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Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope you have a great weekend and get to spend some time with someone you really like, and I know for most of you, that will include your dog or cat.  I am so obsessed with this session from  Ashleigh Miller that I had to share a sneak peek! I think it is pretty safe to say that Sully, the Bernese Mountain dog, will be getting a lot of love this weekend and every day.  Ashleigh has recently started a separate website, Colorado Dog Portraits, for her dog photography and it is worth checking out! 

Bernese Mountain Dog puppy kisses

I’ll be sharing more of Sully and his humans in the future, I promise.  If you can’t wait (and really, how could you wait,)  you can see more of Sully, Jax, and other adorable pups by following Colorado Dog Portraits on Instagram

About Ashleigh Miller Photography:  Based in Boulder, Colorado, Ashleigh specializes in wedding and dog photography.

 

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Gift the gift of love:  sponsor an animal at Best Friends.

12 Reasons Why Pets Make Great Valentines

A New Pet Can Be Your Perfect Valentine

Easy DIY Gift:  Geometric Treat Jars

Give yourself a gift you’ll always treasure:   a portrait session with your favorite pet photographer.

Get the best of  The Dogist in this book!  (I suggest buying 2, one to give and one to keep.)

 

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Upcoming Events

 

February 12-14 National Adoption Weekend, Various PetSmart locations

February 12 PugAGram deliveries, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

February 13-14 Best Friends Pop Up Adoption Event, New York City, NY

February 13 Cupids and Canines, Pittsburgh, PA

February 13-14 My Furry Valentine, Cincinnati, OH

February 20 Doggie Fest Rock and Roll, Sunrise, FL

February 21 Paws Fur Pink, Orange, CA

March 5  Rescue Rock Off, Willoughby, Ohio

March 26 Epilepsy Awareness Day, any location!

April 16 Wigglebutts Uncorked, Washingtonville, NY

June 23-25 BlogPaws Conference, Phoenix, AZ

July 14-17 Best Friends National Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah

If you have an event you’d like to see listed, please email us at rescue (@) dailydogtag(dot)com. 

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DIY Dog Project: Easy Geometric Treat Jars

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I love having dogs,  and I’ve always dreamed of having a beautiful home.  I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive, but sometimes finding the perfect accessory is elusive.  Case in point,  attractive treat jars that don’t cost a fortune.   Glass jars are easy to decorate, but may not fit with every decor.   I purchased three small ceramic canisters (designed for humans) from Crate & Barrel and then decided to glam them up with nail polish of all things.  One of my biggest problems with crafting is one small mistake can ruin the whole thing.  No fears with this DIY ceramic treat jar project, it can be switched up as much as you like.  The second biggest problem was choosing a color scheme, I don’t wear nail polish and really didn’t know the plethora of choices that are out there, so we decided to use the Pantone color of the year as a springboard.    Thanks to my sister, Alice G Patterson, for her styling and photography.

diy-Geometric Nail Polish treat jars

  • Supplies:

ceramic jars with lids

nail polish (I wish I knew that it wasn’t all cruelty-free )

nail polish remover

cotton balls

tape (we used duct tape because I was out of painters tape)

optional: scissors or craft knife

nail polish DIY, customize ceramic canister

Using tape,  mask the area you want to paint.

DIY geometric Treat Jars tutorial

Apply polish.

another use for nail polish, decorate ceramic canister

Let dry.  You can use a hair dryer to speed up drying time before applying overlapping polish.

DIY geometric Treat Jars -fingernail polish detail

Repeat until the design is complete. Tip:  do not reuse tape, some polish will be underneath, and it will not lie flat for next application.

DIY geometric Treat Jars , decorating with nail polish

If you make a mistake or change your mind,  use nail polish remover.  This works even after a week, and I’ll let you know if still works in a few months.

DIY Dog Project: Easy Geometric Treat Jars

I enjoy giving my dogs new treats to try, and when I saw Newman’s Own dog treats, I ordered a few bags.  Aren’t these hearts just perfect for Valentine’s Day?

