Hard to imagine that this little bundle of wrinkles, cuteness and velvet fur will one day be big enough to need a single size human bed to sleep on! But that’s Great Danes for you, her humans are totally enjoying this cuddly, lapdog size … because it won’t last long!
Australian Border Collies come in a variety of colours, these 3 are all collies ranging from elderly to middle aged to puppy. They all live together and happily their human is a fantastic dog trainer, so photographing them is a breeze! Lovely, happy and calm dogs they are incredibly intelligent and love to please, and I’m always pleased when I get the annual phone call to say it’s time to update their photos as I know the photo shoot will be a lot of fun.
I first photographed Sergeant Major (known as Sarge to his friends) when he was just 3 months old. He was the most delightful puppy, already partially clicker trained and just all paws and ears and fur like velvet. His human decided that being a Great Dane he was going to grow at a tremendous rate and we would do a timeline of photos to show how much he grew in his first year.
Well, let me tell you, Great Danes grow very fast! He came back today aged 5 1/2 months, so only 10 weeks later and I hardly recognised him! And he still has lots more growing to do!
Absolutely divine personality (or is that catonality?), so relaxed and sure knew how to strike a pose, and when he’d had enough he curled up on my dogs bed and had a snooze!
Well this photo shoot took quite a bit of preparation!
First of all I needed a dress, but I didn’t want to spend a small fortune on a dress that would never be used again (not having much use for Princess dresses in my life!). So I decide to make one, a very make-shift one! So I dusted off my old sewing machine and got going.
Of course my dogs had to be right next to me all the time, and Molly being the princess that she is, decided that tulle made a great bed for a little doggy!
Finally it was all made and ready for the arrival of my 3 models. We had so much fun doing this shoot, the schnauzer is only 3 months old and the most delightful puppy ever. The cat, well he looks grumpy but that’s just his markings as he’s actually a very laid back, sweet natured cat (who puts up with daily torment from the puppy!).
Well 2014 didn’t see too much of me on my blog, so my new years resolution (even tho I don’t believe in them!) is to try to keep up to date with my blogs!
So to start of the new year I thought I’d start with a really lovely heart warming story about a client I had in early December, Tyson. Tyson is a Bull Mastiff and very much loved by his human, Matt and the extended family. Matt came to me in a bit of a state as Tyson had been diagnosed with heart failure and been given 2 weeks to live.
He had lost 19kgs in just a couple of weeks and that had brought his weight down to a mere 84kgs! But like all the Bull Mastiffs I’ve met they truly are gentle giants. Very intimidating to look at but marshmallows on the inside!
Anyway we did the photo shoot and I asked Matt to let me know how Tyson went. To everyones amazement Tyson lived to see Christmas, and has put on weight. He’s on hugely expensive medication but fortunately the pet insurance is paying for that, and he is going great as I write this at the end of January. To celebrate we did a second photo shoot when Tyson came in with his 2 companions … pugs! Talk about a ridiculous size difference, and don’t try to count the wrinkles between them!