Sara the mighty huntress

May 27, 2015 Sara Leave a comment

Sara   

This is the face of a hunter, a mighty hunter.

Sara is almost 11 years old and yet she is the most efficient, active hunter in the gardens. Two weeks ago she brought down two birds. Convincing her to leave the second bird at the back door was perhaps the most challenging event of all.

Two nights ago, she cornered a possum. Fortunately, neither were hurt and the possum safely escaped to the other side of the fence.

Yes, beware of the look of the huntress.

Oh woe are we

May 20, 2015 Timber, Zip Leave a comment

Timber and Zip   

This is what I get when Karen travels for work.

They hate it. Life is boring.

Fluff-off

May 12, 2015 Goldee Leave a comment

Goldee   

Apparently the grand dogger Goldee has thrown the gauntlet down. She’s challenged Zip and Timber to a fluff-off.

Go ahead sister, bring it. We accept your challenge.

Happy, happy girl

May 11, 2015 Fergie 2 Comments

Fergie   

Beautiful skies yesterday morning and we took Little Miss Fergie out for some photos. Seriously, can a dog get any more happier than this?

Brotherly love

May 10, 2015 Timber, Zip 2 Comments

Timber and Zip   

Just wishing all of the moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day. Doesn’t really matter if they have two feet or four paws, as long as there is love, there is a reason to celebrate.

Zip in black and white

May 9, 2015 Zip 3 Comments

Zip   

I’m taking an eight-week portrait class. As part of the class, each week we study one photographer, study their lighting and then use that to inspire us to create a portrait.

Most of the work is with a human, but the way I see it, if it works for people, it’s probably even better for dogs.

I took both Zip and Timber out to the studio with me and quite honestly, I love the results. Like I told my instructor, the boys are beautiful dogs to begin with, but this lighting set up made them downright sexy.

Man of mystery

May 7, 2015 Timber 1 Comment

Timber   

He still has a secret. He keeps them well, don’t you think?

It’s a bird, it’s a plane

May 6, 2015 Fergie 1 Comment

Fergie   

It’s super Fergie!

Yes, Fergie is a hero once again. She donated her juicy red blood cells again on Sunday. Who wouldn’t feel better after getting some of this energy.

Hey Mickey

April 29, 2015 Mickey 4 Comments

Mickey   

Just a portrait of Mickey. I often look back through some of my old photos and find hidden gems.

Here’s Mickey, my cow dog.

Skirvee found the best spot in the house

April 28, 2015 Skirvee 3 Comments

Photo by Neil Brogan

I have known about Nigel Buggers for years. He was a greyhound that made me laugh and he pulled off capers that only he could do. He’s quite famous in greyhound world. A few months ago, he made his final journey to the rainbow bridge. I don’t think there was a dry eye anywhere. We all cried for Nigel and for his dad Neil. Although many of us understood his grief, grief is a personal journey that we all must take.

Several weeks ago, Neil asked for a photos of our own dogs in a laying down position.  I submitted Skirvee (third from the right) and then forgot all about it. That is until the day Neil posted this on Facebook.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart Neil. This is beautiful and I know Skirvee was honored to be on couch with Nigel.

Shortly after Nigel passed away, it became apparent that the hardest part of the healing process was not going to be dealing with my own grief – instead, I was heartbroken for his pack mates as I witnessed the confusion and depression that set in after he was gone. It was our first time losing a dog in the context of a large pack, and in an attempt to make them (and myself) feel better, I tried to explain.

I told them that Nigel was in a better place – a place where everyone is friendly and happy. A place where the treat jar is never empty, and the sofa goes on forever.

Did they understand? Probably not. Was I deluding myself? Perhaps. But I would like to believe that each and every one of our dearly departed hounds do find their way to that great big sofa in the sky. After all, what would Greyhound heaven be without a couch?

There were just under one thousand pictures submitted for this project, each of them with heartfelt sentiments that resonated strongly with each of us. I would like to express sincere gratitude to all who shared – please know that I would have fit all of your dogs in to this if I could. Thank you for opening your hearts and sharing their stories with all of us.

Posted by Neil Brogan on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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