In Category: ‘Photography’

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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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!

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.

Kate is going to be turning 12 soon, but you’d never know it.
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She still has a lot of spunk in her and didn’t require much coaxing for a game of fetch.
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She didn’t mind taking the occasional break though.  It was nice to take pictures of a dog that actually sat still occasionally!
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The rests never lasted long and she was up and ready to explore.
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After wandering around in the coulees for a bit, we went back to the field for a little more playtime.
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She was soooo cute rolling around in the grass with her toy!
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I hope I age as gracefully as Miss Kate!
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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing Bailey.  I’ll never grow tired of beagles!
She is trying to pretend she is a serious dog, but we all know better!
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She had the best backyard ever!  Tonnes of space to run and jump and lots of things to sniff and explore.
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She never really sat still the whole time I was there.  She was always ready for her next adventure and was game for anything we wanted to do.
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Like every beagle I’ve ever met, she loved to fetch and tug.  
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She also showed off her great obedience skills. She was a wonderful little heeler and started up at her momma the whole time. It was very cute.
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She also goes along for bike rides every day. She is actually attached to the bike in this picture below, but I cloned out the leash.  I think a bike would be the only way to keep up with this active girl.
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She will occasionally settle down for a quick chew of a toy, but as you can tell by her alert tail, she is ready to go at a moment’s notice!
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Thanks Bailey and Pam for a great morning!  If you ever wake up to find a tent in your backyard, don’t worry… it is just me, enjoying some “country life”.  :)

Izzy Plays Ball

July 28, 2010
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If I’d been thinking straight, I would have brought a baseball to this photo session.  Izzy isn’t used to running around off leash so instead of just letting her loose in the coulees, we brought her to a nice fenced area.  These are hard to find around Lethbridge, but if you go early enough in the morning, you just might be able to sneak on to a ball diamond in Dave Elton Park.  Shhh…. Don’t tell anyone as I don’t think technically we were allowed to be there!

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Izzy thought she had died and gone to heaven.  She had a blast running around and following her nose.  And we only had one small opening in the fence to guard to make sure she didn’t end up roaming the streets.

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After she had her fill of the ball diamond, we headed home for some more pictures where she was a little more comfortable and a little more focused on playing.

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There is a reason I love beagles…. Just look at this face!

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And they are clever too.  Especially when food was involved.  I think it only took 3 treats to teach Izzy how to catch!

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Thanks Roberta and Izzy for spending the morning with me.  I’m glad we all survived Izzy’s first off leash adventure!

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We decided to do Abby’s photo session at the Scenic Dog Park as the wild flowers are gorgeous at the moment.  They didn’t disappoint.

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And neither did Abby – not that there was ever any doubt of that happening!

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Abby is the only beagle I know of that goes on off leash walks.  Hounds tend to follow their nose wherever it leads them, but Abby did great.

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She adopted the squeaky toy I brought to get her attention.  She loved it so much, I sent her home with it. icon smile A Scenic Walk with Abby

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This last photo was itching for something different to be done to it.  I’m not sure if I have it quite right yet, but I love the sea of grass surrounding her.

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Have I mentioned before how much I love my “job”?  Every photo session is so much fun, like a dog walk with a friend.  Thanks Breeanne and Abby for a great evening!

If you didn’t make it out to Windy City Canine Rescue‘s Bark in the Park event, you missed out on a really fun time!  There were definitely lots of familiar faces….

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Barkely won the highest jumper award.  I of course, missed taking a picture of the actual jump but this is when Tammy (Taylor’s mom) was awarding him the win!

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I did however manage to get one of Kort jumping!

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It was a really fun afternoon.  We’ll be sure to let you know of their next event.  If you want to see the rest of the pictures, visit the Windy City Canine Rescue website for more info!

Bark in the Park

July 3, 2010
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I volunteered today at the Windy City Canine Rescue‘s “Bark in the Park” event.

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It was a lot of fun.  How could it not be? I got to visit with puppies all day!  I even met a “new-to-me” breed.  This handsome pup below is a Patterdale Terrier.  He looked like a chocolate lab puppy.  Too cute!
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And this cute puppy discovered my “Secret to Success”…
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If you want to see all the pictures from the event, you can visit the Bark in the Park gallery.
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