Dear Grizz | Dear Willow: the beginning of a beautiful friendship

Dear Grizz | Dear Willow: the beginning of a beautiful friendship

Posted on Feb 21, 2017

Our Willow the Wild has struck a delightful pen-pal friendship with Brindleberry Acres’s handsome Grizz. They don’t know we are publishing their letters to each other (shhhh… don’t tell them). Letter 1. Dear Grizz, First of all, may I say how glad I am that you wrote to me? Second, I’m afraid I won’t sound […]

Portrait Session: Ernie

Portrait Session: Ernie

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

“What if my dog is not comfortable around other dogs?” “What if my dog is anxious in public spaces?” “I have always wanted some nice portraits of my dog, but I’m afraid his personality may not lend itself to it.” These questions and comments, and a myriad of variation on them are something we hear […]

Project Dogs: A Letter to Myself (and Others)

Project Dogs: A Letter to Myself (and Others)

Posted on Apr 17, 2015

: from The Labs : Have you ever heard the term “a project dog”? This is often the term us dog folks use for dogs with some special behavioral needs, in other words, a dog that needs work of some sort, either behavior rehabilitation, training or the like. A “project dog” is not a dog […]

An Enviable Bond : Jaymi & Niner

An Enviable Bond : Jaymi & Niner

Posted on May 29, 2014

: from The Photo Lab : One of my favorite parts of our job as animal photographers is witnessing that powerful bond someone can have with a dog. Being invited into such an intimate experience is a privilege and we give it all we have to make sure our work honors and does justice to […]

The Canine Science Symposium Returns to San Francisco

The Canine Science Symposium Returns to San Francisco

Posted on Mar 3, 2014

: from The Labs : Chances are, if you are a regular visitor to this page, you enjoy books and writing on animal behavior (as well as great photography and illustration 😀 ). Maybe you spend a great deal of time and energy on building a better bond and understanding with your dog. Others might […]

The Power of Kindness

The Power of Kindness

Posted on Feb 25, 2014

: from the Photo Lab : A few weeks ago, Sonoma Humane Society took part in rescuing 63 lucky Finnish Lapphund dogs from some dire conditions. You are welcome to read their entire back story HERE. For this post however, I prefer to focus on their incredible recovery and progress. With around-the-clock care from veterinarians, […]

Willow the Wild: Lessons in Courage from a Fearful Dog

Willow the Wild: Lessons in Courage from a Fearful Dog

Posted on Nov 27, 2013

: from the Labs : In May of 2012 I brought home a foster puppy with special needs. We adopted her in September and in doing so, made a Promise. Now, a year (and a little more) later, she is no longer a puppy, we continue to work hard, she has given us challenges, and […]

A Fearful Dog’s Tips for July 4th

A Fearful Dog’s Tips for July 4th

Posted on Jul 3, 2013

from the Labs It’s that time of the year again… Having had a dreadful night last year with poor Willow (and Leeloo) terrified by the July 4th fireworks, we decided to grab the bull by the horns this year and we put together a little PSA from Willow’s perspective. Below I share some really helpful […]

A Great Time for Dog Nerds: Notes from the Canine Science Symposium

Posted on Mar 26, 2013

from the Photo Lab What a great time to be a dog nerd… er… enthusiast. On our way back from San Francisco yesterday, my friend Suzanne Kernek (director of Behavior and Training at Sonoma Humane Society) and I could not shut up about all the incredible information we had just absorbed at the Canine Science […]

Learning to Speak Dog Part 5: Communication and Training

Learning to Speak Dog Part 5: Communication and Training

Posted on Sep 18, 2012

from the Photo Lab with a special guest post by Nicole Begley Read others in this series: Introduction  |  Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3  |  Part 4  |  Part 5 To Speak Dog, Listen for Dog Speak A dog communicates by using his body as well as his voice. Barks, growls, whines, and other such noises are an audible […]