DIY geometric Treat Jars- Newman's Own heart shaped dog treatsgold band painted ceramic canister with heart shaped dog treatstutorial: DIY painted food storage jars, heart shaped dog treatI am not an expert on dog training or dog nutrition, but I like to give my dogs a variety of treats throughout the day, and all of these are made in the USA.

allergy free dog treats made in USAdecorate ceramic canisters with nail polish, Easy Geometric treat jars, nail polish craft projectTo see more of Alice’s photography (and her three dogs), follow her on Instagram.  I think these treat jars would be a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for a girl and her dog!  Or you could fill it with coffee, tea, or bath bombs for someone who doesn’t have a dog.

Are you making any DIY projects for gifts this Valentine’s Day?  We’d love to hear about them!

About Alice G Patterson Photography:  Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in photography for small businesses, senior portraits, commercial photography and dog portraits.  She has three dogs of her own:  Lulu, Franny,  and Darla.

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Happy Tails: Bella and Sherman

Happy Tuesday!  About a year ago, I was privileged to share The Majority Project with my readers, and I think these dogs are perfect reminders that the majority of pit bulls are loving, awesome, amazing companions. Tamara Lewis from Delineations Photography took these photos of her favorite dog family in the park.

Pit bulls in park, family photos with dogsFrom Tammy:  I photographed my sister and my brother-in-law with their adorable, sweet two rescue pit bulls. Bella, the female red nose pit, was the first addition to the family. After a while, it was time to get Bella a brother, so that’s when my sister and brother-in-law went to the Pierce County Humane Society and rescued Sherman, the male pit.

couple, pit bulls enjoying day at park These two dogs go everywhere together and are the best of friends. They are also so sweet and lovable and family friendly!  They also have the best humans that any dog could ask for in my sister and brother-in-law.”

Pit bulls in park, on location dog photography, black white dog family portraits

From  Seth and Erin: “Sometimes you don’t realize something is missing from your life until the void is filled. Pet adoption was that void for us. We had discussed getting a pup but were unsure about how we’d move forward. Talk of a specific breed, size, and temperament had all been part of the equation… little did we know, falling in love would be what decided it all. Bella was abandoned as a six week old, unwanted, runt of a litter. She was being fostered by a family, with several other rescue pups when a mutual friend had told us about her situation. They were overwhelmed by their own compassion, and being that Bella was a pit bull, her future looked pretty grim. With the overwhelmingly bad press the pit bull breed gets, we were admittedly hesitant but decided to meet her. To say we fell in love would not do justice to the role she took in our lives. She came home. Fast forward almost a year, we had learned much. Expensive shoes must taste delicious, spilling out items wasn’t an activity that was just for toddlers, and no matter what anyone tells you, there is no such thing as an indestructible toy. It was also when we realized our journey was just beginning. We had also spent our first year realizing a harsh truth. 

red nosed Pit bull, black white dog portrait

Breed discrimination is very real. While we had spent the time learning the incredible love, loyalty, energy, and spirit of Bella, we endured much apprehension, fear, and angst. The stigma around the breed both devastated and angered us, and very much contributed to our decision to adopt again. Our parents had made the decision to open a pet resort and spa called the Shaggy Shack in Graham, WA. They were inundated with pets needing forever homes and continue to foster adoptees now. Every holiday or family event they hosted Bella would come along and make new friends, and we would fight the urge to leave with a new friend Bella had made. It became very evident she thrived on canine companionship. The Pierce County Humane Society in Tacoma, WA lists pictures and profiles of adoptees online. We spent a few mornings, over coffee, admiring a beautiful boy. We made the decision it was time to see if he and Bella would get along. It was as though they were separated at birth. Blame the Seahawks for heading into the Super Bowl that weekend, or his muscular build resembling a tank, but Sherman came home with us. What was initial apprehension between Bella and Sherman has led to epic wrestling and snuggling sessions.

