Monday, January 18, 2016

Photo A Day

So a pet photography chat group I'm a member of is doing a photo a day project.  It started late so it's "just' a 350 project.  But I don't want to say I'm doing it.  Because then I might fail and not finish it.  Let's just say I'm using the prompts as inspiration for now.  Nothing more.  Nothing less.  :)

The problem with photo a day projects is you often end up with photos that you aren't all that proud of and that you wouldn't normally share publicly.  The great thing with a photo a day project is that you are forced to try things outside your comfort zone and some times magic happens and you are thrilled with the results.

Relationship


Cold

Dappled

I'm not sure this last one is technically dappled but close enough.  ;)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Unofficial Photography Project

So I've tried a few 52 week projects. I've even tried a 365.  And I've failed to complete them all.  But what I have enjoyed is the photos I get out of them when I put the effort into it.  So I'm going to be doing an unofficial 52 week project this year.  I'll be roughly using prompts from the "Creative 52" book by Lindsay Adler as well as some "shot ideas" from Charlotte Reeves' book "Dog Shots".  I hope to essentially plan a shot then go out and do it.  I find if I don't, I just do the same old, same old. Over and over and over and frankly it gets dull.  It was OK when Summit was growing so quickly as I was basically just documenting the changes.  But now that his growth has slowed down to a dull roar, I want to start capturing something a little different.

My last attempt at a 52 week project was two years ago.  The prompt was Colour and I loved the shot of Coulee that I got and I wanted to try and get the same photo of Summit.  It worked out perfectly.


Then seeing as we were out and about, we took some other colourful photos as well.




 I've got a few more I still need to edit too.  I'm already glad I've made the effort for the project.  It's nice to do something different every now and then.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy 2016


Apparently I am incapable of blogging more than once a month.  No matter how good my intentions are.


We got Summit's eyes fixed about 3 weeks ago.  Everything went smoothly although they aren't looking normal yet.  We have reached the stitches-are-dissolving-and-his-eyes-are-goopy-and-disgusting stage.  :)


He is very much an "out of sight, out of mind" kind of dog.  For example, we went snowshoeing the other day, and Marlin went into the outhouse for about 60 seconds. When he stepped out, Summit was shocked to see him and didn't know who he was.  LOL.


The nice thing about that aspect of his personality is that he's really easy to distract if he is doing something naughty like harassing the cats.  I lazy throw of a toy is enough to draw him away.


Coulee has been playing with him like crazy.  It's super nice to see.  She doesn't bully him nearly as much as she does Lacey and they can actually sustain play for 15-30 minutes at a time.  (Usually when Coulee plays with Lacey it deteriorates after a few minutes and we have to put a stop to it).  Lacey has been like Jeckyl and Hyde with Summit.  She can go from wrestling with him to snarling fiercely in the blink of an eye.  She's usually more inclined to play with him outside in the backyard or when we are out on a walk but not always.  For a while I was thinking she wasn't feeling very good but she isn't showing any other signs so I think it's just her being crabby.


Lacey's fur has grown back and you can't even tell she had surgery on her back not that long ago.  That's pretty much it in "dog news". :)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Still Growing

The little man has been doing great.  The girls haven't corrupted him into being a barker yet, and hopefully it will stay that way.  He's still just so easy - he's happy and easy and content.  Coulee is playing with him regularly now and the house has been quite chaotic because of it.  But it's nice to see them all having fun together.



We've started doing off leash walks these past few days.  He's been fantastic.  He stays nearby and comes running at full speeds when you call.  He loves to watch the geese when they fly overhead.


Poor dude managed to get Cherry Eye last week.  We'll be getting it fixed on Dec 16 - we felt waiting until his neuter was just too long.  His brother Oliver (aka Kermit) also got it and he's unfortunately got it in his second eye too.  We are hoping that Summit's second eye goes before the 16th if it is going to! I've been editing it out of most of his pictures because frankly I'd rather not remember him like that.  It's isn't too gross, but it isn't flattering either.  He is great at taking his eye drops which is great because we are doing them 4 times a day.


I still need to get a decent family photo but we've been practicing...


