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Monthly Archives: August 2009

Raider

A week or so ago, I had a mini session with another member of one of the rescue groups I belong to.  I had hit them all up for a volunteer to test out a location and Debbie took me up on it.  We met at 7 in the morning at a local park so I could test out the early morning light there.  She brought Raider, a handsome black lab, to model for me.  I think we spent more time chatting than shooting, but it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning, and the light was gorgeous.

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Thanks for getting so up so early to help me out Debbie,  it was lovely to meet you and Raider!

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In which Kodiak has an unfortunate incident…

Before we get to Kodiak, a quick update on some of the recent dogs that have made an appearance here on the blog.  Dash is staying with us.  Tomorrow I will register his microchip with our information and we will officially be a three dog family.  Prince Edward is going to be adopted by the family that was fostering him.  They changed his name to Harley and are filling out the paperwork on Saturday. YAY!!

As for the dogs from the last post…  Throw Away, the german shepherd mix is going to go to the same home that is taking Lil Girl.  They are staying together in the same kennel while the adoptive family closes on their house and they get along fantastically!  The tiny chihuahua went home with an older woman who really wanted a very small dog.  Red and Blondie, the two nursing mommas are staying with one of our vet techs as both have gotten an infection. (mastitis for Red and a uterine infection for Blondie)  Both were caught early and they are doing great on antibiotics.  Cutie Pie and Ladybird went up to our adoption event, but haven’t found homes yet, so we will try again next week.  As for the rest,  the woman who has been taken care of them thinks she wants to keep them.  Unfortunately, she’s headed into the hospital for a two week stay starting tomorrow so if her health doesn’t improve we may have to work on convincing her its in everyone’s best interest to place a few more of them in other homes.

Now… on to Kodiak’s unfortunate incident.  In case you are new to the blog, Kodiak is my mostest favorite boy ever.  He is a total momma’s boy and he is very sensitive (more than I ever thought was possible for a dog).  He is a long haired Chow/German Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix of some random percentages.  That’s him and I in that picture up there in the intro, just for reference.  Today he had an appointment at the groomer.  We take him on a semi-regular basis to get a bath and to get the long hair on his legs and paws trimmed.  Apparently they misheard Ken when he dropped him off today because he was bald when we picked him up today.  Instead of the usual trim, they buzzed him down so he is just a poofy tail and a poofy head with a skinny little body in between.

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You wouldn’t think a dog could get embarrassed, but I think he was because he wouldn’t even come out from under my desk when I got home.  And he ALWAYS comes to say hi to me when I get home.  The fact that I was laughing hysterically might not have helped…

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Red and the gang : East Lubbock rescue run

Thank you everyone for the kind comments on the canvases.  Grace’s dad picked up the one of her today and I think he was pretty pleased.  On a less happy note, this week Ken and I joined some others from the HSWT at a home on the east side of town to help a woman with over twenty dogs.  This gal actually called us while we were at Petsmart on Saturday requesting help with some puppies.  She said a stray had given birth to a litter a few weeks ago and wasn’t showing interest in feeding them.  One of our volunteers agreed to pick up some puppy food to take to her and to help her see if the puppies were big enough to try eating mush.  When she got out there, she realized that we needed to help this woman with much more than just these puppies.

She lives outside town, relatively close to an area shelter.  When this shelter is full (and even when its not) she says folks just dump their dogs out and leave them to run wild.  This woman lives in a tiny house all by herself, and her only income is a social security check… $66 dollars a month.  And yet here she was, trying her best to keep all these dogs fed.  Surprisingly, most of them (with the exception of the nursing mothers) looked fairly well fed.  Clearly, she was sacrificing her own well being to help dogs that others had abandoned.  In the last week, she has put up several large, makeshift kennels, using tarps and plywood to give the animals shade.  She did this all by herself, with no assistance from anyone.

We took her enough dog food to last her a while and some flea and tick spray for everyone.  We also wormed everyone we could get a hold of, and several of our volunteers headed back last night to take those dogs they could catch to get their rabies shots.  A local groomer/boarder picked up both litters of puppies and took them to their kennels where they agreed to care for them until they are old enough to be adopted out.

