Puppy Time!

For me, puppies are something special!  From puppy breath to big paws, soft bellies and long ears, young puppies make me feel their youth.  Having raised only one puppy (English Pointer), I welcome the opportunity to work with them EVERY chance I get.  This is a quick look at Dunham, a Viszula puppy.  They are wonderful field dogs for hunting upland game birds and like the other bird dogs breeds, they are wonderful, energetic dogs to welcome into active families!

Cute profile, right?

Cute profile, right?

 

Dunham made himself comfortable right away and took to playing ‘ham’ right away.  His beautiful, oaky-colored coat was perfect with the surroundings I picked out for him.  Can’t you just feel that soft, supple body?  And how about that pointing tail?

 

Should I jump?

Should I jump?

 

One of the things I noticed about him right away was that he was fascinated with my Five Fingers shoes I was wearing.  In spite of any noise I could produce, he kept looking at my feet.  Here’s one of those moments.   Don’t you just love that furrowed forehead he has to grow into?

Are we going on vacation?

Are we going on vacation?

I was hoping that Dunham would curl up into the suitcase and take a little puppy nap, but instead, he decided that playing with the little, fluffy blanket was a lot more fun!  So heck, capture that fun!  Take a look at those elephant ears as he reacts to his mom’s distress that he’s ruining my prop.

Is this OK to do?

Is this OK to do?

Finally the activity started to take it’s toll and Dunham nestled into the nest we made for him.  See that ‘getting sleepy’ look in his eyes?  He’s just so cute!

My own nest.

My own nest.

At last, Dunham succumbed to his fatigue and I got a nice sleepy image.  The images from awake to asleep are hilarious but I’ve cut to the chase here.  If you know of anyone that has a puppy under 10 weeks and they’d like to be a MODEL for me.  Let them know and we’ll set up a Complimentary session with a print to take home.  I’m also looking for kittens to photography!

Shhh!  Puppy sleeping.

Shhh! Puppy sleeping.

 

 

 

 

 

White on White

At my recent SNOW DOGs event, we were blessed with a fresh layer of new snow to make the landscape complete for new paw prints.  Oliver, a year-old Standard Poodle arrived with his owner, Cheri, and he was sporting a recent grooming, complete with a beard.  Just what every male Poodle needs!  He looked charming and masculine.  Cheri arrived in a red coat and as a landscape architect, she was aware that the dogwood would be starting to get red again as the daylight was getting longer.  Everything came together for a good session – white dog on white snow with a splash of red!

 

Oliver and Cheri embraced the deeper snow and immediately set about demonstrating the depth of their relationship – running, balls, jumping, and showing off his groom.  The two of them together are a perfect match and I love it when the dog’s and owner’s energy levels are the same.  I wondered who would tire first.

Oliver and owner, Cheri, enjoy their play time in fresh snow during the SNOW DOGs event.

Oliver and owner, Cheri, enjoy their play time in fresh snow during the SNOW DOGs event.

Recently Cheri came for the View and Order session to pick out her images from our session together.  Trio Panels are a popular way for dog owners to take home a nicely designed piece of wall art for their home.  As I worked with Cheri’s Trio Panel, I wanted to tie in her relationship to the landscape since she noted the color of the dogwood in the photos.  Here’s a contemporary look that I created for her that ties in snowflakes and the yummy, red color.  Tell me if you think it works, or not!

Trio Panel AA

 

 

Cattin’ Around

In between photographing seniors, families and dogs, I’m cattin’ around the neighborhood these days.  OK, it’s not the most photographic blog I’ve posted recently, but it’s got me engaged and energized!

After our block party, a neighbor told me of the cat and her kittens.  I’ve seen the cat since winter and thought someone on a neighboring street owned it.  So I was surprised to see that she was a stray mother of three!  Kittens were cute but I don’t want her reproducing ‘in our neighborhood’ again.  Kinda like the ‘not in my backyard’ movement, if you get my drift.

I signed up and became a trained Trap-Neuter-Release volunteer through the WI Humane Society and this morning, momma took the bait!  At 6:00a.m. she got hungry and when I saw her beautiful, green eyes staring back at me from the live trap, I was glad to have her in there safely.  However, where was her kitten?  Another trap has been set to try to catch that one.

Cay Eyes!

Momma was dropped off at the WI Humane Society this morning and I’m about to return, on this same day, to pick her up.  She’ll be loaded back into the live trap, for my safety, and she’ll be sporting an ear tag that signifies she’s part of the Trap-Neuter-Release program.  She’ll also have vaccinations for distemper and rabies and between her shoulder blades will be a micr0-chip that will signify me as her momma!  After a couple of days in our basement ‘recovery room’, she’ll be released back into the neighborhood, where she’ll likely resume her residency in a neighbor’s garage.  Now come on little, kitty, kitty, kitty!

Momma’s off for a little ‘snippy snip!’