An Engagement Session
04th December 2013 - 1 comment
So I posted exactly ONE photo of Bodi and Penny on my Facebook page, and that was because I didn't have a whole lot of photos that I could post because Mary and Quinn didn't want their faces all over the public portion of the internet, so the pictures you see here are just the ones with them in the background. I did get pictures where the main subject was in focus. Why was the main subject human? Well I did an engagement session (outside of my norm, I know) with Mary and Quinn and only agreed to do so because Mary promised dogs would be present. She didn't lie. :) Those dogs being the handsome momma's boy Bodi and the treat obsessed Penny. Bodi is the world's leggiest Yorkshire Terrier and Penny is a Dachshund with some adorable dappling that I wasn't expecting when I saw her. Mary and Quinn are very pro Memphis, so we took their pictures down by the river with the pyramid in the background, the river, the bridge, etc. The day we took the pictures there was some rainy weather, but luckily it didn't rain for our session, although it did get darker a little sooner than expected, thankfully we were done with the session by that pint.

I had mentioned on the Memphis Mutts Facebook page, that I would be having a session that required a chalk board, and here that photo is. Bodi didn't like the idea of being so far away from Mary so I allowed him to have his compromise and sit in the background as well. Penny was prepared to rip off Quinn's arm in an attempt to get treats if that was what was required (luckily for him, it wasn't) and was willing to be near the chalkboard.

We then walked over to where the pyramid is visible and unfortunately realized they had begun buiding, luckily from this angle the grasses cover up the ugly privacy fence. This photo also shows off Bodi's legs... or maybe it shows how short Penny is?

And then we headed back, look at that dark sky in the background! I was trying to get a picture of Bodi and Penny running towards me with Quinn and Mary in the background, but Bodi wasn't leaving Mary's side regardless of what I wanted, so I settled for this picture with Miss Penny being the center of attention again. She was happy to oblige.

And then we did some posing on the stairs.

And finally (the picture seen on the Memphis Mutts facebook page) we torturted Penny and Bodi for a bit and dressed them up.

See told you, nice and short. ;) I'll have the rest of this session edited for you soon Mary and Quinn! And hopefully by Friday or so there will be a blog post for the lovely Rudy and Cassidy who I photographed the day after photographing Bodi, Penny, Mary, and Quinn.
Winston and Dharma!
30th November 2013 - 0 comments
So over three weeks ago I had a session with the handsome Winston and gorgeous Dharma and their owner Liesl. Winston was a ten year old Corgi and Dharma is a Cairn Terrier (you know a "Toto dog.")

So there is a confession, Winston and Dharma's session was scheduled because Winston had a tumor in his stomach and Liesl wasn't sure how much longer Winston would be feeling his best. Luckily for our session he was feeling awesome and was willing to run around and have fun. Regrettfully, Liesl informed me last Friday that Winston had passed away. I was in shock when I found out. I was aware it was a possibility, but I was hoping Liesl would get to spend a lot more time with her beloved boy. I am just happy to have had the chance to meet him and even more thrilled to take pictures of him for Liesl to remember him.

We met down on Mud Island which is a place I had been wanting to have a session at for a while, but hadn't had a reason too. Luckily, Liesl and her duo lived down there so I finally had my excuse. We had perfect weather. It was cool enough to require long sleeves, but not so cold we were burdened down with jackets, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and we got to have pictures as the sunset. And even more luckily we had pictures with the pyramid in the background of a few photos. Which should not have been considered lucky because I was hoping that would get to be all the time deal, in any future sessions, but when I went down there for another session (which will eventually have it's own blog post...) with Bodi, Penny, and their owners for an engagement session, a big ugly wooden privacy fence had been erected and now they are building over there. :( BUT, I had an awesome session with this awesome trio, and that's the most important thing, and I am thrilled to have such a wonderful session to remember Winston by. So with that, it is time to move on to the pictures so you all can get to see more of him and his lovely sister Dharma.

We started the session off by getting some shots of Winston and Dharma running around. Liesl told me that when Winston was younger she used to do agility with him to try and keep him worn out.

