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Confession of Love

We have LOTS of photo shoots! With flash units, light modifiers, props and backdrops. It’s not crazy, it’s love!

An escape artist. A lap dog. A sweetheart. A fly catcher. A goofball. A fuzzy growler. A fearless guardian. An instigator. A diva.

Each dog has their individual story, but as a group I would have to say that our confession of love is, we have LOTS of photo shoots! Not just quick snapshots with an iPhone, but photo shoots with flash units, light modifiers, props and backdrops. It’s not crazy, it’s love!

These dogs have been in front of a camera since they were puppies. It’s relatively easy to get a good group photo. Just grab a handful of treats and it’s showtime!

Photo of dog. Australian Cattle Dog wearing wireless headphones.

The Escape Artist

Donzel is a Volpino Italiano. He’s tiny at a whopping nine pounds. Because he’s so small, he can manage to find a hole somewhere in the fence that he can squeeze through.

If we’re on the other side of the fence, he thinks he needs to be also. Fortunately, he doesn’t try to run away or chase the neighbors. He loves being with us and running with the other dogs.

The Lap Dog

Frank is a pug. He’s double the size of Donzel at eighteen pounds. They look about the same size, but Donzel is all fur.

Frank likes to find a lap to hop onto. If you’re sitting down, he will probably be trying to get into your lap.

Everybody loves Frank! He gets along with other animals and likes to meet new people. He’s usually the first one visitors try to pick up and pet. He enjoys the attention!

It’s fun to watch him run when playing chase. He tucks his little butt down on the ground and scurries off. He’ll also chase tennis balls and other toys.

When his tongue starts hanging out and he’s snorting because he’s having a hard time breathing, it’s time to find a lap to curl up in for a nap.

Photo of dog. Australian Cattle Dog wearing wireless headphones.
Photo of dog. Australian Cattle Dog wearing wireless headphones.
Photo of dog. Australian Cattle Dog wearing wireless headphones.

The Sweetheart

Mae is a Spaniel + Lab mix. I was asked to take photos of a litter of puppies to help find them homes. We ended up taking her home with us. She was the only one with the black and brown coat.

Mae is sweet and playful and seems to read other dogs well. When we meet new dogs, we always introduce her first. She can be rough and playful or sweet and submissive.

We ended up with her brother several months later. He wasn’t working out with the family that had taken him. Mae and Bentley will run all day! They love playing with each other.

She loves chasing balls, discs, and Bentley! She loves dipping in the pond. And she loves curling up and relaxing at the end of the day.

The Fly Catcher

Bentley is Mae’s brother. We were asked if we could take him in and try to find a home for him. He was having issues and could no longer remain at his current home. That was over three years ago.

After working with him for several weeks, he turned out to be one of the sweetest dogs we have. He loves to run and chase balls. He is great at catching a disc. He loves water and jumps in the pond regularly.

Lucky for us, he is obsessed with catching every fly around.

Bentley will also lay down and snuggle. He lets me pick him up and give him a hug. He also lets Sheila give him hugs, although he’s a bit nervous about her.

He takes amazing photos. He plays well with the others. He shares toys and can eat with others. He hates having his nails trimmed.

Photo of dog. Australian Cattle Dog wearing wireless headphones.
Photo of dog. Australian Cattle Dog wearing wireless headphones.
Photo of dog. Australian Cattle Dog wearing wireless headphones.

The Goofball

Gundy is big and goofy.  He moves slow and awkward. He runs across the hard floors every day but every once in awhile he’ll freeze and act like he’s on ice.

When he gets in the pond, he likes to dip his whole head under water.  He likes to run around the yard after he gets out of the pond.  When he runs fast, he actually looks pretty graceful!

He’s a Goldendoodle but he doesn’t look like the popular golden teddy bear doodles.  He’s black and his coat is wavy.

As a puppy, he was going to be raffled off for a business fundraiser. Days before the event, they noticed dermatitis above his eye and on his paw. He was going to be taken to the pound but someone referred him to us.

Gundy weighs about 65 pounds. His favorite toy is… our Volpino! Donzel barely weighs 9 pounds, but he loves playing with his buddy. Gundy is always gentle and doesn’t get overexcited.

