Spotlight: The Broke Dog | Henry & Rochelle

There is an excellent chance you recognize Henry from The Broke Dog.  And if you don’t recognize him, you are missing out on a lot of tips for spoiling your dog without breaking the bank as well as cute DIYs!  Thanks to Pets by Petra for these awesome photos!

black white terrier mix on gray chair, The Broke Dog

Rochelle grew up with rescue dogs and had always planned on adopting a Dachshund. When she heard that Sean Casey Animal Rescue had five adoptable Dachshunds, she headed over to the rescue to adopt one.   Fortunately for Henry, just one look was all it took.  Rochelle saw him and knew she wasn’t going home with a Doxie.

terrier mix on chair, Henry the Nugget, The Broke Dog Henry was picked up in Arkansas, and despite wearing a collar, no one claimed him.  Even though Henry is both small and adorable, he was on the euthanasia list.  Thankfully,  ALFA-(A Love For Animals) Rescue scooped Henry up before that could happen.

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I can see why Henry stole Rochelle’s heart!

black white terrier mix, rescue dog black white terrier mix tongue out, black white terrier mix, studio dog portraits woman and her handsome dog, dog in bow tie woman smiling, dog licking woman's face The Broke DogMore than just a sweet companion, Henry is also the inspiration behind Brooklyn BowTied.

Handsome dog wearing bow tie, Henry The Broke Dog

Rochelle also ran a very successful coat drive and collected over 200 coats for shelter dogs!

sweet black white terrier being held by woman

Rochelle and Henry recently celebrated their second Gotcha Day!

You can see more of Henry by following The Broke Dog on Instagram.  Follow PetsbyPetra on Instagram to see more of Petra’s photography, including her cute Pug, Pugo.

Pets By Petra founded by Petra Romano in Brooklyn, NYC offers lifestyle and studio photo sessions for pets and their humans. It’s the bond between them that she loves to capture and that is treasured years to come. 

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Engaging Tails: Pete the Puggle

If you live somewhere that has snow, I hope you’ll get some photos of your dog enjoying it!  Thanks to Raelene Schulmeister Photography for these snowy engagement photos of Pete the Puggle and family!  Having Theo, I’m a big fan of Puggles.  

black Puggle in snowy engagement photosFrom Raelene:  “Pete the Puggle is the one-year-old fur baby of Jillian and Taylor. He’s a cross between a pug and a beagle. He was a dream to photograph during their engagement session! They are head over heels for him and so are their families! Pete even has his own Instagram account @petethepuggle.”

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From Taylor:  Pete is currently two years old, will be turning three on June 11th. His name is Pete, but we all call him ‘Petey”, he is a Puggle which is a cross between a Pug and a Beagle.  A big difference that separates Petey from most other puggles is his color. Most puggles are a brown color and Pete is all black with a bit of white on his chest.

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Petey has more of a human-like personality; he is definitely an attention seeker and always has to be in your face, so you will pay attention to him and pet him. He is very very cuddly, and he has a few quirks that are pretty funny.

Petey definitely loves his toys and has a big toy bin full of shredded toys. When Jillian or I come home, he always has to go to his toy bin or find the closest toy to him and bring it to show us. It doesn’t matter if we have been gone for an hour or six, it is always the same routine! When he was a baby we got him this toy called “Santa Monkey” it is a monkey that has a Santa hat on. This is by far his favorite toy because he carries it around everywhere from around the house or to our bed when it is bed time. It has definitely seen better days as it looks like just a piece of brown fabric with a little Santa hat on the end, but he still trucks it around the house and always has it with him.

black Puggle sitting next to couple on snowy day

Another thing about Petey is his thing with blankets. Whether we are downstairs on the couch or up in bed, Petey always has to be under the covers in between our legs. His usual routine is he will jump up behind you come give you a few kisses and then he will use his nose to lift up the covers to tell you he wants under.

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Petey is kind of a bull in a china shop where he doesn’t care about where he stands or walks.  So when he goes under the covers he will sometimes step on your face, chest, or wherever trying to get comfy! You know he is comfy, and all settled when he sends out a BIG sigh. Petey is one of a kind, and his personality and things he does never get old. We are very happy to have a dog like ‘Petey.’

couple holding Puggle

Follow Raelene Schulmeister Photography on Instagram.

About Raelene Schulmeister Photography:  Based in Cental, Alberta, Raelene specializes in wedding and portrait photography.

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Puppy Love: Poke the Golden Retriever Puppy

While the Northeast braces for a winter storm, I thought Poke the Golden Retriever puppy might be just the thing to warm our hearts. Thanks to Kam Goodrich Photography for these happy photos.

cute 12 week Golden Retriever puppy wearing bow tie

From Kam:  “Ashley had to leave to go back to college out of state and just had to capture some sweet moments with this adorable baby before she left. This session was the sweetest, and I can not wait to photograph him when he is all grown up! The light shining through the tree-line at Libby Hill Park and a perfect hint of a sunset over Richmond, Virginia, made this session sheer shooting delight!”

