15 day old greyhound puppies

15 day old pups   

Look at these beautiful 15 day old greyhounds. They are so sweet.

I whispered in one of their ears that when they retired, I would have a couch waiting.

And the ear has healed

Joey   

Karen and I were able to successfully take his blue ear patch off last weekend. The ear didn’t curl and the puffiness never came back.

He so much happier without his blue ear patch.

Puppies make me smile

Hatch, Serrano, Scotch, Piquin, Bell   

I had five little 12-week old puppies in my studio last night. They were the cutest things ever. They were everywhere. They were up and down, over here, over there. They doubled up in little balls and rolled around on the floor like bowling balls. They swatted at each other, bit tails and ears.

In the end, the five little sisters all settled in together.

Introducing the Red Hot Chillies.

 

A tale of two sofas

Talley

Sometime around the holidays, I wrote about our amazing find at the Goodwill. I knew that our new white leather love seat would be perfect for photographing pets. Lacking for a place to put it, we put it behind my computer desk and as it turns out, it is perfect for our dogs to lounge around on. At this point in time, if we moved it, it would be considered some form of animal cruelty.

This is the place where Karen would tell you I drive her crazy. I was on a new mission. I was in search of an antique settee.

Craigslist, antique stores, antique malls… We searched high and low.

I am still amazed at how many red and various shades of pink came out of that genre. What on earth were they thinking?

As it turns out, it is all in the spelling. I could have saved myself miles of travel if I had only looked up love seat under antiques on Craigslist.

Yes, it turns out that this little not pink or red gem was only five miles from our house. It was more than I had mentally budgeted, but the minute I saw it, I was in love and I knew I had to have it. The family and I finally connected and we hotfooted it over their house.

Turns out, this settee sat in grandmothers front room for as long as she could remember.

I told her I had visions of beautiful pet images upon my new antique settee. She admitted to me the next day that she thought I was a little crazy when I told her why I wanted it.

The settee is perfect for eight doggies and once she saw the photo of the puppies on the couch, she agreed, it was absolutely perfect for it’s new intended purpose.

Caught in a whirlwind

The Joys of Living Assistance Dogs

I have found myself in a flurry of activity. I didn’t expect to be this busy this summer, but we are nearly to the middle of July and everything is moving so fast.

For all of you pet photographers out there, I want you to know about Creative Live. It is this amazing online education source that provides entire workshops for free. Most workshops are three days and they stream over the Internet and you can watch them for free. If it is something that you are really interested in, you can actually buy the workshop and download it. The cost during the broadcast is $99 and after the week-end it jumps up to $149. It is so worth the money.

This month they are doing a pet photography workshop. I’m sure it will be fabulous and if you have any interest at all, go here and sign up to watch.

 

The full house

Introducing the 'K' litter

My phone rang at 11:30 pm. I always panic, that is not a normal time for me to get phone calls. By the time I got out from underneath the pile of furies on top of me, I had a message.

It was Joy from The Joys of Living Assistance Dogs. Cricket was in labor and she had already had her first puppy, a little girl. I knew there was a litter of puppies on it’s way, but I really hadn’t put it on my radar, so I had to scramble to get my gear together and get out the door.

It wasn’t long and Cricket was sending her second baby out into the world. Each baby weighed in at a healthy 1 lb., give or take an ounce or two. Then each baby was given a different colored ribbon to tie around their necks. They are weighed daily and everything is documented just to make sure that they grow up to be healthy golden retrievers.

Cricket was amazing. She knew exactly what to do and when to do it and she took everything in stride. We cuddled her babies for her as she did her job and although she didn’t seem to mind, she knew where her babies were at all times. Humans could take a lesson or two from their canine companions.

Once the fifth baby was born, three girls and two boys, they all bellied up to the bar for a feeding frenzy. We could watch the bellies as they filled up.

After a few hours of sleep for everyone, I went back over to enjoy the less than 12 hour old pups. They were so darn cute.

I was completely in love with the dainty little paws, it was already time to clip their nails.

Cricket was quite pleased with her brood. Every new momma should look so fabulous.

And when she stood up, they all fell into place, but only for a brief moment. I was amazed at how strong and how quickly these little guys could move around.

And now the fun begins. They will start their training immediately. Volunteers come in to pet the puppies. By the time they move in with puppy trainers, between the ages of 8 and 12 weeks, they will be almost house broken and on their way to knowing their basic commands.

I will be following this litter all the way to graduation day in 18 months. More puppy pics to come.

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The harder side of puppy training

The swing bridge was wonderful for balance and under the feet movement.

When Joy from The Joys of Assistance Dogs told me the puppies were taking their first outing to the park, I knew I had to be there.

The puppies first went down the stairs and then they had to climb back up them.

Of course, it was during work, so when I saw my boss that morning, I told him I was either going in for brain surgery or a root canal, but I was slipping out of the office for a couple of hours.

Walking on the ledge was just another balance exercise

They were amazing to watch, nearly fearless as they each tackled a new task.

Before any children arrived to play in the park, the puppies did their paces on the playground equipment. It makes sense, playground equipment is developed now so that young children learn to go up and down stairs, balance on the swing bridge, climb… why wouldn’t it be perfect for puppies? And, then, it was play time in the park.

These little guys are so smart and so eager to please, it will be a joy to watch them grow through the lens.

Who’s watching who?

These pups were cute. I sat down in the grass as I was taking pictures and before I knew it, they were climbing on me as if I were a mountain. We were all soaking wet from the grass before we were done. It was so much fun. How dare Joy say it was time for them to go!

Time for the Saturday Pet Blog Hop!

Puppy power

Minnie and Skirvee

Of all the things I miss the most, I miss visiting Nancy and the puppies at the farm. Nearly every week-end without fail, Karen and I would visit the farm, get down and dirty with the puppies and have a cup of coffee with Nancy. Those were the best of times.

We held newborn pups and played tug o’ war with puppies just old enough to start figuring out what the game was. We loved 6 month old puppies, 8 month old puppies and 12 month old puppies.

We celebrated the new and we grieved the ones that had gone on to the Rainbow Bridge.

Flocko and Terri

Baby Mickey