Now, meet the dogs…

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This is Red, a lab mix and recent mother to nine puppies.  She is very sweet, but incredibly timid. Red was dumped so we don’t know her exact age or story but she looks to be rather young.

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blondieweb1This is Blondie, a yellow lab mix and mom to a litter of seven puppies.  Blondie is probably older than Red, but not much.  She too was dumped.

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ladybirdweb2Ladybird is a shorthaired pointer mix.  She is the shyest of them all, and my personal favorite. :)

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Little girl is a lucky girl.  She has a home all lined up and is just waiting for them to come pick her up.

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Radar (left) and Pakito (right) are chihuahua mixes of some sort that have also been dumped.  Radar is rather skittish, but Pakito doesn’t mind having his ears scratched a bit.

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Throwaway (top) is a 4-5 year old GSD mix who was hit by a car and rescued by this gal.  He is not a fan of vehicles, for obvious reasons, but loves people.    Cotton (bottom) is a beautiful, white GSD.    She was shot in the chest at some point in the past and is a bit touchy about the area where she was hit. She is at around 5 years old and nervous around people, but with some time and a lot of love, she will warm up.

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This guy is a handsome pit mix, whose name I forgot to write down.  He can be somewhat aggressive so he will likely stay with his current owner.  But he’s handsome so I wanted to post him anyway :)

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Pigtail is red pitbull with a curly(ish) tail.  He is comical and sweet, and he loves to wrestle with Ladybird.

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Cutie Pie is a 3 year old black lab.  She’s a bit overweight, and needs more exercise than she can get in her kennel.  She is incredibly sweet and loves people.

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And lastly, just for some happy, cuteness… the little guy on the left is one of Red’s pups and the little guy on the right was just running around.  I never got the story on him, but he’s awfully precious.

Tomorrow morning, I am heading out there to pick up Ladybird, Cutie Pie, Red, and Blondie to take them to our adoption event at Gander Mountain.  We are desperately hoping that we can find them some good homes.  We have Throwaway and Pooh Girl listed with a GSD rescue group in Texas, but their fosters are full and they aren’t able to help us with housing.  Radar, Pakito, and Pigtail will continue to stay on her property until we free up some resources to help them out or until we find some place to put them.  The black pit mix, as well as two other large dogs that are somewhat aggressive are going to stay with the owner.

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I heart Simply Canvas!

A while ago, I ordered two canvases from Simply Canvas to test them out.  I never got around to blogging them, but they are AWESOME!  I got a 20×30 of Coco (the little boxer belonging to by brother-in-law and his wife) and a 16×24 of Kodiak.  Then I had a client order a 20×30 wrap as well.  That arrived on Tuesday so I thought I should get a picture of them all.

IMG_6754-01Dear Mom,  Yes those are poop bags off to the side there.  I was too lazy to carry them through the houseand out to the dumpster in the back alley.  Don’t worry, I got rid of them before company came over.  Love, your daughter :)

Coco and Kodiak are hanging in my “office.”  Kelly, Coco’s mom, thinks its funny that her dog has a bigger spot in my house than my own dog does.  What can I say, I’m in love with that image.  The big empty space under Boots the cat is no longer empty.  It now sports the biggest monitor EVER!  I have the best hubby in the world :)

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Coming up soon(ish), a long, picture filled post from our rescue trip out to the east side of town on Monday night.  Tune in for some sad pups who desperately need new homes.

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Riata

Riata’s session was originally scheduled for Saturday morning but, due to a work conflict, it got moved to the evening hours.  It actually worked out better in the long run as it was storming like crazy right about the time we had originally scheduled for.  Evening, on the other hand, turned out to be just right for a session.

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Riata is a Miniature Australian Shepherd and she is too cute!  She may be tiny, but she has a big personality.  And a HUGE energy reserve.

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Kristie and Alec were totally game for trying out an old abandoned gas station I found outside of town.  Gotta love clients who are willing to drive out to the middle of nowhere to try out a location and don’t even flinch when there are piles of rusty junk everywhere.   Of course, I love my vintage processing so I couldn’t resist…

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Then back to a different section of the park we used for Penny’s shoot a few weeks ago.

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Thank you so much for an awesome session guys!

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