Santa Paws Time!

It’s that time again – Santa Paws is coming to town! Here’s your rundown of where and when to get your dog’s photo taken with Santa!

Dec. 4

Paws with Claus Pictures Benefiting Muttley Crue with Fleshman Photography will be held on Dec. 4 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the PetPeople in Strongsville. http://www.petpeoplestores.com/calendar2.html

Dec. 5

The Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter will be hosting Santa Paws on various dates from Dec. 5-18. Photos will be taken at the Shelter. For more information, visit: http://cuyahogadogs.com/pdf_cuyahogadogs/en-US/2015SantaPhotos.pdf

Santa Paws will posing for photos to support the Berea Animal Rescue Fund at various locations on different days from Dec. 5 and 20. Find out dates and locations here: http://bereaanimalrescue.com/santa-photos

Photo Credit: Berea Animal Rescue Fund.
Photo Credit: Berea Animal Rescue Fund.

 

Pet photos with Santa will benefit the Lake Humane Society on Dec. 5 and 6th from 12-4:30 p.m. (photos will be taken at the LHS) http://www.lakehumane.org/santapaws.html

Paws with Claus Benefitting All Dogs Haven with Fleshman Photography will be held at the PetPeople in Rocky River from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find out more here: http://www.petpeoplestores.com/calendar2.html

Pet Photos with Santa will be held at the Grateful Dog Bakery on Dec. 5th and 6th. Proceeds will benefit Rescue K911 and Fido’s Companion. http://gratefuldogbakery.com/pages/calendar                 

*Holiday Photo Sessions benefitting Wags 4 Kids will be held at Twinsburg Veterinary Hospital on Dec. 5 and 6th. Appointments are required. Contact (330) 425-4226 to reserve your spot.

Dec. 6

Santa Paws will stop by Pet’s General Store in Lakewood for Lakewood Dog Park’s Photos with Santa Paws event. The fundraiser will take place on Sunday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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Photo courtesy of Lakewood Dog Park

Love-A-Stray will host Pet Photos with Santa Christmas Extravaganza at Paws by the Lake from noon to 4 p.m. Visit http://www.loveastraydog.com/events/2015-pet-photos-with-santa/10791

Paws with Claus Pictures Benefiting Love-A-Stray with Fleshman Photography will be held at the PetPeople in Avon from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. http://www.petpeoplestores.com/calendar2.html

Pet Photos with Santa Claus will be at Crocker Park Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Find out more here: http://www.crockerpark.com/event/pet-photos-with-santa-claus/

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Dec. 12

Paws with Claus Pictures Benefiting Dogs Unlimited with Fleshman Photography at the PetPeople in Woodmere will be held from11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Rescue Inn will be hosting Santa Paws at Style Mutt Dog Boutique (3525 Warren Road, Cleveland) for pictures with Santa on Saturday December 12th! Santa will be there from 2-5 pm.

Dec. 13

Paws with Claus Pictures Benefiting Rose’s Rescue with Fleshman Photography at the PetPeople in Hudson from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dec. 16

You can get your pet’s photo taken with Santa at Legacy Village from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. and also on Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Cleveland Clinic’s Caring Canine Program. Find out more here: http://www.legacy-village.com/play/pet-photos-with-santa-2/

* Just holiday photos, not Santa

Best of the Summer Roundup

I’m a little sad that summer is coming to an end because this has definitely been one of my  favorite summers ever. Hunter, Roscoe and I did so much, including many things on our “dog bucket list,” that I wish these warm summer months could just go on and on….But, sadly fall will be here before we know it.

From our trip to Charleston, S.C. to pom pool parties, paddleboarding and wineries we packed a lot in. It’s hard to pick my favorite moment of the summer, but our trip to Charleston is definitely at the top of the list. Before this trip I hadn’t taken a long car ride with Hunter and Roscoe, so I really didn’t know what to expect. I was so happy with how well it all went and how much there was to do in Charleston. It was also so fun having the both of them on vacation. I highly recommend taking a trip with your dog and Charleston is a great choice if you do!

