Christmas dogs

I had a blast at PetPeople in Upper Arlington, Ohio, this past weekend. You can see my previous day here. These are not all the portraits we took but just a small portion of the fun dogs (and bunnies) who came to see us for Christmas portraits.

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The volunteers who helped us from Rescued Ohio made our day go so smoothly because it was really bustling! In fact one of the gals had her husband and kids bring in their two dogs and their foster pup. They look like a complete family. And they posted really well together. It took a little patience to get them all in one spot like this!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Christmas sweaters. This couple was really into the holiday spirit and their dog had the best expression on his face.

The green backdrop is new this year and looks great! And the bows on the presents are a work of art. My mother-in-law has a Bowdabra contraption that makes bows easily. It worked like a charm for decorating this Christmas set.

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These ladies have their Christmas portrait with their dogs taken every year together. They're just friends and want to show off the dogs together. The puppy on the far right was so excited to see - and smell - all the other dogs and humans in the store. I couldn't believe we got everyone to look at the same spot all at once! We even got some nice happy expressions from each dog, too.

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Leroy was a huge hit as soon as he walked into the store. We saw him strut into the store with that expression and that bowtie and knew he was going to be a great model. He was dressed to the nines for his official holiday portrait.

Ollie was so inquisitive and energetic. One of the gals from Rescued Ohio brought holiday bandanas to dress up the naked dogs a little. I also brought a red and white Santa coat that's made for a little dog but most of the pups that came in were much bigger than my own. What a great idea to have the option for a little dressing up.

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Beautiful black Lena and her lovely human got in on the photos too. Lena was a rescue dog and the shelter had said she was a senior lab. It turns out she's about three years old and is part Great Dane. She's still wonderful and clearly loves her person.

Finn and Mudd came in to see us for their portraits in their favorite winter sweaters. Finn, the dog on the left, immediately walked over and created a fast friendship with my husband. He's a viszla - Finn, not my husband - and clearly is a lovebug. Mudd was a bit more energetic and excited by all the activity in the store. We were so glad to get this lovely portrait of them lying down so close together and both looking the same way.

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And I got to photograph my first bunnies! Henry was a bit skittish but his sister was hopping all over saying hello to us. I thought my dog was soft until I touched these two. Henry, on the left, was the softest creature I've ever touched. I hope more bunnies come to see me for portraits - they were such a fun treat to photograph.

Support local animal charities and have your dog's beautiful Christmas portrait taken at your nearest PetPeople location! Here is the rest of the schedule for photographs, all at local PetPeople stores.

Fri Dec 2 - Clintonville (5:30-8:30)      Sat Dec 3 - Grandview (11-2)     Sun Dec 4 - Powell (11-2);

Fri Dec 9 - Lewis Center (5:30-8:30)      Sat Dec 10 - Dublin (11-2)       Sun Dec 11 - Westerville (11-2)

Hope to see you there!