Dharma ended up doing most of the running, especially when she got to chase down toys. She was offleash the entire time, and let me tell you, this girl was brilliant. She never ran up to strangers or strange dogs and just naturally left everyone alone and when Liesl called her, she'd come back. Put my own pair to shame.

Winston was content to just stay by Liesl's side for the most part and was bored by Dharma.

We began to make our way towards the pyramid and stopped by the rocks leading down to the Mississippi.

Along the river is gorgeous, and since it was later in the day, the light became absolutely gorgeous. And Winston knew how to work it.

And so did Dharma.

They even worked it together.

And after quite a bit of walking, we made it to the area where the pyramid was most visible.

And after just a few pictures we began to head back. I love Dharma's square little body.

We took pictures along the way back and I got a picture of Winston's little non-tail.

And his gorgeous corgi smile.

I took a similar picture of Dharma, but she was focused on the ball in my hand which is a serious matter.

We finally got back to where our cars were parked, and went to the opposite side of them and got this posed picture on the stairs. I had Liesl hold Dharma's ball, and a treat for Winston. They were both paid for their hard work of posing.

We posed them briefly under this tree, and while originally I wasn't going to add this photo to Liesl's final gallery, as an owner of a scruffy dog, I understand the problems of keeping a dog's beard clean of leaves and everything else that WILL stick to it. So I added it, and kept in the leaves attached to her face.

Winston had some dog aggression (which reminded me of Brittany and actually made me like him more). Liesl pulled him to the side of the stairs as some dogs came by and distracted him with dog treats with the gorgeous Mud Island houses and the pink light.

For the most part, Dharma didn't understand posing and we left that to Winston who had an awesome down stay, but with this final photo of the blog post and near the end of our session, with this rock, she finally got it.

I hope you all enjoy these photos of Dharma and Winston as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Jazzee and Mayhem... AGAIN
04th November 2013 - 0 comments
The wonderful black and tan rottweiler duo are back! As well as their awesome owner, Kacee. I had the pleasure of photographing Jazzee and Mayhem again just last week, and brought my friend, Shellee, along with me to help out with Jazzee and Mayhem's photos. Last time Jazzee and Mayhem weren't immediately wanting to go explore and stuck around next to Kacee, but this time, I supoose they knew the drill so they were ready to have fun. We met at a different location, this time in Lakeland, and let them have fun.

I guess that's it, they don't really need introductions... If you think I should have said more about them, or missed their photos from their last session you can check out their first blog post here:

Almost immediedately when we arrived, Mayhem went for the water. I had dreams of keeping him dry for at least a few pictures, but we didn't expect him to enter the water as quickly as he did and well, it made Mayhem happy so I suppose that is the most important thing. And the pictures turned out fantastically anyway, despite his coat harboring extra moisture.

Jazzee wasn't a secret water lover, but just in case we got a picture of her doing her famous hug right off the bat so that if she changed her mind we wouldn't have to deal with muddy paws. And they really are famous. At least from people that know her. She's a hugger.

But for this session, Mayhem had also learned to hug! Although not quite to the level that Jazzee can. We all need goals in life, and I suppose that is probably Mayhem's. -this picture was taken near the end of the session after giving Sir Mayhem time to dry-

And they even learned to hug each other! Or you know, body slam into each other and provide us with exactly ONE clash of the titans moment. Calling it a hug is a lie, but amusing, and fitting with my hugging theme. ;)

So now that we have detoured through the progression of the session (and my poetry skills are showing!), let's get back on track. So we made our way through the park, around the lake, and cut through a little patch of woods. Stopping to take a few pictures. Jazzee's inner model came out and she worked that dirt path like a runway, although I was trying to get her to run.

But she left Mayhem in the dust when Kacee called them back!

And then we headed towards this beautiful field, but Jazzee and Mayhem beat us there and came racing back to tell us how awesome it was. JUST OVER THIS HILL.

