Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween from Remington - Kansas City Dog Photography

Happy Halloween from your favorite miniature schnauzer!

Remington's best attempt at a "scary face."

Friday, October 29, 2010

You Are Under Arrest - Hand Over Those Treats! - Kansas City Dog Photography

Happy Halloween weekend everyone! Remington wanted to dress up (OK, I made him dress up and he allowed me to because he loves me). As many of you know, Remington goes to doggy daycare every week and his report cards (yes I said report cards) usually say that he keeps everyone in line and shows the new doggies around and helps them learn the ropes. Taking this into consideration, I found it only made sense for Remington to be the Pet Police this year. He proudly wore this getup, with a billy club tied around his collar and won 1st place for Cute as a Button in the Pawz at Play Doggy Daycare's costume contest. Wooohooo, made a mommy proud!

Look out everyone, you are under arrest if you don't hand over those treats!

See, he isn't kidding... licking his lips in anticipation of those treats he wants to confiscate.

Being a schnauzer, he naturally looks so serious.... with those eyebrows and beard. He means business!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sunny, Rickey & Zoey - Kansas City Dog Photography

Another fun photo session from this past weekend with a furry family of three. I am loving these gorgeous fall days... finally the perfect weather... not too cold and not sweltering hot! Can it stay Fall forever please?

Meet Sunny!

Meet Rickey!

And meet Zoey!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Breed of the Week - Dalmatian ~ Dedicated to Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog- Kansas City Dog Photography

This week I chose the Dalmatian to be featured as the Breed of the Week, in dedication to the well known Sparkles, the Fire Safety Dog who sadly passed away early this week. You can read more information about Sparkles at her website: Sparkles was an amazing mascot and fire safety dog in Clarksville, Arkansas, who helped firefighters teach safety.

Photos courtesy of Sparkles' Mommy Dayna.

*Below information from*

The Dalmatian is a large, strong, muscular dog. The skull is about as wide as it is long, and flat on the top. The muzzle is about the same length as the top of the skull. The stop is moderate but well defined. The nose can be either black, brown (liver), or blue or a dark gray that looks like black. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The medium sized round eyes are either brown or blue or a combination of both. The ears are set high, hanging down, gradually tapering to a rounded tip. The chest is deep. The base of the tail is level with the topline and tapers to the tip. The feet are round with arched toes. Toenails are white and/or black in black spotted dogs and brown and/or white in liver spotted dogs. The short coat has fine dense hairs. The symmetrical coat is predominantly white with clearly defined round spots. The spots can be black or brown (liver) which are the preferred colors in the show ring, but can also be, lemon, dark blue, tri colored, brindled, solid white, or sable. Not all of these colors are accepted into the show ring, but they do occur in the breed. The more defined and well distributed the markings are, the more valued the dog is to the show ring. Puppies are born completely white and the spots develop later.

Dalmatians were bred to run under or along-side of horse-drawn carriages and therefore have a vast amount of stamina and energy. They do not like to just sit around all day with nothing to do. They are playful, happy, easy going and very dedicated. The Dalmatian needs a lot of leadership along with human companionship in order to be happy. They will not do well left out in the yard all day and have been known to dig crater size holes when done so. The Dalmatian enjoys playing with children, but if they do not receive enough mental and physical exercise they may become high-strung, and too excitable for a small child. This build up of energy causes their minds to become unstable and they can become timid without enough socialization. They get along well with other pets, but without proper human to dog alpha communication where the human clearly tells the dog that he is not in charge and fighting is an unwanted behavior, they may become aggressive with strange dogs. Quite intelligent, but can be willful if they sense their owners are in the slightest bit meek or passive, and or if the owner is not properly communicating with the dog. Generally does well with firm, consistent training. The Dalmatian is trainable to a high degree of obedience. They can be trained for defense and are good watchdogs. Half of the people who adopt a Dalmatian puppy do not keep them past the first year. Young Dalmatians are very energetic, and need a tremendous amount of leadership and exercise.

Height, Weight
Height: Dogs 22-24 inches (50-60cm.) Bitches 20-22 inches (50-55cm.)
Weight: about 55 pounds (25 kg.)

Health Problems
Deafness in this breed is relatively high, about 10-12% are born deaf. Dalmatian puppies should be BAER-tested for deafness at about 6 weeks old, and totally deaf puppies should be spayed or neutered. While the breeding of deaf puppies should be avoided, it is very possible to raise a well adjusted deaf dog. Prone to urinary stones, as uric acid levels in Dalmatians are in general higher than in any other breed, sometimes causing urinary blockage. Also prone to skin allergies, such as synthetic fibers in carpets and upholstery.

This is a very energetic dog with enormous stamina. They need to be taken on daily, long, brisk walks or jogs where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the human holding the lead. Never in front, as instinct tells a dog that the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. In addition, it needs plenty of opportunity to run, preferably off the leash in a safe area. If these dogs are allowed to get bored, and are not walked or jogged daily, they can become destructive and start to display a wide array of behavioral problems. They love to run!

