Four¬†years ago, Sammie was very lucky to be rescued by some kind neighbors who couldn’t stand seeing her chained up outside any longer. She was full of heartworms, wary and skittish from a lifetime of neglect. They treated her heartworms, put some much-needed weight on her, and showed her what a loving home was supposed to be – and now, of course, she is flourishing! She’s nine years old now and found a forever home with another neighbor who couldn’t say no to her sweet face even though her husband had allergies. (Like me, he’s taking allergy shots because what’s life without a dog? ūüôā )

Sammie is nine years old now and living the good life. She starts out her morning racing around the backyard like a puppy, then comes in and examines her stuffed toys to decide which one she’ll be carrying around that day. (Lambchop, of course!) Then she snoozes while waiting for Mom to stop for a meal break, at which point she lurks by the countertops hoping to sneak a taste of chicken or bison (her favorite).

I loved what a documentary feel this session took on, as Sammie had so many different activities and quirks to capture. It was so wonderful to see Sammie living the life she deserves after such a rough start. I love happy endings!


Get ready for some serious cuteness overload! I got to meet Hazel at 13 weeks old, and she is as insanely cute as you can imagine a Basset Hound puppy could be. She’s all soft wrinkles and floppy ears, with big doleful eyes and the sweetest personality to match. She’s already 20 pounds (I think people forget how big Bassets are – they’re usually around 50-60 pounds as adults) but picking her up is like trying to pick up jello¬†–¬†she’s so long and bendy and wiggly.

She’s a smart girl,¬†already going to the door when she needs to go outside or going to sit by the stairs when she’s ready for a meal. She’s been very interested in her big brother Butters, who is being very patient and laid-back with this whole puppy invasion business. The most difficult thing about Hazel’s session was making sure I kept working instead of putting my camera down to play with this adorable ball of wrinkly mischief!

Tinsel, Spruce & Keepsake (& friends!)

Tinsel, Spruce, and Keepsake are ridiculously adorable Australian Shepherds who were born on Christmas Day, hence their festive names. When I met them they were nearly eight weeks old, plump and fluffy and constantly on the move. Honestly,¬†words will not convey their scrumptiousness, so I won’t even bother to try. Pictures are better, but still not quite the real thing…hopefully you’ll get the faintest whiff of puppy breath and hear that little puppy squeak while you’re looking at these!

(So as not to give puppies all the attention, I’ve included some of their older housemates throughout this post, as the adult Aussies – and one Border Collie named Pi – are stunning in their own right!)

Tinsel (the female of the trio):


and Spruce!

Big boy Rowan:

Sweet gentleman Brinkley:

Frisbee pro Jonah:

And four-month-old Pi the BC!

Getting an early start with agility!