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About Kam Goodrich Photography:  Based in Wilmington, North Carolina, Kam specializes in lifestyle and wedding photography.

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How to Include Dogs In Engagement Photos

It seems like a huge number of people become engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. Hopefully, a lot of couples are planning on including their dogs in their engagement photos.   Since I used to be a second shooter for weddings and engagement portraits, I thought I would give you some ideas to help the session run smoothly.  

Choose a Dog-Friendly Photographer

As a dog person, I find it hard to believe that some people don’t love dogs.  But, they exist.  Some people are afraid of dogs or just dislike them.  Stay away from those photographers.  Even if they are great, award winning photographers, if they don’t love dogs, the photos will probably show that.  

How can you tell?  First, look at their portfolio, do they have great images of dogs and humans together?  If so, it could be a perfect fit.  If not, ask the photographer how she feels about dogs.  Most photographers are happy to recommend other colleagues who might be a better match.


Before choosing your location, think about your dog.  If you have a very anxious dog, consider having some photos taken with your dog in the backyard or in your home.

If you are going elsewhere, make sure that it is dog-friendly.  Consider your dog’s personality too.

 If you have a reactive dog, it may be challenging to have photos taken in a busy park.  

However, don’t rule out an urban location just because you are bringing your dogs. Timing is everything, many popular areas are nearly empty if you go during off hours.   

 If your dog is well socialized, a busy area probably won’t be an issue.  


Bathe and/or brush your dog before the shoot.  If grooming is stressful for your dog, try and have it groomed a day or two before the shoot.    A long walk or game of fetch might be needed before the photo session to help your dog be relaxed and calm for the portrait session.  A well-trained dog is much easier to photograph than one who isn’t trained. Teach or practice simple commands like sit, lie down and stay.   Even if your dog doesn’t master these commands, it will help if your dog has a general idea of what they mean.

Bring water, a leash (splurge on an attractive leash and collar), treats, poop bags, and possibly a favorite toy for your dog.  Let your photographer know if your dog has a favorite word or sound.  My dogs always perk up when they hear “treat,” or “do you want to go for a walk?” Squeaky toys are also perfect for getting a dog’s attention.

If it is cold, be sure you have a coat or blanket for your dog if needed.  In hot weather, be extra careful that your dog doesn’t overheat.  Have a plan on how to keep your dog comfortable if the weather is extreme. 

If it is possible, bring a friend to take care of your dog while the photographer takes some romantic shots of you and your future spouse.

Set Realistic Expectations

Safety is your number one priority.  If your dog isn’t reliable off leash,  please don’t take the risk of letting her off leash, even for a few minutes.  

You know your dog best, don’t be afraid to tell the photographer that something isn’t a good idea for your dog.

Photographers have a lot of things to keep track of, so be sure to have a discussion of what you want before the session.  I recommend that you ask for some individual shots of your dog.   However, don’t overwhelm your photographer with a shot list that is too long.   Trust your photographer to create beautiful images, not recreate your Pinterest board. Click To Tweet

Some dogs will need a break.  

Many people choose to have their engagement session at several locations and just bring their dog to one.



I love seeing dogs dressed for the occasion.  Choose something that complements your outfit as well.

You can’t go wrong with a bow tie!


Or matching sweaters!

I am a huge fan of dogs holding a Save The Date sign.

Or just being next to it!

I also love the new classic – engagement ring, hands, and paw shot.

Have Fun

I know this is obvious, but remember the goal of the day is capture your love and your personality as a couple, and hopefully that of your dog.  Don’t be afraid to be silly or let loose.

Patience is the key with pet photography, trust your photographer to get the shot.

Sometimes that means making silly noises or trying the same pose a few times, but it will be worth it!

What other advice do you have for including dogs in engagement photos? 

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Happy Tails: Yorkies Galore | Lilly, Lex, Luther & Layla

Yorkies consistently make the Top Ten of Most Popular Dog Breeds.  Yorkies are smart, alert, adorable, and they are the breed of choice for this cute family!  Thanks to Yasmin Leonard Photography for these photos.

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From their humans:  “The dogs’ names are Lilly, Lex, Luther, and Layla.

Lilly is the oldest and Layla is the youngest, but all the dogs are between two and four years old.

couple and 4 Yorkshire terriers sitting on blanket

Lex and Luther are brothers from the same litter, Layla is the aunt to the boys and Lilly was from a separate breeder. They make our lives very interesting on a daily basis and bring us so much joy, love, and happiness. Lilly is a ‘momma’s girl,’  while the boys are ‘daddy’s boys.’ Layla loves both of us equally!  They all have such different personalities.

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Lilly is the sweetest dog I have ever met, all she does is kiss you! Lex is very hard headed at times, and loves to rough play and is very spunky! Luther is very mellow and chill but is very protective of his territory.   Layla is ‘the boss,’  that’s what we call her.  She bosses the other dogs around and thinks she runs the house.”

couple and 4 Yorkies sitting on small wooden bridge

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About Yasmin Leonard Photography:  Based in High Point, North Carolina, Yasmin Leonard Photography is an on-location, natural light photographer focused on capturing life’s real moments.

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