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For this project I figured it was  too obvious to photograph Shop Dogs that work at “Dog Shops,” so I went in search of other small businesses that catered to the more general public. But as I am nearing my goal of ten shops, I decided it would be good to include one “Dog Shop,” so I called up my friends at Diamond Dogs and asked if I could come by. Happily they said yes, so on Friday I went and hung out with a pack of dogs for an hour. Billie, the Brussel Griffon, belongs to owner Samie-Pearl and Rayne, the Burmese Mountain dog comes to work with groomer extrodinaire, Kelsea.

I love Billie’s sweet lil face!

And Rayne can be such a goof! Here she is showing off her “playing dead” maneuver, something I am now trying to teach my own dog. I don’t actually know this Bulldogs name, but I do know that that is his spot and every time I’ve stopped by Diamond Dogs, there he has been. 

 

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Not gonna lie teenage dogs are NOT easy to photograph! But they are soooo easy to love. Enter Mitchell – very happy-go-lucky 8 month(ish) old Shepard, Rotty, Chow mix, who would. not. sit. still. Luckily he will focus on squeaky toys, balls and treats, so I was able to hold his attention for half a second at a time, which luckily is more than enough time when you are shooting at 1/250 of a second. And I was warned by his owner that he could be a handful, so I knew what I was getting into. Still, I had a ton of fun and got my fair share of dog kisses.

Gawd, I love those big ears and yes, even his big ol mouth.

Mitchell’s “big sis” is Brynn, a great Border Collie, who finally rediscovered what it was like to play and be a puppy when Mitchell came into her life. And I just love those eyes! These last two photos epitomize Mitchell’s attitude: a constantly moving, happy-go-lucky dog who just wants to give you lots and lots and lots of kisses (and possibly eat your braided hair). 

Happy Friday!

 

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My goal for this personal project is to photograph 10 different “Shops” with their dogs. So far, I have shot seven and with two more lined up I am almost there! It has been a joy getting to know some of the local small business owners and their wonderful dogs!

This weeks dog doesn’t really work in a shop, but that’s only because when you coach runners there isn’t much of a shop to go to. Kelly is the man behind Kelly’s Kids Triathalon and Lucy is his shadow. I had a great time hanging out with Lucy, Kelly and the “kids” while they ran a practice at the Juan de Fuca Center. If you have a kid that is interested in running, biking and swimming then give Kelly a call! Watching the teenagers run took me back to crew practices in high school and the great times I had working out with some of my best friends.

Here’s a shot of Lucy in “action”:

A note for those interested in photography: When I first got in touch with Kelly and found out that this session could take place, this image immediately came to mind. At photography school we learned about pre-visualizing photos before you even pick up your camera. And I pre-visualized this shot and them made it happen. Thanks to Lucy knowing what stay means this was pretty easy to do. Yes, it is not a stickly photojournalistic shot, as I made Lucy sit there, but I do like the photo-j feel that is has. And since I had seen the shot in my head I just had to make it happen.

 

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I know it seems like all I’ve been posting lately are Shop Dogs and VADR Calendar shoots, but they have been keeping me super busy and I am closing in on finishing them all up. I have some other shoots planned and hope to have a big announcement for Chasing Charlie in the coming months, so stay tuned!

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Cracker has a great life out in Sooke, with lots of room to run around and an African Grey Parrot to keep him company. Yes, the parrot knows Crackers name (and 600 other words!)

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Happy National Puppy Day!

Charlie was an adorable puppy (aren’t they all!?) and he was a trooper, making the trip from Oregon – where he was born – to Canada without making any mess in the car. He did however soil his crate in the most extreme way the first night we had him which was a bit of a nightmare – being as we were in a hotel and didn’t exactly have all the cleaning supplies we needed –  hotel shampoo does go a long way though!

And here he is a month later!

Happy Friday!

 

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  • lizzyjones - So sweet! Our first rescue was a pup when we got him…the first night with us was the first time we saw him happy…but as he was jumping around with joy he was also having diarrhea…so trying to settle him down enough to clean him and his space up was fun! It may sound crazy, but it’s still one of my favorite memories of his 10 1/2 years with us!ReplyCancel