Cash at 8 Weeks

13th May 2014
On April 6th, I photographed this adorable little Rottweiler puppy thing named Cash. Cash is a purebred rottie who came from a breeder in Portland, Oregon. When I met Cash he was basically fresh off the plane. And by "basically" I mean he'd been in Memphis for a few days. Cash lives with three other dogs: a fellow rottie named Tyson, a pit bull named Memphis, and a chow mix thing named Jinx or Jenk as his owners, Whitney and Jesse call him. "Erica, why are you calling their dog a different name then the owners call him, that's just weird, you weirdo." Well you wonderful blog reading people of my website, I call him Jinx because he has the distinction of being one of the first dogs I tried to help. I didn't actually help him, but I did name him and his two sisters. Unfortunately Jinx was too smart for his own good and I never did catch him (I did catch his sisters who have since found homes). Fortunately, Whitney did manage to catch him and after looking for a home for him, decided keeping him was in Jinx's best interest. To read more on Jinx you can check out this blog post: From Homeless to TV

"Erica, this is a blog post about Cash as the title clearly states. You have gotten off course..." Have no fear, I shall gently guide you back on course to the subject of this post: Mr. Cash. So Whitney caught Jinx and we ended up becoming Facebook friends so I could keep up with the evasive dude as well as add another "dog person" to my list. That was over a year ago. During that time I saw that Whitney lost her first rottie, who (I could be going out on a limb, but I doubt it) was her heart dog. His name was Kojak. A number of months later, Whitney and Jesse decided it was time to honor his memory and bring home another Rottweiler. They wanted a dog who could become a therapy dog, which is something people always told Whitney Kojak should be but never was. So they went the breeder route where they would know his full life experience as well as be in control of it without having to get rid of bad habits first.

We are almost to the pictures, I promise! So pictures of this adorable little Rottweiler puppy started showing up on my personal news feed and I mean, he was really freaking cute (and still is, I still get to see him, HAHAHA). So I offered to do three sessions like I'm doing with Womack so that Whitney and Jesse could have photos of him as he grows up. This session is of him at 8 weeks. We met at Cash's home (and by default, as Whitney and Jesse's home) to take his photos. So guess what.

We went out in the backyard and got some photos of him being adorable. He also had his soft and fluffy puppy coat which I know will be gone when I see him again at six months.

After a few photos of acting chill, Cash decided he should release his puppy energy, starting around the time when Whitney attempted to clean him off with a baby wipe.

And continuing on to playing with the toy I brought to get his attention (and then left).

Whitney picked him up and he made sure to hang on tight to the stick he had found.

He went running up on the porch to pause for a moment between his playing and switching between all the interesting things the yard had to offer.

Within a few seconds he was back to racing around causing puppy themed chaos. This time he played with a tennis ball. It should be noted, the tennis ball is not to scale. It is a big one. Cash accepted the challenge the huge tennis ball offered.

We forced Cash to take a break and get a picture of his tiny paws in Whitney's hand. Next time I expect them to be huge.

And then we released Tyson to play with Cash. Tyson was a bit distracted, but I managed to get a shot of Tyson with his current Mini Me.

Next up to play with Cash was Memphis. Memphis was supposed to be playing with Cash, but he in his pit bull ferocity decided I was pretty cool and instead should sit behind the camera with me while I took pictures of Cash. I couldn't resist getting a photo of my impromptu helper although I had intended to have only photos that included Cash.

In front of Memphis and I, Jesse played with Cash and a small tennis ball. Cash decided to use his puppy teeth to try and get it from him.

A few minutes later Cash took a break from Jesse and decided to play with Memphis, and even gave him some love while he was at it.

And then Cash was back with Jesse and in his arms. Both of them were staring at Memphis below them.

And when Jesse leaned Cash down, he couldn't resist trying to get to Memphis and play with him. We tried getting photos of Cash playing with Jinx, and the two love playing, but Jinx was really stressed out by my presence and has never been a fan of cameras, so rather than continue to stress him out when he wasn't wanting to play, he got to go back in the house and I didn't get any pictures of him, though it was wonderful to see him again.

When Jesse put Cash back down he started playing with a pine cone and brought it to the porch for some chewing.

After getting a good selection of photos in the backyard I asked Whitney and Jesse if they would be okay with getting some pictures of Cash in their flower beds out front. It took a little bit of convincing to get him to go in them. But once Jesse waved a stick around in them, he jumped in after the stick.

So I leave you with one final photo of the underside of Cash's adorable paw while he was in Whitney's arms.

I can't wait to see how far Cash is in his training when I take more pictures of him at 6 months old. Despite his puppy energetics he is already has a very loving side and you know he will easily be an awesome therapy dog to help people and keep the memory of Kojak alive.

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