Fair Warning: Cuteness Alert!

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Soooo, if after reading this post you do NOT find yourself wanting a Mini-Aussie pup at least a LITTLE bit, you may be somewhat dead inside. HOW CUTE IS RILEY!? It was nearly impossible to choose my favorites for a sneak peek! Lucky Riley is home in Idaho with his new parents, Emily and Devin (Doesn’t she have just the best hair?). Also pictured is Peter Parker, Riley’s cousin who had his sneak peek on Saturday. Now the hard work is up to Emily, as her sister Claire gifted her with the puppy session and a brag book…she’ll have to choose her favorites! Seriously, Best. Job. Ever.

SuperMom and her Super Dogs

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I can’t tell you how eagerly anticipated Peter Parker and his cousin, Riley, were into the lives of these sisters! Claire is an amazing woman (I know, she looks 18, it’s disgusting), patient, creative and fabulous in every way. She contacted me several weeks ago to let me know that her sister was “expecting” – yup! A Mini Aussie was on his way! She wanted to set up a puppy session as a gift to her sister (how awesome is that?!). If you’ve followed the blog, you met Claire, her husband, Josh, their adorable boys, Matthew and Nathan, and their “super” dogs, Bruce and Lois last summer. Naturally, in meeting the puppies, one caught Claire’s eye and sure enough, she let me know I would be photographing TWO puppies! Bruce and Lois now have a third wheel, one Peter Parker! Here’s a peek at my favorites, with Riley’s sneak peek coming Monday. He is currently on his way back to Idaho with his parents, and Claire and Peter Parker are feeling a little blue, so this is for you, Claire!

Walking the walk…

In case you’ve wondered if I practice what I preach, I took a few snapshots around my house today..

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All except the metal in the dining room are traditional canvas, stretched on 1  1/2″  wooden frames, 16 x 16″ to 24 x 36″ – go big or go home, in this case, both! Just two are my own pets. I’m a firm believer in only having things on your walls that you love, things that bring you joy. In my house it is mostly photos of my kids and clients, with a few other pieces that I just love. Oh, and also a canvas I brought home from a garage sale that my husband says looks like the Apocolypse…Oops! Not to push the minimalist over the edge, but our homes often have wall space we don’t see – think over doorways and bookcases, between windows – in addition to the traditional space over the sofa. Often the size people are most familiar with (8 x10″) is what they think of first. Here’s a visual aid from Erica Clark Photography that demonstrates different sizes: http://tinyurl.com/6wcuxfr

Cookie!

I’m headed out, taking the kiddos and the Blog Dog to the beach for a few days for Spring Break, but I couldn’t leave without sharing a photo! I have more coming next week (a little behind…Who, me? But at least the taxes are done!)

Say hello to Cookie, of Cookie’s Pet Corner and Wash, right here in Port Orchard!  You can find Cookie at her place of business nearly every day (she takes Sundays off, although the business is open and nail trims are available for $5). Cookie’s favorite employee, Dan, is planning a pet-centric event this summer, and is looking for fun theme ideas – stop by, email or call to share your thoughts! I’ve already put my two cents in, I know you have some great ideas. cookiespetandwash@comcast.net or 360-519-2100, 1010 Bethel Ave.

 I was amazed again last week after shopping in three local pet businesses (I know, I have a problem!) at the wealth of knowledge freely shared by those working in the pet industry. Dan had a product in mind for my elderly feline, and I evesdropped as Arin at Pet Town helped a customer register her puppy for spaying at The Humane Society, even offering to deliver the paperwork the next day when she volunteered. Our local vets, groomers, retail outlets, trainers and pet sitters really know their stuff, and are so helpful and kind.  These folks know about pets, products, classes, services and so much more! I am grateful to know them.