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jet & rosie | dfw rescue me

So I’m fostering puppies for DFW Rescue Me again.  Black labs (maybe mixes? their mom looks to be a pure bred, but dad’s a deadbeat so we don’t know), who are now about 10 weeks and growing like weeds.  I have a boy (Jet – all black) and a girl (Rosie – white markings).  If they are mixes, I don’t know what with – they’re very labby.

This hasn’t been the easiest fostering stint – I briefly had four of these guys while a different foster could be found for two… and they had “upset” tummies.  Four growing lab puppies with uneasy digestive tracts = not fun for me.  I was actually awakened early one morning by smell….  my new least favorite way to wake up.  Luckily though all those issues have been resolved.

It’s funny – the other sets of puppies I have fostered have had very different and distinct personalities.  These guys are very similar to each other (when I had all four, I pretty much had to pick them up to tell which was which).  They’re smart – not housebroken yet, but they VERY quickly learned to sit for their food (they are little piglets so food is definitely a very strong motivator!).

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They’re typical, goofy lab babies – though *relatively* calm.  Big fans of toys though.

And each other.  Both are pretty confident and will follow Bear – and Belle – around.  Though neither has figured out how to actually play with Bear.

They’re available for adoption (they’ll be ready for their new homes in about 1 1/2 weeks) – if you, or someone you know, is interested, please fill out the application at DFW Rescue Me’s website.  I expect them both to find homes very, very quickly!

Marjorie - Howdy! I just wanted to introduce myself. I’m Marjorie, and I’m the one who pulled Lucy and her 8 pups from DAS on behalf of DFW Rescue Me and fostered the latter until they were fully weaned a few weeks ago. I’m soooo happy to see Jet and Rosie (whom I had named Minor and Audrey 😉 so wonderfully healthy and BIG!

The rescue group I usually foster for have the other 4, and only one of them looks very Lab. The other 3 look like Border Collie mixes, maybe even a little Dalmatian. Lucy clearly got around. 😉 I’m sure you heard, but the other 2 (Luke and Leia) went to home visits this weekend after Saturday’s adoption event at Southlake’s Three Dog Bakery. I had Lucy there as well, and boy, the pups were very popular! And Lucy herself went on a home visit last night, and from what Jim tells me, it looks very promising. So all’s well!

I know what you mean about the similar personalities. Leia was actually the biggest of the bunch, but Jet wasn’t too far behind after just the first couple of weeks, so I usually had to pick them up to identify them, too!

Thank you soooo much for taking such good care of them. I wondered what happened to the 4 after I gave them to Jim and was so happy to see your pics on Facebook. They’re absolutely gorgeous, and I don’t doubt that they’ll be adopted very soon!


Marjorie - Oh, and p.s. I don’t think Lucy’s a purebred as she’s quite small for a Lab (only about 55 lbs.) and has a bit of white on her chest and back paws. However, she’s clearly majority Lab, as her sweet, lovely face looks very Lab. And of course, she has the same gentle, playful personality as a Lab!

Debbie - Hi Majorie- Thanks for doing such a great job with them! I don’t know how you did it with all 8, especially as they grew up. They are getting huge – they’re actually pretty much exactly the same size right now (I did the very sketchy weigh myself and then weigh myself holding them thing yesterday and they were both 15 1/2 pounds). I’m surprised three of the others are less labby. I can see dalmation as a distinct possibility – the size/shape is not that different from a lab and it would explain the white markings. I don’t see border collie in these guys though – they definitely don’t have the coat. Different baby daddies, I suppose.
I heard the other two were adopted at their first event – can’t say I’m surprised! Hope the app on Lucy works out as well.

Marjorie - Hi, Debbie! Honestly, I don’t know how we did it either, but I’m so glad that we did. I feel like they’re my kids in a way – I’m so proud of how healthy and big they are, how much they’ve grown!

One of the other pups looks quite a bit like Jet. I’ll have to send you a pic. If you visit Take Me Home Pet Rescue’s Facebook page and click on the Photo Album, you can check out pics of Lucy and her other pups: Gilligan, Mary Ann, Peyton, and Bradley. Peyton and Bradley in particular look the least Lab-like. Peyton is a gorgeous little thing (girl) who folks think look part border collie.

