Bam-Bam for Mayor

Bam-BamEvery 2-3 years we travel to Southwest Colorado or New Mexico.  We always make it a point to stop for coffee and take a look around in San Luis, CO.  It is a tiny little town with a population of 629 (in 2010).  On our visit in 2012, I got out of my car and noticed that a large dog with a very large head was jogging toward me on the sidewalk.  He was making a bee line right toward me.  At first it startled me.  When I see a dog without a human I immediately think he is a stray and must be lost.  I also was not sure of his intention but when I looked closer, he was smiling and wobbling in a silly dog sorta way.  He walked right up to me and leaned against my leg and invited me to scratch his ears.  I did and all four of us hugged him and gave him some affection.  We bought him some milk which he slurped up and then wobbled down the road on to the next thing.  I went into a cafe and asked the owner if she knew the dog.  She said he lives a few blocks away and just wanders around the town saying hello to people.

Fast forward to 2014.  On our trip back from New Mexico we stopped in San Luis as usual.  I was telling my mother, who was with us on this trip, about the dog that wanders the streets and how beautiful and friendly he is.  We wondered if he was still around.  We went into the cafe and told the owner about the dog I met two years earlier and asked if he was still around.

She knew exactly who we were talking about and told me we had just missed him and that he had just shared some lunch with a couple of her patrons ten minutes ago. I asked her what his name was and she happily shared this information.

“His name is Bam-Bam, although some of the kids call him Speed Bump because he likes to lay in the road.  He’s a great dog and represents our town because he walks the main streets daily and greets people and then goes home.  His owners love him, but just let him roam as he always goes home.  In fact, he is so loved by the townspeople that he was recently added to the ballot for Town Mayor.  And, HE WON the vote this past year!  Our human mayor quit, so now Bam-Bam is our official mayor.”

We were excited to learn about who this dog is, and hoped to see Bam-Bam again so we drove around town for 15 minutes trying to get a glimpse of him.  We didn’t see him so we started to leave, right when he came  around the corner!  We pulled over and got out of the car and he walked right up to us, (after looking both ways before crossing the street),  again ready to receive some ear scratches and petting.  He greeted each of us, posed for a few photos and he decided when it was time to say good-bye and he walked on down the street.

It still seems odd to me that someone would let their dog just roam the streets, especially with a highway running through the middle of town.  But this is a small town and people do things differently in small towns.  One thing I noticed that set my mind at ease was that Bam-Bam wore a dog tag with an engraving of St. Francis of Assisi (Patron of Animals) on one side.  On the other side it said, “We Love Our Dog”.

 

 

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Jesse – The Super Hero Underdog

Jessie is dressed up in his super hero underdog costume for Halloween.  Like his brother Jackie, (see Little Red Riding Hood Post) dressing up is challenging in that it makes him think and try to figure out what we are doing.  He gets lots of treats and brain stimulation when dressing up. (don’t be fooled by his frown, he rarely smiles for the camera!).


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Little Red Riding Hood – October 2014

My dog Jackie views dressing up in costumes akin to agility training.  He was born a feral dog in New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina hit and has overcome many obstacles of being a fearful dog.  So, when we go out on photo excursions and dress up, he is challenged with figuring out what we are doing and what I want from him, as well as “what I am wearing?”.  It does not stress him out and in fact he loves the many treat rewards he gets during our sessions.  He often tries on costumes for me that I create for the shelter dogs to wear during various photo shoots throughout the year.  Here is Jackie’s most recent session, which we shot over 3 different days.  Little Red Riding Hood.  I’ll post a few photos soon of his brother Jesse in his super hero Halloween costume.

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Dogs Overcoming Obstacles

trio dogsI had a great variety of pups to photograph yesterday at Longmont Humane Society.  Lily, on the left, was super shy because of deep seeded fears, but tried really hard to explore anyway.  She is a Giant Schnauzer and just gorgeous!  Hank, in the middle, was missing his leg after having it amputated due to an injury.  He could jump as high as my head to catch a ball and walked as if he didn’t know he was missing a leg.  Twilight, on the right, was a beautiful, gracious dog of almost 10 years yet full of energy and smiles.  It always amazes me to see dogs overcome what we would consider their issues or disabilities.

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You Can’t Get An Old Girl Down

This is Bugsy, an amazing 11 year old gal that I just photographed at Longmont Humane Society.  She was surrendered due to an infection in her leg that was caused by a bandage that was too tight on her foot.  LHS took care of her but unfortunately had to amputate her leg.  Bugsy is running around like nothing happened!  Her foster mom, also an employee of the shelter, brought her in to have her “ready to adopt” photo taken and asked to be in a few photos.  I happily included her and you can see the love!!  Her foster mom wanted a few photos to remember Bugsy as she cannot adopt her – too many dogs in the house already!  But she really loves her and wanted a few photos.  She found Bugsy to be great with her 1 and 3 year old kids as well as other dogs.  Bugsy has an all around big smile to share with everyone!

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No One Told Carmen She is Nine Years Old

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No one told Carmen she is 9 years old.  She was so fun to photograph as she was full of energy yet gentle when she wasn’t chasing the ball.  She was just as happy to snuggle with me and hang out.  Carmen is at http://www.longmonthumane.org.

 

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Fall Photos!

 

Fall 13 DogsI love photographing in the fall.  The colors are amazing and dogs love to play in the leaves.  They love the smells and textures and playfulness that fall leaves bring.  Hoping to get another week or two of fall photos.

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Longmont Humane Society – 18 Days After the Flood

LHS adoptables 092913These faces are of adoptable dogs that are looking for forever homes.  Things are starting to get back to normal at the shelter 18 days after the devastating flood that recently hit Boulder County.  LHS took in over 165 evacuated animals: dogs, cats and even a goose.  They provided safe housing for these pets while their owners who lost their homes, could re-group and find new living situations.  Sixty six pets are still at the shelter – waiting to be reunited with their families.  I’m not posting photos of evacuated animals to respect their privacy but rather these animals who need new homes with new families.

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Belle – A Great Gal in Massachusetts

BelleBelle is a senior citizen living with a couple of friends of mine in Massachusetts.  I was happy to photograph her and hang out with her for a few days.  She has such an up beat personality, is such a happy dog and just loves to hang out with her people.  New visitors get greeted by Belle as she shows them each of her toys and takes them on a tour of the living room.

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Dog Photo – Take 2!

KaneupdateThis photo series was a good reminder to review your images and re-do them if needed.  Kane had been at Longmont Humane Society for quite a while even though he had a nice, artistic photo on his profile.  He did look a bit thin and kinda sad.  So, I re-took his photo and found that he had gained some weight and had become playful (although he could use some help with his ball catching skills).  A few days later he was adopted!  Another dog whose photo I re-took was also adopted and the adopter said that he did in fact notice the photo on the shelter website.  I’d like to think that the new photo helped Kane find a home, even if just a little bit!

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