It was November and our first snow fell. YAY! I love snow and I love snow photos. So . . . Say hello to Taz and Mayzie! These two had as much fun as I did that day.
These two have so much energy and had so much fun that by the time I got in my van to leave my cheeks hurt from smiling. . . (and, I still smiled all the way home). They ran and jumped and played and it was so fun to watch big 'ole Taz play like the puppy that he is.
Mayzie, being smaller had a little more trouble with the deeper parts of the snow, but nothing stopped her from keeping up with Taz. She can hold her own, too . . . When Taz stole her stick she was not going to let a little snow get in the way.
I didn't notice during the session how much Mayzie mimics Taz. Once I uploaded the photos though it was very obvious that she watches and soaks up everything he does. Be a good dog, Taz . . . Mayzie is right behind you. I know you'll always be a wonderful big brother. :O)
What a sharp looking guy! There should be a GQ magazine for dogs like Ricco. Jo says she loves his coloring and his ears. I agree, he's a very handsome dog, and I couldn't help noticing that he's a sharp dresser, too. That tux is stunning on him! He may be starting a trend with those lapels.
Ricco is still a pup really. He's so fun and quizzical and he makes sure that Jo is where he can see her at all times. He's fun, he's energetic, and Jo says he's spoiled rotten, to which I can only reply, ". . . as he should be." ;O)
But, lets be honest . . . Who here doesn't spoil their pet just a little? I'm pretty sure they know it, too.
Fall is almost over and I'm one of those weirdos who likes the end of the season browns and tans that we see everywhere. I take my camera out just to capture these not so bright colors and textures. To have such a wonderful subject to photograph during this time was such a treat. So, thank you, Ricco, for trekking through the leaves with me. You look so handsome in Autumn (I think it could be the new black). ;O)
What's not to like about a dog named after a legend like Vince Lombardi?! This little guy is sharp, he's fun and he can throw a pass like nobody's business. Yep, he can throw a ball! Bardi's favorite game is to play catch with his snowball. Like a lot of dogs he will catch the stuffed ball in his mouth when you throw it to him, but Bardi goes one step further . . . he will throw the ball back! (Now, don't expect him to have perfect aim; he's throwing it with his mouth after all.)
After playing in the yard and getting to know each other, we headed to the park for Bardi's photo session. Leah and I chatted about this and that (Ok, it was Bardi and Hermes) while we followed Bardi around snapping pictures as he checked out all the best spots for sniffing. Bardi lead Bruce from one spot to another and pointed out everything from leaves and sticks to ducks on the water. Once he decided that things were as they should be in an area, he'd look for the next adventurous spot and we'd take advantage of the photo opportunities at each one.
This dog loves his family and they are his biggest fans. I love that I get to meet so many different dogs and their families. Every personality is different and they all have their hidden talents. Keep practicing, Bardi. One day a scout is bound to notice. . . And, wouldn't it be cool if his favorite colors were green and gold?! :O)
This little guy is one lucky, lucky dog. He has an owner whom I'm told loves him to the moon and back, but he also has a human Aunt who adores them both.
Becky set up a photo session for Rocky so that she could give her sister a surprise gift featuring her four-legged friend. Rocky was all for it and had a ball, only getting side tracked by the geese just a couple of times . . . and it was soooooo cute! He strutted his stuff and hammed it up, even greeting a few people who stopped to tell him how cute he was and ask if it was his birthday since he was having his photo taken. ;O)
As Becky and I chatted, Rocky explored the area and was more than happy to check out anything that we thought might interest him. He had a great time being a dog and only questioned my sanity once . . . when I purposely got down on the ground lower than he was. I wish I could have heard what he was thinking because the look on his face was priceless.
Rocky, you are a joy.
After meeting you in person I have to say, your humans, too are very, very lucky.
Winter always seems to produce my favorite photos no matter if they are animals, people or places. There is just something about the combination of snow and bare branches that draws me into a landscape photo, and bright colored winter coats amongst all that white is pure fun to capture. When it comes to animals, it is my opinion that all dogs look great in snow. A dog in the snow is like a man in a tux ... They can't help but look good.
This is Maximus. He's such a fun pup and I think he could really love the snow if only it wasn't so cold; the genetics of a bull terrier don't come with warm, fur-lined armor. Lucky for Maximus, he has people who will let him play for short periods of time, and then after he's warmed up, not complain when he wants to go out and do it all again. Enjoy the snow, Max, and by the way, I'm glad(iator) that I got to meet you. (Ack, I know. I couldn't resist.)
What a great guy. It was so fun getting to know Cooper and his family. He let me know right away that he really likes treats and was happy to pose for one any time I wanted to offer. (We had an understanding, you see.) It is obvious that Cooper adores the two teens in his life and he loves playing and just hanging out with them. Cooper, after meeting these two guys, I understand completely.
What fun it was meeting Ned. He was everything I'd heard about him and more. I knew he was fun and energetic, but I had no idea that he was so fashionable, too. It's all about the do . . . Ned has such a great beard and he knows he looks goooood.
Ned was all for meeting someone new and didn't mind that I had a camera, but after a bit he wasn't so sure he liked the clicking sound that it made. So . . . "Not to worry, Ned . . . I have a long lens, too." Ned stayed where he was comfortable, came to get an offered treat or two, then moseyed on back to his comfort zone while I kept my noisy camera at a distance that was more to his liking. Afterwards we went for a short walk and . . . well, I think he likes me. :O)
I'd like for you to meet Murphy. He's such a fun dog to be around and he's got such a gentle soul. When you meet Murphy he's the first to say, hello, and when you are ready to leave he lets you know that he was glad you came. The thing that shows the most in Murphy, though is that he knows he is loved. You get the sense that he knows that he is where he belongs and that he wouldn't have it any other way. Murphy doesn't have that typical "lifted ears" attentiveness that most dogs have, but it doesn't dampen his smile any.
Take a look at this beautiful girl! Her name is Minnie and she's a sweetheart. Minnie was such a wonderful model and even thanked me with kisses (ok, once it was my leg, but
hey . . . I'll take what I can get). Minnie had no problem with me taking pictures of her except when I started clicking away while she was frolicking around in the grass. I think she forgot that anyone was around, because she stopped and looked at me and I swear I heard her say, "really?" Thanks, Minnie. I love you, too. :O)
You might have noticed that Minnie is a Boxer. If you are a Boxer fan (or even a friend of a friend of a friend of a Boxer fan), you might be interested in an event that will be going on in Sioux Falls this Saturday. . . It's the Northern Plains Boxer Rescue - Boxer Walk! There will be dogs of all breeds strolling with their owners to raise money for this non-profit organization. These people work really hard to make sure that Boxers in need of good homes have a voice. You can find all the specifics by clicking on the poster. Check it out! Hermes and I hope to see you there!