Life With Dogs! (Winnipeg Pet Photography)

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John, my fiance and I live with 3 dogs; all are rescue dogs with their own distinct personalities. At times life is a bit chaotic, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

At times we are trapped in a small space as we are here in the car. Could they be any closer?

This is our pack taken on the top of my stairs, the perfect light was shining on their faces. It’s the best time to get a picture of the 3 of them.

ZARA

Zara is my dog and she the most playful. Zara loves find skeletons of dead fish, and bones of animals, as well as many, many toys scattered around my house. She loves Victoria Beach because she can run free and look for treasures. She’s a very active dog and loves her food. In fact, she growls at the other 2 dogs when they are getting fed. One can understand that as she was rescued from a reserve where most of the 2 litters that she was a part of  starved and died. She knows that food is something that can disappear and she’s going to get it! Zara is also very loving and we think she’s brilliant.

FERGUS

This is Fergus, the most gentle of our 3 dogs.  People are sometimes a bit nervous when they first meet him because of  how big he is but he’s a pussy cat. Fergus likes to go for walks and enjoys a good meal, but his main pleasure seems to be helping with the dishes by licking them clean. The odd time Zara can get him to play with her but it’s not often. 

MADDIE

Maddie is our one-eyed dog. She had blastomycosis when she was a puppy and had to have an eye removed. 

Maddie loves to play with Zara and often spends hours cleaning Zara’s ears. Zara seems to enjoy it. The most fun these 2 have is in the lake in the summer. Maddie likes to fetch rocks that we throw into the lake. She can retrieve them from under the water even though she has limited vision.  Maddie is not an active dog but she does like going to walk; just not too far. These 2 are best buddies!

Zara is 3, almost 4, so she should have a lot of years left. Maddie and Fergus are about 10 so they might not have a lot of years left. Losing a dog if the worst part of being a pet owner and we dread that time.

Needless to say we are dog lovers. Neither one of us can imagine life without our dogs. Our dogs, that follow us around wherever we might be; that patiently and quietly sit beside us at the table waiting for scraps to fall and that give us constant affection.

Next post will show some dogs that I photographed (besides my own!).

 

Gotta Love This Puppy! (Winnipeg Pet Photographers)

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Last week we welcomed a new member to our family; an adorable puppy named Roo.

Roo looks like a miniature Zara but as far as we know, they are not related.

Here is the most adorable puppy I’ve seen in a long time with his new Mama!

What a Beautiful Dog! (Winnipeg Pet Photographers)

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Dogs are very near and dear to my heart. My fiance and I have 3 dogs between us so it’s always a pleasure for me to photograph someone’s dog. This guy named Murphy was a gem. He listened and sat and is beautiful as well.

These are our 3 beasts:

And this is the amazing Murphy! Isn’t he a darling?

Another Adorable Couple of Dogs; and Kids! (Winnipeg pet photographers)

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These 2 huge dogs came to the studio last weekend. We are dog lovers here so I always welcome dogs into the studio. These 2 were a bit bigger than most of the dogs that come but they were great to photograph. I love those large eyes and big tongues!

When I had my first Westie we had a big picture printed and framed for above our fireplace. A friend of mine used to give me a hard time because she thought the dog picture was larger than any pictures of the kids. Well, when I look at this dog picture of these 2 adorable beasts, I see it above a fireplace or on a large wall.

And here are two adorably cute kids:

Photographing our dogs! (Winnipeg Pet Photographers)

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This year I  thought it was be a great idea for my boyfriend John and myself to have a picture of our 3 dogs on our Christmas card.

I set up a holiday backdrop and started on our Christmas card photo session. My hopes were high. I thought I could get one dog at a time into the studio and then stitch together a composite image for the card.  If you have ever taken pictures of dogs, you know that they aren’t the most cooperative subjects, but they do respond nicely to treats, in much the same way that little children respond to Smarties.

I took one dog at a time down to the studio.  The dogs are never allowed in the studio and being there made them anxious. Their number 1 priority was to leave, as seen in this image of Fergus. I tried with Maddie and Zara but it was hopeless. I needed a new plan.

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I waited for John to get back to my house and enlisted his help. I took my best treats, some yummy bacon snacks and put all three dogs on leashes. John was in charge of giving them the treats and keeping them in line. It wasn’t easy as I also wanted them to look at the camera.

They look a lot happier in the thousands of pictures that I have of them running on the beach, which only goes to show how hard it is to pose a dog and make them smile for the camera.

But I did get something. The best ones are below.

 

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But those statically posed and somewhat puzzled dogs do not in any way represent the character of our dogs. And isn’t photography about capturing more than a replica of who the person is. Shouldn’t it be about that person/dog’s nature.

The images below capture who our happy, fun, joyful dogs are.

I think what I will do it cut and paste them from these images and use them in a card.

What do you think?

 

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And Doggie Makes Three! (Winnipeg Pet Photographers)

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I was at a fantastic seminar on the weekend where the presenter, Marlene Fast, made us think about where our Happy Place was in photography. Well, I was in that Happy Place tonight with this wonderful couple and their fun doggie. This little guy is a bundle of energy at 8 months of age and as cute as can be.

Kildonan Park was a perfect location for this fall photography session (except for a few mosquitoes). The light was perfect; the couple was fun and the dog was cute. As I said; My Happy Place.

 

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Zara is Two!! (Winnipeg Pet Photography)

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My girl, Zara came in to my life when she was 4 months old and this month she turns 2. I’ve had a few dogs in my life and have written about Mac https://cmphotographyblog.com/2011/03/22/remembering-my-dog-mac/and Taylor https://cmphotographyblog.com/2014/10/21/my-dog-taylor/. I loved both of them but Zara is a totally different  dog from any that I’ve had before. Mac was fun but Zara is even more fun and she doesn’t have the evil twin side that Mac had. Taylor was affectionate like Zara but he didn’t like to play. Zara has the best of both of their personalities and is beautiful as well.

This is Zara at 4 months. 

 

 

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Zara loves her toys and she has tons of them. She especially likes ones that make a noise and will sit and make a toy squeak anytime I’m on the phone or not paying attention to her. Zara also loves bones and branches and sticks and almost anything she can get her mouth on, including 2 Fitbits, a friend’s shoes and one hearing aid. Yes, she can be destructive but that is getting a lot better.

She is the top dog among the 2 dogs that my boyfriend, John has. His 2 dogs are older and bigger but they let her push them around and she eats first. It’s is kind of amazing but she shows her teeth and growls at them if they overstep their bounds. Either one of them could take her on but they don’t. I’m not sure why.

John’s dog, Maddie is her best friend. It’s clear that the 2 of them love each other. Maddie will clean Zara’s ears and the 2 of them will play and romp around together. Maddie was quite sick with  Blastomycosis before Zara met her and she lost one eye. It affected her personality and she slowed down a lot. Zara has been very good for Maddie as she now is back to her old playful self.

This is Zara and Maddie:

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If you know dogs, you know that some are smarter than others. I don’t like to brag, but Zara is very smart. She is probably the smartest dog I’ve had. She aced the obedience class that I took her to and she knows a ton of words. Here are some of them:

  • cookie
  • treat
  • walk
  • car ride
  • time to get up
  • time for bed
  • beach
  • water
  • food
  • come
  • sit
  • shake a paw
  • down
  • stay
  • stop
  • Maddie
  • Fergus
  • Mommie
  • John
  • Go pee
  • Grandma’s house
  • hugs
  • cuddles
  • up
  • be a good girl
  • No
  • UH UH!

Since it was her birthday, I got her a special cookie and we did a photo session. Here are some of the pictures:

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