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It's simple really... I am passionate about photography. I love dogs.

Project 52 Week 7 – Tales of Tails

The theme for week 7 of the Pet Photographers Project 52 blog circle is “Tales of Tails”.

And I have just the tail, er, tale…

But first, we will have to go back to when I first met Lacie.

She arrived at Animal Services as an unclaimed stray… a timid little 4-year-old gal of undetermined lineage. With her pointed nose and wispy ears, she was listed as a spaniel mix… your guess at her breed being as good as ours. I even thought she kinda resembled a mini Saluki.

Very soon after that that we adopted her and our home became hers.

A couple of weeks later I started noticing a change in her coat… the hair was longer with curls and waves.

And her tail… it slowly transformed into this most marvellous feather-like plume.

Now when I look back at Lacie’s first photos, I’m not sure how I missed that she had been recently clipped. With the realization came many questions only adding to the many I already had… who had clipped her? Why did they clip her so short? Are they missing her? Are they looking for her? So many questions of which I will never have the answers to… but will always wonder.

Once her coat had grown in she looked completely different from the little shelter dog that I had adopted and I once more began to speculate on her breed. These days I am leaning more towards a collie/retriever mix although her ears still have me ponder on the spaniel bit. But definitely no Saluki.

And to this day, I marvel at her tail.

“In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.” ~ W. H. Auden

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This post is part of the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle. To see what the next photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Tales of Tails”, visit About A Dog Photography in St. Cloud, St. Paul, Minneapolis and central Minnesota. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here. Enjoy!

Adopt a Shelter Dog

These are the faces of this week… each one hoping for a forever home.

Bruno

Hooch

Kip

Rudy

“It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” ~ John Grogan

Related Links:
City of Winnipeg Animal Services
Winnipeg Animal Services – facebook page
Winnipeg Animal Services Petfinder page

Project 52 Week 6 – Field of Dreams

This weeks theme for the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle is “Composite”.

In photography a composite is the blending of two or more images to create a final image. This is something I’ve been curious about, but have very little experience with.To say this week’s theme is a challenge is putting it mildly, at least for me. And in all honesty I wasn’t sure where to begin.

Then, while walking with Lacie, it came to me.

But first a little backstory…

I think I am my happiest when walking with my dogs. This is where and when all pretense falls and I am simply me.

Our favourite walking path is right behind our house in this most glorious open field. The field is bordered by the Cordite Trail which takes us on a lovely walk surrounded by bulrushes on one side and prairie grass on the other.

For the longest time it was the four of us. Myself… Sadie my senior English Springer… Coco my senior Shih Tzu… and the newest member of our pack, lovely Lacie. We loved our walks and the field. Often the dogs were allowed some off leash time and their happiness was contagious.

The scenery changes with every season, the sense of contentment a constant.

The years have passed and we have lost both Sadie and Coco. My heart remains heavy with the loss and I miss them both so very much.

Today just Lacie and I walk “our” field. Our walks still bring joy and gratefulness but now there is a sadness too. In my heart I can’t help but hope that Sadie and Coco still walk beside us.

My composite… my field of dreams…

“We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle; easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we would still live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan.” ~ Irving Townsend

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This post is part of the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle. To see what the next photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Composite”, visit Susannah of Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati, the San Francisco Bay Area, and destinations nationwide. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here. Enjoy!

Snow Day with Dogs

It is the time of never ending winter, early February when the snow falls and flies with each new gust of the north wind. There’s not much to do except to stay indoors, pile on the sweaters and find a good book.

That is, unless you have a dog…

Lacie doesn’t seem to mind the cold and snow. As long as we are outside, preferably with a ball, she is a happy girl.

If not for her, I’m not so sure I would have left the warmth of the house… but how can I resist those sad eyes starring up at me while she rests her soft head on my lap. I know all to well what she is trying to say.

Once outside it’s all about the ball, the chase and then another throw. Over and over til her lifted front feet signal the end of the game. We trudge back indoors, leaving wet footprints along the entrance floor, shedding leashes, scarfs,coats and mitts as we go.

Warm again… until the next go.

Life with dogs… it gets us going, even when we would rather not.

“Snow flakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes…”

Adopt a Shelter Dog

Here are the hopeful faces from today…

Bartholomew

Beau

Bennett

Jenna

Sadie

Sawyer

Titan

Toby

Sonny

“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” ~ Kinky Friedman

Related Links:
City of Winnipeg Animal Services
Winnipeg Animal Services – facebook page
Winnipeg Animal Services Petfinder page

Project 52 Week 5 – Lacie in Red

The Project 52 theme for this week is “Red”.

When I think red, I think… Intense… Bold… Defiant. It is the colour of extremes with its various shades representing everything from passionate love to anger and danger.

Me being me, there’s not much in the way of red in my closet, mostly greens, blues, earth colours. But when I do wear red, I feel empowered.

Lacie doesn’t own much in the way of red either, except for, perhaps, her very own coat which is a lovely variant of red. I guess she can’t get more red than that!

In our search for props for this theme we did come across this lovely red scarf in our pile of doggy stuff.

So, now we proudly present…

Lacie in Red

With all this talk of red I started to wonder, “Can Lacie see red?” A little bit of research determined that dogs do indeed see colours, but many fewer than we humans. For dogs the spectrum of colour consists of basically yellows, blues and grays. It seems that they see the colors green, yellow and orange as yellowish, and violet and blue as blue.

So… apparently no red for Lacie, at least not in the way that I see it. Through a dog’s eyes, red appears as a very dark brownish gray or even a black.

I had heard that dogs were near colour blind so to find out just what colours they do see is interesting stuff.

More Interesting Red Trivia (from the human perspective)

  • – Red is the international colour for stop.
  • – Red is the most popular colour used on flags.
  • – Red is one of the top two favourite colours.
  • – Red is a primary color. That means you can’t mix two other colors together to get red.
  • – Red is the highest arc of the rainbow
  • – Bees can not see red, but they see all other bright colours.
  • – Red is the first colour that a baby sees after black and white.

And now, here’s one more of Lacie with her lovely red bow.

“More than any other colour, red is loaded for action.” ~ Robert Genn

Project 52 _______________________
This post is part of the Pet Photography Project 52 blog circle. To see what the next photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Red”, visit Elaine Tweedy of I Got the Shot Photography, serving pets and their people in Northeastern PA and surrounding areas Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here. Enjoy!