Happy Tails: Herman

Looking at these photos by Jen Bergren from Fetchlight Pet Lifestyle Photography, its hard to believe that Herman has ever lived anything but a charmed life.

© Fetchlight Pet Lifestyle Photography |Daily Dog Tag | Maltese/Bichon/Poodle with soccer ball However,  Herman nearly ran out of time and would have been put down if someone hadn’t pulled him from the shelter.

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From Jen:   “Herman had a fun time in the park and celebrated daylight savings time with a beautiful sunset backdrop. He loves his trusty soccer ball, the red Cuz toy he bit a piece off of during our first shoot together, and his mom; thanks for coming out to play! Herman occasionally worked in the office at my previous job, and it was great to see him and his person again!”

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From Herman’s mom:  “I found Herman’s profile on petfinder.com in October of 2009.  He had been rescued by The Barking Lot from a shelter in El Centro, CA.   He had timed out there and was on the urgent list to find a home.   Stacy at TBL drove all the way from San Diego to save him and others from an awful fate.   Herman was pretty shy and standoffish when I met him, but within 12 hours of bringing him into my house he was attached to me and knew I was his forever mom.   He’s a quirky little guy and wants nothing more than to be with me 24/7.   I get a lot of questions about his odd little body.  

© Fetchlight Pet Lifestyle Photography|Daily Dog Tag | long-bodied, short-legged-dog I think he’s some kind of poodle/bichon/Maltese mix.   He has short legs and a long tube-like torso that’s really flexible.   One of my favorite things is to look at how he contorts himself when he sleeps.   It never looks comfortable but I’m sure to him it is! “

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You can see more of Herman’s session with Jen on her blog.  Follow Fetchlight on Facebook to see Jen’s latest photos including some adoptable dogs and puppies!  The Barking Lot has lots of adorable dogs for adoption, including two that look a lot like Herman and one who resembles Harvey from the House of Harvey.  

If you’ve ever fostered, volunteered at a shelter or shared an adoptable pet on your social media, thank you!  All those things help dogs like Herman find their forever homes!

About Fetchlight Pet Lifestyle Photography:  Jen Bergren was taking photography classes while working as an advertising graphic designer at Petco’s corporate office in San Diego, when those two interests combined and she started photographing pets for Petco.  She left the corporate world in 2011 to start Fetchlight and to have more time for her freelance design career.  Jen also photographs adoptable dogs for Aussie and Others Rescue San Diego, where she adopted her orange foxy dog, Tawny.

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Happy Tails: Jeni, Asta, Snoopy and Bauer

This weekend my mom mentioned she had watched  Dogs 101 and learned about the Icelandic Sheepdog.  I responded with “Oh I’m featuring a couple this week.”  Which then turned into a discussion of which of us had ever met an Icelandic Sheepdog in person, turns out in our family the answer was zero.  Thanks to Kelli  Taylor from Fur Kids by Purple Tree Photography for these gorgeous studio photos! 

© Fur Kids by Purple Tree Photography | Daily Dog Tag | Icelandic SheepdogFrom the owner:  “Jeni is a five year old Icelandic Sheepdog that was rescued from a poor breeding situation in Minnesota.   She’s a bit anxious and sensitive but has made huge strides since we brought her home and now competes in agility, rally and we dabble in herding (though she knows what she is doing way better than I do).   She lives up to her breed reputation of being loud but makes up for it by being extremely sweet with her family and canine siblings.”

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Asta is an eleven month old Icelandic Sheepdog that I show in conformation and babysit from time to time.   She was imported from Iceland so she is quite a world traveler!   She is very spunky and also quite loud, and an absolute natural at herding.

 

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© Fur Kids by Purple Tree Photography | Daily Dog Tag | Handdsome-Dog Snoopy is an older (eight or nine, maybe?) mix from Indianapolis Animal Control… he was rescued from a hoarding situation with heartworm.   He was supposed to be a “foster” but it was only a few days before we knew we would keep him.   He was my first dog and we have learned a lot together.   He is kind of an old grouch but loves to cuddle and loves food, and tolerates all the fosters we bring into the house.   Snoopy enjoys lure coursing.

