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They are called Indian Runner Ducks, and they hatched a few weeks ago in Ms. Takhar’s kindergarten class at Lochside Elementary. They have been adored since the first beak cracked open the egg. The class gave each of them a special name… Star, Rosy, Rocky and Chirpy. Now they reside on my friend’s beautiful organic farm, and it is truly a lovely place to call home. They have so much room to run, and they are excellent runners, which is a good thing because they don’t really grow wings. Even as adults, they don’t fly. They prefer to forage in the grass and even catch flies! love how they stand tall, almost penguin-like, and how they always stick together. Soon, they will lose their fuzz and grow a fresh coat of pretty white feathers. Hopefully, they will grow into those big beautiful beaks, too. I know that these lucky four will be living the good life.

 

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  • Gyneth Turner - Oh my gosh, those ducks are the cutest lil things!  They look like Easter!  Did they hatch in Helena Takhar’s class?  Great names. .ReplyCancel

    • rhayne73@yahoo.ca - Aren’t they sweet? Indeed they did! They lived in the kindergarten classroom for a week before they found their new home at Michelle’s farm!ReplyCancel

 

She was so little, we couldn’t take her for a walk at the beach yet. But that’s ok… she was showing me just how adorable she is, just by sitting on the couch! No need to find the perfect setting when you’ve got eyes the size of dinner plates and the softest puppy fur imaginable. Little Lacy stole my heart.. over and over again. Everything she did was scrumptious. We played indoors for a little while and then ventured outside with her sweet little ladybug leash that she loved to chew. Everything in the world was new to her. We couldn’t keep her contained! She went here, there and everywhere, with a little bounce in her step. She jumped into the hedge and almost completely submerged… she crawled under my car…. she smashed the pansies in the front yard…and when she finally tuckered out, she flopped down on her favourite mat and fell into a deep snooze. She’s so very new and very small, but looking at the size of those paws, she’s in for a bit of a growth spurt!

 

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Do you ever wish sometimes you could go back to a time in your life, perhaps in childhood, when the world was completely new, and every experience was a novelty? Meet Bella and Puddles. They are still so very new to this world, so this was their first day ever on the beach! They were quite tentative at first, not sure about all that soft deep sand and wide open space. Bella, dressed all in black, was the braver of the two, and she was the first to venture out, but as you will see in the above photos, she looked just a little bit terrified at first. But she got over it quickly, and in no time, was all over the map, exploring every nook and cranny. Sweet, tiny Puddles took a little longer to warm up to this new adventure, but perhaps as he watched Bella, he soon realized that this world exploration thing could be a whole lot of fun! He trembled and took baby steps, and then he found his feet. All four of them. He even climbed big logs and things. Here’s to stepping outside of comfort zones!

 

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Mozie is such a fun dog. He is so full of energy, and sometimes that energy gets him into trouble. He has been found in other people’s homes playing with their dogs… he even dug himself a dog-sized hole in his backyard. He has gone through many toys and chewed up leashes. To Mozie, its all good times. To his family.. well… he definitely keeps them on their toes! But they love him so much.. and so do I. Each week I look forward to seeing him, because he makes me happy. For many months,  I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to photograph him on the beach. We finally got together this past weekend, but yeah.. that high energy made for some challenges! Who doesn’t love a good challenge? Especially when it involves this guy? That face… one look and he’s got your heart!

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  • Gyneth Turner - Woof!  Mozie!  I would love to play on the beach with you – what a lovely boy!ReplyCancel

When the heaviness of world events start to cloud my moods, sometimes all I need to feel lighter is a little dog therapy. And that is just what I received this weekend in the shape of a sweet golden retriever named Chilli. I’d like to think that she was given that name because she’s so “chill”… or maybe I’m just taking a hint from the universe to just chill out myself and take in love in any form. And Chilli knows all about love. The moment I walked in the door, without knowing me, she rolled over on her back and looked at me with her soft puppy dog eyes as if to say “belly rub, please?”… She knows how to love, and she doesn’t see any reason why she wouldn’t receive it either. Goldens are like the dolphins of the dog kingdom… they have built-in smiles and such a gentle nature. Thank you, Chilli… for bringing me back to my happy place.

 

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This is my beautiful cousin Halley and her magnificent best friend, Havoc. He’s actually not as much Great Dane as he is a small horse. But despite his name, he’s actually quite remarkable. Graceful even. Halley brought him up to spend Christmas with us at the old ski chalet, and even though the main floor was usually crowded with people and tables and other various pieces of furniture, I watched as he seemed to glide right through it all without knocking a single thing over. He’s a big dog who seems to know where he is in space… and he handles tight spaces with surprising ease! He even ventured under the Christmas tree a few times to find an alternate route through the chaos.. and not one ornament fell from that tree! Even more remarkable… he was at nose level with the appie and food table, and though I know he was tempted to steal a quick bite, he never touched a morsel! I don’t know, Halley… he doesn’t seem to raise havoc.. he raises a lot of eyebrows though, I bet. When he is around me, I can’t seem to take my eyes off of him. He’s just so huge! Huge and graceful. And patient with us as we Christmassed him up for photos.

