Boston

A few weeks ago I had photographed the very handsome and gentle Boston. We had a lovely time exploring different tracks and playing catch. He was the perfect gentleman - always listened to his Mum and was the impressive master of "sit and stay"

Very sadly at the time of the portrait sitting Boston had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and he passed away a few days ago.

It always breaks my heart when I hear that families have had to say goodbye to their companion animal. They are with us in the good times and are unconditional love when we need it the most.

They are family.

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” – From an Irish Headstone

 

 

Waterfront walk with Kuri Companion

I got to tag along with the awesome James from Kuri Companion again this week - this time a stroll in the sunshine around Wellington Waterfront.

It always amazes me how calm and chilled out the dogs are. No jumping up, no barking, no pulling on leads - just enjoying the warm sun, smells and sights around the bay.

You can tell by their faces they are loving life.

Good dogs xx

A cat catwalk pro.

I was so delighted to get photograph Cait Sith from Neko Ngeru Cat Adoption Cafe last week.  Whilst the cafe is not quite open yet ( very soon! https://nekongeru.nz/), Cait Sith likes to practise her catwalk so she can teach all the kitties looking for homes how to look magnificent and how to charm all the humans that come to visit. Cait Sith is a master of cute facial expressions, fluffy tail waving and staring down the barrel of the camera. Supercatmodel.

Luna.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge cat lover. I LOVE CATS. Cats, like dogs, all have such different personalities. Some are friendly, some a bit grumpy, some are a little crazy and some are shy....... but in general - cats are COOL.

Imagine my delight when I got to meet one of the coolest cats of all. Luna.

Luna has a yacht.

And not only does he have a yacht but he kinda rules the marina too.

 

 

Beach pups

So some of you may have noticed that I've been a bit quiet so far this September. That's because I have been topping up my vitamin D levels in the beautiful islands of Hawaii for a couple of weeks.

Whilst I was strictly there to explore and relax ( enforced by a husband's sigh and eye rolling every time I went near my camera) I couldn't help take a few images of these gorgeous four pups I met on the beach in Keawakapu Beach in Maui.

A big thank you to the dogs "pet parents" for letting me take a couple of images while they were hanging at the beach - I was getting dog withdrawal symptoms! xx

Cute puppy alert!

I get to photograph a lot of cute pups in my work and gorgeous cavoodle Murphy was no exception! He is a ball of energy but already so good at lots of the basic commands.

Having a photo shoot with your dog when they are a puppy is an awesome idea because they grow SO FAST and its such a gorgeous record of when you first adopted your pup into your family.

Purrrfect models

 A few weeks ago I got to hang out with these cool cats. I had come to photograph ginger cat Ralphy and was so excited to find he was part of a larger family of cats all with completely different personalities.

Handsome senior Latte found the perfect spot on the stone steps to strike a pose, Jessie watched from the safety of the roof while kittens Ruby and Blu put on their best kitten cuteness show.

Purrrrfection I say.

Celebrity pups!

I got the opportunity to photograph the famous Digby and Aloysius Van Winkle just before Christmas and it was a heap of fun working with pups who are dog models. They were even recognised by a couple of fans during the shoot with squeals of "Is that Digby and Alo???" Apparently it happens alot!

Gemma and Taylor

One of my last shoots of 2016 was the gorgeous Gemma and Taylor.

Gemma is an out going dog who loves sticks. LOVES sticks. She loves sticks on grass, sticks in the sea, big sticks, little sticks, talking about sticks - her enthusiasm is impressive!

Little sister Taylor loves finding pretty spots which compliment her gorgeous golden fur, letting the wind blow through her ears and is already an expert at melting your heart!

An afternoon walking with Kuri Companion

Last week I tagged along on a walk with James from Kuri Companion. James is amazing with the dogs - they have the best time zooming around the tracks but as soon as James signals they all come running to sit obediently awaiting instruction...... and they seem to love doing it.

Just like school children sitting up straight on the mat when the teacher is asking questions I swear these dogs are all trying to be the best behaved in the pack.

At the end of the walk I was covered in mud but had had a great time and you can see from the images just how happy the dogs were too.

The Fabulous three -Holly, Bobby and Quinn

When I was a little girl an elderly gentleman lived down the road from me and he had a dog called Jay jay. Jay jay was a sheltie and I was completely in love with him. I think from memory I even had a framed picture of him in my room.

Part of my fascination with Jay jay, aside from his sweet nature and good looks, was that he looked like a mini Lassie which was one of my favourite programmes on TV at the time ( of course Lassie was a collie but that makes no difference to a 5 year old child!)

So you can imagine my excitement when I got the opportunity to photograph THREE shelties recently. And three who have amazing obedience and all sit together!!

Fluffy heaven! I may even have asked Holly ( the one who looks most like mini Lassie) if Timmy was trapped down a well - luckily for Timmy he wasn't because she looked pretty bored with the question!