Sweet Trinity

It is with a heavy heart that I bring you the news that another beautiful doggie soul I met through my 100 Pets Project has been lost. Trinity (Pet #34) lost her battle with an undetermined illness on February 17th at the age of 13.

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Trinity & Trevor

I knew the minute I saw Trinity at the Southland Off Leash Park in Calgary that I wanted to meet her and get to know her a little better.  She just had a special way about her in the way she walked and the spark in her eyes.  It was obvious she and her person Trevor had a special relationship; just the way they looked at each other and interacted showed their close connection.  Needless to say Trevor and his girlfriend Fay are devastated by their recent loss. I am so glad they contacted me and I was able to provide them with a collection of photos of their special girl.

Trinity, full of spark!

Trinity, full of spark!


I also thank Trevor and Fay for their kind words about my project and the fact that I have been able to help them navigate their grieving process. Their contact has gotten me revitalized to start my project up full force again as I had recently let it fall to the wayside behind other matters. Their words made me remember why I started my 100 Pets and The People They Love photography project in the first place; I so appreciate their encouragement.

Here are some favourite words a very good friend of mine shared with me when I lost my dog Mo. I would like to share them with Trevor, Fay, Trinity and anyone else who has lost a dear pet; they are adapted from the book,The Art of Racing in the Rain:

“After a dog dies, her soul is released into the world around us. Her soul is released to run in the world, run through the fields, enjoy the earth, the wind, the rivers, the sun, the woods.”

Trinity has been released.

I am not lonely. I am not afraid. I am still yours.

I am not lonely. I am not afraid. I am still yours.

Coach & Dexter

While I was wandering around Spruce Meadows at the Alberta Kennel Club Summer Classic a couple of weeks ago, I stopped to watch a very interesting Agility competition being held by NADAC (North America Dog Agility Council). It was different from other agility competitions I have watched, I was intrigued. There were dogs of all breeds, purebred and mixed, and people of all ages. The courses were different from your regular class seen at competitions, and the rules & regulations different as well. I saw two beautiful Dalmatians in the ring doing a Hoops, Tunnels & Weave Pole course. Speed wasn’t their secret weapon but accuracy was. I was lucky to meet Sandy and her two stunning boys, Coach & Dexter.

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Sandy with her beautiful boys, Coach & Dexter

Coach is the black and white Dally and Dexter the liver spotted.
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Coach

Dexter

Dexter

I liked the less rigid rules of this competition and the interesting classes (might be something Tashi and I may try one day). Sandy, Coach and Dexter are pros at this and after watching them compete you just know they all love it. Come on over to the 100 Pets and Their People page to read their story and see them in action.

Molly & Mark

Well, well…such a LONG time between posts. My biggest excuse is the flooding here in Southern Alberta and the fact that most of the parks and woods I frequent have been devastated by the flooding. Of course it hasn’t been safe to walk in these areas for awhile (still isn’t in some cases) with all the debris and contaminants flowing through but we’ve had more that a few heavy rains and that has helped. Southland Dog Park in Calgary is far from being repaired enough to walk, such a shame.

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You Watch My Back While I Watch Yours

I was happy to meet Molly and Mark out at the Black Diamond Off Leash area last week. We were out surveying the damage, as were they. Molly is such a sweet, happy girl. She didn’t want to sit still at first to pose for a photo, and who could blame her with all the new smells and changes to be explored at the park. Eventually she sat and was happy to pose with her person, Mark. Click here to meet them both.
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Molly In Profile (love that floppy ear!)

Zola The South African Princess

Zola is a beautiful South African Boerboel (pronounced “Burbul”), a rare breed in this part of the world.

Zola, she still has a 'puppy' look now and then

Zola, she still has a ‘puppy’ look (now and then)

I met Zola and her person, Priscilla, a lovely British lady, at the Southland Off Leash Park last week. I wish I got a photo of Zola that shows how impressive and strong she really is. I did however, capture some great shots of Zola’s connection with Priscilla, especially when we started chatting and they both kind of forgot I had my camera with me (as much as you can with a big DSLR being pointed at you).
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Zola Knows We’re Talking About Her

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Zola & Priscilla

I find once we start chatting, I can get more intimate shots of their relationship with their pet.
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Zola, Loving The Attention!

I really enjoyed meeting both Priscilla and Zola and hope you will too. Click here to get to my 100 Pets and The People They Love page so I can introduce you to them! Cheers! Sheila

Rocky and Juno

We’re back to the Dog Park!

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Patty and Rocky

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Patty and Juno

Meet Rocky and Juno, two beautiful, friendly mixed breed pups and their person, Patty. We met a couple of weeks ago at the Southland Dog Park. I’ve been looking forward to writing about them, they are awesome dogs; Rocky such a bold character and Juno more reserved and quiet. Patty is a City of Calgary Animal Services Officer; she sees it all in her job but is so very lucky to have these two wonderful dogs to bring her joy and balance at home.
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Their bond is palpable and so incredible to see. Please check out their full story and more photos here.
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Rocky

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Ornamental Kitties

These two Oriental Shorthair Kitties, sometimes nicknamed ‘Ornamentals’ because they can be bred in over 300 possible colour and pattern combinations, are Jack and Lindy.

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Jack

Lindy

Lindy

They are lovingly owned by Leslie and her husband David. Leslie and David do not breed their cats, they show them for the pure enjoyment of it and for the friendships they have made through the years.
Linda with Jack

Linda with Jack

I have enjoyed getting to know all of these brilliant cats and their people. I have always loved cats and had two domestic shorthair cats myself, a brother and sister named Smucky and Tigger, when I was in my 20’s. They were great fun, always entertaining, and gave me great company. I want to thank all the fellow cat lovers I met and talked with at the Calgary Cat Show, I enjoyed myself immensely and learned a lot.
Jack Loves His Mom!

Jack Loves His Mom!

Click here to go my 100 Pets and The People They Love page to meet Jack, Lindy, Leslie and David to read their story and see more photos. Cheers! Sheila

The British Are Coming!

British Shorthair Kitties that is! I love these chubby faced, chipmunk cheeked, happy, smiling cats! We met at the Calgary Cat Show; iBruiser and Blue Star were happy to come out of their comfy kennels to say hello and be admired.

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The handsome iBruiser!

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Adorable Blue Star!

British Shorthair prefer not to be carried around everywhere, they prefer all four paws to be on the ground, but they do like to be where you are will gladly curl up beside you on the couch. Click over to my 100 Pets and The People They Love page to meet them both and their people, Brenda and Darrell. If you want to learn more about this breed of kitty, check out the TICA website. Cheers! Sheila