March 5, 2016: Smile

Dogs, Uncategorized


I realize that this is the 3rd picture of my dog, but she was smiling so… mission accomplished.


March 1, 2016 – Photo challenges

Dogs, family

So I decided to start doing the photo a day thing, with themes from a list that I get from pinterest. This months list:



And so, with the theme of the first of the month, being”Up”, I thought about how dogs and cats always are animals that look up to their humans. So I thought it’d be interesting to try taking a photo from a perspective of the human, looking ‘up’ at the animal.

I literally laid flat on my back, while Coco walked around, trying to get a good angle of with me looking up at her . She was distracted by my other dog Gage pooping, so I decided to just sit out on the lounge chair and wait for her to come to me.

The end product:

Coco looking up (1 of 1)

Day 74: The Dog Bath


ImageDuring the summer, we spray our dogs with the hose out in the backyard for their baths. Then we soap them up, and spray them off again. The dogs love it: They chase the water stream up and down the yard, and will get excited just by you stand by the garden hose.

This method is only practiced during the 3 months of the year when the weather is actually decent and it’s not raining. Such is the weather of the Pacific Northwest.  We had to find a solution for those winter months when it was too cold for outdoor baths. So we decided on giving them baths in the tub in our bathroom. It is a tub we never use so we weren’t really worried about ‘grossing it out with dog hair’.  During these indoor bath times,  my husband will pick up our dogs and put them in the tub – which is not an easy feat as our dogs weigh around 60 lbs each. The dogs surprisingly do not wiggle as they are lifted up and set into the tub. They then sit patiently as my husband heats the water to bathing temperature, fills a plastic cup and proceeds to rinse them. They continue to sit patiently as they are lathered with soap, and then rinsed again.

This picture was taken of my dog Coco as she was being rinsed. Her face in the picture is how she looked the whole time she was being bathed. It was adorable. I’m just glad that bathing my dogs in the tub is not as much of a problem as I thought it would be.

Day 68: Dexter


ImageI know, another picture of a dog.

This dog’s name is Dexter. His owner (we’ll call him ‘The Hoff’) is off on a business trip to China and asked if we could watch his dog. Being the dog lovers that we are, my husband and I were happy to do so.

I wasn’t always a dog lover though, I was more of a cat person growing up. Now the dogs that I have are like my babies. You know how people talk about their kids (My kid does this, or that)? That’s how I am with my dogs. I taught my dog a new trick. I took my dogs to the park. I took my dogs on a play date. Dogs, Dogs, dogs….

Anyways, having Dexter is always fun. Although with all that fur, he leaves clumps of it in the spots where he lays, but no use cleaning that up we’ll have to clean that up after he leaves.

Day 67: Baby Meets Puppy

Homelife, People People People


I don’t have much experience with babies: most of my friends have children,  but my husbands friends (who are a few years older than I) all have children. Whenever I hang out with my husband’s friends, I am amazed at everything they know about parenthood. Like how do you know that this is what your baby is trying to tell you?  I know almost nothing about parenthood. Is it something that is innate ( which if it is – I don’t know if it’s something I just need to awaken)? Or is something learned. I suppose it’s a little bit of worth.

Being a parent kind of freaks me out, not the whole having a baby part, but in particular the prospect of dealing with puberty when your kid starts growing up. Agh! All the drama and mood swings you have to deal with if your you have a girl, all the talks you’ll have to have about sex, and girls and dating  do not seem like fun.

But I suppose at the end of the day, it reaps it’s joys.

Day 55: Portrait of Gage

Fun, Homelife


It seems only fair that if I took a picture of one dog, that I take a picture of the other.

My dog Gage never takes any photogenic pictures, in my opinion. In past photographs, he has held nervous looks or moved so the picture has become blurry, so a majority of pictures taken I never was satisfied with

However, I decided take a picture of him before I gave him a treat and took this picture.

I think what grabs me about this picture is the portrayal of these intelligent eyes that seem to be knowing that something is going happen, that I’m going to give him a treat. Or perhaps its a look of wonderment, like what are you going to do next?  I don’t know, it’s subjective what his expression is saying, but regardless of what it’s saying – I think it’s a great picture

Day 55: Portrait of Coco


ImageYet another portrait of one of my dogs.

In this photographic journey, I’m trying not to take pictures of just my dogs, but it’s hard not to when I think they do really cute things all the time. I guess it’s all part of being a dog owner.

Which makes me think how I would actually be if I had a kid, would I be one of those parents who take pictures of their kids doing exactly the same thing, only to overly flood people’s social media newsfeed?

Perhaps I don’t understand because I don’t have a kid and if / when I have a kid – I would maybe do the same thing. I don’t know. It’s hard to say. But as of now, I only have dogs and am trying to not do what I think is annoying for other people.

This picture was taken when I took my dogs with me on some errands. Every time I leave, I come back to find my dog Coco sitting in the driver’s seat of my car. This is one of times. I was trying to make the picture more interesting by having her paws on the steering wheel, but she didn’t get why I was making her do it, so that actually didn’t happen.

In the end of this photographic journey, I hope to expand my photography to more than just portrait shots of my dogs. But like I said, it’s just so hard when they continuously do cute things.

Day 41: A Family Potrait

Homelife, People People People


Well, my mother-in-law is in town.

Luckily,  she and I get along. She isn’t one of those monster-in-laws who make their son/daughter-in-laws lives a living hell because he/she isn’t good enough for their child. I’ve never met one of those moms, but I heard they exist.

It took 5-6 tries to get a picture where my dogs were perfectly still; my female dog Coco was stayed put for the most part, but would shuffle her feet a little forward as there was food in her bowl and I made her wait a little longer than usual before getting her food. In the end, turned out to be a pretty good photo.