Monday, September 29, 2008

Happy Days!

Today is a good day... almost.

Max might be going to live with my friend Heather and her husband! We are going to take him to meet them tomorrow. She will be perfect for Max! I do so hope it all works out.

And I heard back about volunteering to take photos of adoptable animals at our Humane Society! They think my photos are "wonderful"! I can't wait to help out more animals that need homes.
I thought about offering at Animal Control but I know I won't be able to handle it. The Humane Society is a no-kill shelter... and the same can't be said for Animal Control. My heart is too mushy and it breaks too easily. I'd REALLY need a huge house/lots o' land if I were to take photos at Animal Control... they'd all be coming home with me!
I know there are other people who handle those things better than I do. If you are one of them, please think about volunteering at a local shelter. The animals love being loved!

And the one thing that makes today not so perfect...
I feel nekkid without my camera.
I have to send it in to Canon to get the screen fixed. Something must have hit it on my trip to Seattle and it cracked. So off it goes for two weeks-ish.
I might cry.

Here's a photo of my Apple, just so I don't post without a photo!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Maximus' Story

Things we know about Max...
~He's got a gorgeous face.
~He loves to shake paws. So much that if we don't acknowledge it, he'll shake with BOTH paws!
~He's housetrained...
~He gets really excited when you come home from a day at work and sometimes (really it's only happened twice) he pees a little.
~He's great with other dogs. Even our two little ones.
~He ignores cats! Thank goodness... I'd hate for Uni to rip his nose off should he chase her.
~He's fantastic with kids! He lets them pet him and crawl on him and he never gets upset or jumps on them.
~He definitely knows how to work those big brown eyes. He knows that if he lowers his head and looks up at you (me), he'll get whatever he wants.
~He recently discovered the pond at the dogpark. He jumps through it like a deer... it's a riot!
~He needs a home with wonderful people, perhaps another big dog to play with, and a yard.
Please read his story which I will post at the end of the photos...
We aren't in a hurry to find him a home. We want to make sure it is a good one. And we are a bit attached now that we've had him almost a week and a half.

These shots are from our outing last weekend. We took him over to my in-laws' because they have a fenced in yard. I have more photos from around the house and also from the dogpark. I have to send my camera in to Canon to have the screen fixed tomorrow so maybe I can finally catch up on editing rather than just taking more and more photos. I have over 500 from the dogpark!

Max doesn't generally show a lot of interest in balls... but he seemed to be curious about this tennis ball so I threw it a few times. He would run up, sniff it, and then run back... without it. After doing this a few times, he finally decided that he would play along!

Chris' brother and sister in law live behind his parents... they have a big pup named Sam. Here are Max and Sam meeting for the first time:

It appears that Sam decided that Max was okay... I love the look on Max's face!

Isn't Sam gorgeous?!

Here are a few that give you a better idea of Max's size... and he's under a year old by our guess. His feet are huge still!

Max and Malisa and Mary...

Worn out...

And ready to go home!

Okay... so Max's story. I'll try to keep it short-ish.
I work for the National Park Service... definitely the only disadvantage to working there that I know of is the fact that it tends to be a place where people dump animals. Max isn't the first dog I've brought home.
Last Friday, one of the guys on our maintenance staff calls me and informs me that they have a "puppy" over at the shop. I'm a mush ball so I go over to check it out. Said "puppy" is HUGE! And has a collar. And is clean and well behaved...
So I take some pictures of him, make a sign, and we pass it out to the vet down the road and the grocery store in the area... as well as hang it in the park. I'm CERTAIN that he's just lost. But it's Friday at 4 pm and we are about to close up and I can't stand to just leave him out there... so I bring him home.
My husband and I took him to our vet to see if he had a microchip... and he did!! So then I call the microchip company to find his owner.
Well... the owner had a block on his account so the microchip company is only allowed to give his information to shelters or vets... not to individuals. Weird... you'd think they would just want their dog back! But that's okay... the microchip company called the owner to leave a message. Ummm... yeah. The cell phone they have for the owner now has a voicemail with a different name and a company name. They leave a message anyway with our information.
The weekend passes and we hear nothing.
Monday I called again. This time they suggest that we get our vet to call in, get the owner's info, and tell us. They also send the owner an email.
Tuesday we get the owner's name. I'll call him J. We also get his address and his cell phone number.
We looked up his address and it's a condo but there was no unit number for him. So we went there. J wasn't in the directory at the gate but someone let us in and there were no signs hanging around the mailbox for a lost dog or anything.
So then we used his name and address to look up his home number. It was disconnected.
The cell phone was a business cell phone so my husband went to their offices. J used to work there but does not any longer... so when Chris explained why we were looking for him, they pulled his file and called the numbers they had for him too. Disconnected.
My optimism for finding the owner is gone. I think he had something come up so he ditched the dog and left town. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me because Max was so obviously well taken care of. He's fixed, well-mannered, and sweet as can be.

So we still have him. We took him to the dog park with our friends yesterday and he had a great time. We are still saying we want to find him a home with a yard but I guess we aren't in too much of a hurry. He's really SUCH a good dog. I hope we can find him a good home... but it's going to be harder and harder the longer we keep him.
Maybe he can be the Furrie Fotographie mascot!! : )

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Business Stuff

I spent the better part of yesterday morning downtown going from office to office attempting to get my business license. Now at least I have paperwork to fill out... Whew.
And I'm still working on the website but I think you'll all be impressed when I'm finally done... which will hopefully be later this week!
AND last night I worked on business card #1...
This one features Max!

and here's the back too:

I think next I'll make one with Apple... or maybe Uni!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Max sneak peek...

Look at this FACE!

And that NOSE! And that funny lip thing going on where he's lying on it... hee hee!

Non-furrie fotos...

