Worthington Boston terriers

Eight-year-old Ellie was still getting used to her new brother, seven-year-old Zeus, when I photographed them at their home and in Old Worthington. Zeus is the sweetest little boy and had been adopted about a month prior to our photo shoot. Ellie definitely has the bigger personality and has taken to bossing him around a little. At one point Ellie walked over and head-butted him. Poor Zeus! I absolutely love when I get to know dogs and see their personalities come out.

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Ellie just carries herself like an older sister. I love her attitude in this photo. Her family refers to her as Grumpy Cat. I can see that. That expression is priceless.

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Their family is Ohio State fans, so naturally the buckeye crate had to make an appearance. I also had this bowtie in scarlet and gray so it suited the two of them perfectly. Their family loved that Ellie is sitting in the box because she's (ahem) gained a little weight due to a dog sitter giving them lots of extra treats. She carries it well! I couldn't tell at all. But they say black is slimming, right?

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And now a family photo that includes the humans. The stone wall and greenery looks great as a backdrop. I had never photographed people in Old Worthington before, so this was a fun treat.

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After a bunch of photos all over Old Worthington, it was back to the house in Columbus where we did some indoor shots. One of my favorite angles is the "bird's eye view" - that's how I write it in my list of shots that I keep with me. It's just a cute way to memorialize exactly how the dogs look when they're looking up waiting (sometimes impatiently) for a treat. I had to watch myself with these two. Ellie is a jumper! I was in danger of being head-butted or getting puppy smudges on my lens if I didn't grab the shot and get out of the way. Treats were coming!

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And finally, a beautiful portrait of brother and sister. Ellie on the left, Zeus on the right. I love black and white anyway, so dramatic shots like this are my favorite.

Thanks for being such good dog models, Ellie and Zeus! I loved every minute of our time together.

Want a beautiful sibling portrait like this of your dogs? Contact me right now! I would love to plan a photo shoot.

Columbus golden retriever

This morning I came across this photograph I took last summer of 6-year-old Drummer. It was so hot that evening that every single portrait of this handsome golden retriever featured his tongue hanging out - he couldn't stop panting! We kept it pretty quick and luckily he was very cooperative that we were in and out of the park quickly. Drummer got a big burst of refreshing air conditioning in the car on the way home!

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We met at the Park of Roses, part of Whetstone Park in Columbus. It's too bad more of the roses were not in bloom in late summer. The fountain with the sun setting still made for a lovely scene.

Drummer's family takes him dock diving, which is how I became acquainted with them. I hope to see him in action someday! Jumping into a lake or pool would have felt great on this hot evening.

Watercolor dogs

Every once in a while I like to play with my photographs and see what new designs I can do with them. I started playing around with watercolors and adapting some portraits to look like fine art paintings. I'm still brand new at trying this style, but it's something different and fun to do.

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And here's the (almost) original (with his owner removed).

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I'm working on a few others as surprises for their owners. We'll see how people like this style!

Max the Rottweiler puppy

I spent the evening with a dog in need. Max is a 9-month-old Rottweiler and was just days away from being put down at the shelter when a rescue stepped in and got him into foster care. Max has a pocket of fluid on his spine and needs surgery. Other than a bit of an odd gait, you wouldn't know that Max has these health issues. He is a happy goofy boy who LOVES sticks and branches in his foster family's yard. Look at this funny face!

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He runs and plays and sniffs and licks and brings over his ball like any other puppy. I am happy to share his lovely photographs. What a neat pup and I hope he heals quickly and gets into a forever home soon.

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Max is such an obedient dog. Even though he doesn't know stay or lie down yet, he knows sit and he automatically listened very well. So even though he didn't know what we were saying, it seemed he picked up on the tenor of our voices to stay or play or whatever we told him.

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He's such a happy soul. He does have a bit of a struggle walking regularly, but boy that doesn't stop his sweet little pup from running and chasing toys. Usually I find that dogs are very food-motivated, so treats are the best things ever to them. Max is stick-motivated! He just loved the small branches in the yard. Even when I would hold up his toy and tease him with it next to my camera lens, he would stay until I said he could have it. He may not know the words yet but he's well on his way to being fully obedience-trained.

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These eyes. Those are truly puppy dog eyes. That's the face of a sweet boy who wants his forever home.

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Max can't stop smiling!

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I certainly enjoyed our evening of fun together, Max. I hope someone sees your handsome face and adds you to their family right away.

If anyone wants to help Max, please check out The Dog Loft. He is being fostered by the family that owns this grooming company in southwest Columbus. Their website is here.

Columbus Pet Expo

Some exciting news ahead...are you ready? We're SO EXCITED. Look at Colby's excited face... (drumroll...)

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We always knew Colby is our little superstar, and now she's making for her television debut!

The ladies from the Pet Connections Pet Expo that takes place this weekend in Columbus talked to Good Day Marketplace's Alissa Henry and showed off Colby in her Halloween costume to promote the expo. Colby's segment airs tomorrow (Friday) at 10 am on our local Fox station.

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Colby was a little nervous about being on television for the first time. She felt better when she found out this was pre-taped, just in case she messed up any of her lines.

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Colby did a great job being held by a new person she'd never met. Colby didn't lick the microphone (that I saw) and only needed one take. Success!

Colby has a lot of strong opinions on important topics like the upcoming presidential election, the economy, and foreign policy. I'm just glad she stuck to her script.

Way to go, Colby! I'm so proud!