The girls are doing well. Lacey's recovered from her surgery and all the stitches have finally fallen out.  Her hair almost covers the scar and I'm sure once it is full length you'll never know.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Another Tumour


Lacey had her third Mast Cell Tumour removed the other week.  It was on her back this time so we could do the surgery locally and the recovery was so much easier - no bandage changes every few days, no trips to Calgary for check ups, no bootie every time she went outside.  We were able to go for walks again right away too and her anal glands (which get infected every time she has a tumour) seemed to bother her more than the incision itself.  With a little more hair growth, the scar should be invisible. We got clean margins so that was a relief!



Monday, November 16, 2015

Growing Up

I'd forgotten how much time a puppy takes up.  Thank goodness for Lacey - she keeps him entertained for most of his waking hours.  He's had 2 sets of shots so we've started leash walks around the neighbourhood.  We are having some trouble with traffic noises but he recovers very quickly so hopefully he'll figure it out.  He isn't noise sensitive to anything else that I've discovered.

He's happy to meet people and other dogs.  He's come to daycare for a few hours and did great.  He was more reserved than I expected but he was pretty happy the whole time.  He likes to sit back and watch the action before getting involved.

He is very polite and will patiently sit and wait for cookies and is also very polite with other dogs. I guess growing up with two crabby dogs has some benefits.  :)

Anyway, here is a summary of a month's worth of photos.  He's changing so fast!





















Tuesday, October 13, 2015

One More

We've been fostering puppies a fair amount this past year.  Not because we wanted to find one to adopt, but because we find Lacey is much more comfortable accepting them and because I find them so much fun.  :)


Well we finally decided to adopt one ourselves.  Marlin really became attached to these two latest boys and when one of them got adopted we decided to keep the other one.  So may I introduce Summit.


When he first arrived he was very skinny and underweight. Within a few weeks we had him all fattened up.  We are still struggling to get him to eat enough and not have diarrhea at the same time but fingers crossed it all gets straightened out any day now.  :)


He is a pretty confident little dude.  So far new people and places don't phase him and when he does get taken by surprise, he is very quick to recover.  I'm determined to have a "bomb" proof dog that is comfortable around new people and new places.  I want a dog we can take places - to people's homes, on group camping trips and hikes, etc.  I think he has the temperament to do all this, I just need to not screw it up.  So every day we are doing something to expose him to new things.


  • Friday - he went off to the family that ended up adopting his brother and spent the afternoon there.
  • Saturday - we brought out the cat tunnel (which he instantly loved) and explored the upstairs for the first time.  (On Monday he learned how to do the indoor stairs and promptly went exploring up there over and over again.)
  • Sunday - we went to the pet store, a drive through and the daycare.  He met Chewy and got exposed to studio photography lighting equipment - no fear at all of the flash or the umbrella - even when I put  it on the ground or spun it around in the air.
  • Monday - we went out to Amanda's to meet her dogs, and explore her yard.  He had a great time with her new pup Siren.
  • Tuesday - we spent time in the front yard watching the world go by.  We saw cars, a bus and a lady with a dog on the far side of the road.  The cars were no problem but the bus made him startle. The dog was hilarious.  He just sat and watched in awe.  I was feeding him kibble and he absentmindedly would open his mouth to take it but was often forgetting to chew.  
  • Tomorrow we are going to hang out at the grocery store parking lot and then the recycling depot.
  • Thursday if the weather is nice we'll go to the playground by our house and watch the children.
  • Friday we are going to hang out at the front of the house again and try and catch the school kids walking home.  
  • Saturday we are going to a puppy class.
  • Sunday we'll probably try and find more people to meet or do whatever Amanda suggests at the puppy class.  :)

He is already learning to be a polite puppy.  He is learning to come when called and he charges over at full speed and promptly puts his butt to the ground for a cookie.  The only issue at the moment is that he is using me for a break instead of slowing down to a stop himself.  LOL.


He's been wearing an activity monitor since we decided to keep him and is logging about 130 minutes of "action" a day.  He is by no means a crazy pup, but he definitely has his busy moments - he's definitely a morning dog!  Lacey enjoys playing with him - on her terms only of course.  Poor dude struggles some times to figure out why one moment she's playful and the next she isn't.  Not surprisingly Coulee is taking longer to adjust.  She took about 9 months to enjoy Lacey's company so we aren't expecting her to come around any time soon.  She generally just ignores him and grumbles when he is playing and she isn't.


We still need to get a decent family photo - this one isn't going to cut it. :)