a girl’s best friend

I didn’t grow up with pets and my first “pets” were beetles (not kidding). I had fish when I was little but the poor things never lasted very long. It wasn’t until high school that my parents finally allowed me to get a cat (and now he’s replaced me in the family tree).

Animals don’t judge, they don’t criticize (although I beg to differ with the aforementioned cat), and all they’re concerned about is now. We could learn a lot from them.

I’ve spent a significant amount of time volunteering and working with animals through local SPCAs, animal hospitals, and the Wildlife Center of Virginia. They hold a very special place in my heart. My hope is that one day I’ll own some land and be surrounded by lots of four-legged friends.

My friend, Jenny, feels similarly about animals and has even started her own dog-training business! In effort to continue my quest of saving the world, I helped out by photographing her and her pretty boxer, Kyla. This is my favorite picture of the bunch!


Ps. Check out her business page, Diligent Dogs!

Day 72

I had a marvelous opportunity of being visited by another friend of mine, Jenny, and of photographing her dog, Oscar. Oscar was recently diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia. It was a beautiful day to play with Oscar and enjoy some time with him.

Day 22, Photo 2

I had the marvelous pleasure of seeing a lot of friends and family today. Living away from my hometown creates a definite disconnect between my life here and people there. Hopefully these visits won’t be too far apart.

These two slobber-monsters belong to a friend of mine. They’re gorgeous Boxers – Oscar, on the left, gets drool all over the place and always looks like he’s so sad. Kyla, the smaller female, is a wiggly girl that can be a bit of a scaredy-cat. They’re absolutely precious and really well-trained.

Day 2

I went to the UVA vs. LSU men’s basketball game tonight. It went pretty well – our team won. Nothing overly exciting occurred BUT! there was a frisbee dog performer at half-time. The lighting situation did not bode well for a great action shot but this was my favorite trick (and yes, the dog was wearing shoes).