And we all finally made it, Jazzee, Mayhem, Kacee, Shellee, and I, (look at all those double e's, Mayhem and I feel left out!) where I sent Kacee running down the hill (in an attempt to recreate a photo I had loved from Jazzee and Mayhem's first session that had ended up blurry and I included in Kacee's gallery anyway) while Shellee held back Jazzee and Mayhem to give Kacee a head start. Even with the head start they quickly caught up.

And once the trio of a family returned we took a few photos in the grasses, Jazzee and Mayhem were willing to share who was in focus as long as they got to be in the photos together.

But we didn't stay there too long as Mayhem had other ideas and headed back towards the lake to continue out photographic journey around it. And here he is bolting out of the water towards Kacee. :)

Although we did force some posing out of them, and thanks to the magic of editing you would think they had set that up themselves. Don't worry, they were paid in dog treats for their effort. And do not worry, I did NOT pay Kacee and Shellee in dog treats for their effots...

We also managed to get Jazzee to pose on a picnic table to get this awesome photo of her.

While Mayhem was content with just posing on a bench instead.

And alas, we have reached the anti-climatic end of this particular blog post. Jazzee found a littered water bottle and decided to have fun with it and turn it into a toy.

Sorry it was so anti-climatic... I'll work on that...
Womack's Six Month Old Session
07th September 2013 - 0 comments
Tad bit of a weird title, why'd I title it like that? Normally the title is just the name of the awesome pet I got to photograph. But Womack is special. See, he's got the whole six months old in his title as well. Ashley contacted me wanting to do a session with Womack after getting her prints from her session with Winston and Lola. She couldn't decide if she wanted to do the session when he was full grown or at six months old while he was still exerting full puppy charm. I had been tossing around the idea of doing "puppy sessions" for a while now, but wasn't sure how to do it, how to price it, locations, how many photos, etc. I just knew I would like to do three session. The first shortly after the new member of your family comes home, a second a few months later, and the final one when your newest member is full grown. Unfortunately, I missed doing Womack's session when he was really young because the idea wasn't fully formed, just tinges here and there (I suppose it still isn't fully formed). But when Ashley contacted me with her dilemma, I proposed a solution that would benefit both of us. I get a fantastic boxer faced model to work with, and she gets both the sessions she was wanting to do, plus an additional one! So Womack is my experimental dude, as I try to figure out if I like the idea and how well I think it can work. Eventually I will get a price on it, but if you don't see it under my sessions list (a few tabs over), then shoot me an email letting me know you have a new family member, be it cat, dog, horse, etc. And we can work out doing a "puppy session" with your own pet, who knows, if you act now while I'm still in limbo, you could get the session done cheaper than you would otherwise. But for now, I just have Womack, the dude who will be on any advertising I do for this future session addition... I should be seeing him in about three and a half months when he is ten months old, so it's time for everyone's favorite part of blog posts (and the only reason I send you to my blog).

We met at Shelby Farms, and headed over to the pine trees first. You know, while he was dry. And look at that handsome dude!

And we slowly started heading back to the open.

But we had to stop and get pictures of his puppy feet among the roots. He's of course not as out of balance at six months old as he would be at around four months, but still worth taking the picture to see how he changes within the next few months.

And then we attempted to get pictures of Womack's ear, which Ashley told me used to flop over adorably when he was younger, but had upsettingly decided to be normal. While we were in the process of faking it for a picture (which involved gently flicking it so it fell into its "proper" place), Womack decided he had better ideas.

But we succeeded despite his humor!

And Womack's normal boxer-y ears.

And then we gave Womack some free time to just let him have fun and be himself. Which he took full advantage of.

And then it was time for most dogs’ favorite portion of a trip to Shelby Farms, a trip into Pine Lake for some swimming, or in Womack's case, just wading.

Neither Ashley nor I had long enough arms to allow him to go swimming, but he managed to entertain himself (the last three pictures are unfortunately too blurry for print, but to humorous not to post anyway).

Once out, he went into a fit of zoomies and tried to get Ashley's shoe from her, which is when it was revealed to me he was bit of a shoe thief, and a master at hiding them once he has gotten them.

