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Monday Mash-Up

In preparation for winter hours at the shop, I have been using my Mondays as a catch up day. Sometimes that means editing/emailing/filing/accounting/some other dreadful office duty that gets put on the back burner and other times it means folding three baskets of laundry/emptying the dishwasher/vacuuming/restocking our fridge/etc. On really great days it means going to yoga without feeling guilty. Today it will be a bit of all of that, minus the yoga and replacing it with dinner with my two greatest friends in the entire world.

I’m also going to use this time to play catch up with my thoughts, in hopes it will clear my mind and rejuvenate me for this busy week ahead. So without further ado, here are some tidbits and lessons from last week:

  • I am the new photographer for Lakewood Animal Shelter, which officially makes me a volunteer for CCLAS! Just another something on my personal goals “to-do list” that I’ve finally gotten around to. I will be photographing all of the adoptable animals that come through (or at least most of them)! More on all of that later with a proper length blog post:)
  • I spent Saturday morning with my 2 year old nephew and it made me realize how fast time has been flying by. First of all, how is he already 2? Second, when did he learn to talk so well? On a side note, he is the easiest 2 year old in the history of the world. At least for those 3 hours I was with him. We literally ran errands all morning and he was as happy as can be the entire time. Probably because he is so effing adorable, and everywhere we go people comment on that fact. I mean, who doesn’t like going out and about only to be doted upon by every single person they encounter?
  • Early morning pet sessions are becoming a new favorite of mine. The lighting is perfect (even if it’s a bit drizzly), the wold is calm, and I get lots of puppy kisses to boot.
  • After going through a whiney, “I have no clothes” phase last week, I took an hour to go through every single  article of clothing I have. I got rid of 2 fully packed garbage bags of clothes and yet my closet has never seemed more full! I don’t know what I am more excited about, the fact that I am totally pumped about my fall/winter wardrobe or the fact that I didn’t have to spend a ton of money to obtain it. Win win.

And because no post should ever be without photos, check out Harvard (collar #146)! He is STILL available through Lakewood Animal Shelter…

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All of these photos were taken within a 3 minute time frame. He is a total ham!

 

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Zooey, Allegra, and Larkin {Cleveland Pet Photography}

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.”- Adgnes Sligh Turnbull

Zooey: 6 year old shepherd mix – Coy – Loves squeaky stuffed animal toys, going on walks and laying in the sun.

Allegra: 3 year old Italian Greyhound – Pensive – loves squeaky stuffed animal toys, snuggling and laying in the sun.

Larkin: 1.5 year old Italian Greyhound – Firecracker – LOVES playing with balls. He has a blue ball he just runs back and forth in the house chasing for at least an hour every morning and evening – loves going on walks.

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Hoop Jumping with Scout {Cleveland Pet Photographer}

Sarah and Scout are a prime example as to how and why I began this whole pet photography journey. Much like myself and my own pups, they have a bond that really can’t be put into words. You can try, for example, by explaining how it is that they met (Sarah was lonely in grad school, saw his photo on Pet Finder, and drove to southern Kentucky knowing full well he’d be making the journey back home with her). However, that doesn’t explain the love and joy that is wound so tight around them as a pair. Only through watching them interact would you get the full sense of that bond.

Scout is a bit skiddish at first. He quickly warms up, but don’t think he’s going to run up to you with big slobbery kisses right off the bat. It’s clear upon first meeting that his number one priority to make sure he and Sarah safe. It’s quite adorable, really. On the flip side, Sarah is patient. She knows his quirks and keeps him focused to calm him down. Before you know it, he’s trotting beside her without a care in the world. If ever there was a love story between a girl and her dog, their story is it.

 

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