Best Dog: Margaret Thatcher

Most of us share our wedding day with friends and family, those who matter the most to us, so it always warms my heart when dogs are included in the photos.   Thanks to Elena Bazini Photography for sharing these photos of (Pug) Margaret Thatcher and her family.  

© Elena Bazini Photography | wedding-Pug, Chicago-wedding-photosFrom Elena:  “Margaret is Peter and Natasha’s dog, but more than that, she is a member of their family.  Margaret made an appearance at the couple’s engagement shoot and almost stole the spotlight.  Being a dog lover myself, I was happy to hear she was going to make an appearance for the wedding photos as well.  Check out Margaret, and her parents, in their best wedding clothes on this very special August day in Chicago.

© Elena Bazini Photography | Pug, wedding dog, Pug wearing wreath orange flowers, bridal party pug, Margaret Thatcher the PugFrom Peter:  “Margaret Thatcher is a little over 2 years old, but already enjoying the life of an elderly stateswoman – napping for 21 hours a day, constant walks and baths, treats on demand.  She has never been one to turn away a belly rub, and generally loves being where people and other dogs are playing.” 

© Elena Bazini Photography | Pug, wedding-dog, best-dog © Elena Bazini Photography  | Pug, wedding-dog, best-dog, wreath-for-dog, orange-flowersYou can see more photos from the big day on Elena’s blog.  

Follow Elena Bazini Photography on Facebook to see more of her photography.

About Elena Bazini Photography:  Based in Chicago, Illinois, Elena specializes in wedding photography.

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I hope you have a great weekend!  This photo from Nicki Metcalf seems like the perfect way to start summer.  From Nicki:  “Christine and Jacob are such an easy going, relaxed couple, who wanted to be outdoors with their dog for their engagement shoot.  We went to an open field in Richmond, Virginia and just had fun!  Lyla had a blast running free!  As the sun went down we made our way to a dock and I can’t tell you how beautiful it was to see their romance come alive over the water!  Don’t you just love simple, summer romances?”

© Nicki Metcalf Photography | summer-engagement-photos, couple-Retriever-small-dock, Richmond-lifestyle-pet-photographyFrom Christine:  “Lyla just turned four years old, but she has the energy of a puppy. She was rescued from a farm in Louisa, Virginia by my husband about three years ago (found via Craigslist), and it was clear by the conditions and her behavior that she had been abused. We know she is part black lab, but are unsure of what breed she is mixed with. Lately we have been thinking some kind of pointer. Lyla is the sweetest, most curious and perceptive dog. You can tell she is listening when she perks her ears and tilts her head. She knows when people are happy or when they’re upset, and she cuddles up really close if she can tell you are sad. Her favorite activities are sunbathing on our deck, listening for and barking at any (and I mean any) unusual noise, watching and chasing squirrels, and going on “w-a-l-k”s (don’t say the whole word or she will freak out, jump four feet in the air, and slide all over the hardwood floors, running in circles, thinking it’s time for a walk). She is a huge joy to us, and though her energy and eagerness is excessive to some of her (our) previous roommates, we wouldn’t trade her sweet, fun-loving personality for any other pup!”

 About Nicki Metcalf Photography:  Based in Richmond, Virgina, Nicki specializes in engagement and wedding photography.  

Fetching Links We Love

Summertime means ice cream.   Whip up some of this homemade ice cream for your dogs.

If you are traveling for the weekend or going to BlogPaws, check out our Have Dog, Will Travel Part 1 and Part 2.

I’m deeply moved by the  bittersweet Project Cleo by Eva Hagel from Grape Soda Photography.

It is National Dog Bite Prevention Week.  Please read and share Tips On Teaching Dog Bite Prevention from Puppy Leaks.

Our hearts go out to the people and animals in Nepal.  The Kat Centre has been operating in Nepal since 2004.  Thanks to The Kat Centre, the government stopped poisoning street dogs.  The Kat Centre needs donations to help treat the animals impacted by the recent earthquakes.

Love this mug round up on Pawsh: Culture for Pets.



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Have Dog, Will Travel Part 2

In our house, summer time means a lot more traveling.   Whether your dog is going on vacation with you or staying with a pet sitter, friend or relative, life is better for all of you if you have packed all the necessities.   My dogs always know when we’re getting ready to go on a trip. Nelly parks herself on a suitcase to make sure she isn’t left behind, while Sophie (who just loves to be home) tries to stay out of the way.   Theo watches us intensely, and I’m pretty sure he’s wondering if I have packed enough food. Here’s what we packed for Theo’s recent stay with my sister and her dogs. In addition to being Theo’s favorite pet sitter,  Alice  also photographed Theo and his stuff for me.

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The only way I can leave that sweet face is knowing that he’s in good hands with Alice and that I’ve  made sure I’ve brought everything he needs.

© Alice G Patterson Photography | Daily Dog Tag- DIY Projects for Dog Lovers, weekend-bag-for-dog, have dog, will travelMy tote bag from Noble Friends makes a perfect bag for Theo’s belongings, it holds everything except his bed and crate.