Here are some shots from Seattle. No furrie friends... but still fun.
These are from Monday morning before my shuttle came to take me to the airport. I knew I better get over to Pike Place Market or people at work were going to wonder what I did while I was gone. It was only two blocks from my hotel (I'll have photos of it soon too) and Seattle had absolutely gorgeous weather the whole four days I was there! I had forgotten what it was like to not have 200% humidity!

Oooh... and I must tell you. I bought a bag of dark chocolate coco covered pecans... and they are to die for!!! Mmmmmm!
I wish I could have brought back some of those flowers. There were tables and tables and tables of them and they were all so vibrant! And CHEAP! But, alas, I didn't think it would be fun to carry them on the plane...
Maybe next time.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


So I spent my morning on a photo shoot... I took out Max (I promise to tell his story soon) and then ended up shooting him and Sam as well. It was fun! I really love what I do!
Now I've been spending the last hour listening to Plumb, eating Hot Tamales, and editing so I could get the rest of the Seattle pups up for you to see. Yay!
So here are the last of them... and next I'll work on the shots I just took about town so you can see those too. Plus I have to show you Jamie's dog FERGIE!! Weee... love that pup!

Walter, Diza, and Frank posing pretty and running about.


Diza's so purty!

LOVE her collar! Who can beat a pink spiked collar?!?!

Walter chillin' with his mum.

Arrow (or was the bichon's name Arrow?) getting some lovin'...

Frank in his new backback getting ready to go for a ride!

Hope you guys have as much fun looking at these as I did taking them!! : )

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A few more Seattle photos

I'm exhausted and I haven't quite finished editing the Seattle photos but I thought I'd post a few more anyway.
I also have photos of Zoe, Chloe's new sister.
And I have photos of Max... a long story that I will tell soon.

These two pups showed up at the park where we were having our pug shoot. They were too cute to pass up:

The one caught my attention immediately... he looks like Professor!! I asked and sure enough, he is a bichon too!

Here's the little bichon's new sibling:

I'm pretty sure their mom said this one was recently rescued from Mexico!

Here she is again. I know this photo isn't all that great but the running thing made me laugh:

And now for a few of the pugs!
This is Frank the oh so handsome one eyed pug:

Walter... who can resist that face?!?

Diza is a gorgeous pug too and she has a fantastic pink spiked collar. I promise there will be more photos that include her soon. Here's one with her and the fun polka dotted bowl. I know it's really blown but I kinda like the artsyness of it:

That's it for now but more soon... both of puppies and of Seattle!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sneak Peek

just because Corinna asked...
This is Walter the Giant Pug!

More to come soon! Including shots of Frank the One Eyed Pug and Diza...
: )

I'm back...

and I am so excited to show off my photos from my fabulous four day trip to Seattle... but it's almost 1 am so it will have to wait. I promise to tell you all about it asap though! : )

Monday, September 8, 2008


Okay... so my blog is still a mess. And I'm not sure I'm going to get it fixed before I leave for Seattle on Thursday...
I'm going to THIS!
I couldn't POSSBILY be more excited to see Seattle for the first time and to meet Jamie, the owner of Cowbelly Pet Photography. And to learn all I possibly can in three days of course!

I thought I'd leave you all with a few photos from this weekend though : )

Sleepy Apple

Apple the SUPER dog!

1. Hi Mommy! Whatchu doin' down there?
2. OH! A raaaainbow! *googly eyes*

Enjoy and I'll see you when I return! Can't wait to get my camera on some new furrie friends and practice what I learn!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Blog Ugh

Please bare with me while I play with my blog.
I know the spacing is messed up and it took me awhile to get my white boxes back yesterday... the whole blog was green stripey! Makes it hard to read!
So I'm still working on it!
It'll get there... just keep visiting! : )

Friday, September 5, 2008


What do you think of my logo?
Chris, fantastic artist that he is, drew it for me! It obviously won't be on the photos that I give my clients but I thought it would be a good idea to use it for photos I post on my blog. I know that such a large image has the potential to be distracting... but at the same time, I don't want anyone to try to take the photos off my page and use them.

Frankie is a Bouvier. She belongs to my friend John who lives in the DC area. John also works for the National Park Service so when we were at a training class together in May I got to finally meet Frankie! She's super smart and totally gorgeous!

I took this shot on the same training trip... I can never resist taking animal photos when I get a chance!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Pet Walk

The first Wednesday of each month is Art Walk downtown. But once a year, The Florida Theatre sponsors Pet Walk! We took Apple and Professor and met some of our friends to join in the festivities. I didn't take too many photos... I was too busy petting all the gorgeous puppies! And there were even three kitties there as well!
I did notice there were a couple of dog artists with tables there... maybe next year I can have a pet photography table! Weeeee!

Here's a shot I got of Cole holding Apple... she doesn't like to be down on the ground getting sniffed by strangers. And Mr. Big sat on Jimmy's lap for awhile when Chloe went to sit with Amanda.

Professor went up on stage with Chris at one point. He looked quite handsome...
We were trying to win best adoption story...
We didn't... but that's okay because Professor is a big winner anyway. He lives with us!!
Oh! And there was another bichon there... a girlie girl who had a show style hairdo... the big brushed out poofiness. She was cute but I can just imagine that they are brushing her 24 hours a day! : )
We'll keep Professor on the shorter side...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Miss Chloe

Chris and I were there when Jimmy and Amanda got lil' Chloe... she was a rolly poly and active furball. Now I can't believe how big she's gotten! And she still loves to run and play!
She finally wore out a wee bit at the holiday bbq on Sunday... just enough for me to snap a few photos before my battery died. Darn battery! Shame on me for not charging it before I went...
Here's one that I got:

Doesn't she look like she's quite the joker with that grin??