from The Labs
You may have noticed the blog being a little quiet lately. It is no accident, we were away on a mission and then a much needed break.
Our mission: to bring Buddy, the cute little Finnish Spitz puppy we’ve blogged about recently to his new home in Mérida, Yucatan to live with his new parents (my parents).
Our much needed break: a week in the incomparable Mayan Riviera, where we ate, drank and slept lulled by the crystal blue water and encountered amazing creatures such as a Whale Shark and many, many sea turtles (more to come on that soon).
I am happy to report our mission was a success! Our little foxy baby is now a happy resident of the White City known as Mérida, Yucatan; and is adored by his new family and loved by a plethora of new friends, many of which are kids and a yellow lab named Bolillo.
In the next few days, I’ll be catching up on my writing and will be releasing the next part in our Canine Behavior blog series, as well as revealing new projects, getting back into the 52 Weeks Project loop and some other surprises planned as we get ready to welcome my ultimate favorite season of all: fall.
In the meantime, I leave you with some images from our trip. Have a great rest of your week!
The journey begins! Buddy and I on our way to the airport.
Upon arriving, Buddy wasted no time in making new friends.
One of Bud's new best friends: a yellow lab named Bolillo!
While Buddy seemed to have no problem adopting his new way of life...
...we got some much needed r+r by the ocean waves.
We absorbed my gorgeous country of Mexico in food and drink.
and a week later came back to Merida to be with family and see Buddy.
We are happy to report that he is deliriously happy in his new home, and that thunderstorms don't seem to bug him at all.
from the Photo Lab
We are very excited to participate in a creative blog ring called 52 Weeks along with a group of fellow pet photographers from all over! Every week, one of us will come up with a theme, and each week we will post our photographic interpretation of that theme on our blogs and link to another photographer’s blog. This way, you can see how everyone’s interpretation is different (or similar), start here and click on the link below, to jump to the next photographer’s blog, follow the ring until you end up back here!
I love this sort of exercise, it keeps you challenged and constantly thinking of creative new ways to express yourself. Hope you enjoy it!
And now, for this week’s theme: Perspective
When I think of the word “perspective”, I immediately go to “point of view” which in turn got me thinking about a book I once read called The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell (click here to read about it), a wonderful book on dog behavior. This in turn got me thinking visually: A leash does have two ends, I at one end and my dog at the other; two very different points of view. Looking up, looking down. So this week we thought we would shoot from the dog’s perspective and risk putting ourselves (gulp!) in front of the camera. To be fair, it was a good exercise for both Bill and myself. We kept the focus on the dog to reiterate a different, if abstract, perspective. Thank you to our little friend Elvis for modeling.
Now let’s hop over to Steph Skardal Photography to check out her interpretation of this week’s theme, take it away Steph!
from the Photo Lab
Recently, we had the pleasure of spending a sunny winter morning photographing three amazing dogs. Kudo, Sampson and Tanner. Kudo, being the oldest, was the main focus of a special photo session we have for older pets called Old Friends. These sessions are often the most emotionally charged for us and the pet’s family. Anyone who has ever loved a dog, a cat or any other animal companion knows only too well how fast time goes by. Our Old Friends sessions are dedicated to animals in the winter of their lives and as a source of comfort to the people who love them.
At 13 1/2, Kudo may have that certain grace that older dogs tend to have, but he has the spirit and spark of a one-year-old puppy. His mom Tracy took him home after meeting him as a stray living at a dude ranch. Kudo is not only tall and beautiful, he is sweet, loves his off-leash hikes and was only too happy to enjoy the bacon and cheese Buddy Biscuits we had on hand for the shoot.
Kudo’s middle sibling, a super sweet bundle of energy was fostered by Tracy after several leg surgeries when he was young; in the end she decided to keep him. Like many amazing dogs that have been rescued, Sampson has physical remnants of a difficult past (the poor thing had his ears cropped), but none of it shows in his, happy, loving and playful personality.
The youngest of the three, Tanner came home with Tracy after she flew out to New Orleans to volunteer in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Tanner is one of those dogs that truly smiles not only with his wagging tail, but with that handsome, sunny face. His favorite thing to do during our shoot was to run up and down the hills as fast as he could with Sampson by his side.
We are so grateful to Tracy, Mark, Kudo, Sampson and Tanner for letting us spend a fantastic morning in their company!