August 26, 2011
Last week I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful couple and their pack of three. Chris and Steph Franco are pet parents to Phoebe, a yellow Labrador Retriever, and Charlie, a Golden Retriever; and surrogate parents to Percy, a young Beagle who belongs to their household helpers, Tony and Ana.
The couple opted for an early morning session at Cuenca Park just down the road from their house. Here’s a little sneak-peek of the shoot…
The eldest among the three is precious Phoebe. She’ll be 10 years old in November, but she doesn’t look it at all.
“Phoebe is extremely smart and fiercely independent She is a great problem solver and has excellent memory. She listens to you and speaks through her eyes in a very empathetic way.” - Steph
Next, check out Charlie, a.k.a. Charlie Clooney! He’ll be 6 years old in November. Okay now if I was a doggie, he’d definitely be my crush. Sooo handsome! And that gorgeous copper brown coat? Oh my…
“Charlie is the reserved, shy, and gentle soul… quietly needy for affection… the charmer… a beautiful dog, inside and out.” - Steph
Charlie loves his yellow rubber ducky. He guards his rubber ducky toy like a mother duck guards her young… minus the occasional chewing of course. So adorable.
Phoebe and Charlie with the people who love them…
Lastly, there’s 18 month old Percy, a playful pup whom I captured here in his famous “sphinx of Giza” pose, and then below with his humans, Tony and Ana.
“Percy has a very knowing look about him, like he’s reading your mind. Naturally curious and always following his nose for interesting finds.” – Steph
Thank you so much Chris and Steph for an amazing morning with your doggies. What a beautiful bunch!
August 18, 2011
“It is fatal to let any dog know that he is funny,
for he immediately loses his head and starts hamming it up.”
- P.G. Wodehouse, British Humorist
August 16, 2011
an international radio distress signal used by ships and aircraft.
ORIGIN 1920′s: representing a pronunciation of French m’aider, from venez m’aider - “come and help me.”
(New Oxford American Dictionary)
There’s no big story about how MayDay got his name. Allan Romero, his human, wanted a name that began with the letter “M”. That’s it. As a young puppy though, it seems MayDay lived up to his name, constantly getting himself into precarious (or okay, maybe sometimes just plain funny) situations where he needed some slight “rescuing”.
The truth about the doggie-human relationship though is that most of the time, it’s our dogs that come to our rescue and respond to our metaphorical distress signals. And the wonderful part is we rarely even have to “call”. Our dogs just know.
“I aspire to be the man my dog already thinks I am.”
- Allan, quoting an Unknown Author
August 12, 2011
Meet Alice, our rescue kitty. We found her last week abandoned on the side of the road. Legs still wobbly, eyes wide open but like all kittens still very blue, she must’ve been around 2 1/2 to 3 weeks old when we found her.
A cardboard box, some magazines and an old towel or t-shirt make a cozy crib. A lamp keeps her extra warm at night and after “bath”.
Alice took a while to get used to the bottle. But after a day or two she latched on like a pro. She’s liking her KMR formula too.
Tiny kitty tail and tiny kitty paws… love!!!
Goodnight little Alice. Oh… and welcome home.