We had a fab time at the Dogs Breakfast – it was a HUGE turnout! Saw loads of familiar faces and some new ones too, plus our friends from Kingsway Vet, SAFE Perth – Saving Perth Animals from Euthanasia, Dogs’ Refuge Home of WA, Barkday Paw-ty,Surf Dog Australia, Waggy Dog Bakehouse, GreyhoundAngels of Western Australia.
Big thanks to our amazing Team of Vickie, Talita and Dan who worked so hard all day, hugging on puppies and stuff.
We are thrilled and honoured to be the preferred studio photography partner for Guide Dogs WA. They do amazing work, and are wonderful organisation to work with. This article is from their Summer 2012 issue of ”Guide Dog News.”
As part of our ongoing photography commitment to the WA Dingo Association, Suzie (our native animal handler) and I returned to the home of Darren and Leigh to photograph their new family members - Osirus, Isis, Jarrah & Baldr, their four little dingo pups! With Loxie (the best dingo mum ever) looking on, Suzie and I took a series of studio shots of the three week old bundles of fluff. Their eyes were open, but their vision hadn’t quite kicked in yet and as with adult dingoes, they were very fresh and clean – being native wolves they don’t have that ‘doggy’ smell that unwashed or damp pooches can sometimes get. They were also twice the size a dog puppy would be at the same age – part of their inbuilt evolution, being that only the strongest survive, so pups in the wild have to grow rapidly to be able to fend for themselves.
At the end of the photo session, I was presented with a lovely certificate of appreciation and bright beautiful bunch of flowers by Daz, the President of the WADA. Thanks so much Daz, Leigh and Barb (whose daughter made up the flower arrangement!) – I’m hard to surprise, but you certainly did just that, and the certificate will take pride of place in my studio.
Suzie, and I (accompanied by Erin) have since taken another set of studio pics showing the pups at 5 weeks of age. And we’ll be returning at fortnightly intervals to fully chronicle the changes in the pups over time, which is a first as far as we know!
I feel very privileged to not only document the pups’ growth but to get a fortnightly fix of dingo pup kisses and hugs. I’m always greeted by them running over and jumping around on my leather boots, chewing at the laces! So special to have access to them and to be trusted with them too!
Here are some of the three week old pup pics (and Loxie)! Plus you can read our earlier blog about the dingo day photo shoot here.
The studio has been buzzing with activity lately! Some canine clients from one of our recent Saturday sessions included Ollie the Schnoodle and his little sister Gracie, also a Schnoodle. Ollie first visited us in mid-2009 for a photo session with his feline friend Bella. For his second visit, he bought Gracie along to meet us. The pups were simply adorable and they could do the synchronised head tilt to perfection! Cuteness plus!
The same morning we also met Taj, an eleven year old German shepherd cross. Taj was one of the youngest “over 10’s” we have had the pleasure of photographing. He had a lovely shiny coat, white teeth and clear, cataract free eyes! His ‘parents’ Jeanette and Brad put it down to his all natural diet, and believe he has grown younger over the past few years! Taj has a lovely nature and was a natural in front of the lens.
And rounding up a fab day in the studio, Inspector Ruth from the RSPCA WA bought in her beautiful two year old pooch Leyla for a portrait sitting. Leyla had so many varied poses, each one full of poise and grace, synonymous with the German Shepherd breed. The photo of Leyla with her head on her paws is one of my new personal favourites! How can you not melt at the sight of those big brown eyes!?!
More images from each studio session can be found on our Gallery page.