Whiskey, Gidget, Teddy, & Mr. Puppy

It’s a wonder I was able to shoot this session because I wanted to spend all of my time on the floor cuddling with them instead! They are quite the welcoming committee – they all rush to the front door barking when they hear a knock, but as soon as you step into the house you’re not a stranger anymore and they are wagging fluffballs jumping up and down to be picked up, held, and loved on.

All four are rescues with each of their own adorable quirks. Whiskey is a brown shih tzu who was saved from a puppy mill with burns down his back, but they have healed well now that he’s in a good place. He thinks he’s a cat – he’s always sneaking up on the kitchen table to snooze, and is so lazy that he sometimes won’t make it all the way down the hallway before he stops for a little nap! When treats are out, he’s a 100% awake, though. :p

Gidget is a terrier mix who was found as a stray, and the only girl in the pack, so of course she rules the roost. She LOVES tiny tennis balls and will toss them to herself when her humans get tired. Her ears are probably on their own frequency.

Mr. Puppy is the youngest of the group, and the miracle puppy – he was tiny when they rescued him and discovered he had a serious liver shunt. Thanks to lots of love and care, he recovered and is now in full health, the feistiest and most independent of this bunch. His human brother and sisters couldn’t agree on a name for him, so ended up with “Mr. Puppy.” When he is cranky they call him Señor Puppy!

Teddy is the most recently adopted – he’s a Biro Yorkshire Terrier, but he spent the first two years of his life in backyard breeder’s outdoor cage. Except for those moments he retreats to the closet, though, you’d never know he had such a rough start! He is very loving, super cuddly, and you know I’m especially partial to him because of his short little legs! He has the best smile and such a peaceful, easygoing personality.

Here are the boys – from left to right, Mr. Puppy, Whiskey, and Teddy:

And Gidget, the queen that she is, needed her own debut photo!

Poof, Gigi, and Lila

I’ll introduce you to these gorgeous girls from oldest to youngest: Poof is a kitten (maybe a Russian Blue?) who is now fourteen years old and was saved by her mom when she was just a few days old. Her mom found her when she was in college, and even though she didn’t have the schedule or resources to hand-raise a baby kitten, she did it anyway. She snuck her into her classes so she could bottle feed her as frequently as she needed, and was there when Poof opened her eyes for the very first time. Even though Poof can be a diva (as cats usually are!), she and her mom have an amazing bond.

Gigi, a miniature Schnauzer, will be seven this year and in her mom’s words, is a “precious little princess.” She’s doesn’t like to get dirty like her goofy puppy sister, and is all about being held. In the rare instances she loses the spotlight, she will gaze sweetly at her mom so that when she catches her eye she has to stop everything she’s doing and go cuddle her!

Lila is the newest addition to the family, a one-year-old giant Schnauzer who is equal parts goofball and lovebug. Her mom knew she wanted this breed, but also knew how many dogs are in need of homes every day. I admire her very much for waiting as long as she had to until Lila came along, who was discarded by the breeder because she was “damaged” (damaged = missing a toe!), but obviously she is perfect.

We started off the session in their lovely home, then spent the end of our playdate playing ball in the creek, one of Lila’s favorite things to do!

August 25, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Mary Vignolo Wheatley - so precious! love this pack of five! <3

Glaukos – seven months

The famous Glaukos the Gargoyle is already seven months old! I photographed him earlier this year when he was just nine weeks old, and it was so fun to see how much he’s grown. He’s already bigger than his big brother Briscoe, a bull mastiff, but is still all puppy! He still has the goofy puppy-run, the big awkward puppy-paws, and the giddy anticipation when a new toy comes out or his mom starts to go somewhere.

Since his first shoot was in a studio setting, this time we went outdoors to get some playful action shots. Enjoy!

August 20, 2014 - 6:23 am

Connie Prows - <3 <3

August 20, 2014 - 5:48 am

Shelley Pugh Love - Oh my!♡

August 19, 2014 - 11:27 pm

Kathy McDonough - Great photography!!!

August 19, 2014 - 6:55 pm

Nora Hensley - Oh my gosh these are wonderful!!!!

August 19, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Sandy Thompson Taylor - Great…Great photos. I love the one of him getting out of the fountain…those eyes…it looks like he’s going to run right over you with excitement :)

August 19, 2014 - 4:53 pm

Laurie Luck - Crazy good! Those lips!