Spirit of Hope Fundraiser (Winnipeg Dog Photography)

I am once again raising money for Spirit of Hope Rescue (https://spiritofhoperescue.ca/) by doing photo sessions with your fur babies. The poster below shows the Christmas backdrop that I am planning to use for these sessions but I also want to do some more generic pictures with a plain backdrop. The Christmas backdrop would be perfect for your Christmas cards (for example) and the other one would be a great memory picture that would be appropriate all year round.

Spirit of Hope is an amazing group of dedicated people who rescue dogs from more than 38 Indigenous communities in Manitoba. They have rescued more than 3500 dogs in the last 9 years. We have 2 of those dogs and are very grateful to this organization. Help me to help support them but bringing your pooch for this Christmas Dog Portrait session.

This is my new dog Otis in a formal posed picture. Isn’t he beautiful!

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!).