“Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend, never had a dog.”
I’m not sure who the author is, but I am in total agreement. I like to start Monday with a smile, and these photos from Joanna Moore are just perfect. Joanna’s daughter shares a special bond with their Boxer Maia.
From Joanna: “Maia (8-year-old boxer) and Kiley have been friends since Kiley’s birth in 2013. Their bond is one of my favorite things to capture as a photographer.
When Kiley is sick, Maia is there. When Kiley wants to play, Maia is there.
I loved my dog like a child before being a mother, and I could not have imagined their bond would be so tight.”
About Joanna Moore Photography: Based in Orlando, Florida, Joanna specializes in family and child portraits as well as life event photography.
My sister Alice is a very talented photographer who loves helping other creative women achieve their dreams by creating custom portrait, product and location photography for their business websites and social media. Whenever possible, Alice always includes her clients’ dogs in some of the photos. Kelly Covert, an Inner Voice Coach, recently launched a new website and called Alice for some portraits.
Some of my favorite photos are the ones Alice took of Kelly and her dog, Piper.
From Kelly: “Piper is a beagle and will be two in March. She is an unusual color mix and small for a beagle, so she gets a lot of comments!
I got her as a mother’s day present after (finally) convincing my husband I needed a baby girl…I have two sons, 10 and 13, and was in desperate need of someone to nurture! He reluctantly gave in, and of course, now he loves Piper as much as we all do! In fact, she’s quite a daddy’s girl.
She is very quiet for a beagle.
Piper loves to snuggle, lay in front of the fireplace, and go for long walks in the snow.
She is one of the best things that has ever happened to our family!”
About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice is a lifestyle photographer dedicated to helping women succeed in their small business dreams that also specializes in dog photography. Alice is taking her pet and commercial photography on the road this year, so be sure to sign up for her email list or send her an inquiry about your business and pet portrait needs.
From Connie: “Chloe, the mini dachshund, is my neighbor’s dog. She and Scout, my Spaniel mix, met in our courtyard one day. It was love at first sight. They are inseparable.
Chloe is often at my place for play dates because Scout is always happier with her around. She has the sweetest disposition but is possibly the most energetic and fun dog I have ever been around.
However, give her a toy, and she will shred it apart quicker than it took you to buy it! She plays hard, and she rests hard.
I love her to pieces!”
If you are looking to add a doxie to your family, please consider adopting one! Little Paws Dachshund Rescue has some adorable dogs up for adoption. Additionally, Petfinder is a wonderful way to find a dog near you.
About Connie Meinhardt Photography: Based in Dallas, Texas, Connie specializes in kids and baby portraits. I bet she would also be happy to photograph more dogs!
I have lived with several breeds of dogs, including Yorkshire Terriers. I know first hand that they may be small, but their capacity for love is huge. Max the Yorkie is no different than my dogs. He captured the hearts of people who know him. As if he isn’t cute enough, Max earned a few extra points with me for the fancy bow tie he wore to an engagement session with Casey Hendrickson Photography.
From Casey: “Blind dates are always full of awkward moments between two people who have absolutely no idea who the other one is… Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it just doesn’t at all. For these two, they scored when David’s brother-in-law decided to set him up with Tori! Tori’s eyes are full of light and happiness, and David will do anything for her. She adored his loving heart full of compassion, and the two truly hit it off.
For their engagement photos, Tori only had one stipulation: her adorable little pup Max HAD to be in some pictures! The family calls him Little Brother since he is like a little brother to Tori and her sister. He is such a ham, and modeled like a pro for us! Tori says Max loves short walks, naps, going for car rides, and giving sweet kisses.”
From Tori: “Max turned 7 in September, and he’s already had such an adventurous life. My parents bought him for my sister and me for Christmas my last year of High School.
For the next five years, he was the baby of our family, and I always said that when I left home, I was going to take him with me. I went to college an hour from home, and once I moved into an apartment, I would go home to get Max, and he would stay at college. Everyone loved him, and my roommate would even take him on outings while I was at work.
Fast forward to when I got engaged, my family lived in Missouri and my fiance in Lexington, KY. During a visit, my fiance, David, said if I really wanted Max to be with us when we got married he should go ahead and take him for a “trial run.” So, my whole family cried, but Max went with David to Lexington, and he has never left. Max lived with David for a year or so before we were married. Max started as a dog for one family and will be a sweet part as David and I have our own family. He truly means so much to me because he has, in a way, gone through every life transition with me.
At home, we call him ‘brother.’ He loves to go on car rides. Throughout my long distance engagement and even before, he traveled all over. He loves to see people working the window at Drive-thru’s, and he knows as soon as you get close to a Mcdonald’s he is going to get to share fries. He is independent but will get down our bed and lay his head on our pillows too. We take him on walks around our community, and everyone knows him by name. We can’t go for too long of a walk, though, or he will just sit down! I use to think because he was MY dog that I was just a little partial, but he truly makes everyone who sees him smile. He brings so much joy to my new husband and me as we start our life together.
Max is my heart, and he makes everyone who sees him so happy. ”
About Casey Hendrickson Photography: Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Casey specializes in wedding and boudoir photography.
February 20 is Love Your Pet Day. And while we love our dogs every day, I wanted to celebrate by sharing another dog treat recipe. This one was created with my oldest dog, Nelly, in mind. Thanks to Alice G Patterson for these photos!
Nelly is nearly ten years old and is my shadow. While all of my dogs are awesome, Nelly has made it clear that I am her special person. Since this cutie has lots of allergies, including wheat and corn, I always make grain free treats for my crew. She loves these treats.
Simple Grain Free Peanut Butter Banana Dog Treats
1 tbsp water
1 cup oat flour
1/2 cup oats
2 tbsp natural peanut butter (never give your dog anything with Xylitol)
2 tbsp cooked beets, carrots or other dog safe veggies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl, mash banana. Add water and flour. Add in other ingredients and stir until well mixed.
Roll into small balls.
Place on cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.
Store in airtight container, these dog treats can also be served raw.
I baked my treats, but you can also serve them uncooked. If raw, they are perfect for pill pockets. Store the raw treats in the refrigerator or freezer. And, thanks to the peanut butter, these treats are tasty to humans.
Baked or raw, our easy DIY treat jar is perfect for storing them.
I made a few other variations based on the banana beet treat recipe.
The bigger hearts have only the beet dough. The small round cookies are the banana dough with a heart-shaped beet. Before adding additional ingredients ensure that they are safe for dogs!
How will you show your pets love today?
About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in lifestyle dog portraits, product photography, and portraits for small business owners.