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Volunteering at Animal Services

Volunteering at Winnipeg Animal Services. I must admit I love this video.


“Meet Colleen! She is a retired nurse and photographer. Colleen volunteers her time weekly and takes pictures of our dogs to help them get adopted. She is also part of a small team that helps maintain our social media channels. Thank you!”

“Be the change… Volunteer.”

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

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, “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!

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!

Project 52 Week 3 – About the Photographer

The Project 52 theme for this week is “About the Photographer”… a tough one for me as I prefer my place behind the camera, rather than in front of it. But none the less, here we go.

For myself, photography is about sharing moments, memories and the sensibilities that bind them together. My “happy place” is often found in the simple times, the quiet moments and I relish the beauty that I find there. My hope is that, through my photography, I am able to depict and share the essence, not merely the existence, of what I see.

For many years I have shared my life and my home with dogs and it is now to the point where I can imagine my life in no other way. For a long time my pack consisted of three…Sadie, Coco and Lacie. Sadie and Coco were the two seniors with Lacie entering the picture about 4 years ago. Along with Bear, the manx cat, our home and hearts were full.

Bear, Sadie and Coco are gone now and my heart aches with the loss of these three souls but I am forever grateful for having been able to share my life with theirs. Lovely Lacie remains and these days I hold her close.

To be able to combine my passion for photography with my love for dogs has been a blessing.

Several years ago I was given the opportunity to photograph the shelter dogs going up for adoption at our local Animal Services. Today, 8 years later, this is where you will still find me. I love these dogs, they have come to own my heart. Being able to work closely with them and assist in helping them find good homes has become a passion and a joy.

Here are some of this week’s adorable, adoptable faces…

  

This recent photo taken at the shelter makes me smile. Being the photographer I don’t have many photos of myself, let alone a photo of me taking a photo. I love it. Thanks Leland!

Photo Credit: Leland Gordan

And, in case you are curious… these are the photos of beautiful adoptable Balto from that day.

“Love what you do, do what you love.”

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, “about the photographer”, visit Elaine Tweedy of I Got The Shot Photography, serving pets and their people in Northeastern PA. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle until you eventually find your way back here. Enjoy!

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

Journey 2018 Day 362 – sundogs

The weather has turned cold… most likely the coldest it has been so far this winter.

But with the cold comes beauty…

A winter rainbow…

“There was such a glory over everything. The sun came up like gold through the trees, and I felt like I was in heaven.”
~ Harriet Tubman

Related Links:
Halos, Sundogs, and Light Pillars

Journey 2018 Day 335/365 – cousins

Bless Mom… she was the keeper of our memories, scrapbooks and vintage albums filled with old photos and writings. Looking through them the other day I came across this small 2″x 3″ photo of myself with my cousins. The original photo was in rough shape… but I loved it. These are my cousins Daryl, Marilyn and Howard and my sister, Patti and myself (far right). Mom is standing behind Marilyn and Auntie Margaret is standing behind me. Can’t say exactly where this was taken or when, but it was well over 60 years ago.

Thanks to these old albums, I feel an excitement stirring… a new keenness surfacing. Wouldn’t it be great to restore some of these treasures, not so much for prosperity, but more for my kids and their kids.

Funny… I have been hoping to find a new challenge for the new year. Perhaps it just found me!

“God made us cousins because He knew our mothers could not handle us as siblings.”