He will play with a ball or disc occasionally, but doesn’t get excited like Bentley or Sheila. He won’t make that spectacular leap to catch. We get pretty excited if he catches at all.

He rarely catches a treat. When he does catch one, he’ll look around confused like he wonders where it went.

With all his goofy quirks, he is super lovable and gentle and gets along with all of our other animals.

 

The Fuzzy Growler

Vegas is Quincy and Sheila’s sister. We rescued her when the owner noticed that the mother and other dogs were being aggressive and not letting her eat.

When we went to pick her up, we found her dirty and hidden behind bushes. She looked like she hadn’t eaten for awhile and she was filthy. She could barely sit up straight.

Her eyes wiggle. She has a neurological issue. She doesn’t trust others (and we can understand why).

She growls when other dogs get near her. She has come a very long way since we got her. She does well with other dogs. She just does this funny growl.

She’s from the same litter as Quincy. Mom was an Australian Cattle Dog. Dad was a black Lab. They couldn’t look more different. Quincy is lean, black, smooth coat and pointy ears. Vegas is white with black, fluffy, and has floppy ears.

She loves to chase a ball or a disc. She doesn’t move as graceful as Sheila, but she can chase down and catch either. And she will bring it back.

She loves water. Most of our dogs like to play in the shallow end of the pond. She will go to the deep end and swim around. She looks like a big otter.

Photo of dog. Australian Cattle Dog wearing wireless headphones.
Photo of dog. Australian Cattle Dog wearing wireless headphones.

The Fearless Guardian

Quincy isn’t interested in chasing balls or discs. She doesn’t really play with toys. She usually just roams the yard and does her own thing.

While the other dogs don’t like thunder or gun shots, Quincy will bark and run straight towards the sound.

She can hear UPS coming from a mile away. She will stop, raise her head, and begin watching. Then she will start pacing the fence line. Sure enough, within minutes we will see the truck rolling by.

She will do “fly by’s” with the other dogs. As she’s running by them, she will do a bump and run on their neck.

She doesn’t play with the other dogs much, but when she does it’s funny to watch. She will bump them on the neck and pounce, trying to encourage them to play. Usually, they look at her like, “I’m not messing with you!” Then she goes about her business.

At bed time, she curls up into a tiny ball and sleeps on a pillow.

The Instigator

Sylvi is a fun, playful pup. She is Sheila’s roommate.

She likes to chase balls, however, she prefers to chase another dog that is chasing a ball or disc.

She will watch for a group of dogs who are taking turns chasing a ball, returning, and dropping the ball for us to throw. As soon as the ball is dropped, she will shoot in, snatch the ball, and run. She won’t return the ball. She will just try to get someone to chase her.

When we throw the disc for Sheila, Sylvi will run down with her. She waits for her to catch the disc then grabs the disc and engages in tug-o-war. When Sheila releases the disc, Sylvi drops it.

When other dogs are trying to play, Sylvi will charge in and pounce. She usually gets them fired up so we have to watch her. She will start trouble then slip away so she’s not involved.

She loves water. She plays in the pond and lounges in the pool. She likes to go wherever we go. She likes to carry around stuffed animals and typically won’t destroy them.

Photo of dog. Australian Cattle Dog wearing wireless headphones.
Photo of dog. Australian Cattle Dog wearing wireless headphones.

The Diva

Sheila is our little superstar. She’s smart, athletic, graceful and beautiful.

All of our dogs know basic commands but Sheila knows several tricks, also. You can almost see her mind working as she thinks about situations.

She does well with agility obstacles. She loves to chase a disc. She can jump for a disc and somehow make adjustments in flight. She will also chase a tennis ball, but she prefers her disc. We know when she is finished because she will carry the disc to the door.

She loves to have her photo taken. She will take her position, pose, and wait while we setup. She is very patient while we dress her with accessories or props.

We order beautiful custom top hats from Petit Pet Boutique. She wears them very well!

She plays in the pond. She lounges in the pool. She plays well with most of our other dogs. We keep her separated from her sisters.