I’m hoping fall will be just as good, but in the meantime I’ll just have to relive my favorite moments of the summer through photos – and share with you! Here are some of my photo highlights of the summer:

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Hunter and Roscoe loved Folly Beach in Charleston, SC.
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Enjoying Woof, Wag and Wine at Grand River Cellars.
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Hunter went paddleboarding!

 

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Hunter made some friends at Platform Brewing Co.
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There’s nothing more fun than a pool full of poms!
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Roscoe enjoyed exploring the Metroparks.
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Hunter enjoyed a glass of wine at Woof Wednesdays at Debonne Vineyards.
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Roscoe did some modeling!
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Roscoe swam and rode in a float for the first time!
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I discovered Hunter loves pool time!
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Hunter took his first boat ride!

 

What was your highlight from the summer with your dog?

 

Happy National Dog Day!

If there’s one thing you’ve probably noticed, it’s that I love dog photos. I love taking them, looking at them and sharing them. I hope that you do too, otherwise I am probably really annoying.

As much I love the photos I take, I really love a professional photo shoot. If you haven’t had a professional photographer takes photos of your dog, let me tell you, you are missing out. Seeing your dogs captured just being themselves in perfectly lit, beautifully shot photos creates memories you will always treasure.

To celebrate National Dog Day, I wanted to share some photos of my favorite guys taken by Brittany Graham, of Boots and Bee Photography. Brittany has taken photos of them before and I loved them so much I asked if we could do an outdoor photo shoot. Brittany does dog “model calls” from time to time, as she also provides photos for Darwin Dogs blog, so keep an eye on her Facebook page for the next chance to get photos taken of your dog.

These photos are also special to me because Roscoe and I just celebrated his one year Adoptaversary on Monday. One year ago I took Roscoe in as a foster for Central Ohio Pomeranian Rescue and then quickly realized he was right where he belonged. These photos really capture how far he has come in a year from the scared little guy he was. He is still my shy guy, but he is so much happier and more confident (and snuggly) now than he was!

I also came across this great quote in this article (which you should definitely read) that I thought was perfect for National Dog Day. Pretty much sums up how having a dog in your life just makes everything better.

“Life is hard but it’s like Homer has taught me to use and take everything for the better rather than keep a negative attitude,” Koehl says. “Dogs just have a way of showing you the life you deserve to live.”

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Happy National Dog Day from Hunter, Roscoe and I!

Cleveland’s Next Top Dog Models

Cross another one off the bucket list- Hunter has fulfilled his dream to be a professional dog model. (I don’t think it was a dream of Roscoe’s, but he was a good sport).

A couple weekends ago, Hunter and Roscoe got their shot to hit the big time as dog models. Late last year I signed them both up for Brittany Graham Photography’s dog model call. Brittany provides stock photos for the Darwin Dogs blog (a must read for every dog owner) so she put out a call for dog models on her website. Brittany needs dogs of all kinds – shy, hyper, old, young, big, small – for the blog as well as her own personal pet photo projects. I knew that with their opposite personalities, hyper Hunter and shy Roscoe would provide a wide range of different photos that she can hopefully use. And, of course, I couldn’t resist a chance to get  professional photos taken of them.

They were both total naturals and Brittany got some really great photos. I think Hunter knew exactly what was going on. Once I pulled out his toy, he started hamming it up, running around and giving her some great action shots. I love how Brittany was able to capture the personalities of both dogs and get such great photos of them just being themselves at home. (Brittany is also great with dogs, by the way, and her calm, positive demeanor put Roscoe, who is often  wary of new people, right at ease.)

Here are some of my favorite shots from the photo shoot.

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And my favorite:

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Hunter wanted me to add that he is available for photo shoots and special appearances and to contact his agent (which I’m guessing is me?) for bookings.

For more information on Brittany’s model call, visit: http://brittany-graham.com/model-call-1

All photos courtesy of Brittany Graham Photography. Please do not reuse images without approval.