In Category: ‘Photography’

The Windy City Canine Rescue and the Lethbridge Fire Department have put together a very fun calendar for 2012. The calendars will cost $20 and will be available for sale at a few pet stores and vet clinics around town by the end of the month.  You can sign up to receive a notice when they are available or you can just stalk their blog or facebook page to get updates.  We will have some available for sale at the daycare too.

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I didn’t take any of the photos for the calendar, but I helped coordinate the project and I was the “official dog wrangler” at the sessions.  I was the obnoxious person waving treats, squeaking toys and making high pitched noises to get the dogs to look at the camera.  Lorelei Hoffarth volunteered her time and talents and took all the amazing photos for this project.  She did such an incredible job!!!  All the firemen were such good sports (and great models) and all the dogs had a pretty good time too.

Most days I didn’t even snap a single picture, but we did have one little model that didn’t need my coaxing (she actually slept through most of her session!) so I was able to take a few.  The rescue is slowly releasing each month (You can see January here), but as these aren’t in the calendar, I thought I’d give you an extra little sneak peak of who you can expect to see in November.  This is Firefighter/EMT Kevin McKeown with Penny.

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Jonah

September 24, 2011

When Pat asked me to take pictures of one of her boys, I knew I was going to have a good time. And Jonah did not disappoint.

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Jonah is an award winning flyball dog with Redline Dog Sports and at 7 years of age, he is still going strong.

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He didn’t mind fetching the ball over and over and over until we got just the shot we were looking for.

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He didn’t mind standing out in the freezing water with me, until we got the shot we were looking for either.

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And he didn’t mind fetching some more so he could dry off by the time he got back to the car.

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Jonah is pretty serious about his tennis ball…

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…but I managed to capture  some of his goofy side too.

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Thanks Pat and Jonah for a great start to the weekend!  I hope you enjoy the photos.

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Scent Hurdle II

August 31, 2011

The last agility event I went to, also included a few scent hurdle races that evening so I hung around to photograph those as well.  The dogs were all VERY focused on their jobs and not a single one of them paid attention to me even though I was sitting pretty close to one of the running lanes.  If you missed my last post about this sport, be sure to check it out as I explained the sport a little .  Enjoy the gallery!

CKC Agility Trial

August 27, 2011

Last weekend I went to my last agility trial of the season.  This one was a CKC trial hosted by the Weimaraner Association of Canada. They held it at the gorgeous Wet Noses facility.  They really had a great set up there!  It has been a busy week but I’m finally getting around to editing the photos. These were just a few favourites from the Saturday events.

A Lesson

August 25, 2011

I haven’t had much time to even look through the photos I took at last weekend’s CKC Agility Trial, and I’ve just started going through Sunday for the first time.  If you are patiently waiting, I hope to have them up some time on Saturday!  Anyway, as I was going through the photos, I spotted this series and  thought I’d share a lesson on how NOT to leave the teeter.  Hope you don’t mind Kiersten!  :)

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Weaving Machines

August 16, 2011

I don’t think too many people will argue with me if I say that watching dogs do the weave poles is one of the most exciting parts of agility.  They all have their own style, but regardless of how they get through them, they always look pretty cool!

Giant Sneak Peek

August 13, 2011

I’m spending the weekend taking pictures at Go Dog Go‘s Agility Trial.  If you aren’t doing anything tomorrow you should stop by and watch.  It is being held behind the college in one of the soccer fields.  It is free to watch, but please leave your pups at home as only the dogs entered in the event are allowed on site.  I downloaded my day’s photos and did a quick scan through to delete the “missed” shots (i.e. – they were out of focus, or in some cases I completely missed the dog! LOL) and at the same time I flagged a few favourites… The few favourites turned into 96.  Ooops!  :)

So if you want to see what you can expect, check out the teeny tiny gallery I put together.

Zacky

August 8, 2011

Zack and Lisa visited me a few weekends ago at the Windy City Canine Rescue‘s Bark in the Park event.  I had a table there with some information and stuff for sale (fun toys and t-shirts) and you could also enter to win a free photo session.  I had also donated a free photo session for the rescue’s raffle table.  Lisa bought tickets for the raffle AND entered at my table. Her persistence paid off as she and Zack were the lucky ones to win from the draw at my table.

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We headed out bright and early Saturday morning before it got too hot and walked along the top of the coulee’s on the west side.  It isn’t technically an off leash area but it is usually pretty quiet and Zack is so well behaved that leashing him up when passing other people or dogs is never an issue.  The goal of the day was to get some action shots of Zack.

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Lisa takes lots of fabulous photos of Zack but struggles with catching him in action.  We are going to meet again soon for a walk where she will show me a hidden gem of a walking location in exchange for some photography lessons.  :)

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I should also mention that Lisa is also an AMAZING artist.  You can see some of her work on her blog.  She also did one of Jane  that you can see on Sarah’s blog (it is at the bottom of the post) that I just love.  So if pictures aren’t your thing, but custom artwork of your pup is, be sure to contact Lisa.

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Alright… back to Zack.  If you aren’t sure what breed Zack is, you aren’t alone.  Zack is a border terrier and people are constantly asking if he is a puppy still and what kind of dog he is.  You don’t see too many of them around town.  In fact I think Lisa and Zack have only run into one other during their many walks around town and they are constantly on the look out for more of his kind.

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Zack was constantly on the hunt to find things to sniff (and roll in!).  We had to work pretty hard to get him to lift his head off the ground but with a variety of toys we managed to get some pretty cute pictures.  Golf balls are one of his favourites.  If his head and face is any indication, this one must have been buried in a pile of grass.

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Short dogs and long grass can make for some photography challenges. I love the natural look of the prairies, but sessions would sometimes be easier on a nicely manicured lawn. It is painful to delete a great photo that has a few blades of grass un-strategically placed in front of a dog’s face.  And with Zack’s photos, this happened a lot.  :(  But what I love about tall grasses and short little dogs is that when they run down a path, the grass makes a fabulous natural frame.  The photo below makes up for all the ones I had to delete.

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Thanks Zack and Lisa for a great walk!  I hope you love your photos.  Zack is such a handsome guy, it is no wonder he is your muse.

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Agility Survey

August 2, 2011

I’ve put together a very short (2 questions) survey for people who do agility… I’ve photographed 3 trials this year and have 2 more to go and I’m basically checking to see if what I’m photographing is what people are wanting.  I figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask!  So if you do agility, and would like to provide some input, here is your chance.

Just visit – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VFJXT3G to complete the poll.  Thanks!

Lure Coursing

August 2, 2011

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A few weeks ago, I went and photographed a Lure Coursing Event in Calgary hosted by the Foothills Gazehound Club.  I went to an event last year as well and if you’d like a little more information about the sport I put a brief description in a blog post last year.

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It was so fun to see breeds that I don’t get to see on a daily basis – Greyhounds, Whippets, Borzois, Ibizins, Basenjis Afghans, and Salukis.  In fact for some of these breeds, I only see them once a year at the Lure Coursing events!

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And as always, it is fun to watch dogs doing something they love, love, love!  The speed and grace of some of these dogs is breath taking.

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I find it a pretty difficult sport to photograph for a few reasons:  a) The course is quite large and for the most part the dogs are pretty far away from me.  b) There is usually more than one dog on the course at a time so I need to photograph up to 3 dogs at once. And last but not least, c) They are all moving pretty fast so I don’t have a lot of time.

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The good thing is, for the most part, I know where they are going to go as they are following the lure. icon smile Lure Coursing

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As usual, there are more, much, much more photos in the Lure Coursing Gallery.

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Check them out if you have a few minutes to spare!

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