Life Expectancy
About 10-12 years.

The Dalmatian sheds all year round but does so profusely twice a year. Brush frequently to help manage the constant shedding. They do not have a doggy odor and are said to be clean and even avoid puddles. Bathe only when necessary.

There is total disagreement about the origin of this breed. Spotted dogs are known throughout history in Africa, Europe and Asia. The breed may be related to the Pointer. Traces of spotted dogs are found in Egyptian bas-reliefs and Hellenic friezes, so it certainly is an ancient breed. In 1700 a dog known as the Bengal pointer, similar to the Dalmatian, existed in England, calling into question the Dalmatians Yugoslavian origin. Some claim the Dalmatian is a Croatian breed. Efforts to have it recognized as a Croatian breed had been rejected, up until 1993, when the FCI did finally recognize the Croatian roots of the Dalmatian dog, although they continue to deny Croatia standard patronage rights over the breed. In the Middle Ages it was used as a hound. The breed became popular as a carriage dog in the 1800's. They trotted beside and among the horses and carriages, very reliably following their masters, guarding the carriages and horses while the master was occupied elsewhere. Very hardy with great stamina they were able to easily keep up whether its master was on foot, on horseback, or in the carriage. The versatile Dalmatian has seen many uses, such as a mascot for firemen, war sentinel, draft dog, circus performer, vermin hunter, fire-apparatus follower, bird dog, trail hound, retriever, shepherd and as a guard dog.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Harley, Cash & Kendell - Kansas City Dog Photography

I had such a fun session this past weekend at Legler Barn Museum! It was the perfect, beautiful Fall day, spent with an adorable couple Molly & Casey and their just as adorable three furry children.

First up, Cash! He was rescued from a shelter and is a little cautious of strangers, Molly told me. But, he actually really warmed up to me very quickly, much to Molly's surprise! That felt good to know because this is the reason I am a dog photographer.... because of my special connection with four-legged furry kids!

Next up, Kendell. Now, she really loved me. But I think my treats were the cause for that! She totally looooooooved my goodies and would follow me anywhere with that sweet face asking for more pleeeeease.

And meet Harley, the senior of the bunch! What a sweetheart. He seemed a little disinterested in my crazy photo antics, but he humored me regardless.

And the adorable whole family! It is definitely not as easy as I make it look to get everyone looking at the camera... especially multiple doggies! I probably take atleast 30 snaps of each group photo just in case I need to manipulate multiple photos into one perfect one! Did I manipulate this one? That is my secret... you tell me!

Molly told me later that Casey had not exactly been looking forward to a doggy photo shoot day, but I think he ended up really enjoying it! Just look at how much fun he is having! Who says men can't enjoy photo sessions?

Seriously, my new favorite image of 2010. Looks like it could be in a magazine for a joyous doggy advertisement!

Two PAWS UP for Jen's treats!

I will complete the post with this photo because it makes me smile... and Kendell is smiling at me too! Thank you for choosing me to document your precious furry children, Molly! I enjoyed every moment of it!

Monday, October 25, 2010

KC PAWS and FixYourImages Photography Featured in Pet Home Magazine - Kansas City Dog Photography

KC P.A.W.S. is featured in the Fall edition of Pet Home Magazine, along with my photographs of 8 selected, urgent dogs they have up for adoption. Rio, Tyko, Kokomo, Clyde, Cinnamon, Brigita, Gwen, and Lady were all taken to various Kansas City landmark areas and photographed to represent each of their individual personalities. Rio and Tyko were both actually adopted recently after their photo shoots, but are still featured in the magazine, showing that they have been ADOPTED! I was beyond thrilled when I was notified that the editors chose to feature my photo of Clyde to be featured on their COVER.

Just click on "view fullscreen" to see the entire magazine interactively!

Clyde, the cover model has also now been ADOPTED!!!!

Pet Home Magazine
I am honored to be a part of contributing to Colleen's magazine for the greater good of animals. She is an amazing person and one of my inspirations. Colleen Paige is one of America's premier pet lifestyle experts. She is the founder of National Dog Day, is a domestic and wildlife animal behaviorist, pet friendly interior designer, pet and child safety expert, publisher of both Pet Home Magazine and Style + Bliss Magazine. She offers advice to clients ranging from celebrities to the every day pet lover, offering in-home dog and cat training and counseling on pet nutrition and pet safe homes and gardens.

