As someone who has a odd obsession with Newfoundlands (odd because I’ve never known one personally), I understand how people love certain breeds. So I’m always thrilled to feature a purebred dog who is also a rescue, like Zoey. Zoey’s session with Charlene from Custom Portraits by Charlene, shows just how great a rescue dog can be.
From Amanda: “Zoey was adopted from Airedale Rescue of the Delaware Valley. She is 4 years old and an absolute sweetheart in every way.
She is very well behaved- free roam of the house while my husband and I are at work all day, and she gets along well with all people and any dog except small white ones. (She was nipped by my grandma’s dog at a very young age and holds the grudge against any and all little white dogs!)
Her favorite toy is the ‘suspicious chicken’ as its labeled, and her favorite food is yogurt. She is a neighborhood star with lots of friends on our walking route. We laugh because her foster mom warned us, ‘she isn’t very affectionate.’ But she is the most snugly, loving, 70 lb ball of fur.”
To stay up with all of Charlene’s pet portraits, be sure to like her Paw Prints- Pet Portrait on Facebook.
About Custom Portraits by Charlene: Charlene is a portrait and event photographer serving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. She is a member of PPA and Area Coordinator/Affiliate Photographer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Development and Education from The Ohio State University and is a self-taught photographer. Charlene lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh with her Great Dane, Emmet and his kitten, Sophie.
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I love today’s feature from Sean Howard. He photographed a day in the life with Ellie and turned it into a calendar. With more and more of my friends and family falling into the “hard to shop for” category, I think that a personalized calendar of the family pet might be close to the perfect gift for anyone!
From Sean: “Ellie is a quick learner and a very special dog. This project was to create a fun calendar of all the things Ellie gets up to during the day while she is home alone. She catches up on her reading, searches for a few good squirrel photos, makes lunch and even does some laundry. That’s one smart dog!”
About Sean Howard Photography: Based in Toronto, Ontario, Sean is a wedding and portrait photographer.
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I’ve admired Jonathan Yearsley’s work, but had no idea he had heard of the Daily Dog Tag, so it was quite exciting to receive my first submission from him. These photos were taken in the North West of England, on a beach near Liverpool.
From Jonathan: “The two dogs are Archie, the Hungarian Vizsla, and Ruda the Hound X. Both are rescue dogs, rescued at different times but now living a very happy life with their owners. Archie came from the Hungarian Vizsla Welfare Charity in the UK and Ruda was rescued from Cyprus by the Cyprus Vizsla Rescue association.”
From Karolina: “Archie is a 5 year old male Hungarian Vizsla . We rescued him in summer 2010, he came from a broken home (divorce) and he was emotionally drained. It took a toll on his weight as he was severely underweight. However thanks to our other dog, Zack, he settled down very quickly and he became inseparable from Zack and myself. As a typical Vizsla he is a true velcro dog, if he could, he would follow me anywhere. He is very good boy, I had never had any issues with him. He just wants to please us so much that he will do anything. I have taught him how to give me both right and left paw, he can sit with piece on ham on his nose and until I will tell him he can have it, he will just wait.
When we lost Zack due to an accident in 2012 Archie became very lost. He was even more clingy with me and he would not play with any other dog and he just lost his happiness. Seeing him like this we knew we had to find him a companion. One evening I was checking my facebook and one of my friends posted a photograph of this lovely girl. She had an a inquisitive look in her face and a note that she is stray dog fighting for survival in Cyprus beach and if anybody would like to offer her home. I just looked at my partner and he said ‘Yes, she might be the one for Archie.’
We named her Ruda (Polish for ginger). We do not know what breed she is or how old she is. When she arrived November last year vet told us she is possible over a year old. It has been a challenge as Ruda have a very strong instinct and she has been used to doing her own thing. I was also determined to practice re-call with her as she had far too much energy to be on the lead for the rest of her life.
It took many hours of training, many tears (from my side) and few good hours wasted on waiting for her to decide to come back to me in first months. However now she is coming along nicely. She is very intelligent, inquisitive and full of fun but at the same time very sweet girl. She has a bit of split personality, outside she just wants to run after birds and squirrels or play with other dogs and at home she just wants cuddles. She had some fear issues (runners and cyclist) that we are tackling and her re-call is getting better and better. She is very special girl, hard work but worth it.”
About Jonathan Yearsley Photography: Based in North Wales, UK, Jonathan offers fine art and portraits for pets and horses.
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When I received a submission from Emily Lynn Photography with the subject “Thor” I immediately pictured a Great Pyrenees. However just as that image formed, I read “dachshund mix” changing my mental image in an instant. The real Thor is even cuter than I pictured. These photos were taken at three different times in Thor’s young life. He’s now about ten months old.
From Emily: ”Thor was adopted from Dekalb County Animal Adoption Center. He is a high energy dog and definitely spoiled. He loves to give kisses and his favorite pastime is cuddling!
He has a million toys (his favorite is a red dog), but he would much rather play with an empty water bottle. He is incredibly sweet and such a people person. He loves to play with other dogs, especially big dogs, at the dog park.
His new favorite activity is swimming! Anytime we’re near water, he gets in and splashes around. He’s extremely smart and a good listener. Whenever we go to run, he never gets too far away and makes sure that I’m (mom) always right behind him. Being part dachshund, he loves digging and has a good nose! Most people think he’s part lab because of how tall he is, but the only breed the rescue shelter knew was dachshund. His favorite food is chicken, but he also loves these frozen yogurt treats I make him. He’s also getting better at taking pictures and he goes with me (mom) on most of my photography shoots.
About Emily Lynn Photography: Based in Huntsville, Alabama, Emily is a wedding and portrait photographer.
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From Samantha: “In celebration of Russell’s 2nd Birthday, we celebrated with Yana & Nick by having a fall family photoshoot. Russell, a black French Bulldog, was named after the strong spirited character in the Disney-Pixar movie, Up! This was my first time meeting little Russ and I could surely see the resemblance! Russell is a friendly, yet hyper and caring yet protective young dog. No wonder Yana & Nick love him so!
We shot these fall colours in the heart of downtown Toronto at Roundhouse Park, right where the the old train museum is located by Steamwhistle Brewery, CN Tower and the newly opened Ripley’s Aquarium. The best thing about doing it at this park was that Russell was familiar with the area, having lived right across the street and going on daily walks here. The fall is such a great time for portraits and photography as it gives so much vibrant colours to your photos.
We were so happy that Russell joined in our shoot with such energy and co-operation! He was a joy to shoot, being absolutely adorable! Russell was the runt of his litter, so his naturally small body was particularly cute when Yana dressed him in a pumpkin costume and then later a matching sweater. SO CUTE!
Happy 2nd Birthday Russell! You make the perfect addition to this little family.”
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah! I’ll be taking the next few days off from blogging to enjoy more time with my family. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend!
About Samantha Ong Photography: Based in Toronto, ON, Samantha is a wedding, lifestyle and event photographer.
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