Senior dog Puppy

Is the title of this blog post confusing? It needs explanation. This is Puppy. His name is actually Puppy. It's been over a decade since he was a puppy, but he sure still looks like one!

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Puppy is a 13-year-old mixed breed. His family says they think he is part Chihuahua. After they said that, I can see the Chihuahua in him. I also definitely see a bit of papillon. It's those butterfly-shaped ears. I love how that shape and how alert Puppy looks.

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What a funny, happy dog Puppy is. He did such a good job holding the perfect pose!

We were at the Grange Scioto Audobon Metro Park in downtown Columbus. The view across the Scioto river is wonderful at sunset. Unfortunately there are no safety rails around the boat dock, so it makes me a little nervous to think of taking a dog's portraits there. I love sunset photographs of my furry clients, but that location may not work for those - safety first!

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One last silly shot of Puppy being playful in the grass. I would never guess he's a senior dog. He just seemed like an exceptionally well-mannered little boy. He's great!

Want fun portraits of your dog in Columbus? Contact me right now! I'm glad to hear from you.

Wag Fest

I am thrilled to say that Browning Photo made its debut at Wag Fest in Hilliard!

After months of preparation for my first canine festival, I spent the past week watching the weather forecast. And by watching the weather, I mean hitting F5 (the refresh button) on my keyboard constantly to see the latest predictions. Within the same day the forecast would go from Scattered Thunderstorms, 80% chance of rain, to Partly Cloud, 20% chance of rain. My husband just laughed when it showed up at 50% of precipitation - "It may rain, it may not," he said helpfully. Well the rain rolled in with a torrential downpour at about 3pm, but since we'd been set up since 9am, that was a pretty long day with lots of face time with dogs and their humans. (Note: I included this video because 1) a dog is wearing an ice cream sundae costume and 2) the last two seconds of this clip must have tempted fate because the massive, massive thunderstorm cell rolled in soon after.)

I could not have asked for a better day with a great response. A lot of work went into getting the vendor booth just right, and we pulled it off. The tent and professional vendor display boards were loaned to me courtesy of an artist friend. I bought the signs and spent a small fortune on samples. Believe it or not, I had many, many samples that I didn't display! Even between the display boards and the table, we had more photos than we knew what to do with.

The numbers of attendees are hard to count, but I've seen it predicted that last year was about 12,000 people and this year the organizers were projecting 16,000 people. I hadn't been to Wag Fest in three years, so when I was last there just as a regular dog lover in 2013 there were thousands of dogs and owners.

One of the best things about Wag Fest is the ice bath. Our dog was not even a year old when we went, so she was still kind of skittish. There is always a HUGE swimming pool filled with ice that the dogs romp around in. In 2013 I took my video camera and recorded our dog hesitantly walking up to the ice bath, where probably fifty other dogs were playing, then pull away. Then she'd walk back up and put one paw in, testing the water, then backing up. Finally she did two paws, then at last she went all the way in. Suddenly she was romping and happy and didn't know why she was scared because clearly this was the greatest thing on earth. My husband and I have always talked about her in that ice bath and how we should do it at home on a really hot summer day. We could get three or four bags of ice at the store and let her go to town right in our own bathroom. Of course I'd have to film it!

I just adored that so many people let their dogs come give me sniffs, hugs, and even a few sloppy kisses. There was one bulldog who marched behind the table and wanted petted. When I was moving closer to pet him, he violently threw himself onto his back, knocking over a chair in the process, just so his belly was up and ready to be loved on! A bunch of the vendors and I laughed at his antics.

Overall it was a wonderful experience. Since it was our first event where we manned a booth, it was a learning experience and of course there were things we didn't think to do. For instance, when you're setting up a tent and table and lots of equipment in the grass in the early morning hours, there will be dew that will get your feet wet! We should have taken extra socks and a change of shoes - although it got so busy so quickly that I didn't even notice after a little time passed. I wish I had gotten a chance to visit the other vendors and see the disc catching competition. We had a great view of the dogs diving into the lake - I was very much missing my camera and zoom lens when we would turn and glimpse a big splash of a dog landing in the water.

Thank you to everyone involved with Wag Fest, and most of all thank you to the wonderful canine companions who make everything worth it.

Golden retriever dock diving

I was so thrilled to join the Golden Retriever Club of Columbus for a dock diving demonstration at their monthly meeting. This was an awesome night for a dog lover like me. There are dock diving competitions on YouTube that I've watched, and I'd always hoped to see one someday. When the chance popped up to see it in person, of course I had to be there!

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It was so interesting to learn about techniques to getting a dog ready for dock diving. The most important thing? Don't toss your dog off the dock into the lake! You don't want him or her to be afraid of diving into water. We saw a number of dogs get in on the action during the demonstration. I got the chance for some mid-air action shots like this one.

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And of course not every throw was going to be a success. This dog has the funniest expression on his face when he looks back and sees he leaped farther than the toy was tossed!

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Sometimes the pups got overexcited and dropped the toy and had to go back in to retrieve it. It was so hot out, that an extra swim through the water probably felt great. It looked pretty tempting to me!

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What a beautiful girl watching her doggie friends!

Before each meeting, the club has a standing challenge called The Order of the Egg. There are various points awarded for how far a dog goes to retrieve a regular chicken egg, picks it up in his mouth, and then brings it back to the starting point. The ideal for these golden retrievers is to have what is called a "soft mouth" so they can retrieve game that their owners have hunted without further damaging it.

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I see the egg in this one's mouth!

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I just like this shot because the dog's profile mirrors the dog on the sign.

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Be sure to see more dog portraits HERE.