And before we go, here's a before and after of Womack with Ashley, his face was stolen from a different photo (where we were flipping his ears). Don't be fooled, the vast majority of photos do not require this much editing. Though typically there is at least one from every session.

I'LL SEE YOU AT TEN MONTHS OLD WOMACK. I can't wait to see you again. :)
BarkBoxes and Bello Birthdays
23rd August 2013 - 0 comments
Yesterday the dogs recieved their monthly BarkBox, which they have been getting for three months. Originally they started getting them because I left for Germany and well, who was going to buy them toys they don't need and treats they really want? No one that's who! So their first box came while I was out of country to let them know I still loved them (though it probably seemed like my mom loved them since she opened it, and gave them everything inside).

So what is a BarkBox? Well its a monthly box that you get filled with toys and treats and other things. It's a bit like Russian Roulette since you don't know what you are getting in it (that's part of the fun in my opinion), but you do know the products inside are of high quality and typically American made. Typically there are around five items inside. It depends on the size, there might be more, there might be less.

Admittedly this post has an ulterior motive (though, I guess it doesn't if I TELL you). You see, if I can convince people to sign them up and get them for their own dog, then I can earn a free box, so if you decide you want one use this here link:

That link gets you five dollars off your subscription and earns Brittany and Bello a free box (THINK OF THE DOGS!). And because I'm being nice, if your dogs are BarkBox recievers, feel free to comment and leave YOUR link which people can use to get YOU a free box as opposed to me. Afterall, some might read this post and be like "Dang it Erica, now I want a box, but I'm mad at you for making me want one so I don't want to support you and your evilness!" Well, you can scroll down and help someone else out give them a free box and still get five dollars off (and I'll just cry). You don't have to be a past customer to comment, I won't harrass you to do a session with me (though you should, I would love to meet your pets, they don't even need to be dogs, I love all animals!), just niceness.

So on to the pictures to convince you to get a BarkBox... er... show you how cool they are:
I'm always excited to see them on the porch!

And the dogs are not typically excited by them because honestly, we get a lot of packages and they haven't learned yet that these are specifically for them. But that doesn't mean I can't make it look like they are excited and send them to sniff it!

So you open the box and there is a card that lists the places the things inside came from so you can purchase more from the select companies if you so choose, and normally some writing from the BarkBox company that in all honesty I don't read. I do save the cards though incase I want to purchase more from the companies.

AND UNDER THAT CARD is a bunch of stuff that when you move it around you wonder how the people of BarkBox managed to fit all in and you realize they must be expert tetris players.

So first was this dolphin which floats and is meant for playing in water (hence, a dolphin) but also has squeakers in it for the non swimming dogs and s ball in rope inside, which you can feel and see if your dogs destroy the toy, Britt and Bello have yet to do that (mainly because I keep water toys in protective custody). This toy is pretty awesome and when I was at Hollywood Feed yesterday they were selling them for $11.99. This is where I inform you that BarkBoxes are a good deal (when you go with six month subscription at least) because you all this stuff SHIPPED to your house for only $19.99 a month. And just this toy would have cost me over half that price, and we are only at one item. Anyway, this is from Aussie Naturals dog toys if you would like one of your own.

And then there are dog treats, which I was actually planning to buy because Britt and Bello had never had them before and they are spoiled like that. Luckily the box came before I went to Hollywood Feed and bought them myself.
Plato Pet Treats

And MORE DOG TREATS. These are freeze dried turkey liver. I don't know if you have ever bought freeze dried dog treats, but I have and they are expensive. The dogs and I had fun training last night using them. No new tricks though(we will be working on some new tricks later once I finish this post). They loved them and wished they could get them for free. NOPE those are for training only. Sorry dogs.
Primal Pet Treats

