You guys all know I have a soft spot for the senior pups, so you can imagine how excited I was when 13-year-old Jerome & 11-year-old Lucille’s mom booked a session for them with me! Jerome is a Rottweiler who was adopted from the Humane Society. Lucille is a Chocolate Labrador who was adopted from a family whose litter needed good homes. Well, let me tell you… these dogs could not have gotten any luckier. Their lives have been FILLED with love. I could tell the moment I walked into their home how happy and content they both are.
I have to get off track for a minute and tell you about Jerome & Lucille’s two human siblings. The youngest is a little boy who — ten seconds after meeting me — wanted to come hang out in my arms… and I was happy to oblige! He is such an easy-going kid, I couldn’t get over it! The oldest is a little girl who is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. She came right over to me and said, “I have hairspray just like yours! You know how I know?” “How?,” I asked curiously (since I wasn’t wearing any hairspray). “Because mine turns my hair PINK and your hair is RED!,” she replied in such a matter-of-fact manner, I simply couldn’t argue. So, we bonded instantly over our love of unusual hair colors. I didn’t tell her mine was dyed… I didn’t want to give her any big ideas. You’re welcome, parents. :)
In all the work I do with rescues, I often hear stories of when parents have “real” kids, the dogs just get pushed aside. It was so clear that this was NOT the case in this household. When mom asked for a special photo of “all the kids,” it just made my heart smile (you’ll see that photo a little later on). I love working with people who see their dogs as their furry kids and group them in with the human ones. I just had such a great time working with this family and capturing memories for them to treasure for many years to come!
And now on to the photos…
Bailey & Tucker are two rescue pups who are just full of personality! Bailey is a 12-year-old Collie/Australian Shepherd mix who was rescued from a shelter in North Carolina. She has traveled with her moms all around the country and has lived in North Carolina, Washington, and California! While in Washington, her moms decided she needed a friend… so, they adopted an Australian Cattledog/Doberman mix named Tucker who is now 6-years-old. Tucker reminds me so much of my Roxy — they have the same facial expressions and body (although Tucker is a bit larger than Roxy)!
We started our session at a little park on Coronado island, just across from the San Diego skyline. Both Bailey and Tucker were pretty distracted by the ducks quacking and swimming by, but we were able to keep their attention with the announcement of “biskies” — their word for treats! For a bisky, they would do anything!
After the posed shots, we headed over to Dog Beach for some fun in the sun, sand, and surf. Bailey and Tucker couldn’t wait! They took off running, sand flying behind them, as soon as their leashes came off. They were so full of joy on the beach; I’m not sure if there’s a happier place on earth. Their moms threw toys while Bailey and Tucker ran and ran and ran. I hunkered down on a towel on the sand and captured what transpired.
I just loved being able to capture the bond between these two pups and their moms. Together, they make up a family full of so much love and happiness!
Some of you may remember Emma, the adorable Border Collie I photographed in the summer of 2012. Well, she’s back… but this time she’s in the studio!
Emma has been through a lot this year — she ruptured the flexor tendon in one of her toes and had to have surgery. Being a young, energetic Border Collie, she just couldn’t want to get back to running around and she re-injured her toe, requiring an additional surgery! The poor girl (and poor parents)! Luckily, she’s feeling better now!
I was so excited to get an email from Emma’s mom about wanting some new photos of Emma and themselves for their Christmas card and around the house. We had an on-location shoot the last time, so they opted for the studio for this session. With Emma’s black & white coloring and her striking golden eyes, we just had to put her on the blue backdrop! I think it was a wise choice. :)
I absolutely adore this little girl. Emma is always so happy and she loves her mom and dad dearly… she never takes her eyes off her mom, who has done an incredible job teaching Emma good manners and lots of fun tricks (sit, wait, down, head down, wave hello!, and wave goodbye!). Plus, Emma gives me kisses… lots and lots and lots of kisses… so she occupies a big place in my heart.
Take a look at this goofball, then be sure to leave a comment below! And now, I give you… Emma!
Tomac & Dodge’s mom won a session with me through the Project Wildlife “We Like It Wild” silent auction… and I am so glad she did! These two are the scruffiest, goofiest, most lovable German Wirehaired Pointers around. When I rang the doorbell, I heard a huge commotion on the other side of the door. I think Tomac & Dodge knew that it was time for fun and treats — they even dropped their favorite chewies to greet me with sniffs and kisses. I greeted them with head pats and eventually belly rubs. Well, the belly rubs got them because soon I had two big dogs who wanted to sit in my lap. I loved it!
“Welcome, welcome, oh glorious treat lady!” –Dodge (left) & Tomac (right)
Once I convinced these two to hop off my lap and get started, they were happy to oblige… for cookies, of course. We shot indoors and out, letting each goofball really show off his personality. You might notice Tomac is rather wet in some of the shots — when we first went outside, he raced down the stairs and leapt into the pool. Hah!
After our outdoor excursion, we headed back inside to one of Tomac & Dodge’s favorite places: their mom and dad’s bed. They hopped right up and told me how this is their bed, but they let their parents sleep here at night. As you can tell from these shots, they weren’t fibbing: they definitely own the bed.
We wrapped up the session when Tomac & Dodge started to get tired and ready for dinner (don’t ask me how they were ready to eat after all the treats they got from me, though!). I really enjoyed photographing these two and truly appreciate the donation that was made to Project Wildlife’s silent auction to win the session with me.
This is a special guest post from my friends at Furry Foster, a non-profit organization I whole-heartedly support…
As pet parents, we’ve all heard about adopting a pet but what about fostering a shelter dog or cat?
The holidays are a time to celebrate family and, while we can’t adopt every pet, we believe that all our furry friends deserve the same. If you can open your heart and home temporarily, fostering a lonely shelter pet will be a memorable experience that changes your life — and, most importantly, saves his.
Furry Foster is making it easy and fun to foster a dog or cat. You can help pets from over 20 local rescue organizations which all provide FREE food and veterinary care while you foster. Help a pet like Jaimie who found a furry foster home just in time for Thanksgiving last year!
Give a lonely shelter pet a foster home for the holidays at FurryFoster.com!