For the Love of Peanut Butter

So you’ve probably heard about the photo book, For the Love of Peanut Butter, that local photographer Greg Murray is working on. In the last few weeks his project has made not just national news, but international news as well. The project has been covered by the Huffington Post, Mashable, New Day UK and numerous local TV news stations.

Greg sent out a call for dogs to be in the book about a month ago, so of course I had to sign up my boys. If there’s anything going on involving dogs in Cleveland, they have to be a part of it! I brought both of them to the photo shoot, thinking that it might be hard to get a good shot of Roscoe, since he is so shy and fearful. Turns out I was totally wrong. Roscoe was a total natural, while Hunter decided he is totally over being a dog model.

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“Stop forcing me to be a dog model, Mom!”
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“Will work for peanut butter”

Hunter was the fearful one who would not sit still for a photo. I should’ve known based on his past studio modeling appearances, but my inner stage(dog)mom always comes out and I think he can do it. He’s just so photogenic when he can sit still! He was not a fan of the flash though and was too freaked out. Even the peanut butter wouldn’t motivate him past a certain point.

Greg got a great shot of Roscoe that will be in the book though. (Not  the one above, although it is pretty great.) You’ll have to wait until the book comes out to see it and the 100 other local dogs that will all be featured!

Greg has a kickstarter going to raise funds for the project. Although there are no spots left for dogs to be in the book, you can reserve a copy of the book, or a calendar, and support him here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fortheloveofpb/for-the-love-of-peanut-butter-a-photo-book

The book will be for sale starting late this summer.

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To see more photos and follow along with the project, follow Greg on Facebook and Instagram at clegreg.

Here’s Hunter’s one shot, before he decided he was totally over it.

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“Will not work for peanut butter”

The Winner – Cleveland’s Top Dog (and other photos from the weekend)

Congratulations to Frankie – the winner of the Cuyahoga County Library’s photo contest and the new “Top Dog” of the library! Frankie will be featured on special-edition library cards coming out later this fall.

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In honor of National Library Card Sign-Up Month, the CCPL ran a “Top Dog” photo contest, asking Clevelanders to submit their dogs for voting. This past Friday the top five dogs gathered at the Parma-Snow Branch of the library for the “Top Dog” event, which featured games, vendors and the final judging for the “Top Dog.” I was asked to be a judge in the contest, along with Chomps from the Cleveland Browns and Ann Schaefer, a volunteer from the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter.

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Lining up to get their photos taken to be featured on a library card

Although it was a tough to choose between all of the great dogs that entered the photo contest, Frankie had the best library-related inspirational story. When Frankie began to lose control of his legs, his parents turned to the library to research what they could do for him. Their research led them to find a treatment that has helped him to walk again.

If you missed out on the event last Friday, you still have a chance to get your dog’s photo on your library card. Stop by the Parma-Snow Branch this Saturday, Sept. 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and they’ll photograph your dog and print you a custom library card.

It was a lot of fun being a judge at the event. I was so impressed with the turnout considering the crappy weather we had that day. So many cute dogs, I wished they all could win!

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The weekend’s other big event – Love-A-Stray’s Big Splash

I was so impressed with how Clevelanders made the best of the awful weather we had this past weekend. After Friday’s fun event (which had a good turnout despite the impending rain and then the downpour that started right at the end), I decided to take Hunter to Love-A-Stray’s Dog swim at the Avon Lake Municipal Pool on Saturday afternoon, thinking there wouldn’t be many people there. I figured we would just walk around and check out the contests and vendors. Much to my surprise, there were tons of dogs and people enjoying the pool! Since Hunter loves the water, and cold weather, he had no issue with taking a swim in 60 degree weather. All the dogs were having such a blast that it really reinforced a great lesson that dogs can teach you: to make the best out of every situation. A little rain and cool temps didn’t spoil those dogs from having a good time!

Besides the swimming, there were also a number of contests including a dog bathing suit show!

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Photo of Frankie courtesy of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

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.