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Maybe a scarf or hat isn’t a natural thing for a dog to wear, but maybe on this day, Bella was happy to have a little extra warmth. Maybe dogs that live on the west coast are similar to their human friends here who just aren’t accustomed to colder temperatures! Victoria is a pretty green place most of the time… So I was thrilled to be able to create pictures for my Christmas post with real snow as my backdrop!  And what a beautiful dog… her name suits her… and so does the colour red. I’m so happy that she was willing to stand with her paws in the snow and let me take some festive pictures of her. I will be spending the holidays in the mountains with my family where the snow is plenty and the wifi is scarce. Perfect. Just the way it should be. I wish you a most beautiful Christmas with your loved ones nearby, and may laughter and love fill your days in abundance. I’ll see you on the other side!

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  • Gyneth - Bella – you are a Beauty, as your name implies!  Jaime, once again you have captured some magic with your lens.ReplyCancel

 

Her name used to be Boots. Pretty little white feet, she has. But when her humans adopted her, she was so shy that she would hide all the time, so they changed her name to Heidi Boots. Isn’t that the sweetest thing ever? And I was prepared to photograph her in stealth mode… quietly, and from a safe distance so that she wouldn’t be afraid of me. But this gentle creature was more curious about my camera than I expected, and she loved to pose for me! Every few minutes, she would change her pose.. her favourite was the upside down pose, on her back, looking back at my lens. It’s as though she has done this modelling thing before… She was a natural. We did kind of work in stealth mode though… these pictures are a secret Christmas gift for Heidi Boot’s owner. We confiscated a key and came in when she wasn’t home.. and we encouraged this sweet kitty with a tantalizing can of salmon… which may or may not have left a suspicious scent in the house after we left. I hope we didn’t blow our cover!!

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You’ve got to wonder what a dog thinks when she experiences snow for the very first time. It must be as surreal as it is exciting! And maybe a little cold on the paws? These two beauties took it all in stride. I met them this morning when I was taking a walk around my neighbourhood, capturing pictures of the rare and lovely winter scenes around me. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who wanted to play in the snow today. The friendly couple that was walking Sophie and Joey stopped to chat, and soon I was taking lots of pictures… how could I resist? Aren’t they gorgeous? I was told that Sophie, the older of the two wasn’t sure about Joey when they first met, but when she realized Joey wasn’t going anywhere, and was here to stay, she gave her owners a few bad looks. (I didn’t know Golden Retrievers could look angry!) But Joey soon grew on her, and now she’s as patient and loving as ever… even when Joey wants to play “puppy style”.. rambunctiously and high energy, I’m sure! They are the best of roomies now. These two are my latest discoveries in my “You’ve Been Spotted” series. Who will I stumble upon next?

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Here’s a behind-the-scenes story for you that needs its own blooper reel. I have been wanting to photograph various dogs wrapped in scarves for some time now… perhaps the odd toque or hat as well. In a tasteful and sophisticated way, of course. And Hurley was the first dog I thought of when I pictured it in my head. There’s just something about him…his soft colours and his striking eyes. I thought he would be perfect for my Christmas mini pet session promotion. And I already had the perfect scarf. I just needed to get Hurley down to the beach and see if he would pose for me. Well… it was an adventure. Actually, it was chaos! Hurley is a nervous dog to begin with. You wouldn’t know it looking at his seemingly calm and thoughtful expression in this photo. My good friend was gracious enough to come down to the beach with us to lend a helping hand… in other words, to tempt Hurley with various yummy treats while simultaneously wrapping a scarf around his neck, getting him to stand still, not chew on the scarf, not eat the seaweed strewn along the shoreline, stay out of the water… oh, and if she could just get him to look into the camera, that would be fantastic. Perhaps that was a bit of a tall order? The first thing Hurley did was pee all over my friend’s beautiful new boots (I’m so sorry, Alison! I owe you BIG TIME) and then he flung the scarf off, and scarfed down a big mouthful of seaweed. His focus, for the most part, was intensely on the treats in her hand and occasionally, one split second at a time, he would look at me. All I needed was one good shot, and I do love how this one turned out. His owners tell me he loves to pose for the camera, wearing human clothing. I will be photographing this guy again in the near future… I’ve got a great hat I want to try. But next time I will bring along his favourite human who knows just how to get him to stand there and look calm and cute. He is pretty cute.. isn’t he? He has such an expressive face. If you would like more information on my mini pet sessions, please visit me here!

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  • Alison - He looks fantastic in your scarf! Apology accepted!ReplyCancel