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Happy Friday!  I  hope you have a very relaxing, and fun-filled weekend!  I am excited to share a new music video this week from animal lover Dean Jones and his band “Dog on Fleas.” (Scroll down for video.)  Dean is pictured here with his dog, Trooper.

Dean Jones and dog by James Fossett

Photo Credit: James Fossett

Trooper is a rescue dog.  He was one of the many lost dogs running loose around Long Island after Hurricane Sandy.  Trooper had a broken leg, an ear problem and was a “nervous wreck,” according to Dean. Fortunately, Dean and his family adopted Trooper from the SPCA in Hudson River Valley, giving him a safe home.  While no one is exactly sure of Trooper’s breed, Dean’s best guess is that Trooper is a mix of German Shorthair Pointer and Dachshund.

Dogs influence our lives in so many ways. Some people change jobs, others work hard to provide for their dogs, and some are inspired creatively by their dogs. In fact, all of the songs found on Dean’s album “In My Dreams” were heavily influenced by his walks with Trooper.

For a limited time, Daily Dog Tag readers can download the title track In My Dreams (I have a dog) for free.   This link expires on July 28, 2016.  The album is fun, whimsical, and light-hearted. I think the cat lovers will be happy to know that there is a song “Feline.”  His music is perfect for a mental break from current events and ideal for kids!

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Love Your Dogs, #NudgeThemBack

This post is sponsored by Nudges® Dog Treats and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™.  I am being compensated for helping to create awareness about NudgesWholesome Dog Treats available at Walmart, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers.  Nudges Dog Treats is not responsible for the content of this article.  All photos are by Alice G Patterson Photography except for the iPhone photo.

It has been nearly three years since Theo came home from the shelter.  Ever since day one, he’s been the perfect dog for us (which is different than being a perfect dog.)

Puggle wearing blue bandana sitting on red plaid runner, He makes us laugh every day; he’s always ready for a good snuggle, a swim, or a game of tug. But I’m pretty sure his favorite parts of the day involve food.   In addition to breakfast and dinner in his puzzle toys, Theo gets treats throughout the day.  I insist on high quality, made in the USA treats for my dogs. 

Puggle sitting with tongue out, waiting for treatsI am always on the lookout for fun and new treats for my dogs, so I was excited to learn about wholesome Nudges ® Dog Treats.  

Nudges Treats on deck, grill on deckDog treats in skillet, Sizzlers in skillet on red plaid runnerWhile Theo enjoys a cookout as much as anyone, these cute treats are ready to eat right out of the bag.  I consider these treats to be all American and not just because of the shape. Using beef, chicken, salmon,  and duck that are sourced in the USA,  Nudges are made in the United States and meet all pet food and safety regulations.   Without any fillers, corn, soy or wheat they are perfect for Nelly too.  For the record, my dog Sophie loves them as well.

Puggle anticipating treats, ears back seal impersonationPuggle lying on deck with treats in pan, waiting to eat

I hope you can appreciate the self-control that Theo showed.  For years, I’ve been telling him to “wait” when I give him his food.  Waiting for special treats is a whole other ball game.  I am so PROUD of him for being able to do it for this shot, with those treats! However, once Theo heard me say “Okay,” those treats disappeared!

dog licking lips lying on deck with empty skillet

Nudges are a high-value reward for my dogs.  And although they look big, they are soft and easy to tear into smaller pieces. 

Nudges Treats-Sizzlers, wholesome dog treats made in USA

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Taken with my iPhone

Most of my shopping at Walmart is in the school supply section, so I was surprised to learn that they carry Nudges Treats.  Nudges Sizzlers and Grillers are affordable and available from Walmart and other retailers.   Visit http://www.nudgesdogtreats.com/Store-Locator to find a store near you.

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Dogs make every day better.  Show them you love them with belly rubs, a soft bed, and wholesome treats.   On your next visit to Walmart, stop by the pet section and pick up a bag or two of Nudges® Wholesome Dog Treats.  Then visit Nudges® Dog Treats on Facebook and share your dog’s photo!

About Alice G Patterson Photography:  Alice specializes in dog photography, senior portraits, and small business photography needs.  She lives in Syracuse, New York, with her three dogs.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nudges. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Engaging Tails: Cooper

Samantha Eckhaus from Corner House Photography took these engagement photos with Cooper, Ashley, and Brandon.  Cooper is an adorable Yorkie-Havanese mix, also known as a Havashire.

Corner House Photography | Engagement, Havashire PuppyFrom Samantha:  “Ashley and Brandon met me out this past week for a beautiful early morning engagement session in Historic Downtown St Augustine with their adorable pup Cooper, who I must say stole the show! My sweet couple met a few years back when Ashley’s high school bestie joined the Navy. After joining the Navy and moving to Washington D. C., her bestie met the man of her dreams, who just so happened to be best friends with Brandon.