© Fur Kids by Purple Tree Photography | Daily Dog Tag | handsome-dog-in-studio© Fur Kids by Purple Tree Photography| Daily Dog Tag | Modern-Studio-Dog-Portraits © Fur Kids by Purple Tree Photography | Daily Dog Tag | fun-dog-photos-in-studio© Fur Kids by Purple Tree Photography | Daily Dog Tag | Handsome-Great-Pyrenees-Studio-photographyBauer is a two year old Great Pyrenees mix who was originally brought up from Georgia as a puppy by a Michigan based rescue.   He is a therapy dog with a local pet therapy organization and has competed in agility and lure coursing.   He loves other dogs and loves to play and is just a happy goofball most of the time.

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Follow Fur Kids  by Purple Tree Photography on Facebook to see additional photos of these dogs and more!

About Purple Tree Photography:  Based in Farmington, Michigan, Kelli is a studio and on location photographer.  She specializes in family and kids (furry or not) portraits!

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Adopt Cotton!

You know those little hats for kids that make them look like adorable dogs?  I never saw a dog wear one successfully until I got this submission from Jes  Hayes from Mad Chicken Studio.  Okay, so technically he isn’t wearing a hat, but you have to admit he’s adorable!  He is also up for adoption from Ruff Start Rescue.

© Mad Chicken Studio | Adopt Cotton from Ruff Start RescueFrom Ruff Start Rescue:  “Cotton is a sweet, lovable, smart, energetic, playful, and very affectionate boy.  He gets along with everyone he meets and wants to meet everyone.  He’s a leg leaner when showing affection and is making great progress refraining from jumping up for greetings.  He especially loves children and currently resides with a two year old and six year old.  Though he is noticeably more gentle with little ones, he doesn’t yet know his own strength so he’d do best in a home with older kids, at this point.

© Mad Chicken Studio | Adopt Cotton from Ruff Start Rescue

He gets along wonderfully with his foster dog siblings, a 15 lb female fox terrier mix and a 55 lb male golden mix.  And after observing our dogs play and interact with our cats he is curious, but no longer displays ANY aggression towards his four feline foster siblings.  He has had brief, peaceful, nose to nose contact with three of them and respects the hisses of the fourth and keeps his distance.  He’ll actually avoid them if walking closely past, seemingly to demonstrate his intent to do no harm.

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He is very good (almost perfect) on leash, loves his walks and would definitely be happiest in a home committed to daily walks.  He also loves play time in the yard wrestling with the other dogs.  He likes to throw his toys in the air and plays like a puppy.  He is crate trained and pretty close to being house trained.  His house manners are steadily improving and impressive considering that it appears he hadn’t previously spent much, if any, time indoors.  He was rescued from a kill shelter in North Carolina and will make some lucky family very happy, as he has his foster family.”

If you are interested in adopting Cotton please fill out an adoption application.  Follow Ruff Start Rescue on Facebook for more adoptable dogs and to stay current on their news and events.

About Mad Chicken Studio:  Based in Duluth, MN, Mad Chicken Studio derived its name based on a dog toy (awesome, right?!)  Jes and Kellie are portrait and wedding photographers as well as dog lovers!

I have joined the blog hop hosted by DogsnPawz and  Talking Dogs featuring other adoptable pets.  Please stop by the other blogs and see who else needs a home!

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DIY: Mother’s Day Project Inspired By Martha Stewart

I hope you had a lovely weekend!   When  our friend Carolynn had her baby a few months ago,  I decided to make one (or rather two) of a kind shirts for her kids to celebrate.  Her dog Ro is so cute and lovable that I can never get enough of her!

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Although I know you find this hard to believe, baby Paul is even cuter in person!  

© Alice G Patterson Photography | Daily Dog Tag | DIY-Dog-Onesie- Shih-Tzu Inspired by this DIY tutorial on Martha Stewart, I decided to personalize it.  Alice helped me with fabric selection  and my  husband drew a template of a Shih Tzu.  I don’t think of myself as being particularly crafty, however it was too cute not to try.  I am thrilled with the results.  

© Alice G Patterson Photography | Daily Dog Tag | CNY-lifestyle-portraits, girl and her dogOf course I couldn’t leave out big sister Clara and made one for her in her favorite color.   I found this super cute pink tee and the onesie at Target.  I bought my other supplies (fabric and fusible webbing) at Jo-Ann Fabrics.

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Making these shirts was way easier than I expected it to be.   They were a great present to give and I think any mom to preschoolers/babies would love for their little ones to wear one. Most moms would appreciate a tote bag with their dogs likeness on it (great Mother’s Day present!)