About the Editor
Colleen founded the Animal Miracle Network, which is a virtual web of love, encompassing her lifesaving holidays and connecting with animal lovers, shelters, rescues and businesses who care about helping orphaned animals find new homes through their participation in lifesaving events. AMN's events give pet lovers an opportunity to celebrate their furry kids with a wonderful day created to honor them for the unconditional love they bestow. More importantly, it gives shelters and rescues free space to exhibit and highlight the desperate animals in their care. Currently, Colleen is a Contributing Expert for OK! Celebrity Magazine and Her latest book, "The Good Behavior Book for Dogs" ( Rockport/Quarry Books 2007 ) provides illustrated, down-to-earth, practical advice for dog owners with not-so-perfect pups.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Adopt Me Please - Current Adoptables at KC P.A.W.S. - Kansas City Dog Photography

Now announcing more doggies up for adoption at KC P.A.W.S.! Most of these dogs featured below were recently rescued from puppy mills, in light of the new Prop B - Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act that will be voted on in Missouri on November 2. If enacted, the measure will limit the number of breeding dogs to 50 per facility, but does not apply to breeders with 10 or fewer intact female dogs. The 50 breeding dog limit will help ensure the operations do not become overcrowded or spiral out of control, but will still allow individual breeders to sell hundreds of puppies each year. The law will enable Missouri to join several other states that have enacted similar laws through their state legislatures.

KC P.A.W.S. was formed in 2007 with the determination of working with animals in need. They specialize in working with animals who are the victims of abuse. They work in connection with local City and State agency’s to help investigate and report cases of cruelty and neglect as well as providing education and resources to the community on how to properly care for their animals. All dogs adopted from KC P.A.W.S. come with 6 months of free day care at A Dog's Fun Playce (a $2,700.00 value). All dogs adopted will be current on their vaccinations and spayed or neutered prior to their release.To see current adoptables at KC P.A.W.S., visit their website and click on "View our Adoptables."

Please spread the word to others and promote adoption! For more information, call Sandi or Tiffani at 816-361-7829 or email

Meet Agnes!

Meet Honey!

Meet Faith!

Meet Charity!

Meet Hope!

Meet Patience!

Meet Cannoli!

Meet Taz!

Meet Teddy!

Meet Angel!

Meet Sassy!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Breed of the Week - Beagle- Kansas City Dog Photography

*Below information*

The Beagle is a sturdy, hardy little hound dog which looks like a miniature Foxhound. The body is squarely-built and the skull is fairly long and slightly domed. The square muzzle is straight and medium in length. The large eyes are brown or hazel and are set well apart. The wide, pendant ears are low set and long. The black nose is broad with full nostrils. The feet are round and firm. The tail is set moderately high and never curled over the back. The coat is of medium length, close, hard, sleek and easy to care for. Any hound-type of coloring is acceptable including lemon, tri-color, black and tan, red and white, orange and white, or lemon and white, blue tick and red tick. Beagles have a distinct howl / bay of a bark when they are on the hunt.

The Beagle is loving, sweet and gentle. Happy to see everyone, greeting them with a wagging tail. Sociable, brave and intelligent. Excellent with children and generally good with other dogs, but because of their hunting instincts, they should not be trusted with non-canine pets, unless they are socialized with cats and other household animals when they are young. Beagles have minds of their own. They are determined and watchful and require patient, firm training. It is important you are this dog's pack leader and that you provide the proper amount of mental and physical exercise including daily pack walks, to avoid separation anxiety. With enough exercise they will be calm. You can also purchase animal scents and play tracking games with your beagle to help satisfy their instinct to track. The Beagle does not have a normal sounding bark, but rather a loud bay cry, that almost sounds like a short howl. Beagles are curious and have a tendency to follow their own noses. If they pick up a scent they may wander off and not even hear you calling them back, or not care to listen, as they will be too busy trying to find the critter at the other end. Take care when letting them off leash that you are in a safe area.

Height, Weight
Height: Dogs 14-16 inches (36-41cm) Bitches 13-15 inches (33-38cm)
Weight: Dogs 22-25 pounds (10-11kg) Bitches 20-23 pounds (9-10kg)

Health Problems
Some lines can be prone to epilepsy, heart disease, eye and back problems. Also prone to chondroplasia, aka dwarfism (warped front legs, like a Basset's). You can see an example of chondroplasia in a dog. Living Conditions Beagles will do okay in an apartment if they get plenty of chances to be outdoors. They are very active indoors and a small yard will be sufficient.

Energetic and possessing great stamina, the Beagle needs plenty of exercise, including a brisk daily walk. It should have a fenced yard of reasonable size to romp in. Always use a lead when walking this breed or you will be running the risk of it disappearing in search of wild game.

Life Expectancy
About 12-15 years

The Beagle's smooth short-haired coat is easy to look after. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe with mild soap only when necessary. Dry shampoo occasionally. Be sure to check the ears carefully for signs of infection and keep the nails trimmed. This breed is an average shedder.

The first Beagles date back to the 1500s. English hunters would take packs of these dogs out on the hunt tracking rabbits, hare, pheasant, quail and other small animals. The breed probably originated as a cross between the Harrier and other types of English hounds. The dogs have since become one of the most popular breeds in the USA. The breed can hunt alone, in pairs or in packs. The name "Beagle" may have come from the French term "be’geule," which means “gape throat,” referring to the dogs baying voice.

Enjoy some photos of beagles I photographed in the past!