And some stuff you sprinkle on your dog's food to make them want to eat it. It is made out of ground up bully sticks. Bully sticks are awesome and something I buy on occasion for Brittany and Bello (you'll see Bello chewing on a non-ground up one later). It will take us awhile to get through this because the dogs don't eat kibble, they eat raw, and don't honestly need much encouragement to eat (in fact this would probably distract Bello and he would NOT eat). Who knows, we might use it for training as well. You see Britt carrying a cat toy. When she's excited I'm home she picks up a toy and won't put it down until someone takes it from her. She doesn't want to play fetch though. And I'm not kidding about taking it from her. She's held a toy in her mouth for over an hour because I occasionally perform experiments. ;)

A little packet of freeze dried stuff that you put water in and can freeze to make popsicles or can give as a hot broth.
The Honest Kitchen

Unfortunately there is no NeighBox or MeowBox or ChirpBox or anything like that. BarkBox is biased towards dogs. But, if you have cats they can have fun as well. You know... cats and boxes... and I have four cats. The box is almost always left out for a week after getting it so the cats can all enjoy it in their cat like way.
Storm was the first in the box.

And Sammy came up to help him.

And Sabrina being the queen of the BarkBox.

And a picture of Sabastian who did lay in the box, but I didn't get a picture of him. And yeah, for those that don't know, all the cats are black and have S names on purpose (and so is the misspelling of Sabastian). We aren't superstitious at my house.

So yeah, this is your BarkBoxes are awesome post and you should get one using this here link:
Or if anyone posts some in the comments, use there link (no use mine).

But wait, there's more! Not about BarkBox, but there is a second part to the title "and Bello Birthdays." IT'S BELLO'S BIRTHDAY. Well actually it is his gotcha day. Three years ago today I adopted him from Waverly Animal Shelter. He was around 8 months old and had been at the shelter for over a month. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? Such a pretty and awesomely behaved dog was in the shelter for a MONTH.

We didn't do much for his Gotchaday. He got some presents, and ate some stuff, and eventually I will take him for a walk (which I would do regardless of his birthday) and do some training because Bello likes training. Oh and I took him to Taco Bell and shared a LITTLE bit with him. I would have brought him to a park, but we went to the park yesterday to play with the dolphin toy and a ChuckIt! Water Skimmer that I bought. The water skimmer is actually pretty awesome (and off topic). I loved it. It goes so far. SKIMS RIGHT ACROSS THAT WATER. And... Brittany would lose sight of it. She follows the splash of things she fetches (she's a waterholic) and would swim out to the orignal place the skimmer hit the water but wouldn't see it. It didn't help that it was close to dark and eventually she really did lose it and there was nothing I could do to get her going the right direction, it went further than all the others and I couldn't throw anything far enough out to get her to go to it (that's my normal trick, throw a rock by the lost toy and she'll see the toy and get it). So we had to leave it in the middle of the lake and return at 1 a.m. where it had finally floated to the edge of the lake and I could get it out. Its a cool toy though, just make sure you are somewhere where YOU can swim to get it if the dog loses it. So back on topic now, Bello actually went to the park twice yesterday. No park today because of it. I'm sick of the park.

Here is Bello with his haul. Chewing on a bully stick, with two toys he thought were boring (typical), some Orijen dog food (which I use as dog treats, and Bello loves since he doesn't get it for meals) and some Orijen freeze dried dog treats.

He (and Brittany) also got that freeze dried mix packet thing. I mixed it up, put a peice of freeze dried liver on top, and sprinkled the ground bully stick on it. They liked that (for the most part).

And then they both got dinner, I put some Orijen kibble on their food and the ground bully stick. You know most dogs would think that giant chunk of meat was the prize of the day, but Bello ate that last and acted like I was horrible person for not giving him all dog food. I swear. SORRY I GAVE YOU 10 OUNCES OF BEEF BELLO.

So that's the end of this blog post that seemed to be nothing but endorsement for products that aren't mine. Tomorrow your regurarly scheduled programming will return (on the Memphis Mutts Facebook page) featuring adorable pictures of Womack the six month old Boxer puppy! Until tomorrow here's a picture a Sabastian and Sabrina playing with the bag I got Bello's toys in.