Happy 4th of July! This year, we thought we’d celebrate it with a nautical twist. In my hometown we have fireworks over the river. Our dogs will be safely at home for the fireworks, but we brought them down to the dock a few days ago for a nautical styled dog photography session. All photos (and styling ) by Alice G Patterson Photography.
These photos were taken on a floating dock which was a new location for the dogs. Some of them were a little nervous , but with some patience and treats, they found their modeling groove.
Alice even made some reversible scarves for the dogs. We’ll have the DIY tutorial for you in an upcoming post.
Nelly loves my niece! I found Nelly’s helping paws tank at PetSmart.
I made Theo’s bow tie, and chose to slip it on a regular collar so that we could keep him safe.
Nelly let us know when we were losing the light and it was time to leave! Thanks to our niece, my kids, and Alice’s friend for helping us!
About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Central New York, Alice specializes in senior portraits, dog photography as well as commercial photography and portraits for small businesses.
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We’re always happy to see a dog at a wedding. This little cutie was always close to the bride letting Brittany Anderson Photography get some great shots!
From Brittany: “Jeanne and Chris were wed on a gorgeous day in May. If you take a look at the photos you can see that their dog, Mauji (pronounced Ma-Gee), was a big part of their day. Mauji even wore her own dress! She is one of the most well behaved dogs I’ve been around. Mauji never strays far from Jeanne. All of these photos are candids!”
From Jeanne: “We have had Mauji for 2 years. We went to a local pet store and they had the adoption group, Animal Friends of WV, there. My husband and I decided to go play with the dogs and there was one dog that just crawled into my husband’s lap and immediately we connected. The volunteer told us a very sad story regarding this cute dog. She was living in a bad hoarding situation in the southern part of WV. The owners were going to get fined and surrendered all the dogs a local pound, a kill shelter. Animal Friend’s of WV went to this pound and rescued them. I knew right then and there that we had to adopt this dog. We were originally going to the pet store to get dog food for our other dog but ended up adopting Mauji.
The rest as they say is history. Mauji was only at Animal Friend’s for 3 months before we adopted her. Animal Friend’s said we could name her whatever we wanted to so we decided to name her Mauji (Ma-gee). We think she is a Terrier/Chihuahua mix. It just surprises me how loving she is. She just wants to sit on your lap and cuddle with you under the blankets. The vet believes she’s 4-5 years old. “
About Brittany Anderson Photography: Based in Morgantown, West Virginia, Brittany is a lifestyle and wedding photographer available for travel.
These photos from lifestyle photographer Brooke Ashley Photography brightened up an otherwise gray and dreary day. It is pouring rain here, but in my mind I’m going to Savannah, Georgia and enjoying a glorious afternoon on the beach with an adorable rescue puppy!
From Brooke: “Meet the ever adorable Munich Augustus Minton. Megan and Michael got married just a little over 4 months when they decided to add a fur baby to their family. Megan+Michael adopted Munich from Coastal Pet Rescue.mm With Mister Munich now a part of the family, they knew they wanted to update their family portrait! I was so happy to hang out with Megan, Michael, and Munich on the beautiful Driftwood Beach and capture some adorable, fun, images for them.”
From Megan: “My husband and I decided we wanted a dog late last year. We put in applications all over and Coastal Pet Rescue finally got back to us in February. Michael was in the Field and I didn’t have a way of letting him know that they would be coming by, until the day before, to meet him. There wasn’t much time for us to talk about it. The lady brought him by the next day, and he stayed. Whether he liked it or not! Munich Augustus is the best part of our day. He is energetic, stubborn, motivated by beef jerky minis or food in general. He still loves and plays with a fluffy duck that was his first toy ever from us. He is a runner, and has a friend we run with weekly named Darby in the neighborhood. We love to visit the Bark Park in Bryan County where we meet new friends regularly. He is Akita German-Shepherd mix, so he is loyal, but socializing is important. The rescue organization didn’t have an exact date of birth, they just knew about that he would have been born mid October. So we gave him the birthday of 10-10-14!”
About Brooke Ashley Photography: Located in Savannah, Georgia, Brooke is a lifestyle photographer serving Savannah and the surrounding areas.
From Mila: “Kaiser’s family got him in 2006 so he is almost 9 years old. He is very low maintenance dog who loves to eat and would get fat if not on a diet. Kaiser likes kids and will play with them all day long.
He is a very handsome dog who is very good at guarding the house…he barks to alert the family whenever someone at the do or and when he sees strangers out the window.”
