Monthly Archives: February 2012

Project 52 – Week 8 – The Dog In The Mirror

After a week off for a trip to New York City (blog post to follow!), I’m back to participating in the Beautiful Beasties Network Project 52, which explores a new pet-related theme every week. Last week I missed out on interpreting my dogs’ moods. They’re probably less disappointed than I am. This week’s theme was windows or reflections. Given that it’s still frosty and snowy outside, I decided to try getting some reflections. Initially my goal was to have my dogs examining themselves in the mirror, but the dogs had other ideas. For the past four years I’ve reinforced them for looking at the camera – there was no way they were going to look away. What if a treat suddenly appeared while they were looking elsewhere????

Gracie did not want to pose this week. Her facial paralysis is improving, but she’s been peevish since I got back from New York, so I didn’t push the issue. The boys were only too happy to play my games, as always.





As this is a blog roll, full of delightful pet photos, please follow this link to Anthony Helton’s blog – Keep following the links to see everybody’s interpretation of this week’s assignment. When you get back here, you’ve seen them all!

Fort McMurray Pet Photographer – Pretty Puggles Mini Session

Yesterday I did my first ever mini-session.  My clients were Daisy and Maisy, two Puggles that know how to have fun.  Their owners (named Laura and Laura) warned me that getting photos would be challenging, but these girls were wild!  Still, we had a really fun time, and I snagged some great pics of the lovely ladies.

Maisy smiles for the camera

Maisy was a very happy girl, and I love the width and depth of her smile in this picture.

Daisy sitting pretty

Daisy has had some major adventures lately.  A few weeks ago her owners escaped their burning apartment building in the middle of the night with the clothes on their backs and Daisy in their arms.  An explosion scared Daisy and she took off into the night.  It was very cold at the time (ranging from -30 to -15), and her owners were devastated.  A search went on for a few days before Miss Daisy was found, unharmed.  Her disappearance pulled a community together, and now Daisy is famous.  It was my pleasure to be her pawparazzi for the day.

Daisy (L) and Maisy (R) mugging for the camera

There’s no concrete proof that these two are sisters, but one glance at those smiles and it seems obvious to me that they’re related.

Thank you Laura and Laura for allowing me to photograph your girls.

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Project 52 – Week 6 – The Nose Knows

So last week I had to take some time off from Project 52.  I was out of town with my niece and just couldn’t fit in a photo shoot, plus the additional editing required.  I was bummed about missing a week, so I vowed to take part this week, even if it meant missing out on sleep.  Fortunately this week’s theme was noses . . . and I managed to get some great shots on my first attempt.  How lucky is that?

So without further rambling, I give you the noses of KLAD Cockers . . . .

Jack Jack . . . I love the look of his freshly-trimmed muzzle here, with the super dark pigment

Farley’s scruffier nose . . . extremely kissable!

Grace’s more delicate, feminine nose.

As a bonus, here is my Betta fish Bingo – he doesn’t have a traditional nose, but I thought this shot was too cute to pass up!

As this is a blog circle, please be sure to click on the link to Melissa McCabe’s blog at, and then keep on clicking until you get back here.  You’ll see tons of great photos and have lots of reasons to smile.

Recommended Reads

This is my first non-Project 52 post in quite a while. Unfortunately I can’t take part in this week’s Project 52 assignment as I was away all weekend and I knew I wouldn’t have time to take and edit the photos. Especially since I had almost 1200 photos to go through after spending four days in Cochrane, Alberta with my niece and her ringette team. What’s ringette, you ask? Why let me tell you . . . *big grin*

Ringette is an ice sport, played primarily by girls (but boys are allowed too). The girls wear ice hockey skates and hockey padding (including the helmet and neck guard) and they skate with sticks. Unlike hockey sticks, there is no blade on the end of a ringette stick. And unlike hockey, the athletes play with a rubber ring (hollow) instead of a puck. The rules are quite similar to hockey, and it’s a fast-paced game. My niece’s mom couldn’t attend the tournament, so I offered to go instead. We had a blast! The kids have an absolutely FABULOUS set of coaches and assistant coaches, and the parents are a ton of fun too. The kids played their hearts out, and I spent each of the four games alternating between cheering as hard as I could and snapping pictures. If you’re interested in seeing the photos, check out

Anyhow, since I spent all kinds of time on a bus (8+ hours each way, not including stops), I got to fit in some reading. And because the books I read were really that good, I wanted to share them with you, my loyal readers.

The first book I read was “The Dog Who Knew Too Much” by Spencer Quinn. This is the fourth Chet and Bernie mystery, and it doesn’t let readers down one bit. Bernie is a detective and Chet the Jet is his sidekick (a dog, of course). The book is narrated through Chet’s point of view, and Quinn does a great job of being doggy. Chet gets distracted by cookies, other dogs and all kinds of stuff, but that just adds to the feeling of the book. It is well-written and fun to read. If you enjoy mysteries and you’re a fan of dogs, I highly recommend any of Quinn’s books in the Chet and Bernie series. You won’t be disappointed.

The second book I read was “Part Wild” by Ceiridwen Terrill. This book is a work of non-fiction, written by the author about her life with a wolfdog that she bought as a pup. Terrill discusses how she balanced life with her wolfdog Inyo – keeping Inyo safe and allowing Inyo to fulfill some of her more wild desires. She talks about the struggles they endured, like having to move several times due to neighbors and others with issues, and she talks about some of the joys they shared, such as hikes out in the mountains. Terrill skillfully weaves science, history and her own personal experiences without interrupting the flow of the book. I found this book very enlightening and extremely enjoyable. For anybody with an interest in dogs, wolves and the similarities and differences between the two, I would recommend this book in a heartbeat.

That, my friends, is my blog post for this week. Enjoy your weekend and keep your eyes peeled for a Project 52 post next week.