Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project
Each week a group of professional pet photographers band together & challenge themselves to create new images based on a common theme. These images are then shared in each photographers blog (on Fridays). A "blog circle." is formed as each photographer links to another member's blog at the bottom of their post. If you love looking at beautiful pet photographs be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the link to take you to the next very talented photographer. Keep going until you land back here and you will have come full circle!
This week we are exploring the theme of "LOVE", right on time for Valentine's Day! Naturally, this post will focus on our dogs.
We adopted both of our dogs about a month apart. We brought them home at 7 weeks old and this year they will both turn 7! They are from 2 different rescue organizations and have very different pasts as short as they were. I always had big dogs and considered myself a "big dog" person...but our girls (middle school age & high school freshman at the time) really wanted a dog they could handle and care for.
We brought Teddy home first, so as in the natural order of things he is large and in charge. We suspect he was pulled from one of those designer breed puppy mills. He was being cared for at a Rescue Farm in southern Indiana. He is super smart, affectionate, easy peasy and an avid tv watcher. He can recognize virtually any animal, real or animated, and will alert us to that fact with a bark. We have been training that habit out of him for 7 years haha! He has never met a person he didn't like. He doesn't bark a lot but when he does, he barks like a girl. His favorite past time is having his belly rubbed. He bonded to me immediately much to our girls dismay. He was so easy my husband suggested we get a second dog for the girls, and to keep him company!
Teddy's adoption site photo
Bruiser was in foster care with a local rescue group along with 4 other dogs. He was a whopping 3 lbs when we brought him home. Just like a mouse. He was found filthy, wandering the streets of Indianapolis. He needed to be treated for worms. He loves squeaky toys, playing fetch, zoomies and cuddling next to you under a blanket after dinner. He can eat a bowl of food in under 60 seconds. He has separation anxiety big time. Follows me around like a cat when I'm home but is ok if left home alone so long as Teddy is there with him. He doesn't take to new people (hair on the back of his neck stands up combined with worried barking), must have the same amount of attention being shown to Teddy and barks at all other dogs when we go for walkies. Our youngest daughter was his "master" and she went off to college this school year. It has been an adjustment for him and I think has heightened some of his anxiety issues. His favorite things in the world are his hedgehog squeaky toy and sun spots. For all of his idiosyncrasies I love him dearly. I love them both dearly.
Bruiser's adoption site photo
I still consider myself a big dog person and I get my fix of them on a weekly basis where I am a volunteer photographer at the Humane Society. These two little guys though, occupy a huge part of my heart.
Brothers from another mother, picture below taken this week. Teddy always on the receiving end of Bruisers affection.
"Sun Spots & Kisses"
For more LOVE stories and images click over to Lisa of Browning Photo Dog Photography serving Columbus, Ohio
Incidentally, Lisa and I stepped out of the wonderful world of social media and met by happenstance this week in Ohio! We both attended a PPSO sponsored Studio Pet Photography presentation by Susan Gertz of Dogpatch Pet Portraits!! (Susan's studio work is amazing!) It's a small world after all ...
Until next week,