About Mila Jackson Photography: Based in Woodbridge, Virgina, Mila is a portrait and wedding photographer serving Northern Virginia and the DC area.
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I am without a doubt a dog person. Dogs are my favorite animals and I never want to live without at least one as a companion. Sadly there are many dog lovers who for various reasons can’t have a dog. If you are in the situation of wanting a pet, but can’t have a dog, I recommend a reptile (turtle, tortoise, lizard, snake) or amphibian (frog, toads, newts and salamanders). They also make great pets for kids (with supervision) and for those of us who just can’t stop at dogs!
While our dogs are the family pets, I’ve always thought that kids should be responsible (with guidance) for their own pets as well. We’ve had a lot of pets including hamsters, rabbits, hermit crabs, birds and reptiles. Thanks to my kids I’ve discovered that reptiles and amphibians make awesome pets. Reptile care varies from easy to advanced depending on the species. The internet is full of advice, some good, and some questionable. The brand new reptile center on petMD® sets itself apart from other websites in that all of its content is either written by a veterinarian or approved by one for accuracy and factual information. This leopard gecko, Greco, belongs to a client of Alice G Patterson Photography. Greco tagged along for part of a senior portrait session.
Leopard Geckos are one of the easier reptiles to take care of, but they do have some specific needs beyond food and water.
Choosing A Reptile
This infographic is a great place to start figuring out what reptile is right for you. I wish I had known about PetSmart’s® Guide to Choosing A Reptile when we bought our reptiles. Over the years we’ve had: amphibians (frogs and newts), a tree frog, a veiled chameleon, a Bell’s Hinge-back tortoise, a leopard gecko and a red foot tortoise.
Each of these animals have had its own unique personality and provided us with enjoyment. My favorites have been the chameleon and the tortoises. Our chameleon was named Iggy, and she spent many hours perched on my son’s shoulder. She was slow moving (except her long tongue) and absolutely fascinating! It was very relaxing to watch her, we had a small waterfall in her tank that added to the calming influence. The drawback to the chameleon was driving to the store (20 minutes one way) to pick up crickets. I also felt increasingly bad for the crickets as we fed them to the lizards.
One thing that I didn’t know when we started out in our reptile adventures was that different reptiles require different humidity levels. I knew that some were desert animals and others were from a tropical environment, but I didn’t really get that they NEEDED those humidity levels to thrive. Most reptiles need a warm side and cool side of their habitat. This is much simpler to set up then it sounds, simply place a heat source (or two) on one side of the tank. Monitor the temperatures with two thermometers.
Here is an excellent summary of what a Leopard Gecko needs.
Some reptiles get pretty big, so make sure you are able to provide adequate housing as they grow. We have found that there are a lot of big aquariums available for free in our area (check craigslist), but use caution to make sure it is free of harmful chemicals that may hurt or kill your reptiles or amphibians.
Tortoises should see the vet for a regular check up. Tortoises may need to be dewormed much like dogs. The veterinarian you take your dogs to, may not be an expert in reptiles, but it is likely she or he can refer one to you. Tortoises have a long life expectancy (50-100 years) which is a big plus for me.
Some people think that turtles and tortoises must be deaf because they don’t have external ears. Their ears are internal and covered with a thin flap of skin. Our tortoise is social and walks over to the side of the tank when he hears us enter the room. I’ve found tortoises to be the easiest of all our menagerie to keep. They make very little noise (except an occasional clunking against the tank), pretty tidy (as compared to our rabbit who constantly kicks litter out of her cage) and no crickets to chase. I’ve already put dibs on the tortoise for when my son goes to college. And if he decides to give me the tortoise indefinitely, that will be okay with me!
If you have a reptile or are thinking about getting one, you may want to know if your reptile can bond with you. Do I think my son’s tortoise loves him as much as Theo does? I’m not sure, but I know that my children love their pets very much.
Ultimately, it is up to me to make sure their pets are well cared for and treated properly, but I see my role as being a supervisor, not the actual caretaker. Being mostly responsible for another living creature helps my children to learn kindness, responsibility and empowers them. It also has helped teach some of them financial responsibility and helped prioritize needs over wants. They take their pet responsibility seriously and ask each other (and occasionally me) to take care of their pets if they are spending the night at a friend’s house.
About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, NY, Alice specializes in senior portraits (and their pets), commercial photography and product and portrait photography for small businesses. Alice has three dogs of her own.