Mary Ann is just a long, leggy and striking dog with big, Daschund-like ears. I can stare at her all day. If she were human, she’d probably be a supermodel.

I haven’t heard anything from Jim about Lucy, so I’m hoping that that’s good news! If not, she’ll always have a home here.

Looking forward to hopefully meeting you in person at a Rescue Me event!


happy new year!

I’ve been super busy the past month – shooting, fulfilling orders, last-minute shopping, and…

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but I wanted to be sure to wish everyone a happy new year!!

(My little foster monsters are available for adoption through DFW Rescue Me.  It’s safe to assume these guys will reappear on the blog soon!)

Shauna (Fido & Wino) - “Foster Monsters”- love that 🙂 So cute! Happy New Year!

jessica - so cute!!!

the greatest gift of all (or at least a really good one)

At some point, I’ll catch up and get this blog going again.  Promise.  But until then…

A reminder that thank Dog. photography gift certificates are available for purchase!  Just think, you’ll be the best gift-giver ever and you won’t even have to leave your home to do it!!

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On a different note… I usually do more straightforward processing of the photos, but this one of the adorable Zach seemed to cry out for something else.  So, after applying a slightly retro look, I added a semi-subtle texture to the photo.  I personally think it would look great printed on a linen greeting card.  Anybody else like this look?

mischka & charlie | dallas cat photography

After suddenly and tragically losing their cat, Argyle, my friends enlisted me to photograph their remaining kitties.  Cats definitely require a different way of working than the dogs – some can be somewhat bribed with catnip and feathery toys, but, for the most part, you have to work according to their rules.  Luckily, neither Mischka nor Charlie are hide-under-the-furniture-and-hiss type of cats (like my Harley), so I was able to pretty much just stalk them around the home.  But the shoot was not without its challenges. The home where I photographed the cats has limited natural light – there are spots with lovely light, but cats can be tough to corral… and Mischka’s jet black.  So, I used my flash for pretty much the entire session, something I very rarely do – hopefully it looks natural?!!?

Anyway, on with the show…  Mischka, the black cat, has been around forever.  While friendly, she’s not overly playful, generally preferring the lounging lifestyle.  She does perk up for a few minutes when presented with a fresh catnip toy though.  Or a mirror in which to admire herself.

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And Charlie, the world’s most genius tomcat.  Charlie wandered his way into the Hollywood Heights neighborhood and encountered plenty of neighbors happy to leave food out for him, to love on him, and even to vet him (I may have my story wrong, but I believe two different sets of neighbors took Charlie in to be neutered – obviously, the second set had a cheaper vet bill!).  Renee and Adam’s house was one of those welcoming spots.  Over the brutal summer, Charlie began spending more and more time inside the home – and since Argyle’s death, he’s pretty much become a permanent member of the family.  He sleeps with their little girl, or dozes in the TV room or master bedroom — but he also still has outdoor privileges (he actually followed me out, giving me one last over-the-shoulder pose before heading out for his afternoon walk-about).  In fact, he was perhaps a little more laid back than normal the day I visited — his daily hunt was complete, and he had a full belly.

Leanne - Holy sheeeeeeeesh woman these are immense!!! Even though you’ve told me you’ve used flash I’m having a seriously hard time to notice it. Ace ace ace!!

Debbie - Thanks, Leanne! I bounced the flash and didn’t have it at full power – but I’m glad to know it’s not obvious!

Renee - Debbie, you continue to amaze me. Not only are these phenomenal photographs in their own right, but you captured both Mischka and Charlie as I see them every day. It looks so effortless and natural, but I can assure you that my own attempts to photograph the cats in many of the same spots has never come close to your images. (Oh, and you remembered the double-vet trip correctly!)

Kelly - These pics almost make me like cats : ) Great job!

V.Schweiss - Beautiful images.

Rhianne - you’ve captured them both so well! Great photos, as always

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