Month: July 2011

My friend Steven Donahue is an awesome pet photographer whose work I greatly admire.  Take a moment and visit his website here:

Steve recently posted an image on Facebook of an airborne Pyrenean Shepherd going over the A-frame in an agility trial.  That image prompted me to search through my files for this photo from the Lebanon County Kennel Club Show in Harrisburg of a cute Pyrenean Shepherd who stopped to pose for me.  The history of this breed goes back centuries as a livestock herding dog in the Pyrenees mountains of Southern France.  They are a very active breed that loves their work and wants to be involved in all of your family activities!  I think they are simply adorable!  How can you not love those ears??!

This dog is definitely model material.  I think she’s been in front of a camera a time or two.  Just look at that pose!  Now if only I could figure out if this is a Lowchen or Havanese.  Lowchen’s usually have a lion cut where their back end is shaved, so I’m thinking that this is a Havanese – especially since the fur at the paws is full.  Of course, I could be totally wrong…

Yesterday I was out and about with the old point & shoot taking photos of some damage from a recent storm in the community.  My last stop was at the lake where I saw this boat cruising by with 3 pups on board.  At first I thought there were only 2, but turns out pooch number 3 was manning the starboard side in the back of the craft…see image below.  They looked like they were having a great time!

I love going to dog and cat shows and having a chance to meet some of the more unusual breeds that you just don’t see every day!  For example, this sweet kitty is an American Curl.  Their ears curl back instead of standing up straight.  Interestingly, they are born with straight ears.  In 3-5 days after birth, the ears begin to curl back, gently unfolding like a rose petal, until they are completed curled at about 16 weeks.  This breed has a kitten-like personality.  They are loving, curious, and want to be with you all of the time!  I think they are just adorable!

I was editing my images from last month’s cat show and came across this one that caught my attention.  The kitty was being evaluated by the judge and I snapped the image just before he put his hands on the cat from behind.  I just had to add the caption!