Jake (looking oh so serious!)

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Simba

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Kaycee (who ran in and out this gleefully about 6 times)

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And then there was poor Boomer.  He couldn’t figure out how everyone got out there – he was standing at the wrong gate!  (That’s Jasper on his left keeping him company, yet not showing him the way out.)  He eventually started his “special” bark and Amanda opened the gate for him.  :)

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When you have a group of dogs all running for a toy, you are bound to get some funny facial expressions…

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Every once in a while someone will ask if we are ever going to get video cameras installed so they can watch their dog play at daycare.  While I totally understand the allure of this, I’m afraid the answer is always going to be “No”.  The main reason for this is because it makes me REALLY uncomfortable knowing I could be on camera for anyone to see at any time. Ugh. I’m not a big fan of reality TV and I definitely don’t want “big brother” watching me all day long.

So to make up for the lack of video cameras, we try with the blog and our Facebook page to give people a pretty good idea as to what happens here – we show the dogs playing, hanging out, resting, getting snuggles, etc.  That, in a nutshell, is what they are doing all day long.  Most dogs don’t play the WHOLE time they are here (although there are a few exceptions!). There are definitely ebbs and flows to the activity levels both for the dogs as a group, and for each individual as well.

I stuck the camera to the fence for a few hours in the “big dog area” this morning starting at around 8 a.m. and sped up the footage so that you wouldn’t have to sit here for hours watching. I did my best to stay out the camera’s way, yet keep the dogs in front of it so you had something to watch.  The dogs love to follow us around so wherever we go, we usually have at least half of them at our feet – playing, chewing on toys or just relaxing. I walk by a few times and you can see the group following.

I still can’t figure out how to embed a video here so you’ll have to check it out on YouTube.  Enjoy!

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Some days going through the photos at the end of a session, I can’t help but laugh.  Rosie in particular seemed to have some funny moments.

Are legs supposed to bend like that?

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I think she has holes in her mouth for water to escape through.

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See what I mean?  Where is it all coming from?  LOL

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She was also very goofy with the stick.

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And has some pretty funny and fleeting expressions.

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She tugged like a maniac.  It was all I could do to hold on.  I’m glad you can tell she is putting some effort into it as I couldn’t see a thing the way she was lurching me around.

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And in the end, she even showed me her flirty dance moves.

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Thanks for the laughs Rosie!  You are definitely a character.

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The Boys

May 2, 2012

The Boys… also known as Jack and Kerry.

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I met up with Mel, Sean and Rosie last night for a photo session.  I had told them not to exercise Rosie before coming as I think the wilder the dog, the better.  Rosie did not disappoint!

We started off letting Rosie blow off some steam in the grasses.

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She had a hard time focusing her attention on any one person to start but she had no problem focusing on the toy.

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We then moved on to the water. After all that running in the grass at full speeds, she required some cooling off time.

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Not that the water slowed her down much, if at all.

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Rosie had a, shall we say, “unique” swimming style.  :)

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She would get very persistent when I was slow to throw the stick.

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Then we moved back on dry land…. You can’t even tell she is soaking wet.  I wish my dogs were like that!  I had one small moment of the “Pointer’s point” that I just had get.  Mel got to witness first hand my very technical photography style… point the camera in the general direction of the dog and click the shutter.  But hey, I never would have gotten these next two without this very important technique (or heck the one above either).  Some dogs move too fast to do anything else.

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Rosie doesn’t believe in gravity.

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See what I mean?

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There was an incredible dark stormy sky so we headed to the top of coulees for a few more…  Rosie was still raring to go.

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But she was also willing to sit still for some family shots.

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Thanks Mel, Sean and Rosie for a super fun night!  I will have a blooper post coming your way… I haven’t laughed that much in a long time going through a set of photos. Rosie, you ROCK.

 

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How Long?

April 26, 2012

Errrr… Apparently it has been a while since we downloaded the pictures from the camera!  LOL.

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Did you get your hands on one of Windy City Rescue’s 2012 Calendars?  If so, you are already familiar with Lorelei Hoffarth‘s work as she was the woman behind the camera for all of those incredible pictures.  I couldn’t be more pleased to be working with her to bring all of you the ultimate in family sessions.

We are still working out all the finer details (which is why you haven’t heard about this yet!) but Echo’s family contacted us and wanted to get some pictures done before his very first hair cut tomorrow.

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And who wouldn’t want to remember this dude all shaggy?

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Last night was the second time we “officially” worked together.  I think it went pretty smoothly and I know I got some photos that I love and I’m sure she did too – she always does!  For the most part, Lorelei will be focusing on the people and I’ll be focusing on the dog(s), but there will be some crossover as we catch those moments “in between”.  For example, I think this was the “happy gum dance” right after Armand was promised a piece of gum if he smiled for the camera.  How could I possibly resist?

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More information about these sessions will be coming soon.  Very soon.  I promise.

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Thanks Beth for bringing your whole wonderful, incredible family out last night.  It was a lot of fun for us, and I hope for all of you as well.  You guys were all naturals.   And I’m glad Echo didn’t get too wet before heading home.

 

 

 

 

 

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