Ashley’s friend kept telling Ashley that she had found her a perfect match. Well finally giving in, Ashley added Brandon on Facebook, and the two chatted a little through Messenger and texts. Small text chats turned into long night phone conversations and Skype dates. After a month or so of chatting long distance, Ashley flew up to D. C. to see her friend, and of course Brandon, and they have been together ever since. Good matchmaking if I must say so myself!

©Corner House Photography |St. Augustine engagement pictures with puppy

During our session, you could truly feel the presence of love between my couple. The way Ashley looked at Brandon was truly in one word, beautiful. Ashley loves Brandon’s sense of humor through his ability to make her laugh no matter what mood she is in. He always knows how to brighten her day and can turn any negative situation into a positive. Brandon loves the way he can count on Ashley, no matter what, and that they are each other’s biggest supporter. You can truly feel and see how much they love each other.  Cooper is truly one lucky pup to have found his way into such a beautiful family.

 Havashire puppy, newspaper, teal doorSpeaking of Cooper, this adorable little five-month-old Havashire puppy loves spending time with his mom and dad, playing with toys, and exploring the great outdoors by chasing squirrels and birds.

Engaged couple, small puppy, orange doors, Havashire puppy, Havanese-Yorkshire Terrier mix  From the moment my sweet couple arrived with their little pup for their session, Cooper jumped in as the star of the show.  He was so cute whimpering for his mom and dad when we were taking a few shots without him, while Lexi, Ashley’s sister and Maid of Honor, held him.

©Corner House Photography | engagement photos with Havashire puppy, save the date sign ©Corner House Photography | engagement photos with Havashire puppy, chalkboard Save-The-Date sign Some of my favorite shots from the session are their Save the Date sign photos with my sweet couple kissing in the back, while Cooper looks at me with a little puppy smile.

woman holding puppy above head, on location dog portraits

Looking forward to capturing these two tie the knot at Plantation Oaks Farms next year!”

Corner House Photography- Engagement, Havanese Puppy-

You can see the rest of their engagement photos on the Corner House Photography blog.  Follow Samantha Eckhaus on Instagram to see more of Samantha’s work! 

About Corner House Photography:  Located in Central Florida, Corner House Photography specializes in wedding and engagement photography.

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Focus: Tucker the Cattle Dog

I am a little jealous of photographer Amanda Ellis; she gets to see this handsome guy every day! Tucker is the epitome of a lucky dog.  Not only did he find a loving home with Amanda, but he also dodged a bullet thanks to an Australian Cattle Dog Rescue.  If you are involved in dog and cat rescue, thank you for helping pets like Tucker enjoy a happy life!

Amanda Ellis Photography Austrailian Cattle Dog, dogs-on-furniture ©Amanda Ellis Photography | Australian Cattle Dog on furniture

From  Amanda:  “This is Tucker, the Australian Cattle Dog!  A group called AuCaDo rescued him.  Tucker and his brother lived on a puppy mill farm and were going to be shot because they were ‘too old’ even though they were still puppies.  AuCaDo saved them and put them into a foster home. That’s where we met Tucker!

Amanda Ellis Photography Smiling Australian Cattle DogAmanda Ellis Photography Australian Cattle Dog tail Amanda Ellis Photography Australian Cattle Dog climbing on sofa Amanda Ellis Photography Australian Cattle Dog paws close up©Amanda Ellis Photography | Australian Cattle Dog standing on sofa ©Amanda Ellis Photography | Australian Cattle Dog smiling while sitting on hardwood floor Amanda Ellis Photography | dogs on furnitureWe weren’t sure who to pick, either him or his brother. But we decided on Tucker as he was calmer and more personable. He has been an amazing addition to our family, and I am so glad he is safe and loved now!”

Amanda Ellis Photography black, white photo Australian Cattle Dog on sofa looking out window

You can see more of Tucker and his furry siblings by following Amanda Ellis photo on Instagram.  Follow Amanda Ellis Photography on Facebook to see her latest images.

About Amanda Ellis Photography:  Based in  Akron, Ohio, Amanda specializes in maternity, newborn and family photography.

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Disclosure:  This post may contain affiliate links.

If you are like me and can’t get enough Waffles in your life, you’re in luck!  I saved one photo of him for today, but I had no idea how much we would need to see his cute little face again.   Thanks to Joey Photos for this photo.

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About Joey Photos:  Joelle Julian is a wedding, lifestyle and portrait photographer serving San Diego, California and southern Minnesota.

 

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July 23 “Every Animal Has Its Day” Golf Tournament, Pompey, NY

July 25 Abraham’s Open House For Hope’s Heroes, Detroit, MI

August 7 Napa Humane Walk For Animals, Napa, CA

August 27 Bark For Life, San Francisco, CA

September 17  Bark In The Park, San Jose, CA

September 17 Dogfest, Charlotte, NC

October 15 5th Annual Silver Paws Gala, Chicago, IL

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