Can I just say ' I AM IN LOVE'!!!! I just got a major case of puppy fever after having met Scout for the first time last night. He is 100% mutt and 110% perfect.. Oh I can't tell you how special this session was for me earlier today. I was so thankful that I was able to recruit one of my best friends for a mini-pup session after she was surprised with Scout over Christmas!!!
I can't say the last time I've been around a puppy of this age. It brought back so many memories of when Lola was a baby. Time sure has flown by since then.. so I was over joyed to have such a small gift of joy in front of the camera today.
I had almost forgotten how much fun it is to photograph little, perfect puppies!!
You may not think it important to capture this new stage of growth with man's best friend.. but seriously.. if you think of your fellow fur friend as a part of the family, you wouldn't think twice about it.
Every new baby deserves their own photo session!!!
Congratulations on Scout's arrival.. I felt like I was photographing my friend's newborn baby session.. This is how big a deal this little guy is to me. Can I be his God-Momma??? :-D
Run, play..and run some more! This past weekend my husband and I decided to spend some down time at the family lake house. This was Millie's first time to visit the place and we weren't sure what she would think or how she would act. Needless to say, she fit right in!
I do believe she was full speed ahead the whole time and I feel it made the trip more fun for Lola as well. She had someone to accompany her with all the play time any dog could ask for.
The water levels were way down as they are most winters.. so this allowed us to explore the shoreline. It made a great play ground for the pups, who ran tirelessly around in circles, played tug and ran up and down the shore, finding sticks to chew on.
I didn't see any fear in Millie's eyes. It is as though she ran full speed ahead, not needing to check behind her or stop at the sight of something unknown that lay in front of her.
She seemed more concerned with keeping up with our Lolacoaster.
Morning times were my favorite time to take them walking. We would walk to the top of the hill, around the circle and eventually end up down on the shoreline.. Where they would run and chase one another.
The sounds of summer were long gone.. on occasion, I could hear the wine of a fisherman's engine passing by as it echoed off the shore walls. The lake was vast and empty. It was lifeless compared to that of just a quick 4 months ago.
In the afternoon, Gary and I would play board games, watch Christmas movies, we went to town one afternoon and grabbed dinner. We also decided to go see all the Christmas lights on display at the Sportsman Lake downtown. It was a great quick trip out of town that was very much needed by all!
Our little get-away was a very nice welcome. There was no hustle and bustle of things needing to be done. Time didn't exist for the past four days. Having Millie join in on the fun added a whole new dynamic to our lake-cation..
As 2017 comes to a close, I find myself thinking how so much can happen within a year for many people. Millie in particular has seemed to experience so much.. From close to death to now traveling to all kinds of places and socializing with all walks of life. She's enjoyed the beach, hiking, several state parks, music festivals, Cocktails For Critters, the dog park, her first snow play day and last but not least.. the lake house where hopefully she will spend many years enjoying!
We have just added a few more packages that might be peaking a handful of interest this new year. Starting in January, we will be offering New Born Puppy and Play Packages.
The Newborn Puppy sessions are a lifestyle/at home session that emphasize capturing those sweet new additions of your puppy sleeping or laying on his bed or couch, being, kissed, cuddled and adored! The suggested age for these are between one to three months old. We will capture headshots and full body photos.. Cute puppy faces, yawns, stretches and focus on his personality in a comfortable at home environment..
If you have a puppy four months and older that loves to play and run then we will suggest the Play Sessions. This is a great way to get those action shots of playing fetch, running, hiking and getting some play time in at your pals favorite park or trail. These sessions are full of personality and expression and are a lot of fun!
Just need a simple headshot, well Doggie Headshots are still a personal favorite of most and are quick and easy for any dog!
Looking forward to meeting new fur faces for the new year!
What a fun surprise for us to wake up to! I wasn't sure if my eyes were playing tricks on me.. Snowing?? In early December?? In Alabama?? I can't ever remember it snowing like this during all my life this early on in the year.
I couldn't wait to see how Millie would react to the white fluffy stuff and took it upon myself to get outside ASAP!
Lola had seen snow before, had played in it a handful of times and wasn't as eager to get out in it as Millie.. but after Lola saw how much fun Millie was having, she was convinced and joined in like she was a puppy all over again.