If you aren’t into DIY gifts for your favorite moms, I highly recommend you surprise them with a pet portrait for Mother’s Day!    I think Carolynn is still taking orders and I know she offers gift certificates.

About Alice G Patterson Photography:  Based in Syracuse, NY, Alice is a bi-coastal portrait, commercial and event photographer.   She has three dogs of her own: Franny, Lulu and Darla.  Alice is available for travel.  

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Will Theo Be In The 88 % Success Category? #HillsPet

The first time I laid eyes on Theo, I thought he was both super cute and hilarious looking.   We signed the adoption agreement and stopped at the local pet store to buy a few supplies.  It occurred to me that people might judge me because my dog was overweight.  However, since  I adopted him that way, I didn’t really care.

It was clear from his behavior that his previous family fed him table scraps after dinner, but we never did.  I bought a weight control dog food and encouraged my kids to exercise him.  Theo started losing weight and I thought we were well on our way to a healthier dog.  By Christmas he was noticeably thinner, but by January, it became obvious that his hunger was a problem.  Theo figured out how to work the foot pedal on the garbage can and started helping himself to anything he could reach.  If someone dropped food, Theo was aggressive about claiming it.  He tried to steal treats and food from the other dogs.  In short, he was miserable and so was I.  So I  gave up his diet to help get back the pleasant dog I adopted. About the same time, Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution was looking for a few bloggers to help their pets lose weight.  I jumped at the chance for Theo to try this food.  I love my dog and I want him to be healthy, but he isn’t happy when he thinks he is starving.  

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Photo Credit: Alice G Patterson Photography

AGP-#HillsPet2 Because it is a prescription food, we had to first take Theo to the vet to get her approval.  She asked me what I was hoping for Theo.  My answer is pretty simple:  I want him to stop feeling hungry all the time, and I want him to be a healthy weight.   She thought  Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution might be the perfect food for Theo and we are transitioning him over to the new food.

MetabolicCanineKit2014_sm Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution is clinically proven nutrition that naturally activates metabolism to burn fat and regulate appetite. Pets feel full and satisfied and still lose weight. Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution is safe, effective and fast.   Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution includes a complete portfolio of dry food, canned food and treats designed to work together for easy, flexible weight loss success without deprivation making it much easier for pet owners to keep pets on the program and comply with their vet’s recommendation.  Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution is proven to work in real homes with real pets and their owners under real world condition with a success rate of 88%. 

Hills Prescription Metabolic Diet I like those odds, Theo likes the food!  (Not surprising though, since he considers cat poo a delicious midnight snack.)

Approximately 53 % of dogs and 55 % of cats are overweight or obese.   It was easy for me to see that Theo was overweight, since he was heavy when I met him.  However, I didn’t realize that Sophie was also overweight until the vet told me.  I guess when you love someone, you don’t always look at them with a critical eye.    Fortunately, Sophie was able to lose weight without trouble.  

Everyone knows that being fit is part of being healthy and I’m hoping this food will help Theo be fit as well as happy!

I’ll update you on his progress over the next few months.

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Giveaway

For your pet’s opportunity to try Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution for free we’re giving away  Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution trial kits with your veterinarian’s authorization. It’s a $70 value!

To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment and tell us about your pet who can benefit from Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution.

Be sure to include all of the required information below:
      What is your pet: dog or cat 
      Pet’s age
      Pet’s current weight or close guess

 Just like us, before starting a weight loss program a doctor should be consulted. Your veterinarian’s authorization is required before starting Hill’s® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution food.  This giveaway is limited to one winner per household and is for U.S. residents only.  Entries must be in by April 28, 2014.   Be sure to use a valid email when leaving your comment so we can contact if you are chosen as a winner!  I am hoping that 10 pets will qualify for this opportunity.   

If you have a pet who is overweight like Theo or  this cat, I hope you’ll enter for a chance to try Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Food.

 

About Alice G Patterson Photography:  Based in Central New York, Alice is a bi-coastal portrait, commercial and event photographer. Alice is available for travel.  She has three dogs of her own.

This post is sponsored by Hills Prescription Diet Metabolic Food.   I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hills Prescription Diet Metabolic Food, but Daily Dog Tag only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.  Milk-Bone is not responsible for the content of this article.

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