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We keep his feeding directions right on the container, so whoever is feeding him knows exactly how and what to feed him.  The measuring cup makes it easy to give him the right amount of food.

© Alice G Patterson Photography |diy-treat-jar, dental-treatsThe DIY treat jar is portable and with his name on it, he doesn’t accidentally get someone else’s treats, especially important for animals with allergies.

© Alice G Patterson Photography |#itsthelittlethings bag, Munchkin sent me this handy little bag. It is perfect for vet records, proof of vaccinations, emergency information (including another phone number besides my cell phone number), medicine, shampoo, dental treats, poop bags, extra leash  and any other small items.

© Alice G Patterson Photography | #itsthelittlethings, poop bags, leash, dog medical records, emergency information card© Alice G Patterson Photography |Harry-Barker-tug-toys Theo LOVES playing tug of war, these toys by Harry Barker are two of his favorites.  I love them because they are durable and attractive.

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Here’s my go to list whenever I pack  for my dogs:

  • Crate
  • Bed 
  • Leash
  • Collar and id tag
  • Poop bags
  • Bowls
  • Food and feeding directions
  • Measuring cup
  • Treats  and dental treats
  • Toys
  • Emergency information
  • Proof of Rabies vaccination
  • Shampoo

What is on your dog’s list?

© Alice G Patterson Photography | Puggle, Syracuse-pet-photography

Even though I miss Theo when we travel without him, I know he has a great time with Alice!

About Alice G Patterson Photography:  Located in Syracuse, NY, Alice specializes in photography for small businesses (portrait and products), senior portraits and dog photography.  She has 3 dogs of her own.

Disclosure:   This post contains affiliate links, but Daily Dog Tag only shares products that we would use for our own dogs and/or ourselves.

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Engaging Tails: Zeb

Sometimes I yearn to be a country girl, especially after seeing beautifully simple and charming photos like this country engagement session from Andie Freeman Photography.  Of course, their charming little pup, Zeb, steals the spotlight a few times like he should!

© Andie Freeman Photography  |country-engagement-photos-with-dog, Yorkie-mix, Maltese mix, Morkie From Andie:  “Having their dog, Zeb, in their engagement session was a no brainer for Megan and Lee. He is very much a part of their family.  And he is such a sweet dog! I  loved playing ‘Find Zeb’ when I was going through all of the images.”

© Andie Freeman Photography | country-engagement-session-with-small- dog, old-barn© Andie Freeman Photography | country-engagement-photos-with-Yorkie-mix, GA-lifestyle-pet-photography© Andie Freeman Photography| country-engagement-photos-with-dog, old-Chevy-truckI’m enamored with Zeb who reminds me both of the dog I grew up with, a Yorkie,  and my Maltese, Nelly.  I love the way he wants to be up out of the wet grass and in Megan’s arms.

© Andie Freeman Photography  |country-engagement-photos-with-dog, old-Chevy-truck© Andie Freeman Photography  | country-engagement-photos-with-dog, old-Chevy-truck © Andie Freeman Photography  | country-engagement-session-with-dog, GA-lifestyle-pet-photography Like Andie Freeman Photography on Facebook to see more of her images.

About Andie Freeman Photography:  Andie Freeman Photography is a boutique photography business located in Athens, Georgia.  Andie specializes in wedding and portrait photography.

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Happy Tails: Walter

I love this idea for a nursery, instead of decorating their baby’s room with animal prints, April Ziegler’s clients decided to fill their nursery with photos of their dog wearing costumes.

© April Ziegler Photography | Boxer-in-bee-costume, dog in costume

From April:  “A few months ago I was contacted by a couple that is expecting their first baby. They had seen Sharon Montrose’s nursery art, and it sparked an idea for their own baby’s nursery.  Instead of baby animal prints, they wanted to do Walter animal prints. Walter is their first baby… their Boxer.”

© April Ziegler Photography | Boxer-bunny-ears, Easter-Boxer, Philadelphia-studio-dog-photography © April Ziegler Photography | dog-lion-costume, dog wearing costumes © April Ziegler Photography | dog-triceratops-costume, dog-wearing-dinosaur-costume, Boxer © April Ziegler Photography | Boxer-wearing-cat-ears, © April Ziegler Photography | Dog-wearing-animal-costumes, chicken, crab, Philly-studio-pet-photography © April Ziegler Photography | Boxer-wearing-bear-ears, dog-wearing-costumes

I’m sure it wasn’t easy, but they narrowed their prints to these 8.
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I can just imagine the fun the baby has seeing Walter all around the room.   To see more of  Walter’s photos visit April’s blog.

You can see more of April’s work by liking April Ziegler Photography on Facebook.  She also has a great Instagram account including a daily dog.

Does your pet wear costumes?

About April Ziegler Photography: Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April is a portrait and pet photographer.   She photographs newborns, children, families, engagements, and pets.   She has been voted Philadelphia’s best pet photographer.

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