I don't get the the chance to participate in this blog hop every week, but I couldn't skip this one. Especially not when I had a mini sessions at a recent Nosework seminar I was attending. The theme for the blog hop... Year of the Dog!
The seminar was wonderful (if you get a chance to go to a Judith Powell seminar... go! She's awesome, I'm lucky to call her a friend as well as instructor.) and there were a number of dogs that wanted pictures, for some it was their first time have professional photos made. I was just going to do basic head shots, When Judith showed me a picture she liked and mentioned one day she'd like some pictures of her like that I said, sure I can try it.
I had been wanting to do shots like this, but just hadn't had space to do it at home, and at the recent dog shows I was doing a lot of win type photos so I didn't really have time to change the lighting to something like this... so I said sure. I popped my every ready personal model Mystic up and grabbed a couple of test shots.
So I had several dogs that wanted in when the say the results (all the got to see was the back of my camera as I was doing sessions during breaks and after the seminar, so I really didn't have a lot of time. It was also the first time I'd gotten to REALLY use my new lens. I do believe I love it . Here are a few of my favorites from the weekend..
For those who don't know this year, according to the Chinese New Year, is the Year of the Dog. (I'm kinda a fan of that, in case you didn't know.)
The Dog is the eleventh of all zodiac animals. According to at least one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Monkey, Rooster and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After, they set off to the party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. Thus, Dog became eleventh.
So basically there are 13 animals in the chinese zodiac, it will be 13 years before we have another year of the dog.... Today (friday the 16th) is the first day of the Year of the Dog, so give your pups a snuggle, give them a treat. Make sure you get plenty of pictures of your pups this year, everyday. I plan to try to make sure my family has several pictures of each of their pups.... cause its the Year of the Dog let's celebrate!
Check out the next Blog in the hop....John from MaxNorman Pet Photography - serving the South Florida Area. http://maxnorman.com/.../pet-photography-project-52-week.../
So, I sometimes try out new products for individuals and companies... and I was selected to try a new probiotic called Profivex, which is a prebiotic and probiotics. Now I've only used this one a few days (they asked me to review within a certain time frame, and I'm little late but the Postal Service had an issue... took them pretty much the whole time period to get it to me... this is NOT the company's fault... as I could see the tracking info. Anyway, so I used it for the past few days on Ash and Mystic (my two cattle dogs), I haven't seen a lot of difference in Mystic's but then again, she's raw fed. Now , Ash is still on kibble.... and he's usually got decent poop (we are dog folks.... I know it's a photography page ... however we all deal with poop) I will say even with just a few days of use, it does seem Ash's poops is a little smaller than it had been... hopefully that means he's getting more out of his food. So far, I think its a pretty decent product. Its available online from several sources, including Dr Foster and Smith and Chewy.com #profivex #vetniquelabs
Here is a link to it on Dr Foster and Smith http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=38235 I prefer Chewy over them any day... but that's just my personal opinion.