I could only imagine how Millie would have acted towards the unfamiliar terrain just a few short months ago. She probably would have not wanted to go near it, let alone jump and run circles full speed ahead.
That is just what she did. She ventured without hesitation onto the cold, wet ground and played like there was no tomorrow.
It warmed my heart to see her running around, coaxing Lola to play and chase her as though her only care in the world was making sure she was having fun.. and having fun is what she knows how to do a lot of these days.
Sept. 2016 - Dec 2, 2017
This has got to be one of the hardest parts about becoming attached to a furbaby and I really am at loss of words on what to say right now.. but I do know that Tucker's paw has made a huge imprint on my heart and I'd like to take a moment and speak on how this little guy changed my life.
Although, he did not belong to me, I felt like he was my very own. I remember around this time last year, I met him for the very first time. My life-long friend Stacie brought him to my home to watch the Iron Bowl. He stayed curled up in a small ball of fur, pressed safely against her chest as he slept.
I was smitten!
It didn't take long for the little guy to grow into his own . He was always happy, carefree and he loved a good challenge and adventure. His little size did not hold him back from hanging with the big dogs.
He was the 'house' favorite play mate and my two, Lola and Millie, couldn't wait to have a full day of fun when we would all hang out. I have so many good memories of them all together where they use to play, places they would go and trips that we all would take.
Tucker touched my life within the short time he was here because without him, I honestly feel that Millie would not be as advanced with where she is today. She was so timid when she first got to my home.. Everything was scary to her and then she met Tucker.
He showed her how to enjoy life, live in the moment and not be scared of everything and anything. He built her confidence and taught her how to play. It didn't take long for Millie to learn that chase was a game and that it was FUN!
On our last day together, it was the perfect day.. we spent the whole day together, little did we know what dark and heavy heartache lay ahead of us. It crushes my spirit to know that Tucker took his last breath out on the street in front of my home and I cannot, for the life of me, ever get this out of my head.
The home that he had come to love and visit, a safe-haven for dogs, the place where all dogs could run and play without any worry.. it all changed in a blink of an eye.
The back yard that once was filled with cheer and fun memories now is vacant, still and empty. The grey sky mimics that of my melancholy mood and the wind chimes sound as though they call out for the precious life we have lost.
I miss him terribly, I know Lola and Millie will always wonder where he is and I can't even begin to imagine the heartache my friend is experiencing right now.
The only peace and solice I can find right now is knowing that Tucker had the BEST life ever. He experienced more than the average dog. He had a lot of love, a lot of friends and a lot of fun! His life was not in vain.. within the short year he had on this earth, he touched many and taught many too!
This is what I like so much about photographs.. They are proof that once, even if just a heartbeat, everything was perfect.
It has now been 17 days since Millie's official adoption... We have put our Christmas tree up and are preparing to celebrate together as one big fam this year! She seemed unsure about the tree and it's festivities at first.. but it didn't take long for her to adjust after I caught her chewing on one of the teddy bear ornaments.
I gently took it away, told her no and have not seen any evidence of 'disappearing' ornaments since that day.
She is so routine that she helps me keep a routine. Millie loves her bed time.. anything later than 10pm and she dismisses herself to our bedroom. I have also started noticing she wags her tail in her sleep during her dreams and acts as though she is running wild and free somewhere.
I can remember when we first got her she would tremble and growl in her sleep as though she was fearful. So, I like to think she has happy thoughts and sweet dreams now.
Her mile speed has increased from 30 minutes a mile to a 15 minute mile time during our daily walk. She has finally found a consistent pace and is no longer in the back of the hiking line as she use to stay.
Millie is full speed ahead. She is now boldly stepping into unknown territory with more confidence. The fallen tree logs that I use to have to pick her up and carry her over on our hikes are now being jumped over at high speeds. She no longer lets this obstacle stop her.
Just earlier today, we took a hike and I put my phone in her backpack to hold.. I unknowingly forgot it automatically detects any movement and exercise.. so when I went to retrieve my phone after our hike it read that I 'ran' 4.5 miles in 45 minutes, not even knowing I had been running.. and then it dawned on me that the phone had been on Millie the whole time.
She is a completely new dog. She looks different, acts different and is different. She has transformed into a happy, confident, loving and loyal companion.
I want to make sure that her first Christmas experience with us as her new family will be one to remember as a time of renewal and rebirth.