Oh Mandy!

Say hello to sweet little Mandy and her special someone, Irene.

Mandy-the-border-collie-and-her-person-Irene

Mandy & Irene

We met out in Black Diamond while they were out walking with friends. Mandy is such a friendly little dog and really so lucky to be here with us today. Come over and read her story on my 100 Pets and Their People page.
Mandy-the-border-collie

Mandy

She and Irene are No. 25 of my 100 pets and people! Woot! Woot! I am 1/4 of the way to my goal of 100 and just in case you couldn’t tell, I am having the time of my life! Cheers! Sheila

Little Warriors

Meet Xena and Rambo, two adorable little Chihuahuas out for their first big off leash adventure of the season.

Xena-and-Rambo

Xena and Rambo

It was a typical Calgary, windy Spring day…or as I like to call Mud, Ice, Dead Grass and Dirty Dog Season. It was a very busy Saturday at Southland Dog Park, lots of people getting out to enjoy the sunny day. I ran into some new friends that I took photos of earlier for my project, Brian with Shayla and Brody, it’s so nice to be able to go there now and wave and chat with people I now know a little. Shayla wasn’t feeling that great the day I took her photo but I noticed instantly that she was had more of a spring in her step and her little tail was a wagging. It was great to see! Please head on over to my 100 Pets and Their People page to meet, and learn more about my newest friends. Cheers!

Charlie

I daresay this handsome boy Charlie has been Tashi’s favourite pup to meet so far.

Charlie

Charlie

I haven’t seen her play with any dog like this in a long time. She flirted with him, chased him, zoomed around so he’d see how speedy quick she was (obviously making her quite a catch); she just plain loved him! I can see why too, he is completely adorable, with little tufts of hair sticking out his ears and having big, beautiful brown eyes. Jump on over to my 100 Pets and Their People Page to read his story and see more photos. I know you’ll agree with me
Beautiful Eyes To Melt Your Heart!

Beautiful Eyes To Melt Your Heart!

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Jack, the Squirrel Saver!

Look at this face and that one floppy ear, Jack just melts your heart! You just have to pop over to meet Jack and his adorable person, Marg on the 100 Pets and Their People page to meet the newest member of our project family. You have to read about Jack’s squirrel antics too! He is such a funny, handsome and oh so smart, boy. _MG_0746 I’m really feeling a family vibe from this project; such great connections! I was back at the Southland Dog Park today in Calgary and met Dulcie (the “Cookie Lady”) and Bella again. My dogs immediately sat down, oh so well behaved (cough, cough) knowing full well who she was and what she was carrying in her bag. Her Bella came up to say hello and get a good pat. A little further along on our walk we saw Honey with Rick and his lovely wife Terry. Honey was happy to see us and we also had a great chat. It’s so nice to go for our walks and see friendly faces and wagging tails along the way.

Got Cookies?

Got Cookies?

Jack - B&W

Jack – B&W

A Perfect Match!

I am excited for you to meet Honey and Rick. Even spending just a short amount of time with them, I could tell they have a great friendship. You will have to go to my 100 Pets and The People They Love page to read more of their story and see photos of them together. Here are a couple of Honey, I just loved!:

If I smile at you will you rub my belly??

If I smile at you will you rub my belly??

Honey (sweet girl, so aptly named)

Honey (sweet girl, so aptly named)

Things I Am Learning Along the Way…and Outtakes

So far I am finding people very open to my project and being approached to have a photo taken with their best friend but I am learning some things along the way like asking people to put their poop bags down before I take the photo :). It’s so nice to meet considerate people who pick up after their dogs but I have to remember to ask them to put it down first, especially when the first shots I take seem to be my favorites. Also taking a photo at the beginning of an exuberant puppy’s walk probably isn’t the best idea either when the last thing they want to do is sit still when there are so many dogs to say hello to and play with. Having all four of my dogs with me when people have treats in their pockets to get their dogs to sit still isn’t very helpful either when my dogs end up mauling the poor owner. My Bella and Buddha in particular are incredibly food obsessed; Bella would probably chew a whole in their pocket to get at cookies if allowed. You would swear I don’t ever feed them…poor starving creatures! Here are some outtake shots from Monday. I can’t wait to meet more people and their pets. Don’t forget to jump over to my Project Page to meet Naboo and Lex. Meanwhile…here are some extra shots. Cheers! Sheila

Games at the Park - Naboo and Jeff

Games at the Park – Naboo and Jeff

Naboo and Grandma, Tracey

Naboo and Grandma, Tracey

Poor Jeff being MAULED for cookies!

Poor Jeff being MAULED for cookies!

Naboo trying to get Max to play

Naboo trying to get Max to play

Oops! Forgot about the bag! But Lex looks cute.

Oops! Forgot about the bag! But Lex looks cute.

Buddha on cookie patrol!

Buddha on cookie patrol!

Airplane!

Airplane!

Dad! Let me go there's playing to do!

Dad! Let me go there’s playing to do!

Lex checking out the new girl, Tashi

Lex checking out the new girl, Tashi

Gotta Go!

Gotta Go!

Where to find photos…

My 100 Pets and The people They Love photos can be found under that heading title. So sorry for the confusion with my posts not going to the home page. I will figure this out ūüôā meanwhile enjoy my first two Stranger Pets (hmmm…not sure how I’ll refer to my wonderful participants yet…probably not that way). Cheers! Sheila

Happy New Year! My Photography Project is underway…

Wishing everyone a very Happy 2013! ¬†I thought I would dive right in to my 100 Pets and the People They Love photography project so off I went on my walk to Ravencrest with my dogs this morning full of enthusiasm. ¬†Well, we had a great walk, beautiful sunshine and not to cold but…not a stranger in sight, just peace and quiet. ¬†I was a little disheartened so I took three of my dogs out again later in the afternoon to Sheep River Cove. ¬†Jackpot! I ran into some wonderful dogs and their people who graciously let me photograph them. ¬†I have to say I was more than a little nervous and didn’t ask everything I really wanted to or probably took as much time as I could with the photos but I had a great chat with both groups and left our walk feeling pretty pumped about my project. ¬†It was fun trying to get shots of a bouncy, full of beans puppy, she really just wanted to play with my dogs. All in all a great start to 2013.

Opening Day!

Hello out there…everyone…anyone!! I am so excited to finally publish my first post on this blog! I have been thinking about doing this for some time and although I am sure the content will evolve as I find my way around the blogging world I have a few things that I want to share with you. ¬†The first is my love of photography and in particular photography of pets and the people they love. ¬†Secondly, I am excited to share my new photography project for 2013,and now that I am telling everyone about it there is no turning back. It is my take on a 100 Strangers Photography Project and my plan is to photograph 100 pets and their people (all strangers to me) over the course of the year. ¬†I am very excited about the prospect of this project and I know I will grow as a photographer and an individual along the way with I’m sure more than a few surprises. ¬†I hope I will be able to share some of our adventures in the woods while out on dog walks. ¬†There is really never a dull moment around here with four crazy Tibetan Terriers in house.

Please stop by often and take a look around. ¬†I can’t wait to add links, badges, widgets (whatever they are) and more posts and photos. ¬†Cheers! Sheila