Pit bulls hugging people, family dog park photos While they are both incredibly affectionate, they couldn’t be any more different.

autumn dog portraits, Pit bulls in parkFrom Bella you can expect an almost snooty, jealous nature; she’ll sneak a kiss in as soon you’re not suspecting.

Family photo with dogs, couple on bench, Pit bull owners couple sitting with dogs on park bench Family portrait, Pit bulls in park

From Sherman, bring a towel for the big boy, he loves you, and he intends to continue licking you until you understand that…and I end this fighting off his big slobbery kisses as we speak.”

woman hugging happy Pit bull, on location people pet photosPit bull family sitting on park bench, on location pet photography

You can see more photos of this Pit bull family here.

About Delineations Photography:  Based in Tacoma, Washington, Tammy specializes in lifestyle and wedding photography.

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Puppy Love: Jax, Studio Dog Photography

Mondays can be rough for people, so I love to share a fun or sweet post on Mondays. This fun studio puppy session from Ashleigh Miller of Colorado Dog Portraits and her new dog photography  that made me smile, and I hope it will do the same for you!  Jax is Ashleigh’s puppy and I hope to watch him grow up through her photos.  

6 month old Golden Retriever puppy, Be Mine balloon letters, studio dog photographyFrom Ashleigh:  “I had Golden Retrievers growing up and always wanted one.  I found Jax this year in Colorado; he was the calmest one of the litter and the only boy. We chose each other! Jax is going to be six months on the 12th of February.”

Puppy love, Golden Retriever pup studio photography session, orange background, pink letters Golden Retriever puppy love, Valentine's Day puppy pictures close up of puppy eye, studio dog photography

If you are looking for love on Valentine’s Day (or any day) check out these 12 reasons to adopt a pet from Best Friends Animal Society.  

dog tongue out, puppy licking nose, Valentine puppy photos

I hope your Valentine’s Day includes some slobbery dog kisses and/or cat headbutts.  You can see more of Jax and other awesome dogs by following Colorado Dog Portraits on Instagram.

About Ashleigh Miller Photography:  Based in Boulder, Colorado, Ashleigh specializes in family portraits and wedding photography.

 

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Lots of young girls are obsessed with horses, and I was one of them.  I spent some time as a teenager taking riding lessons, and I desperately wanted a horse of my own. Unfortunately, it wasn’t an option for me, and I stopped riding when we moved to a new state, I still love horses.  My riding days are long gone, but I it makes my spirit soar to see beautiful horses. When I saw this dreamy photo from  Tracey Buyce Photography, I could barely wait to share it with you.

horse, dog, girl, on location photography

Here is what Tracey shared about the photo on her equine Instagram account:  “Pele the dog chose his own spot, which was pretty perfect!”

Tracey is currently hosting a Best Horse Photo contest on Instagram, so if you are a horse photographer, be sure to enter!

About Tracey Buyce Photography:  Based in Saratoga Springs, Tracey specializes in wedding photography as well as equine photography.  She also takes some terrific dog photos!

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Keep Dogs and Horses Safe Around Each Other

Puppy Bowl:  Behind The Scenes

The Ultimate Super Bowl Game Day For Dogs

#RelationshipGoals: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Pet Adoption

DIY No-Sew Pet Bed

 

Upcoming Events

February 12 PugAGram deliveries, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

February 13 Cupids and Canines, Pittsburgh, PA

February 13-14 My Furry Valentine, Cincinnati, OH

February 20 Doggie Fest Rock and Roll, Sunrise, FL

February 21 Paws Fur Pink, Orange, CA

March 5  Rescue Rock Off, Willoughby, Ohio

March 26 Epilepsy Awareness Day, any location!

April 16 Wigglebutts Uncorked, Washingtonville, NY

If you have an event you’d like to see listed, please email us at rescue (@) dailydogtag(dot)com. 

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