New puppy

Meet Sophia. She's a rat terrier-Boston terrier mix. She is nine weeks old and already housebroken. She's also just three pounds (although in person she looked about one pound - seriously she is tiny!) so I can't imagine how many potty trips her itty-bitty bladder needs to make in a single day.

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Sophia's family has had her for only two weeks but already it's easy to tell she's feeling right at home. We posed for some photographs in the front yard, and Sophia was having a grand old time.

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She ran, and she ran, and she ran some more. Then she flopped on her back and wiggled on the grass for a second, then it was time for more running.

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I liked this shot of Sophia taking a rare pause and looking over at me while we see the little girl's legs as she's about to catch Sophia and scoop her up.

We did get a sweet shot of Sophia with her proud big sister. What an adorable pair these two make!

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Molly the Yorkie puppy

When I was growing up I wanted a Yorkshire terrier. Badly. I loved their tiny rascally bodies and long silky hair and cute faces. Plus they were pretty close to the Cairn terrier from The Wizard of Oz so that was all my eight-year-old self wanted in life!

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As an adult I have a poodle but darned if I wasn't so excited to meet this new Yorkshire terrier puppy. Molly is seven months old and is does not have the traditional Yorkie markings. She has white, brown, gray, and black in her body and face. In fact, her body is snow white except her tail, which is completely black. It's very unusual. In fact, her owner said the breeder has asked for Molly back because her markings are so rare and in demand. No way! She's at home now and doted upon. No returning this gal.

Molly joined 10-year-old senior dog Holly, who is also a Yorkie. Holly and Molly! Holly, despite her senior status, was on the MOVE. It was pretty nice weather outside and I was pretty quickly drenched after chasing Holly all over the yard. For an elderly dog and only three pounds with tiny legs she was FAST.

Molly, the puppy, weighs in at a whopping TWO pounds. She was pretty cooperative and stayed in one spot for me when I needed her to. I always have treats with me and I was breaking off my usual small bites to make them go further. After three treats she was finished. I realized that I'm not used to a teeny-tiny Yorkie belly! I tried little bitty broken pieces of treats and she just smelled them and turned away. Must be nice to have that self control around delicious food!

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Here is Molly looking up at me. She is so fluffy! She is going to be spayed next week - good luck, Molly! Get well soon.

Winnie the Old English Sheepdog

Back in the day, on Saturday nights The Wonderful World of Disney would play a movie introduced by Michael Eisner and featuring that iconic Disney opening. The TV movie that I recorded on our VCR and watched over and over was The Shaggy Dog. I can't recall much of it now, but I do remember that the family's father turned into an Old English Sheepdog. I would imagine it was like Freaky Friday, the canine version, but I just don't remember anything besides that gorgeous Old English Sheepdog.

So of course I was psyched to photograph this sheepdog puppy! This is Winnie, who is a year old. She is excited about EVERYTHING in life, especially people. She's deceptively big, too. She's 60 pounds but looks much larger. It's all that awesome sheepdog hair. Her family swears she is tiny under her big fur coat. Winnie supposedly has chicken legs and looks completely different when she's wet. I'd love to see that! My own dog looks like a rat when she's getting bathed, so I believe it.

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Winnie had been suffering from an upset stomach so she didn't get any treats. We had to make do with a favorite ball and squeak toy to keep her attention. She did great! Winnie is a little camera-shy, if you can believe it from these photographs.

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Every dog has a 'spot' - that special place that you rub and it makes them stop and savor the moment. My dog's spot is her shoulder blades. She leans into it until she's practically falling over. Winnie cracks me up because she loves getting her bottom scratched. I was rubbing her shoulders and her people told me she loves her back - and her backside - scratched. I was loving on her back and sure enough she turned her rear end right into me. What a funny girl!

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Here's Winnie getting a reassuring hug from mom. I normally don't do black and white photographs of dogs, but this candid sweet moment when we were taking a break lends itself to a documentary feel.

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And here's this silly puppy at sunset. Winnie, my eight-year-old self thanks you for being everything I hoped an Old English sheepdog would be. You are funny and floppy and just as adorable as any dog I've ever seen. I love that you broke free from a pose to run over and give me big wet doggy kisses.

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Cartoon dog

This week's theme for the 52-week Pet Photography blog challenge is "low angle." Our front room's chairs are pretty low already and Colby likes to sleep on them in the evening while I work in my home office so I knew I would have to get very low - elbows on the floor, almost, kind of low - for this shot. I used a different technique with my lens and lighting because I wanted this picture to have a cartoonish quality about it. Colby was a good model. She naturally has a kind of sad looking face, so I wanted to exaggerate her features for this shot. I was just lucky she mostly cooperated.

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Pretty girl, if I do say so myself! (She takes after me. Ha!)

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Watercolor golden retriever

In a prior blog post I posted this lovely golden retriever named Drummer. One thing I really enjoy is creating digital watercolors. It's not an app on a cell phone that makes it look like a watercolor, but rather an actual digital watercolor portrait that I do by hand - or rather, with my Wacom tablet and Wacom drawing pen. Each one is custom made and unique to that pet. I love sitting down and playing with finished photographs creating a new look and feel for a portrait.

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Here is a close-up of this golden retriever's face. Even printed on standard matte paper, it looks like it was created on watercolor. And of course I always add in some paw prints for a fun extra touch.

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Thanks for the smile, Drummer! You're awfully handsome.

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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.

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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!

Casey the boxer

Casey is a boxer, which is a breed I am not too familiar with. I don't know why they aren't more popular, since I've been reading that they're great family dogs and are trained as guide dogs for the blind. Casey is SO friendly. We hit it off the moment we met.

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This is Casey sitting so calmly with the sunlight streaming behind her. You wouldn't know that a LOT of work went into capturing the perfect picture of her. I am thrilled with how this turned out!

Casey's owner told me how she had a boxer when she was growing up. That dog's name was Sugar. Later I mentioned this to my husband, who immediately said, "Oh, like Sugar Ray Leonard?" I asked, and sure enough, Sugar the boxer was named after Sugar Ray Leonard the boxer! And apparently my husband was one of the few people to make that connection. He's pretty sharp.

Here's Casey in the yard.

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She looks like she's smiling! What a happy face.

Casey isn't allowed on the furniture. Her owners said it was OK and made an exception for a special occasion like a photo shoot, but when they tried to get her up on the couch, she hopped on then hopped right off! She follows the rules very well.

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Look at that curiosity! She's a little intimidating at first glance, but this dog is pure marshmallow inside.

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